WHAT WE DO
Aeolab is a design & technology firm founded by Elise Co and Nikita Pashenkov.
We specialize in projects that cross boundaries: from online to in-person,
physical to digital, often spanning multiple technologies and always within the
context of creating a compelling experience. We believe in the
beauty of technology and its capacity to enable complex tasks, communicate
stories, and enhance the spaces around us.
Our areas of expertise include
interactive software & hardware, environmental installations, responsive lighting
systems, and electronic device prototyping.
Design is solution; technology is art.
We are constantly looking to expand our portfolio of projects large and miniature
through collaboration with like-minded companies and individuals.
Our services include:
+ research and ideation for devices, spaces, and sites
+ custom hardware design and circuit layout
+ software system design and programming
+ lighting design, control and automation
+ architectural interventions and enhancements
+ networked devices
+ hybrid software/firmware/hardware/online systems
+ installation design and engineering
WHO WE ARE
Elise Co is a multimedia designer and programmer.
She is a former Professor of New Media at the Hochschule für Gestaltung
und Kunst in Basel, Switzerland, where she taught courses in interaction
design and physical computing. Co holds a Master of Science degree in
Media Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from MIT.
At the MIT Media lab, Co explored the synthesis of fashion and technology.
Her work has been shown internationally, including at the Museum of Modern
Art NY, SIGGRAPH, IMRF Tokyo, Cooper Union, and the New York Art Directors Club.
Nikita Pashenkov was born in the former Soviet Union, lived in USA since 1991,
and in Japan between 2003-2004. He earned a Bachelors Degree with Honors from Architecture
School at Princeton University and Master of Science from MIT. He has worked as a
researcher with Aesthetics & Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and later
at GK Tech Inc, a branch of the Japanese industrial design conglomerate GK Design Group.
His work investigates the intersection between design, programming and electronics
technology and has been featured in exhibitions at MoMA (New York), Institute of
Contemporary Art (London), Eyebeam Atelier (New York), and Ginza Gallery (Tokyo).