Frida Escobedo’s 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion courtyard opens in London’s Hyde Park on 15 June, and the anticipation is high for several reasons. First, Escobedo is the youngest architect tapped for the prestigious project. The material—a British-made, gray cement—maintains her love of locally sourced components. And it certainly brings a powerful display of Mexican modernism to the park for its 18th pavilion commission. Every year …

Electronic Sign Language Translator

Futuristic workwear in Milan, London's new Serpentine Pavilion, electronic sign language and more in our weekly look at the web

When a film appeared online demonstrating that a team of young Swedish engineers were working with Google on a wristband that could translate sign language into spoken word, everyone thought, “Well, that’s a genius idea.” Unfortunately, the video was the creation of advertising students and the concept isn’t actually under development. That said, one of the students noted that Google does believe it’s technically possible—maybe …

Making of Luca Nichetto’s Tea Set

Futuristic workwear in Milan, London's new Serpentine Pavilion, electronic sign language and more in our weekly look at the web

Designed for Toronto gallery and shop Mjölk, the Aureola Tea Set by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva is a beautiful example of conscious design combined with natural materials. The set approaches tea drinking as a communal ritual that’s both familiar and new. To learn more about the multi-use set and the approach to “slow food” through design, nomadic living and prototyping, MOLD recently interviewed the …