• Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

    It makes sense that the United Arab Emirates is bursting at the seams with artists and designers. Not only drenched in the beauty of white sands and the Persian Gulf, the MENA region is home to traditional artistry and creating with one’s hands. Artistic creation has always been an attempt to understand one’s identity...

    Tucked into Dubai’s bustling commercial district and linked to a rich history of traditional hand-crafting such as weaving, pottery, calligraphy and boat building, the home of the Tanween Design Program is perfectly placed to make its mark. Since it’s inception in 2013, Tanween has already become a major player in the...

    A year of hunting products for architecture projects has bumped certain brands to the top of your wish lists. Below, you’ll find online exhibition site ArchiExpo’s compendium of 2017’s most solicited manufacturers.   The Season for an Open Fire Focus, a leading French fireplace manufacturer for 45 years, made the list,...

    Since 1846, Dutch textile manufacturer Vlisco has exemplified a multicultural melting pot of beauty and craftsmanship with its specially crafted fabrics inspired by Africa, made with a technique derived from Indonesian batik and designed in the Netherlands. To celebrate its 170 years of design, the Museum Helmond...

    In anticipation of the 8th annual Archmena event: Leaders in Architecture, scheduled for 11-12 April 2018 in Dubai, ArchiExpo e-Magazine is spotlighting Raya Ani, who spoke at a previous edition of the international summit. Founder and design director of RAW-NYC Architects, Ani is also the president of the American...

    The average art buyer or home owner looking to decorate a home can’t necessarily spend millions of dollars on an art piece. But it’s still possible to buy art by looking in unusual places. Mona Tranter, gallerist of Miami’s Tranter-Sinni Gallery, gave a talk entitled Investing in Art for Decor at the second annual ICFF...

    The SOStierra forum, an international conference on vernacular earthen architecture, just wrapped up its 3rd year running during the week of September 14th-16th at the School of Architecture in Valencia, Spain. About 10 years ago a research project was formed at the Universitat Politecnica of Valencia, including...

    An advocate for avoiding waste, furniture manufacturer The Senator Group developed an entire ecosystem with its recycling factories. It collects outdated furniture from clients and competitors alike, transforming it into reusable material for future pieces.     An hour outside of Manchester, rain drizzles upon the...

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    Italy’s international ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings exhibition Cersaie runs this week from September 25 to 29. For the fourth year in a row, Cersaie helps boost the economy with its collective B2B exhibition Milleluci. The event plays off the Italian TV variety show Milleluci that, despite only airing for...

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    So fresh and so clean. Even better, so safe. Two products out on the market use advanced technology to protect us from unwanted visitors; burglars and bacteria alike. The hands-free and automatic Nuki Smart Lock first debuted in late 2015. It quickly advanced and can now work with the Amazon Echo. This secure lock...

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