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A ‘connected apartment’ by sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling


Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling has curated an apartment inside an old industrial building in Turin, Italy, bringing together various designs to create a ‘connected apartment’ of the future.

Best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, Sterling has combined the use of local furniture and interior design expertise with open-source electronics.


Known as Casa Jasmina, the contemporary apartment is furnished with more than 15 different objects or devices that are either made using open-source blueprints, or feature connected home technologies.

The space, shared by Officine Arduino, an interactive electronics manufacturer promoting the open source culture, will also act as a laboratory for testing new products and ideas, with the furnishings and devices in the space continually evolving and changing

Much of the furniture in the space has been made by local “maker” businesses, who manufacture their own products.

“Maker spaces, hackspaces and collaborative design offices are appearing all over the world as part of a big, global trend toward open-source design, networked collaboration and digital manufacturing,” said Sterling to Deezen. “But – in the future – what would it be like to live that way in daily life?”

“Casa Jasmina, the ‘open-source connected home of the future,’ is here to explore that opportunity.”

Italian brand Valcucine has also contributed with its Meccanica kitchen, a system with a lightweight frame and innovative design. It is aimed at both the detail-oriented user who can think outside the box and the young

Images courtesy of Valcucine

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August 5, 2015 | Property | View comments

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