• Erin Gigl

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

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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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    “We use design to deal with waste,” Czech idea maker Jindrich Fialka told ArchiExpo. “We are a team of designers that give leftover materials from industrial production a new lease of life. We think it’s essential to be part of the solution to a growing problem.” The Thought Bubble It began with a dream, Fialka...

    Among the plethora of innovative awards at Batimat, Benoit Beach Villa and the regional offices of Auvergne structures were awarded the Mondial du Bâtiment’s Smart Home and Building Grand Prix. The prize is dedicated to technologically conscious companies who exemplify innovation in respect to building design,...

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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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