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Canossa, outdoor kitchens by Scic Italia

Scic Italia presents Canossa, a modern and customizable kitchen for cozy and functional outdoor spaces

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Canossa is the new outdoor kitchen designed by Ser-John & Co for Scic Italia. Customizable to meet different tastes and needs, Canossa fits perfectly into any type of outdoor space, from the country garden to the industrial loft, up to the urban terrace. Canossa's simple and minimalist design is enhanced by additional elements that offer the same convenience as a traditional indoor kitchen.

Scic Italia: traditional kitchens with a contemporary turn

Canossa explores an evolved concept of luxury. The additional elements typical of traditional kitchens such as metals, handrails, brass and feet are reinterpreted in a contemporary way, giving the kitchen a timeless effect.

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Its metal matrix imposes a greater compositional rigor. The vertical brackets interrupt the rhythm of the composition, making it possible to match doors of different materials and thicknesses. Therefore, the same front can have 12 mm stoneware doors with groove opening and 27 mm doors in ribbed and lacquered glass with handle, or stone or walnut doors.

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The Canossa kitchen perfectly expresses the philosophy of Scic kitchens. It has a central area for installing systems, which makes electrical wiring and the connection of water and drains easier. Moreover, its suspended structure allows for the installation of any household appliance, including the dishwasher. Finally, through an exclusive adjustment mechanism of the leveling feet, the system can manage a floor 22 mm out of square, leaving the aesthetics of the entire design intact.

Italian design and art at Casa Italia, at Tokyo 2020

“Mirabilia” is the name of the project of Casa Italia, the home of the Italian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Wunderkammer, the cabinet of curiosities that used to house works of art and natural objects, provided inspiration for Casa Italia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Kihinkan – Takanawa Manor House, an architecture recalling the European houses of the early twentieth century, is the building that houses Casa Italia. This house has two floors, with rooms following one another, and is characterized by the presence of a fireplace in each room.

Tokyo 2020 is part of CONI’s project to communicate Casa Italia through the Italian lifestyle. This journey began at Rio 2016 with Horizontal, continued at Pyeongchang 2018 with Prospectum, and now at Tokyo 2020, in an edition inspired by “Wonder.” An interesting business card for made in Italy design.


A tapestry by Bonotto, made with 500 kg of yarn produced from recycled plastic, covers the façade of the building and measures 430 square meters. Woven with the Jumbo Jacquard artisanal technique, it was made with the ancient looms of the “Fabbrica Lenta,” a Renaissance workshop where art and industry come together.

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The lobby hosts a special installation with Rose Chair and Getsuen armchairs, created by Japanese designer Masanori Umeda for Edra. These pieces, donated by Umeda to the company in 1990, are on display in Japan for the first time. In the space of the staircase, there is an Atlas tapestry by Bonotto: it is 7 meters high and made with the ancient craft techniques of mechanical looms.


On the ground floor: made in Italy design and art

The first room hosts works by Elisa Sighicelli photographs printed on shiny satin sheets. The mirrored floor reflects a Boa sofa by the Campana brothers for Edra, surrounded by Getsuen armchairs.

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Mirrors are the leitmotif of the ground floor, which overlooks a garden with furniture by Ethimo and Gli Eroi installation by Giuseppe Gallo, twelve sculptures where small tree trunks are transformed into gigantic chairs.

In the third room, the protagonists are the table games by Hillsideout. The Pool Table is made from a mix of woods from Italy and the Amazon, representing the complexity of the Amazon Rainforest. Besides the pool table, this room houses a foosball table, also by Hillsideout. Called Pirlì, it is made from colored woods and lost-wax cast bronze by Michele Balestra.


Casa Italia’s restaurant to socialize at Tokyo 2020

On the first floor, Casa Italia’s restaurant is divided into various rooms, with walls covered with Alcantara panels. Green-blue tones characterize the rooms, furnished with Starlight tables, designed for Glas Italia by Tokujin Yoshioka, who also designed the Olympic Torch for Tokyo 2020. The furnishings of the restaurant also include Gilda and Gina chairs, by Jacopo Foggini for Edra.


