• Erin Gigl

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

    This year’s Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, were staged in a venue that mimicked the gorgeous valleys along Brazil’s coastlines. Designed by AECOM, the park was situated on a triangular, lagoon-side peninsula in the city’s Barra da Tijuca district. Of the 15 stadiums arranged among winding pathways, three were...

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    Andrei Speridião designs connections. He moves beyond and between fabrication, technology, interactive objects and conceptual exchanges, developing innovative networks of people and things using digital thinking. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The Brazilian designer was raised by a designer mother who...

    As sea levels are on the rise, the need for “Aquatecture” surges. Architects and designers have been implementing ideas that reconsider water for several years. The New Orleans’ FLOAT House designed by Morphosis architects in 2009, for example, is a prefabricated home with a secure chassis made to float in case of...

    “A forever educator, I call myself.” Christian Benimana is an architect whose design and work focuses on teaching society how to become self-sustainable and independent. Born and now living in Rwanda, Benimana did his studies in China. However, bringing community-mindedness to architecture was not always his plan. Bends...

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    “What does it look like when a designer creates their own material?” Brent Dzekciorius asked himself while launching his design production company, Dzek. After many late conversations with designer Max Lamb, the marble-composite material, Marmoreal, was born. Design advisor and curator, Dzekciorius launched Dzek in 2009...

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    Where everyone who’s anyone on the international furniture design and manufacturing scene come together: Salon del Mobile. ArchiExpo spins around the fair’s extensive bathroom exhibition to get a glimpse of the latest products to compile a list of the top style trends. 1. Integrity Looking behind the rituals of...

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    The metropolitan public comes together underground almost everyday, yet it is often forgotten how complex and labyrinthine these subterranean portals really are. That’s why these spaces are continuously (re)imagined and constructed by artists, designers and architects. ArchiExpo identifies 8 amazing spaces that keep...

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    The International Interiors show not to miss, IMM Cologne ran successfully from January 18 to 24, 2016. This year visitors are talking about the collaborative exhibition “Touching Tales,” put together by Alcantara textiles and Damn° magazine. It stole the show by fusing serene style into the hustling and bustling...

    Those dreamy, imaginative air drawings can now become solid objects with “the world’s first 3-D printing pen,” the 3doodler by Wobbleworks Inc. The original version from 2013 was revamped and sized down by 75%. Version 2.0 comes with a lighter and sleeker design. The device works a lot like a hot glue gun using ABS or...

    Personalized design just took a step beyond individual style: your DNA in printed form. Iona Inglesby, design consultant at GENEU, launched the startup Dot One in 2015 to be the world’s first DNA lab that uses microchip technology. Dot One engages design as a tool for the exchange of ideas. Inglesby was struck with...

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