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A curated collection and workshop on handmade and sustainable objects, made in northern Thailand and Laos from local materials. These objects, made after traditional designs, smartly utilize the properties of natural materials in their method of making. The wooden headrest is carved from one single piece of wood, creating two interlocking parts which can be folded. The reed basket is flexible and self-closing, obtaining its functionality from the way the reed strips are bent and assembled. Mario Gagliardi 2013.
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These fans, made from brightly colored reed strips, display two distinct patterns on the front and the back.
The top of this very lightweight and sturdy basket opens by means of its flexible structure created from bent reed strips.
The foldable headrest is a traditional Thai design made from one single piece of wood, carved to create two interlocking parts.
These maracas work by way of dried seeds encased in a dried fruit shell. They are attached to wooden handles and painted in fun colors.
woven fan
Southeast Asian dishes often come with a side of freshly washed herbs (cilantro, mint). These traditional woven cups allow the herbs to dry and dissipate water to the bottom.
Woven covers in intricate designs protect plates of food from flies and bugs while allowing for air circulation.
A basket plate
wooden spoons
  Inspirations.  
Haribo Centennial
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Spring 2020 - Project 2 - MassArt
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Pierre Bonnard: The Memory of Colors
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Objects of Desire
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Chromaglass
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Nature morte/Nature vivante
Until recently, artists, designers and architects were used to working with inert, non-living materi...
HYFY
HYFY is a project to rethink the functions, structures and formal expressions of audio hardware.
Upcycled
Furniture design from upcycled materials: Stools from old rubber tyres, oil barrels and washing mach...
chair_ONE
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Cazal
Glasses by German manufacturer Cazal were considered a sought-after accessory in New York's hip-hop ...
Reactive Space
Inspired by Plato´s allegory of the cave, this is an architectural study for spaces reacting to its...
Omnidirectional microphone
Design for an omnidirectional microphone, recording sound from all spatial directions. Recorded soun...
Speaker
A sculptural speaker rendered with GLSL signed distance functions. (C) Mario Gagliardi 2018
Rudolf Belling
Rudolf Belling was sculptor, designer, architect and stage designer. In 1908, he founded a studio fo...
Streampal
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The e-scooter Boom
The German Ministry of Transport announced that it will legalize e-scooters as road vehicles. All Ge...
Jonathan Ive leaves Apple
On June 28, Apple´s chief designer Jonathan Ive (born 1967) announced that he would leave Apple lat...
Abstract Form
Click 4 times on the canvas and watch how an abstract form is generated: https://www.mariogagliardi....
Essential Water
In many regions of the planet, water is increasingly becoming rare. Our understanding of water, refl...
The Venice Pavillon
The Venice Pavillon interprets the history of Venice as a point of contact between West and East. Sh...
Collaborative City Planning
The result of the Zero Carbon project: a collaborative scale model of the prototype site, close to t...
Generative Botany
An early app for generative graphics, realized in 2000 in the (now deprecated) Adobe Flash. To use t...
Cognition
This experiment looks at the process of human cognition. Letters get progressively filled with color...
Creative Changemakers & Future City
Promotional sites for the initiative Creative Changemakers and the event Future City. (C) 2018 MGD M...
The Persona Project
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Blacker Box
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Stories of the Future
A generator for news headlines of the future. Every 9 seconds, a new story is generated: http://mar...
The flower of a word
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Oilspill, Carpet, Camouflage
Pattern generators for interesting surface patterns and backgrounds. Click "Start" to start, "Change...
Alessandro Mendini 1931-2019
For Alchimia, design is a cyle: everything that will have to happen has already happened, and the im...
VAW
In late 2018, we proposed a strategic repositioning of Vienna Art Week. We suggested a fundamental...
Typography
Collection of beautiful typography and graphic design.
Digital Biology
Interior studies for public indoor spaces merging digital and biological environments. Wall modules ...
Podchain
Podchain is an integrated design concept for on-demand autonomous transport. To optimize kinetic ene...
Fashion, Food, Transport
FUTURE CITY premiered at Vienna Art Week 2018 on November 20, 2018, at MAK Museum of Applied Arts in...
WRECK--Regeneration Experiment of Wasted Daily-use Ceramics from Chaozhou, China
WRECK, the destruction of decorum, the ruin of culture. BENTU went deep into daily-use ceramics indu...
Time
How do you express time without numbers or watch hands? Clocks abstract time into a measurable, un...
Low cost urban transport
Combining contemporary technology with a focus on low cost and reliability, this neighborhood transp...
AI assistant
With the advance of digitalisation, items which once had a central position in households have disap...
Hybrid urban scooter
A low-cost hybrid urban scooter for developing countries running either on electric battery or on bi...
Omnidirectional Speaker
Sculptural ominidirectional speakers, projecting sound recorded from an omnidirectional microphone i...
An organic structure for bikes
A sports bike for urban and mountain environments. The aluminium frame provides for increased stabil...
Stories of You
REVOIR is an interactive mirror, activated by emotion detection to create stories through visual lan...
