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 spaces around us. Design is solution; technology is art.

Our areas of expertise include research, ideation, design and development of interactive experiences - any application of technology in a creative context. Functional prototyping is a fundamental part of our design process. 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
+ data visualization
+ computational graphics
+ sensors, microcontrollers and all things electronic
+ software and firmware development
+ networked devices


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).