Pordenone Design Week goes online, March 8-12, 2021

Pordenone Design Week will be back with an online only edition, involving the whole territory, March 8-12, 2021

Pordenone Design Week is organized by Consorzio Universitario di Pordenone, ISIA Roma Design - decentralized course in Pordenone and the Cultural Association Pordenone Design, with the external support of Confindustria Alto Adriatico, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Comune di Pordenone, BCC Pordenonese e Monsile, Fondazione Friuli. Led by the architect Giuseppe Marinelli, starting from this edition, it will avail itself of a scientific committee formed by sociologists, philosophers, managers, mass media experts, and designers, including Marco Pietrosante, from the group I Food Designer.

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Picture from a previous edition of Pordenone Design Week

Even with the online formula, Pordenone Design Week reaffirms its central role in the debate on contemporary design and its commitment to the analysis of the complex challenges of the future. The PDW is a real European experience of "collaborative knowledge" between the design training system and the productive system of the SMEs in the Northern Adriatic area. This challenge will lead to the creation of a "Design City," an international hub that virtually already exists and, with the support of the institutions, could become a stable educational reality. From Monday, March 8, an online experience of applied design and collective planning will start with the participation of teachers, students, companies and professionals from various Italian regions.

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Picture from a previous edition of Pordenone Design Week

Virtual exhibitions and webinars at Pordenone Design Week

The extensive program includes webinars, a virtual exhibition on sustainability, collaborations with local organizations such as Cinema Zero and the Leopardi-Majorana high school, a dozen workshops engaging over 300 product design teachers and students. At the end of the week, on March 12, 2021, the final proposal of the project will be presented to the companies via conference call.

The workshops will also be attended by students selected from local high schools (ISIS Sacile and Brugnera and Liceo Artistico "E. Galvani" of Cordenons) and representatives of the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE).

Due to the pandemic, the "Lezioni dalla vetrina" format will consist in design videos illustrating the research carried out by professors and students at ISIA Roma Design.

Discover female designers from Friuli Venezia Giulia at MuDeFri

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“Lezioni in vetrina” from a previous edition of Pordenone Design Week

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Design from Valencia at Madrid Design Festival 2021

Valencia is on show at Madrid Design Festival 2021 with the exhibition “Valencia Pavilion. The future is Design”

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On the occasion of Madrid Design Festival running until March 14, 2021, MUT Design presents a digital exhibition titled “Valencia Pavilion. The future is Design”. The exhibition, curated by Estudio Savage, promotes the role of Valencian design in contemporary industry and craftsmanship, exploring the distinctive features of Mediterranean design of the future.

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The success of Valencian design on show at Madrid Design Festival 2021

 “Valencia Pavilion. The future is design” is held at Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa, a theater and cultural center in Madrid. The installation that houses it, handmade by artist Manolo Garcìa, consists of a series of 4m high circular wooden pavilions, clad with numerous wood strips.

“Valencia Pavilion. The future is design” presents the excellence of Valencian design, showing 50 projects by successful companies and designers. Professionals of great ingenuity who are revolutionizing society with their ideas.

The exhibition is divided into 5 areas exploring different issues: circular economy, contemporary industry and craftsmanship, art and design, technology, transformative economy. All the projects on show highlight the evolution and creativity of Valencian design in each of the 5 categories.

The protagonists of the exhibition “Valencia Pavilion. The future is design”

This exhibition is focused on products by companies such as Actiu, Andreu World, Capdell, Expormim, GAN Rugs, Lladró, LZF Lamps, Point, Porcelanosa, Punt, Vondom. Nationally and internationally renowned creative figures such as Masquespacio, Jaime Hayón, Inma Bermúdez, Nacho Carbonell, Juan Vidal, Anna Talens, Pepe Gimeno and Héctor Serrano. Urban artist ESCIF, visual artist Felipe Pantone, illustrator África Pitarch, Rocío Gallardo and Jorge Ros (who are responsible for jewelry firm Simuero), illustrator Diego Mir, artist Ovidi Benet, ceramist Ana Illueca.

