An Excursion from the City to the Tip of your Finger

Part of: The Red October: Discovery of an Island


For Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian, it’s not the scale of the project that matters; they may take on enormous architectural endeavours one moment and think up edible ornaments for your fingers the next. For their lecture, they will share some of their experiences in design, on both micro and macro level.

Over the past decade, these architects have managed to collaborate with some of the world’s leading firms (SANAA and Herzog & de Meuron) and have dreamed up an amazing array of innovative ideas: silverware designed to be worn on the fingers, a device that can boost one’s hearing while listening to music, and a module system for saving favourite smells, to name just a few.

One of the largest projects undertaken by Portilla-Kawamura and Ganjavian so far isStudio Banana, an enormous cellar in Madrid which has been converted into a workspace for young designers, architects and artists. The space also hosts lectures, exhibitions and public discussions, all of which activities are covered by the internet channel Studio Banana TV.