An integral part of CONI’s project for Casa Italia, the restaurant continues in the three social rooms. The walls are covered with Alcantara panels, a material that has been certified as carbon neutral, overlaid with vertical cuts to create a dynamic effect. The rooms are furnished with large solid maple tables, designed by Leftover for Studio Effe, and Impossible Wood chairs, by Doshi and Levien for Moroso.

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Beyond the restaurant, there is a large corridor inspired by an imaginary railway carriage. A sky of Nuvem lamps, an adaptation of a work by artist Miguel Arruda made for Slamp, overlooks a “restaurant carriage,” with wallpaper by Silvia Stella Osella for Wall&Deco, and seats and tables by Gio Tirotto, made by Studio F. in Alcantara.

Marketing and Development Director, Coni: Diego Nepi Molineris
Masterplan: Architect Luca Galliano
Interiors Design: Claudia Pignatale (secondome)
Art Curators: Beatrice Bertini and Benedetta Acciari (Ex Elettrofonica)
Creative Director: Francesco de Figueiredo (Nero)
Interior Light Design: Marco Frascarolo and Stella Cardella (FABERtechnica)
Exterior Light Design: Massimo Pascucci
Art & Technology for Communication: Andrea Caracciolo (Informa Sistemi)
Photography: PH JIL-Studio

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Hotel Scandic Grand Central Helsinki

The former offices of Helsinki Central Station are now home to the exclusive Scandic Grand Central Helsinki hotel


Designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909, the building that used to house the administrative offices of Helsinki Central Station is a large Art Nouveau complex in the center of Finland's capital city. Therefore, the renovation and adaptive reuse project, by several architectural firms, had to respect historical preservation constraints. Today this complex houses a new hotel of the Scandic chain: Scandic Grand Central Helsinki.

Bardem, the modern speakeasy bar designed by Fyra, in central Helsinki

Wood City, an example of sustainable city in Helsinki


The extension of the original structure is a project by Futudesign, its restoration and recovery are by Soini & Horto Architects. The interior design, the concept design and the lighting design project are by Puroplan.

As it is a listed historic building, the designers have preserved the integrity of the existing structure, keeping the exterior façade and interior architectural elements unaltered, while establishing an interesting dialogue between history and contemporaneity.

“By interpreting Eliel Saarinen’s architecture boldly from a totally new perspective, the idea was to create contemporary architecture that makes both the old and the new elements interesting,” explains architect Aleksi Niemeläinen, Futudesign.

The reception desk of Scandic Grand Central Hotel in Helsinki

Interior architecture and decor

Scandic Grand Central’s interiors are characterized by the presence of original architectural elements. For example, the main entrance hall, staircase with wooden balustrades, corridors, lamps and Art Nouveau decorations belong to the first era.

The lounge area

The very spacious and bright rooms express an elegant and refined contemporary design that dialogues with the original architectural elements. Design and architecture enthusiasts can thus stay in the heart of Helsinki, in an environment brimming with history of contemporary design and architecture.

Moreover, each room offers impressive panoramic views of some of the city's main attractions, such as the National Theatre, the Ateneum Art Museum, Kaisaniemi Park and the area surrounding the station.

Scandic Grand Central Helsinki has 491 rooms and a lobby with a lounge area, as well as spacious conference rooms. The hotel also houses the cozy Brasserie Grand restaurant and Bar G as well as the Grand Ballroom event hall, which can accommodate up to 500 people. [Txt: Arianna Callocchia, Photo: Iikka Airas, Marc Goodwin, courtesy Scandic Grand Central Helsinki]

Bardem, the modern speakeasy bar designed by Fyra, in central Helsinki

Wood City, an example of sustainable city in Helsinki

DDN HUB at Fuorisalone 2021: the schedule

Discover the schedule (still being defined and constantly updated) of DDN HUB 2021: six days of meetings, exhibitions, debates and themed evenings, in Piazza del Cannone, with entrance next to the Triennale.

Milan’s Fuorisalone will be back from 4 to 10 September 2021. The program of the Fuorisalone includes the fourth edition of the event organized by DDN, DDN HUB. After DDN Inhabits in 2018, DDN Phutura in 2019, DDN HUB in September 2020, DDN HUB will be back as a protagonist of the Milan Design Week and Fuorisalone. The 2021 edition will be a special one and will take place in the special setting of Piazza del Cannone, within the Sforza Castle. The official entrance will be next to the Triennale, from Sempione Park.