Discover the interiors of La Sastrería in Valencia by Masquespacio

The exhibition goes on with biodegradable packaging by ADBioplastics and the companies Decafé, Xufa Proceso and Naifactory, which reuse coffee, chufa nuts from horchata and olive pits, respectively, to make new products. But there are also Closca and Jeanología, a company specializing in low-impact jeans. Free Design Bank sets out to boost the economy of developing communities thanks to the design of local products; Néctar Estudio, with its app, fights bullying in schools; textile firm Equipo DRT uses upcycled fabrics.

“Valencia Pavilion. The future is Design” presents the Azalea project by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, a research on totally sustainable manufacture. We will also see Jorge Herrera Studio’s work for Flos, graphene façades by Graphenglass, glasses for visually impaired people by Alegre Design, which convert space into vibrations with which to identify depth and locate nearby objects. And finally, the ceramics by Museum Surfaces and the sustainable garments that do not stain, crease or smell by fashion firm Sepiia.

“Valencia Pavilion. The future is Design”: the traveling exhibition by MUT Design

Moreover, “Valencia Pavilion. The future is Design” will be a traveling exhibition in the most important cities in the world, open to the inclusion of new innovative projects in the future.

Some projects and topics of the show are a preview of the great event that will take place in 2022. After Turin, Seoul, Helsinki, Cape Town, Taipei, Mexico City, Lille, Valencia has been chosen by World Design Organization (WDO) as World Design Capital 2022. This is an unmissable opportunity for the Spanish city to promote local and national design through a rich program of events and conferences.


The fabric that purifies air and improves sleep

Do you want to sleep in a healthier and cleaner environment? Now you can, thanks to this technological fabric integrated in the headboard

A new partnership between theBREATH® and Cassina makes it possible to purify the sleeping environment by means of a fabric. Integrated into the headboard, theBreath® fabric makes the air in the bedroom healthier and cleaner. Moreover, theBreath® is produced with zero emissions and purifies the air with a passive process, without using energy.

The headboard of the Bio-mbo bed, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina, is covered with theBreath® air-purifying fabric

The weave of theBreath® is formed by three thin layers that work in synergy in a virtuous circle. Breathable and printable, the two outer layers are made of water-repellent material with bacteriostatic, antiviral and fungicidal properties. On the other hand, the middle layer contains an absorbent carbon fiber cartridge that attracts, retains and breaks down pollutant molecules and odors in the air.

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Detail of the weave of theBreath® fabric

Cassina has used theBreath® water-repellent fabric technology for the headboards of some models, creating healthier bedrooms. The Bio-mbo bed, designed by Patricia Urquiola, has an upholstered headboard with side wings surrounding the pillow area to give a feeling of additional protection around the head. The padded headboard is covered with theBreath® fabric to improve air and sleep quality.

Detail of the headboard of the Bio-mbo bed, by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina, covered with theBreath® air-purifying fabric

Acute, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Cassina, is a bed with a wooden headboard – flush with the bed or in a wider version – with height-adjustable upholstered pillows to support the back. In the fabric version, the pillows can be covered with theBreath® fabric for better air quality.

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The headboard of the Acute bed, by Rodolfo Dordoni for Cassina, has padded pillows that support the back, also available with theBreath® cover

Recycled sound-absorbing fabric

Kvadrat produces sound-absorbing felt from recycled fabrics deriving from used clothes or production waste

Although the attention to the environment is growing, currently only 25% of the 95% of textiles that can be recycled actually are. Very often, unfortunately, we simply dispose of them, without recovering even the parts that could be reused. Really, a Danish company belonging to the Kvadrat group, offers various collections of textile materials obtained by upcycling clothing fabrics and Kvadrat’s waste.

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Acoustic Textile Felt FR is an innovative felt, perfect for wall and ceiling installation. Made from 70% Trevira CS polyester post-production waste and an innovative binder, Acoustic Textile Felt FR offers the fire-retardant properties of Trevira CS and features a natural bi-component fiber, making it possible to recycle it again at the end of its life cycle.

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Acoustic Textile Felt FR shows its origins from post-production fibers as its outlook highlights the many recycled fabrics used in its creation process. Its structured surface underlines the rich scale of fabric fibers and different color hues.

