nicolo | architectural materials,architecture,design | Monday, April 30th, 2012

Quito based firm founded in 1997 that is developing inspiring solutions to the underpriviliged and underserved primarily in Ecuador

Martin Jorgensen

nicolo | design | Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Danish designer who has looked at repurposing packaging such as shipping boxes so that it may be used as furniture or other life-saving and useful purposes


nicolo | design | Saturday, April 28th, 2012

The LuminAID solar light is simple and easy to use and provides 4-6 hours of light and fully charges in 5 hours


nicolo | architecture,design,green | Friday, April 27th, 2012

for the next week we will be featuring firms and innovators that are developing concepts and designs that press for social and environmental change. we begin with MASS Design Group (MASS), a 501(c)(3) pending, not-for-profit firm, which currently operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Partners In Health. MASS works to deliver the highest possible impact at the lowest possible cost to the groups they serve.


nicolo | design,furniture | Thursday, April 26th, 2012

an interesting modular office system particularly well suited for open offices that offers a wide variety of possible configurations, all fully ‘powered up’ and customizable

studio a+i

nicolo | architecture,design | Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

New York based firm that has been involved in projects from residential buildings to commercial retail and office spaces in New York, Argentina, Uruguay and Singapore

Hsieh Ying-Chun and Atelier-3

nicolo | architectural materials,architecture,design | Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

On May 12, 2008, Sichuan experienced an earthquake of magnitude 8.0 on the Richter scale. More than 2 million rural homes needed to be reconstructed. In the following month, Hsieh and the Rural Architecture Studio began work developing, constructing, and promoting waste-separating toilet facilities. At the end of July, they built the first model of a light-guage-steel-frame-and-adobe home. By the end of September, they had begun successively reconstructing rural homes in villages across Qingchuan, Wenchuan, and Maoxian Counties.


nicolo | architectural materials,architecture,design | Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Amongst several other interesting projects by this firm, ‘Aging in Africa’ sets out to be the first age-valued community on the African continent where the elderly can maintain a meaningful and healthy lifestyle in a comfortable and safe environment. It is a retirement community for Catholic priests that are excluded from the traditional, family based, model of elder care in Cote D’Ivoire.

DANTE 80!!!

nicolo | architecture,design | Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

My Father turns 80 today and I am proud to not only call him my Father and major inspiration but perhaps more importantly to attest to a life well lived (with many years ahead of him we hope!!!)… See his revolutionary work here… Tanti Auguri Babbone!!!


nicolo | product design | Saturday, April 21st, 2012

the newest offering from Ligne Roset is the Ploum seating, the fruit of much research into comfort. The result is a special combination of two materials: a stretchable covering and ultra-soft foam. This combination, along with the Ploum sofas’ truly ample dimensions, provides extreme comfort and accommodates different ways of sitting

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