Manivelle is a digital signage network that enables playful discovery and exploration of culture and knowledge. Deployed in public and semi-public spaces, its digital contents enhances the experience of users in cities, libraries, universities and cultural institutions.
Commissioned to design a warm and friendly user experience and to craft an identity that would clearly distinguish Manivelle from commercial signage, Dikini created a free-standing display reminiscent of a poster resting on a wooden easel. The kind of display commonly found in cafés, local shops or community organizations. The screen is mounted from behind in a generous white Corian frame that provides a rather lightweight look to the digital signage and helps create a clear visual frontier with the surroundings. To reinforce the illusion of a thin display, The bulky screen is also concealed between the legs of the white oak wood frame and almost disappears from the composition.
The crank (manivelle) is more than a gadget. It creates a playful and tactile experience to the user, facilitates content exploration and signals the interactive nature of the interface to the passer-by.
Industrial Design: Dikini
Interaction Design: Manivelle
Photos: Dikini & Manivelle
Bistro is a compact, stackable wood chair manufactured by hand. Deceptively simple, it’s been designed to achieve an effective yet singular construction. The dowels, basic elements of the composition, gather to form a rounded and modern silhouette that proudly exposes its essential constructive components.
Photos: JS Dénommé
Water has the power to create vibrant public spaces by providing an oasis of refreshment, contemplation, socialization and play.
A collaborative water playground for kids of all ages
Inspired by a flowing stream, Water Journeys is a set of four public game modules that connect to create a giant chain reaction of play. The water runs through channels and pools in which kids and adults can interact with a range of props to modify the flow. Since the game is embedded in the ground and plays with the flow of water (rather than sprays), everyone can enjoy the installation without getting fully wet.
A modular design that adapts to any urban landscape
Water Journey is an all-in-one kit that can be installed anywhere. We used GFRC – glass fiber reinforced concrete, a lightweight material used for architectural panels, to produce the triangular slabs that compose each module. These modules canbe connected together to create multiple layout configurations and to fit the needs and constraints of a given site. Thanks to GFRC, these slabs are light, structurally strong, and can be shipped worldwide at a reasonable cost.
Turning public space into play space
Water Journey has the ability to create connections between people, as the action of one participant impacts that of another further down the stream. The interaction is enhanced by the collaboration between users and encourages socialization – thus creating a shared collective experience for everyone.
Good Design Award - category children products - 2015
Grands Prix du Design - category urban furniture - 2014
Project lead and industrial design : Dikini
Interaction design : Daily Tous les Jours
Prototyping : Dix2
Photos : Vortex, Dikini
Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
A network of small, free standalone libraries for children
Inspired by the “take a book, leave a book” movement, the Croque-Livres project has been deployed across the province of Quebec to instill the joy and excitement of reading in children up to 12 years old.
A cost-effective, weatherproof, customizable, ready-to-assemble structure
Since Croque-Livres would be distributed across the province of Quebec, ease of shipping and assembly was crucial. The product also had to be adaptable to multiple installation contexts, robust, weatherproof in all seasons, and fabricated for less than $200.
The final product is a system of flat, ready-to-assemble baltic birch plywood pieces—a material that is not only lightweight, but also encourages customization. The tongue-and-groove construction helps impermeability and facilitates the assembly process by minimizing the necessity for tools. Once put together, the box attracts kids’ attention and reinforces the network’s iconic imagery: the ‘mouth’ of the library literally communicates the notion of “consuming books” (croque-livres).
Connecting communities through the pleasure of reading
By providing greater access to books, Croque-Livres contributes to alleviating the effects of poverty through improved education. Since launching in 2014, nearly 250 Croque-Livres have been adopted by schools, institutions, daycares, and private organizations.
Grand Prix Strat 2015
North American Excellence Awards 2015
Industrial Design: Dikini
Design graphique: Caroline Reumont
Web content management: Espace Temps
Photos : Dikini, Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
Amateur Intelligence Radio (AIR) is a radio station hosted by a building, St. Paul’s Union Depot. It allows people to connect to this historic setting and to each other. As they come and go, AIR narrates activities within its walls and stages little interventions on the site, both landmark and living room for the city.