Discover Musselblomma, Ikea fabric obtained from sea waste

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This material is available in two colors: the light-colored Polyester Sand and a darker variant, Polyester Ash, to meet different interior design needs.

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#Designoeson: one year after the start of the emergency

A review of 2020 with furniture companies one year after the first emergency

One year after the first lockdown we have interviewed the same companies again to understand how 2020 went and what they expect for 2021 and future years. We have also talked about Salone del Mobile.Milano, its absence and the next edition, scheduled for September 5-10, 2021. Here are their answers.

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Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019, ph: Andrea Mariani, courtesy Salone del Mobile

All in all, 2020 was a positive year

The answers to the first question (how did 2020 go and what do you expect for 2021?) were positive. 2020 ended less worse than expected and 2021, even with the difficulties related to this situation, promises to be quite positive.

Roberto Gavazzi, CEO of Boffi | De Padova

Roberto Gavazzi, CEO of Boffi | De Padova, told us that "2020 was certainly a complex year, but, all in all, it went better than expected. It was a good testbed for new technologies as the only communication tools, and we realized that we can work even in difficult conditions. The fact that people all over the world were forced to stay home helped us a lot; furniture has regained considerable importance and has been affected much less than other sectors. Among the markets that fared best, there is certainly Asia, which keeps showing double-digit growth, and the European market did not fare so badly either. The domestic market is the one that suffered the most. 2021 seems to be off to a good start, but it will greatly depend on the evolution of the overall situation." Read here the 2020 interview

Daniele Mazzon, General Manager of Cristina Rubinetterie

Cristina Rubinetterie had a bright 2020, as it took advantage of 2020 to completely renew its image, from rebranding to a new catalog and a new website. Daniele Mazzon, General Manager, explains: "In addition to investing on the image, in 2020 we launched three new products, East Side and Tabula, designed by angelettiruzza design, and Cross Road, by Cristina Design Lab. Among other things, the East Side series by angelettiruzza design won the Archiproducts Design Awards 2020. For 2021, Cristina Rubinetterie's goals are to increase its presence and visibility in both domestic and international markets, launch new products to meet our customers' demands also working on customizations, and start exploring the contract industry."  Read here the 2020 interview

 

Massimiliano Messina, CEO of Flou

Massimiliano Messina, CEO of Flou, explained that 2020 went "Overall well, considering everything that happened from February 2020 to today. We ended the year with more orders than we were able to fulfill... So we started 2021 with interesting prospects. I think 2021 will be a year of "rebirth"; there will be difficulties throughout 2021 and beyond, but with gradual improvement; the pandemic will probably leave us a greater attention on our home and domestic spaces. 2020 and the lockdown have encouraged us to focus more on our home and domestic spaces in general."  Read here the 2020 interview

 

Silvia Gallotti, CEO of Gallotti & Radice

Also for Silvia Gallotti, CEO of Gallotti & Radice, "Overall, 2020 was not a bad year. From a moment of 'crisis' due to the pandemic, we were able to seize the opportunity to take advantage of digital tools and shorten the distances with all our customers around the world, and in 2021 we will keep improving digitalization. The experience we have gone through, both personally and professionally, has profoundly changed us, but fortunately the home and furniture have regained importance. Therefore, now we need to continue on the path we have taken and develop a long-term strategy focused on omnichanneling."  Read here the 2020 interview

 

Alberto Lualdi, amministratore delegato di Lualdi

A positive year also for Alberto Lualdi, CEO of Lualdi, who commented: "Despite the fears arising from the uncertainty caused by the lockdown, we are fully satisfied with how we closed 2020. After the slowdown in the first half of the year, construction sites have reopened and the retail sector is also gradually recovering. The beginning of 2021 is proving to be very lively, and overall we are very optimistic and confident that the reopening of construction sites will have a positive impact on retail as well. Our new challenges will deal with personalization and service."  Read here the 2020 interview

 

