Interviews

Green design from NYC towards the future


Visionary and creative, Carla Diana, a New Yorker of Italian origin, imagines and designs very original solutions that introduce technology and robotics into homes without breaking into them, but with constant references to design and art. Without ever forgetting that energy should not be wasted, and waste should be reduced. She is a 360-degree artist and green.

1) What is your work most focused on?

I look towards the future and project domestic robots, above all, "playing" on the relationship between animal (including man) and machine. I love mechanical objects and music and I am deeply curious, I like to grasp daily stimuli and transform them into achievable projects that combine industrial design and technologies to provide solutions that close the gap between the digital and real world.

2) How was the “Directives” furniture line born?

It was born as a design-on-demand line and integrates language and poetry, making it part of everyday life. Each piece is created around a concise, simple statement, which becomes, thanks to the design, a personal and original daily reminder. In the collection there is a stool for "rest", a desk for "work", a mirror to invite you to "reflect", a bench for "share" and a clock that recalls "measure".

3) Melody Toy Man electronic, besides being nice, what other green features does it have?
Toys always like, electronic ones, like Melody Toy Man, they are often even more seductive due to the light, sound and movement, but when batteries are required it is annoying. It is a waste. Since play is, by its very nature, an activity that includes physical movement, why not exploit that movement to power itself as a toy?

4) How?

MelodyMan is the first robot in the world to turn the handle, on the belly, to see it come to life. It is like a modern version of a classic music box, its face lights up with an animated series of lights accompanied by customizable music.

5) Uberobjects: what is it about?

It is a series of virtual objects, because there are too many objects that are often useless in our homes. After a while they are often thrown away and become waste. I thought of creating an immaterial alternative, to replace the desire for physical things. It has become an art installation to reflect on our desire for objects.

6) Inlet-Outlet: does it have to do with energy?

Yes, especially with electrical sockets, present in every room in our homes and offices. I thought: what if each of these charge points, in addition to an "entrance" to access the energy of the grid, could also become the channel to return some of it back? ". In our homes there are systems for solar and wind energy, for example, so I thought of extending the concept of electrical socket in our living spaces through an integrated, easy to use system.

Created in collaboration with Jeff Hoefs

7) How does it work?

In addition to the normal power outlet function, there is a kit that allows you to convert some household items into energy generators, which can be connected to inlet-outlets. There are many possible applications, even gym equipment, for example, such as the exercise bike. And then appliances that they convert heat into energy. Furthermore, the presence of inlet-outlets in our homes will certainly encourage the development of new devices that are capable of providing energy to power the grid again.

Video: How Green Roofs Can Help Cities. NPR (October 2020).