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Below you will find the six days’ schedule, still being defined and constantly updated.


Sunday, 5 September

Renaissance-themed dinner in homage to the Sforza Castle, built between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance.

Monday, 6 September

Lusso gentile (kind luxury). Architecture, more exclusive hospitality and the kindness we need to face the near future.

Talk with Gianluca Borgna, General Manager Grand Hotel Alassio and founder of Lusso gentile, Giampaolo Grossi, General Manager Reserve Roastery Starbucks Italia, founder of Lusso gentile, Cristina Milani, founder of Gentletude, architect Paolo Asti, Roberta Possenti, Vice President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Giovanna Antico, General Manager Rocco Forte Hotels.

Gala dinner

Party&fashion show Metamorfosi by Elisabetta Polignano

Tuesday, 7 September

Official DDN awards ceremony with red carpet

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Wednesday, 8 September

Talk: Biophilia in interior architecture, with nEmo Gruppo Architetti

Thursday, 9 September

Talk: I have a dream. Design, overview of CarberlonCaroppi’s projects

Friday, 10 September

Talk: Looking with new eyes. The cutting edge of reusing and extending the life of materials, by BCF Design

Among the special events, there will be the launch of the first book on the History of Milan Design Week, published by DDN, and cooking demonstrations with chefs Enrico Derflingher, Gianni Tarabini, Viviana Varese, Paolo Gramaglia, Silvia Barocchi, Eugenio Boer, Roberto Balgisi.


There will also be several installations as usual. A large greenhouse, built by Privitera, will host the talks and will be available as a refreshment area. Moreover, electric bicycles will be available for free.


SIA, TTG, SUN: design for hospitality

SIA Hospitality Design will be back in Rimini from 13 to 15 October 2021

SIA 2021 Rooms exhibition, design StudioPepe

For its 70th anniversary, SIA Hospitality Design will be back in Rimini from 13 to 15 October 2021, in conjunction with TTG Travel Experience and SUN Beach&Outdoor Style. Italy’s most important marketplace for hospitality and beach tourism of the Italian Exhibition Group, has chosen as its theme for 2021 "Be Confident." Because trust is at the basis of the bond between tourism businesses and travelers.

SIA Hospitality Design 2021
SIA 2021 Rooms exhibition, design Andrea Auletta

There will be very interesting companies at SIA: the Contract pavilion has received confirmations from Colombini Group, Pollini, Mobilificio Sangiorgi, Caimi Brevetti, Maisons du Monde. The Rooms exhibition, conceived by designers Andrea Auletta, Studio Svetti, Contract Lab, STUDIOPEPE, Davide Cumini Studio, Vanda Venturi Architetti, will show the most innovative mock-ups of hotel rooms.

SIA Hospitality Design
SIA 2021 Rooms exhibition

Exhibitions showing the future of hotels and wellness

The D2 hall will host the new exhibition Hotel in Motion. Multimedia, technology, connection are the keywords for a hospitality industry looking ahead to the future and innovation. In the hall dedicated to the bathroom and wellness, architect Simone Micheli curates the Wellness exhibition, giving an example of what it means today to dedicate spaces to relaxation and individual well-being in an "energetic flow of volumetric elements." This hall will see the presence of Carmenta srl, Damast, Ferbox.

Read our interview with Simone Micheli

SIA Hospitality Design
SIA 2021 mostra Hotel in Motion

The supply area hosts the stands of Dorelan, Per Dormire, Permaflex. In the cluster of technologies and services there are Allegrini, 5 Stelle, Indel B, Stark, Scame Parre. The Outdoor Exhibition reinforces the link between design and nature: architect Alessia Galimberti creates a Tailor Living Room with sustainable and innovative materials for outdoor spaces where to escape stress.

SIA Hospitality Design
SIA 2021 Hotel in Motion exhibition

Prominent participants in SUN Mare: Ramberti, Tessitura Fabbri, Tessitura Selva, Ombrellificio Magnani, P.F.G, Tecnopress, Migani Industrie, 12 Living; SUN Camping: Bio Habitat, Pircher, Pacchiani, Holz; SUN Giochi: Golden Games. Alberto Zanetta's Glamping Exhibition offers the opportunity to see projects based on the stories of places and people.