Giovanni Del Vecchio, CEO of Giorgetti

2020 was a very busy and fruitful year also for Giorgetti. Giovanni Del Vecchio, CEO, explained that: "2020 was a year of challenges that called into question many paradigms for us and, more in general, for our industry. But we have never stopped, and the design world has even accelerated; only the retail sector suffered some slowdown. Asia struggled especially in the first half of the year, but accelerated dramatically in the second half. In 2020 we opened a new single-brand store in London, the new Giorgetti headquarters at The Centrale in New York, new stores in New Delhi and Johannesburg, and we completely renovated our Atelier in Milan. 2021 does not look very different from 2020 as to trade shows and events in presence, therefore we are refining what 2020 taught us in terms of balance between physical and digital modes. The future is undoubtedly going towards a balance of them, although customers, professionals and partners must have the opportunity to touch products, refined materials, and projects."  Read here the 2020 interview

Paolo Castelli, amministratore delegato di Paolo Castelli SpA

Also Paolo Castelli, CEO of Paolo Castelli spa, displays moderate optimism. "Since we have different business channels, to make a comparison with the past, I focus on the single product unit, which maintained the same sales and turnover as 2019. Therefore, there was no growth, but we are happy that we have not lost the challenge that was and is still waiting for us. In the meantime, in 2020 we presented 4 collections, (Inspiration, Greenkiss, Oggetti d'Autore, Seventyonepercent), which represent our investment for the future."  Read here the 2020 interview

 

Nicola Coropulis, CEO of Gruppo Poltrona Frau

Also Nicola Coropulis, CEO of Poltrona Frau, feels satisfied. "Despite the challenges posed by the health and economic emergency and the first half of the year strongly affected by the sudden outbreak of the pandemic, the residential business in the second half recovered very well, allowing us to close the year at a slightly lower level than 2019. A result that is certainly due to a renewed focus on home furnishings following the lockdown. On the contrary, the activities of our Custom Interiors Division, linked to public space furnishings, suffered delays and postponements and, in some cases, even cancellations. For 2021 and the future in general, the newfound centrality of domestic spaces may act as a stimulus to the purchase of furniture, characterized by new modalities with an increasing interaction between the physical and the digital mode, where the direct interaction between brands and customers will become increasingly important." Read here the 2020 interview

Maurizio Santambrogio, CEO of Res

Maurizio Santambrogio, CEO of Res, is very pleased with the 2020 results. "In spite of the first months of the year, which did not look promising at all, in the second part of the year we concluded several very interesting projects, therefore, our analysis cannot be positive but is not even as negative as it could have been. In my opinion, the total lockdown in March and April, when everything was at a standstill, heavily affected economy in general. However, once we regained minimum mobility, we were able to start working again and sign contracts for important jobs, even abroad. For the near future, we expect ongoing projects to continue, but the situation is a bit uncertain, so it is hard to make predictions." Read here the 2020 interview

Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini

Also Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini, displays some optimism. "Like all other sectors, the furniture sector has suffered the consequences of the pandemic, albeit to a less extent. For us, the last months of the year turned out to be positive. We received new orders, and the turnover that partly recovered the losses of lockdown months. Now, the challenge is recovery. Despite the fragile setting, the current liveliness of international markets makes us look to the future with confidence and optimism. In the coming years, all sectors, not just furniture, will certainly have to face a reassessment of the traditional models of relationship with the consumer, where the ability to integrate on and off line modes will play a central role." Read here the 2020 interview

 

Filippo Santambrogio, CEO of Viva Porte

All in all, it was not such a bad year for Filippo Santambrogio either, CEO of Viva Porte. "2020 was a particular year, in which companies had to reorganize their commercial structure. On the other hand, consumers paid new attention to their homes. The result, despite the global emergency, was positive, also thanks to the new products. For the future, we must increasingly focus on international development, with a consolidated presence on individual markets. As a matter of fact, in such an interconnected world, opportunities can arise at any time."  Read here the 2020 interview

 

Matteo Moretti, General Manager of Vistosi

Matteo Moretti, General Manager of Vistosi, confirmed that the company "concluded 2020 in line with the preset goals. Moreover, we have started 2021 in a positive way, and in the coming months there will be important new products, and several projects and activities." Read here the 2020 interview

 

Alessandro Buccella, CEO of Vibieffe

Also Alessandro Buccella, CEO of Vibieffe, confirms that 2020 did not go as badly as it could have. 2020 started with a health emergency that at first baffled us. The first solution we found was the production of digital content and materials. Then, during the year, we presented the new models that were ready month by month, trying to keep our relationship with customers alive. And we also involved the staff to make them feel part of a team. Now, we hope that the pressure of the pandemic will gradually ease and that in 2021 we can hold the Salone del Mobile. We were able to work without it, but the Salone is Milan's stage par excellence."

