This past week in Milan during Salone del Mobile while designers were showing off their latest furnishings, Google was putting on its own exhibition. Following up on last year’s Softwear exhibition, in which the company teamed up with Li Edelkoort to envision a more comfortable, integrated hardware future, this year the tech giant built out three rooms in the Spazio Maiocchi for a show called A Space for Being. A Space for Being explored the ways qualitative senses could be understood with quantitative metrics. Google collaborated with Susan Magsamen of the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University's Brain Science Institute to develop a design installation that explored the possibilities of neuroaesthetics, or the brain’s and body's responses to the aesthetic world. Visitors lined up around the block to be adorned with a wristband that collected biometric data while they explored the rooms' various furnishings, colors, lights, music, scents, and textiles by Google’s Ivy Ross, Muuto’s Christian Grosen, and Reddymade’s Suchi Reddy. At the end of their walkthroughs, attendees were given synopses of their bodies’ responses to the various spaces, helping them see in which context they were most at ease. While this kind of data-driven neuroaesthetic approach is still in its nascent stages, one could imagine a future when data-driven design becomes more normal, especially in settings like healthcare. Even for those who might balk at the idea of collecting this kind of information to create something so subjective as an interior, the results show that design has a profound impact on us, our biology, and our wellbeing. For more on the latest in AEC technology and for information about the upcoming TECH+ conference, visit techplusexpo.com/nyc/.
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Handles, pulls, and knobs are the gatekeepers to what’s inside. Their appearance alone sets the tone for what you might expect to find in a drawer or behind a door. This hardware is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The Dots Muuto Oval Door Pull Sawkille Co. Mauripas Teardrop Pendant Pull Marion Cage Ergo Heroic Pull Martin Pierce T Bar Pull 35 1/2 Inch Atlas Sky-Frame Pivot | Impressive Pivot Door that seem to open automatically. Sky-Frame has a new addition to its product range – “Pivot” – a door system which expands the architectural space. The large glass elements are unique on the international market, feature Sky-Frame’s signature, high-quality design, and offer builders, developers, and architects even more creative freedom.www.sky-frame.com
With soft hues and organic shapes, the latest furniture and accessories take an all-natural approach. Woody table Marcel Wanders for moooi The exuberant Dutch designer takes a playful turn with a portable wood side table imbued with the charm of a timid deer—the inspiration for the form. Puff Ball Faye Toogood for Matter Made Faye Toogood’s first full lighting collection emulates mushrooms with its rounded forms and earth-toned hues. To achieve this effect, Toogood used raw fiberglass and tumbled aluminum. In addition to the table lamp (shown), there is a wall sconce, floor lamp, and room divider. Halves side table MDMS Studio for Muuto Canadian design collective MDMS joins the New Nordic club with an asymmetric side table. The piece is made from an acrylic-stone composite that calls to mind polished concrete. Catch Rock table light Lindsey Adelman for Nilufar Gallery The designer best known for her treelike glass-and-brass fixtures has branched out with a sculptural new table light that adds a granite block to the familiar material palette, with unexpected results. Cloudscape chair Diesel Living for Moroso Part of a collection designed for casual entertaining, this slouchy seat with stonewashed linen invites users to sink into its relaxed form.
The classic hexagonal City Park Paver® by Unilock comes to life with the Umbriano® granite-like finish, creating a modern pixelated pattern.Like what you see? Don't miss our latest edition of AN Interior, out now!