Cooking with myth
IOTAO is a series of IoT - enabled domestic cooking devices for the Chinese market which reinterpret...
Emotional drones
タマ tama : ball, sphere; also jewel, spirit, soul タマタマ tamatama : by chance Balloon drone...
S tables
modul for table
One Hundred Thousand Games
One Hundred Thousand Games is an online game with unlimited levels. It takes the genre of first-per...
life in color
the world in fun colors
Unfolding sound spaces
Conventional audio speakers require the listener to sit in a certain spot to get the best audio expe...
Emotibots
Emotibots are shape-shifting social home robots interacting with humans. Robots will in the future i...
Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities
The Vitra Campus has a new exhibition space: in one of the houses at the southern entrance, a Black ...
Cellular Automata: A design language for industrial silk
Handmade Mudmee silk is part of the cultural heritage of Thailand and Laos with a tradition reaching...
Breathe
The determined breaths of a glassblower are seldom included in the finished product of their labour,...
City Garden II ´Spaces´
Family garden for 5: spacy rooms
Charles Tassin
Interior designer Charles Tassin has developed a very personal approach to decoration. Merging the s...
penccil: This was 2017
The penccil year in review is a project selection for 2017, this year curated by Mario Gagliardi. Se...
Cutting the edges
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NuSA
Flags are symbols of identification. Designed at the time of the formation of a country, they transp...
Functional Pasta
Pasta based on the geometry of a Möbius strip, a geometric surface with the distinction of having o...
We Ar
University of Sunderland MA Glass and Ceramics Show
An evolutionary algorithm for bike design
A learning algorithm randomly creates simplified body designs for bikes. As they race along the test...
Coffee maker
Visualization of the process of coffee making. The aim was not to use words.
Mapping Reality
During a walk through Berlin Moabit I sketched my perception of the surrounding streets. The result ...
TYPOGRAPHY
RESEARCH
Green Architecture…. Is it blessing or curse!!
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Vico Magistretti
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Glowscape
Study for a LED light installation. LED diodes are installed on a net of wires and placed over the l...
Intuitive Feedback for Human-Machine Interfaces
Tangible human-machine interfaces such as remote controls are based on a linear logic with designate...
Structured Reflection
These 3D-printed vases feature finely faceted surface structures which create intriguing light refle...
Mapping movement to music
This concept for a portable digital sound control device predicted a wrap-around display and intuiti...
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Citta design development
Images from the design development for the cabinet system "Citta" Design: Mario Gagliardi
Tessuto
Brass bowl "Tessuto" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa
Sole
Dining chair "Sole" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Chicco and Onde
Pillows "Chicco" and "Onde" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Isole
Couch tables "Isole" Design: Mario Gagliardi
Goccia
Side table "Goccia" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Nuvole
Shelf "Nuvole" Design: Mario Gagliardi
Quadrifoglio
Side tables "Quadrifoglio" Design: Mario Gagliardi
Paravento
Paravent "Paravento" Design: Mario Gagliardi
Luna
Lamp "Luna" Design: Mario Gagliardi
Khalifa
Storage unit/couch table "Khalifa" in 70/30 brass. Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Fumetto
Highback chair "Fumetto" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario & Casa.
Libreria
Multifunctional lounge chair and lounge set "Libreria" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Cavaliere
Stool "Cavaliere" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Dadi
Brass object "Dadi". Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Villici
Wooden toy figurines "Villici" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Fabrics
Development of a silk, cotton and linen upholstery fabric line for Mario and Casa.
Ryoku
Lounge chair "Ryoku" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Catenina
Side table "Catenina" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Aurora
Lounge chair "Aurora" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Estelle
Dining chair "Estelle" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Cambia
Lounge chair "Cambia" with exchangeable seating pillows Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Circoli and Paisley
Throws "Circoli" and "Paisley". Handcrafted in Kashmir with local Cashmere wool. Design: Mario Gagli...
UFO
Couch table "UFO" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Mezzaluna
Dining chairs "Mezzaluna Hi" and "Mezzaluna Lo" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Metamorfosi
Dining table series "Metamorfosi" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Amatera
Bench "Amatera" Design: Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Apero
Lounge chair "Apero" designed by Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Aitutaki
Armchair "Aitutaki" designed by Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Whiskey Bay Press Merc
Merch
Bookcover mockup
book cover design idea
Room
How light, color and space define emotions.
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Alpina
Chair "Alpina" designed by Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Guazzo
Pillows "Guazzo" Design Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Pianeti
Rug set "Pianeti", designed by Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa. Handcrafted in 100% New Zealand M...
Flow
Dining Table "Flow" designed by Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Gran Turismo
Lounge chair Gran Turismo, Design Mario Gagliardi for Mario and Casa.
Fairy Clouds
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Digital Vases
A generator for digital vase forms. Move the cursor around the screen to choose colors, then click r...
Printed textures
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Candy Morandi
Giorgio Morandi's ceramic vessels have been the inspiration for this project. Morandi´s objects are...