In the absence of the Salone del Mobile, what tools were favored?

The answer to this question was almost unanimous: digital communication helped tremendously. In general, video conferences replaced in-person meetings. Some offered remote assistance for assembly, others have signed contracts avoiding long journeys and think they will do the same in the future. All companies have taken advantage of the emergency to upgrade their digital networks; many have produced corporate videos to present products to customers. Everyone, without exception, confirms that the Salone del Mobile cannot be replaced and that furniture is a special product, where physical contact cannot be eliminated. At the same time, all the interviewed companies confirm that this unexpected acceleration in digitalization will make it possible to unleash new potential.

Design and the Salone del Mobile.Milano: what future?

Now let’s come to the great protagonist: the Salone del Mobile, or rather, Salone del Mobile.Milano. When we asked "Have you missed the Salone del Mobile?", the answer was unanimous: "Yes". Do we need the Salone del Mobile? A unanimous chorus of yes, again. On the contrary, there are many doubts when it comes to the date of the next Salone del Mobile.Milano. At the moment, the dates of September 5 to 10 are confirmed, but the situation is too uncertain to know what will happen, even in just two months. There are many variables, from the vaccination campaign to the evolution of the pandemic in the world.

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Closing party of Salone del Mobile 2019, ph: Alessandro Russotti, courtesy Salone del Mobile

There are some shared concerns. The first, of course, concerns the possibility of travelling and of having visitors from abroad. Several companies raise doubts about the number of people that could visit the Salone del Mobile in Milan, due to the pandemic, closed borders, lack of flights, simple fear. This number may not be enough to justify the investment.

Others are puzzled by the idea of holding an edition of Salone del Mobile in September and another in April, only six months later. That would mean a large investment in set-up, new products and a stay in Milan, duplicated in too short a time.

Daniele Lago: taking part in the Salone del Mobile is a sign of solidarity

Therefore, it is currently impossible to foresee what will happen as far as the Salone del Mobile.Milano is concerned. We conclude with a message of optimism and hope by Daniele Lago, CEO of Lago. "The Salone del Mobile is fundamental for our system. We at Lago have estimated that participating in the Salone would be more convenient than organizing an event in our headquarters, inviting our best customers. Moreover, I believe participating and supporting the Salone del Mobile would be a nice sign of solidarity that could be done by all those who are able to do so. Let's remember that the induced activity of fitters has suffered much more than our sector. I confirm that Lago would participate in the Salone del Mobile even if it were in September and in April. In general, I am optimistic and I think that, with the vaccination campaign and the evolution of the pandemic, we will be able to hold the Design Week in September, maybe not with the same numbers of 2019 but with relevant numbers nevertheless. And I think that it would be a symbol of rebirth to get back to some sort of normality as soon as possible."


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Open Architecture presents the Bibliotheater in Shanghai

Open Architecture has designed Pinghe Bibliotheater in Shanghai, which includes a library and theater

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New York- and Beijing-based Open Architecture has designed Pinghe Bibliotheater on the campus of Shanghai’s Qingpu Pinghe International School. This is a cultural center that promotes reading and numerous artistic and cultural activities, and includes two theaters, a library and a café.

Qingpu Pinghe International School in Shanghai and the new concept of School as a Village

In Shanghai, Open Architecture also designed the Qinpu Pinghe International School. This 58,000 sqm campus accommodates 13 buildings, including the Pinghe Bibliotheater, and hosts 2,000 students aged between 3 and 18.

A new concept of school that no longer involves a single large structure but several smaller buildings. In this way, the school becomes an authentic village dedicated to education; a campus consisting of several architectures of different shapes and functions, exploring the different dimensions of contemporary urban design, fostering creativity and learning.