[Text Giulia Calesso]

Light for Future, light for the environment

Light for Future is a public lighting project conceived to raise awareness about the environment and sustainability

Promoted by iGuzzini and the Municipality of Recanati, in collaboration with the International Association of Lighting Designers IALD, the Fine Arts Academy in Macerata and the Adriatic Electricity Company DEA, Light for Future is part of the cultural program of the Marche region for the 2021-2023 triennium.


Under the artistic direction of Giancarlo Basili, Light for Future involved four internationally renowned lighting design studios. Arup, Licht Kunst Licht, Light Bureau and Speirs Major created several concepts for sets located in significant places across Recanati thanks to iGuzzini Palco InOut Framer floodlights.


Light to improve the environment

Light for Future has chosen different places in the town of Recanati: the Cloister of St. Augustin, the Cloister of Palazzo Venieri, the aqueduct tower, Porta San Filippo, the Multisala Sabbatini cinema, the Convent of the Poor Clares, Beniamino Gigli’s home.

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For each place, the designers identified a concept dedicated to a theme related to environmental sustainability. Carbon, air, water, fire in various forms draw sceneries and foster reflection in a dreamlike dimension. There is also an appeal to save the bees, with a large bee by Arup at Porta San Filippo. The project involves Recanati’s places linked to the lives of the city's illustrious figures, from Giacomo Leopardi to Beniamino Gigli.


Palco InOut floodlights with gobos, high performance fixtures that integrate harmoniously with the landscape, are used throughout the project. The abundant supply of optical accessories allows the Placo InOut floodlights to create many different, customized and dynamic lighting settings.

Light for Future will continue in 2022 and 2023, with new installations and other creative solutions, in different places of the town. A further reason to include the Marche region in tourist itineraries.

The hospitality industry restarts from Host 2021

Host returns in person from 22 to 26 October, 2021, with business opportunities, new products and over 800 events

Hostmilano returns to the pavilions of Rho-Fieramilano, from 22 to 26 October 2021, with an in-person edition, in conjunction with Tuttofood, the hub dedicated to the food system. The fair, now in its 42nd edition, brings together the entire hospitality universe in a single venue, from the latest professional equipment to the latest technological applications.


Host 2021 includes the following macro-areas: Food Service Equipment; Bakery, Pizza, Pasta Coffee; Bar, Coffee Machines, Vending; Gelato; Pastry; Furniture; Table. There will also be the mymatching virtual platform, a space dedicated to all those who cannot physically be at the fair.


The leitmotif of the 2021 edition of Host will be a renewed attention to all that is sustainable and green. Special attention will be paid to energy efficiency and to the choice of materials, derived from the circular economy. Ample space will also be given to the Internet of Things, with its endless applications, from hotels to the operation of professional equipment; not to mention the increasing importance of issues such as safety and sanitization of environments.


Alongside the exhibition, Host offers an extensive program of events and talks. The Digital Talks, a series of seminars in collaboration with, are addressed to architects and experts in the sector looking for opportunities for professional updates. Among the main events, there is also SMART Label - Host Innovation Award, the competition open to all innovative companies, organized by Fiera Milano and HostMilano in collaboration with POLI.Design - Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, with the support of ADI - Associazione Italiana per il Disegno Industriale. There will also be the return of Pasticceria di Lusso nel Mondo by Iginio Massari (Luxury Confectioners around the World by Iginio Massari), the event created by the internationally renowned Italian pastry chef, featuring leading representatives from the world of pastry.

Maria Porro is the new President of the Salone del Mobile.Milano

A young woman for the new course of the Salone del Mobile.Milano

Maria Porro, marketing and communications director at Porro, is the new President of the Salone del Mobile.Milano. The Federlegno Arredo Eventi Board of Directors has elected the President of Assarredo as the president of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, the biggest furniture fair in the world.

She will have the challenging task to relaunch Milan’s Salone del Mobile after the pandemic, in a world that has changed considerably, where trade fairs have been losing ground in favor of digital communication.

