• Erin Gigl

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

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    Architect Fabrice Knoll questions the “necessity of intensive use of technology” in our connected society, notably in the bathroom, in his opinion piece for this issue. While Knoll searched out smart products with a sense of simplicity at the Idéobain exhibition for ArchiExpo, we sat down with “sentimental” Italian...

    In the spirit of connected and smart cities and objects, a theme presented during trade fair Batimat in Paris, digital technology in textiles mixes design, art and sociology. Popkalab team Ricardo O’Nascimento, Erik Overmeire and Tineke Van Hilten created pillows that talk, a project commissioned by BLESS. The pillows...

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    The award-winning luminescent concrete was as impressive on site as on paper. ArchiExpo followed the tour given by French journalist Cyrille Maury and learned more about the product first-hand. The group Lumineo blends fiber optics into cement to create their translucent material Lumistone. It appears paper-thin but...

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    Almost every week another company releases a brainchild born from a new 3-D printing technology: biodegradable and bionic artificial bone structures to printing chemical reactions with the chemputer. Here are a few interesting materials on the market now: Wood Start with James Novak’s wooden 3-D printed smart phone...

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    Accommodating the perpetual shift of contemporary working styles, the Dekleva Gregorič architects innovated the (un)curtain office in 2014. Dekleva Gregorič architects were commissioned in 2013 to transform 350 square meters into an office space (See also “The workspace via architect Michele De Lucchi’s Milan 2015...

    Paris design duo HeHe, Heiko Hansen and Helen Evans revived history with the M-Blem, an autonomous vehicle that ran on the world’s first recognizable modern inter-city railway, the Liverpool and Manchester. During the AND (Abandon Normal Devices) festival in 2012, the M-Blem awaited ticket holders, two passengers at a...

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    Polish born, Denmark-based textile designer Martyna Barbara Golik recently developed a collection of textile objects that strive to translate the experience of taste into touch. TOUCH THAT TASTE! approaches the five main taste sensations: umami, sweet, salty, bitter and sour as five tangible and functional,...

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