Pinghe Bibliotheater is a center that promotes culture

Pinghe Bibliotheater, on the campus of Shanghai’s Qingpu Pinghe International School, has a total surface of 5,372 square meters and houses two theaters – with 500 and 150 seats respectively – a library, a café, and a rooftop garden terrace.

The plan of the building is shaped like a triangle with rounded corners, while its volume resembles a whale, the largest and most fascinating mammal on earth. Like the whale, the Bibliotheater is shrouded in mystery, which entices people to enter and explore its spaces.

Discover BeneBaby International Academy, the preschool in Futian, Shenzhen designed by VMDPE Design

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The spaces of the Bibliotheater, between light and dark, silence and sound

The blue façade of the building is characterized by scattered small round windows recalling the portholes of transatlantic liners. Inside the Bibliotheater, the spaces have been organized to meet the light and sound insulation requirements of each room, depending on their function.

On the ground floor there are the two theaters with the various dedicated spaces, the café and the library lobby. The building has two entrances: the main entrance leads to the library lobby, while the side entrance leads to the 500-seat theater lobby. Both theaters feature artificial lighting systems and soundproofing panels.

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The central library area is located on the second floor, where walls are lined with bookshelves. In the center is a circular structure made of three elements, lit from above by a large skylight, which performs two functions. Outside it is a bookshelf with metal shelves, while inside it has a wooden three-row bleacher, where students can sit and read. A series of round windows between the shelves flood the space with natural light.

The library is located above the main theater, which has a slanted ceiling, which is why the reading areas in the library are arranged on different levels. The library also provides access to a rooftop garden terrace and outdoor reading spaces.

Discover BeneBaby International Academy, the preschool in Futian, Shenzhen designed by VMDPE Design

Library and theater: two different growth and cultural experiences

Architects Li Hu and Hunag Wenjing, from Open Architecture firm, have decided to bring together a library and a theater under the same roof because they find it of paramount importance that reading and drama be cultivated and practiced at school. The library and the theater are two distinct spaces, which inspired different design approaches. Therefore, the Bibliotheater is characterized by spaces that foster solitude and others favoring socialization, spaces that require natural light or scenic and artificial lighting systems.

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Parents of pupils at Qinpu Pinghe International School can wait for their children at the Pinghe Bibliotheater, reading a book in the library or at the café. Pinghe Bibliotheater is also open to citizens who do not use campus space.

Discover Grand Opera House by Snøhetta, another place that fosters socialization and culture in Shanghai

 


The new Vertica set-up in Duka showroom

Dukaversum, the exhibition hall designed by Bea Mitterhofer and Luis Rabensteiner, president of Duka, in the new company headquarters, renovates the Vertica area

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The innovative experiential showroom Dukaversum 'stages' the four sections of the Duka catalogue: Quadra, Vertica, Aura, Arreda. An exhibition offering a complete panorama of Duka’s collection, which includes shower cabins and enclosures characterized by technological solutions and rigorous design.

Discover gallery 3000 shower enclosures by Duka

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These four environments illustrate Duka's expertise through different interpretations of the products and their variants.

Just as living trends change and evolve, Duka wanted to reinterpret the Vertica area, which features shower enclosures characterized by the presence of only vertical profiles.

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Pura R 5000, Princess 4000, Multi-S 4000 and Gallery 3000 are some of the shower enclosures of the Vertica area, offering modern and intelligent solutions that arise from the perfect balance between beauty and functionality.

Discover gallery 3000 shower enclosures by Duka

With its unmistakable metropolitan charm, the new set-up emphasizes the ability of Vertica shower enclosures to adapt to contemporary bathrooms, whatever their style. The vertical aluminum profiles give an upward dynamism to shower enclosures, thanks to their elegant and stable look.

Thanks to the Dukaversum project, Duka received a special mention as 'Brand experience of the year' in the German Brand Award 2019, the prestigious award where Duka also won in the 'Architecture & Buildings' category, thanks to the technological and production efficiency of the new headquarters.