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Maria Porro says, “I grew up with the Salone del Mobile. When I was a kid, my grandfather Carlo used to take me along to the pavilions at the old venue. I followed when the Fair moved to its new site in Rho, and I was thrilled to be able to attend the Shanghai Furniture Fair. Today, I am honoured to take on this role at such a vital and transformative time. I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. I hope to prove myself worthy of this event and its fabulous, successful heritage. I and the entire Board of Directors will be working to ensure that, as a unique and indispensable design showcase, the Salone rises to meet future challenges regarding sustainability, digitalization, research, innovation, creativity and inclusiveness, as ever maintaining the highest quality.”

Menuale real estate

Chez Chaouen, the blue of Morocco in Milan

Menuale Real Estate has renovated two apartments in Milan, inspired by the colors of Chefchaouen, the blue pearl of Morocco

Menuale real estate

Menuale Real Estate has renovated two apartments of 50 and 70 square meters in the area of Scalo Romana, in Milan, the area where Fondazione Prada stands. The interior design is inspired by the colors and architectural tradition of the city of Chefchaouen, the blue pearl of Morocco.

SouPra, a district in continuous transformation

SouPra is the name by which Milan’s district surrounding Fondazione Prada, formerly known as Scalo Romana, is now known. The former industrial area, which went through periods of almost total abandonment, has undergone a slow and gradual transformation and redevelopment process over the years. And this urban district is currently one of the most interesting in Milan.


Thanks to the open-mindedness of the new generations of foreigners who have grown up in this district, Scalo Romana has become a district with an international spirit, full of artists' studios and cultural spaces, which attract not only art and architecture, but also cinema, fashion and music.


The many companies that have decided to open their headquarters in this district have contributed to renovating the face of the new district with contemporary glass and steel buildings. Recently renamed SouPra, due to the presence of Fondazione Prada, this district will also host the Olympic Village of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Games.

Chez Chaouen: the project

The two apartments in the Scalo Romana area, very close to Fondazione Prada, in Milan, are inspired by the architectural tradition of Chefchaouen, a city in Morocco where all houses are painted blue.

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In the two apartments, the use of blue in all its nuances evokes the distinctive trait of the Moroccan city. Menuale Reale Estate has combined European design with the architectural tradition of Chefchaouen. The use of Eastern and Western colors, finishes and furniture elements shows how these two worlds can coexist in harmony.


Contemporary art in the project of Chez Chaouen

Menuale Real Estate entrusted Wem – empowering art platform – with the choice of artworks to personalize the spaces of the two apartments. Wem is a young startup that supports the dissemination of contemporary art through the promotion of works of art by emerging artists.

The sculptures exhibited in the two houses are by contemporary artist Daniele Sigalot. A portrait of you is a sheet of polished steel reproducing the image of a kaleidoscope. Clearly not a paper plane are aluminum sculptures reproducing one of the main symbols of childhood.

OFArch relaunches with a new project

OFArch, the quarterly architecture magazine published by Design Diffusion World, relaunches with a revamped editorial project from September 2021

Six quarterly issues will host a different architect as guest editor. Each issue will be dedicated to a specific theme, in line with the vision of the architect who will direct it.

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The first issue of the new course, published in September 2021, will be dedicated to sustainable mobility and transportation, with research by UFO-Urban Future Organization.


In the December 2021 issue, it will be the turn of Spanish architecture firm Teresa Sapey + Partners, who will explore tourism and culture and related innovation.

Watch The Archispritz with Teresa Sapey

April 2022 issue will be dedicated to social cohesion. This particularly topical theme will be curated by Guendalina Salimei, winner, with TStudio, of the competition for the redevelopment of the fourth floor of the Corviale complex, in Rome. This project and Guendalina Salimei provided inspiration for the film Scusate se esisto (Do you see me?), 2014, starring Paola Cortellesi and Raoul Bova.

Watch The Archispritz with Guendalina Salimei

The environment and the ecological transition will be the topics covered by Manuel Ruisánchez Architects, in the June 2022 issue.

Watch The Archispritz with Manuel Ruisánchez

In September 2022 it will be the turn of Labics: the firm will deal with knowledge, education and training.

Watch The Archispritz with Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori, founders of Labics

Lastly, in December 2022, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia will explore a very topical theme, health and sanitation, areas in which architecture can intervene with great effectiveness.

Watch The Archispritz with Alfonso Femia