CICCIO Intimacy Florence Photo by Ivan Gasparini
CICCIO Intimacy Florence Photo by Ivan Gasparini

CICCIO Intimacy @ Beyond Media

Interaction Design Institute Ivrea presents itself with CICCIO, an inflatable interactive environment, at Beyond Media, a yearly international festival, exhibition and event in Florence, dedicated to Intimacy (2-12 october 2003).

Beyond Media is one of the main events on the use of new communications technologies in architecture. It is promoted by the Department of Technology in Architecture and Design of the University of Florence, curated by Marco Brizzi and organised by iMage. The exhibition and events, which take place in Florence’s Spazio Alcatraz and Ospedale degli Innocenti, features 19 schools and 51 architects from all over the world.

CICCIO, which stands for Curiously Inflatable Computer Controlled Interactive Object, uses simple and flexible technology to encourage experimentation and fast iteration of design and spatial ideas.

When visiting CICCIO, one enters a place that can be controlled, dynamically modified and programmed. Interactive furniture, sensors on the skin and a local area network point to a future full of possibilities while connecting users with broader information systems. In Florence, it features an interactive environment of colours and sounds. CICCIO is an explorative technology system that innovates the manifold space of interactive environments.

Interaction-ivrea: Designed by: Dario Buzzini, Massimo Banzi, Stefano Mirti, Walter Aprile, Britta Boland, Daniele Mancini (UNPACKED Studio), Line Ulrike Christiansenn, Karmen Franinovich, Eyal Fried

Sponsored by: Interaction Design Institute Ivrea



// What is

UNPACKED Studio is a professional practice based in Rome (Italy) operating within the traditional fields of architecture and urban planning but also interested in exploring the contemporary through other creative approaches.

// What we do

UNPACKED Studio provides services in the fields of Design, Communication, Architecture, Urban Planning, Participatory Process, Innovative Education and Research.

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// Mission

UNPACKED Studio is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving several professionals from diverse disciplines. We like experimenting cutting-edge approaches between digital and analog.

// Who we are

UNPACKED Studio has been founded by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators.

Daniele Mancini is Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture. He worked in France at Jakob+ MacFarlane Architects and in The Netherlands at Wiel Arets Architects. He is currently involved in teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Roma.

Irene Rinaldi worked in Spain at De La Puerta Architects and in Italy at Schiattarella Associati where participated to the design of Italian Pavillon for the Japan Expo 2005 in Aichi (Nagoya)

UNPACKED Studio started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia”.