If the world had taken a different turn, Daniel Libeskind would have been a professional pianist. The Polish-born architect was once a talented music student on scholarship.
Managua is Nicaragua’s bustling capital city. Drive two hours southwest, however, and you'll find 12 verdant acres in the seaside town of Rivas, where Aqua Wellness Resort holds court as a Rain Forest Alliance–verified hospitality project master-planned by Adache Group Architects and Sorrenti Architects and designed by Karin Eigner Architecture.
A walk through her local neighborhood on trash day—when streets are littered with plastic destined for the landfill—inspired Trofe to create the biodegradable Mush-Lume lamp made from Ecovative Design's amalgamation of mushroom mycelium and agricultural byproducts such as corn stalks and seed husks.
Treviso-based Matteo Zorzenoni grew up in the North of Italy close to Venice surrounded by a community of glass blowers, ceramicists and metalworkers—an upbringing which has helped to shape his material-driven work.