AIR shares interactive content provided both by its artificial intelligence and by commuters. Its synthetic voice hosts radio shows dynamically created with real-time data such as weather conditions, the number of people in the room, bus schedules, foot traffic, and more. AIR also has an online platform that allows people to listen and contribute to radio shows from anywhere.
For on-site listening, five interactive stations (Clock, Door, Social, Waiting, and River) allow passersby to plug in and listen to the voice of the building. Each listening station offers a different vantage point of the space, connects to the stories being told, and can be discreet or bold to discover.
A project by Daily Tous les Jours
Industrial design : Alexandre Landry, Dikini
Pictures and film : Daily tous les jours
City of Terrebonne
A public furniture collection for a new neighbourhood
The city of Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada, commissioned a consortium of landscape architects, lighting designers and industrial designers to build Urbanova, a new community adhering to the most recent standards in sustainable suburban development. Our contribution was a collection of subtle public furniture, including a bench and table, a bus shelter, signage, a bike rack, a recycling bin, and a display column.
Fostering greater harmony with nature
In Terrebonne, urban pockets are scattered across a mostly natural landscape. We thus wanted to design pieces that would blend into the environment in a more organic manner. To accomplish this, we favoured soft shapes and designed a non-linear support that gives landscape architects the flexibility to plan layouts that take into consideration the natural surroundings.
Industrial design: Dikini
Project lead and landscape architecture: Projet Paysage
Lighting design: Gilles Arpin
We are fortunate to work on a regular basis with designers Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck of New York city. This collaboration gives us access to important American clients such as JC Penney.
We contributed to the design of a collection of kitchen gadget and tools made of polished stainless steel that includes more then 40 items. It joins a larger range of home objects and accessories brought together under the brand JC Penney EVERYDAY™.
Project lead: Birsel + Seck
Industrial design: Dikini
Pictures: Birsel + Seck
A public furniture collection that celebrates collective space
Conceived to mark the 30th anniversary of Équiparc, the urban furniture manufacturer, Dimanche adds warmth and refinement to public spaces. The collection’s harmonious design and proportions also enables smooth integration into both urban and rural landscapes.
Promoting the appropriation of public space
Featuring delicate curves, generous pieces of white oak wood, welcome armrests, and invisible assemblies, the Dimanche collection instills the feeling of luxury usually associated with domestic comfort. The understated, high-quality equipment is designed to create relaxing and convivial public spaces.
Grands Prix du Design - category urban furniture - 2013
Photos: Adrien Williams
Interior and furniture design of Café Différence located in the Quartier International de Montréal area.
Les Enfants de la Bolduc
The Machine à Turlute is a custom designed trailer with a musical disc-based interface that plays sounds of Turlute composed and sung by different contemporary artists. The Machine has been touring Quebec since 2011.
A projet by Daily tous les jours
Industrial design : Dikini
Photos and film : Philippe Tremblay-Berberi, Geoffrey Boulangé
More water, less material
A pipe emerges out of the ground in the park. A breach in the pipe releases the water. As much as being water efficient, we believe the fountain should be material efficient as well.
The fountain is conceived as a water device instead of an ornamental object. The focus isn’t the object but the water. The fountain is formed as a loop. Expressing the flow of the water out and back to the ground. The shape is playful, iconic and nevertheless subtle. Its single body acts as structure, carries the water and integrates seamlessly tap and drain.
The fountain is easy to use and self-explanatory. Its compact shape makes the access to the jet easy even for users in wheelchair. The release button is big and can be pushed with the hand instead of the fingers. The water-jet is projected horizontally to enable comfortable drinking and facilitate bottle filling.
The fountain is reduced to a minimum of components and capitalizes on strength properties and economy of material. The main body is made of a custom aluminum extrusion bent into shape. Aluminum offers lightness, strength and high corrosion resistance while being affordable. The tap and drain are cast in aluminum as well.
The foundation is built of precast lightweight concrete to reduce on-site operations. The base is buried with local ground and can be covered with grass. It includes a cover with limited access to the water connection, the drainage system and the pressure regulator. During the installation, the body is embedded in the base mechanically after its connection to the water inlet and outlet.