April 2018, a wooden SpaceShip lands in Milan

Rubner SpaceShip, Fuorisalone 2018 April 2018, a wooden spaceship lands in front of the Castello Sforzesco, in Milan. Leaning on its metal feet, the wooden cabin opens through a door that becomes a ramp allowing visitors to access an evocative and Planet friendly futuristic environment. The Rubner SpaceShip is the new concept-building exhibited at the 2018 … Continue reading

IED MonsterTiling 2017

MonsterTiling is a system of intelligent components for architectural skins developed by the students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design of IED Torino in order to enhance passive behaviour on the external layer of the building envelope with the final goal to reduce energy needs. Each component is specialised for different and unique … Continue reading

SAMMY P. first showcase @ Ventura Lambrate 2016

Our students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design at IED Torino spent the last 5 weeks practicing 3d modeling and parametric design softwares, digital fabrication techniques and physical computing with Arduino/Genuino. The result is the amazing installation SAMMY P. entirely designed and fabricated by them in this incredible short time. Mission impossible: accomplished! SAMMY … Continue reading

LillyBot flies to Dublin

From May Day to the 19th of July, LillyBot 2.0 will be at the Science Gallery in Dublin in the exhibit Home/Sick – post domestic bliss. HOME\SICK: POST-DOMESTIC BLISS explores how our homes might be reconfigured and reimagined as centres of connection in spite of emigration, of intimacy in spite of digital distraction, of food and … Continue reading


During the Milano Fashion Week, from 25th February to 2 March 2015, in the Hotel Boscolo Milano Lounge (Corso Matteotti 30, Milano), an installation that we designed and produced for Nikon Shool and Alfredo Sabbatini, will welcome visitors of the exhibit of vintage pop fashion models curated by Franco Jacassi. On display dresses by Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, Emilio Pucci, … Continue reading

Parametric Pizza Tower for Comieco at Salone del Gusto 2014

We designed and built a parametric little tower (3m h) out of circa 1,000 pizza box for Comieco (the italian consortium for recycling paper packaging) that has been on display in Torino Lingotto during the Salone del Gusto 2014. The aim of the installation was to promote the use of cardboard pizza box as a safe, … Continue reading

salone del gusto 2014

Next week, our Parametric Pizza Tower, specially designed and produced for Comieco, will be on show at the Salone del Gusto in Torino. If you’re around, don’t miss, it will be in Piazza della Pizza. If you’re elsewhere, stay tuned, pics will come soon!

cg interview about algae on dutch television (vpro)

During the Dutch Design Week, I’ve been interviewed by VPRO about possible applications of algal technology in design and architecture. funny enough… cg

Lilly-bot @ Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven

It’s an intense fall! After the great Maker Faire Rome, we will be on stage again at Now Future – Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven 19-27 October. If you’re around join us at the Klokgebouw exhibition,  hal 2, position no: 21. We will be exhibiting the brand new member of the WaterLilly family, Lilly-bot, developed with the support of … Continue reading

WaterLilly @ the Milano Design week show off

Ecco un po’ di immagini di WaterLilly alla Milano Design Week 2013 in mezzo ai suoi amici smanettoni!

Water Lilly @ Share Festival 2012 in Torino

water lilly algal bloom from cesare griffa on Vimeo. From October 30th to November 11th the video “Water Lilly algal bloom”  is on show in Torino at the “Share Festival 2012 – Open your City“. While introducing the basic concepts of photo bio reactors, the 3 minutes clip shows the construction and the public exhibition … Continue reading

Ljubljana Water Lillies

After the Palazzo Bembo Water Lilly in Venice, we went to Ljubjljana, where we set up a sister installation at the Museum of Architecture and Design for the BIO.23 Ljubljana Design Biennal. The new Water Lillies have a few upgrades: RGB LED systems, algae solution tank and Arduino control panel embedded in the wooden structures, … Continue reading

Water Lilly Venice video

Waterlilly Venice from cesare griffa on Vimeo. Here’s a video telling the stories around Water Lilly over the last few months.

Waterlilly Venice Final Set up

Here are some pictures shot last week at Palazzo Bembo showing the final set up of the Waterlilly installation in the exhibit Traces of Centuries and Future Steps.

Venice Party!

Last week: big events in Venice for the opening of the 13. Architecture Biennale. Our Waterlilly was present at Palazzo Bembo Parties on August 27th and 28th, and was the only creature around filled with green liquid instead of orange Spritz! She sill stay there untill November 19th. If you’re around Rialto Brodge, drop by! … Continue reading

Water Lilly arrived in Venice

Some pictures of the arriving in Venice of Water Lilly last friday. After a car trip fromTorino, and a Vaporetto ride, Water Lilly, Federico, Antonio and me arrived to Palazzo Bembo. It took 5 hours to attach the wall sticker, hang Water Lilly, and mount the service furniture. A couple of days before the opening … Continue reading

Water Lilly workshop @ Fablab Torino (2)

Some images from the two workshops hels @ FablabTorino on July 4th and July 9th. The third and last workshop will be on July 16th. Three groups are working with Arduino boards to add interactive behaviour to Water Lilly. The idea is that she is a social creature that likes to have people approaching her, she’s … Continue reading


In this period, the studio looks like a science lab. We are growing a strain of chlorella to be used in “Water Lilly”, the photo bio-reactor installation we are preparing for the exhibit “Traces of Centuries and Future Steps” collateral event of the Venice Biennale of Architecture on August 25th 2012 at Palazzo Bembo. Hopefully, by the ends … Continue reading

Eco e Narciso @ Artissima 18

Our installation for the Provincia di Torino project Eco e Narciso at Artissima 18 has been a great success! We estimated that 3,000 visitors played with the little green creatures making them grow big! Visitors were asked to choose one of the seven possible answers to the apparently simple question “what is art” by placing … Continue reading

Lingua Madre @ Salone del Libro Torino 2011

We directed the construction of  the Regione Piemonte big stand  (600 sqm) Lingua Madre. During the five days of the Salone del Libro, presentations, lectures, concerts and main events will take place in the arena, that can host up to 200 people. Lingua Madre is a project of Regione Piemonte to support the storytelling of … Continue reading