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Carla DianaFounder, Smart Interaction Lab

Smart Design

Carla enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital.

She is a big believer in continuous tinkering and 2011 she founded the Smart Interaction Lab at Smart Design, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of hacking and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and presence and awareness.

In 2010, Carla took her studio on the road as one of MAD Museum’s Open Studio Artists in Residence where her creations were open for public viewing. Her recent article, "Talking, Walking Objects", which appeared on the cover of the Sunday Review this January, is a good representation of her view of our robotic future.