Watch the video and dive into the Dukaversum


Soliscape, the new lighting system by UNStudio for Delta Light

UNStudio designs Soliscape, a lighting system for workspaces and public spaces also able to reduce noise, for Delta Light

Soliscape, a word that sums up “sound and light-scape”, is a system that manages lighting and noise pollution. At the core of this system is a self-learning mechanism based on a network of sensors. These sensors acquire and analyze behavioral and environmental data in real time, what kind of activity takes place in the room and some environmental parameters such as the amount of natural light. Once the data is collected, an application analyzes it and adjusts both light sources and background noise reduction.

Discover Delta Light showroom in the Tortona district, Milan

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The system uses LED components with patented Melanopic Light Technology®. Delta Light's unique technology allows for the constant diffusion of natural white light while controlling the emission of blue frequencies, thus enhancing the production of melatonin according to the circadian rhythm. Respecting the circadian rhythm reduces the sense of fatigue caused by artificial lighting, increasing the well-being of people who have to work in the same environment for hours.

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Soliscape lighting system by Delta Light and UNStudio is a sustainable project

Coming to sound pollution, Soliscape is able to reduce noise in rooms thanks to its next-generation sound-absorbing panels. These panels are made with 60% recycled PET bottles, have a circular shape and are available in different colors. The system also relies on sinuous lighting tracks that can be adapted to various architectural and interior design requirements.

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Detail of the Soliscape lighting system

Soliscape is customizable and suitable for both working environments and public spaces, such as hotels, hospitality facilities and stores. Therefore, light and noise become elements of daily well-being, adjustable to environmental conditions: the perfect synthesis of technology and well-being for space management. Soliscape enters the Italian market as an integrated lighting system, humanizing spaces in the name of well-being.

Soliscape has been presented at Delta Light Studio, the Milanese showroom located at via Bugatti 15, since February 20


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A small house for a large family

In Vanves, France, atelier, Nomadic Architecture Studio designs Michelet, a small house for a family of 5

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In the center of Vanves (France), atelier, Nomadic Architecture Studio has designed a 50 sqm home ready to accommodate a family of 5.

Sales of small properties in the center of big cities are rising

The center of large metropolitan areas offers countless basic services, entertainment venues and means of transport. It is no coincidence that property prices tend to increase considerably in these areas, reaching staggering prices that vary depending on the size. Therefore, people who want to live in the city center on a budget generally choose small houses, with more affordable prices.

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As a matter of fact, in recent years, the number of people looking for small apartments equipped with every comfort in the city center has increased. Precisely for this reason, architects and interior designers are increasingly often asked to optimize tiny spaces by choosing furniture and finishes that make these small spaces functional and beautiful despite their size.

Watch the webinar with Aldo Cibic and Philipp Selva, with a collection of beautiful and functional furnishings for small spaces, La Petite Maison

Atelier, Nomadic Architecture Studio and the Michelet house project

This apartment in the center of Vanves has a surface area of only 50 square meters, where the firm has managed to accommodate all the functions that are necessary to the daily life of a family of 5.

The square floor plan has made it possible to carry out all the changes required by the new owners quite easily. And the 3m high ceiling has allowed for a vertical use of the space, while the two façades of the apartment guarantee natural and constant illumination of the spaces. The only element of the pre-existing structure that has been preserved in its original state is a 7m long load-bearing wall running across the width of the apartment. However, this wall has three openings, which allow for free passage from one side of the house to the other.

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Michelet, a small transformable house

For Michelet, the house in Vanves by atelier, Nomadic Architecture Studio, the firm staged the project into three phases. The owners asked for a house that was easily transformable, in line with the needs of an ever-changing household destined to become smaller.

The living area is very large and includes the kitchen and dining room on one side, and the living room on the other. On the contrary, the sleeping area relies on vertical spaces and is characterized by 1m high alcoves.

The spaces have been designed to be able to change to accommodate new rooms. For example, when the eldest children leave, the wall of the parents' bedroom will be removed to enlarge the living room. And, in about ten years, when the youngest leaves as well, the two remaining bedrooms will be joined to form a very large bedroom for the parents.

Michelet, a combination of lights and materials

atelier, Nomadic Architects Studio used the same material for finishes and paneling of this house. Doors, windows, shelves, floors and pieces of furniture, such as the table or the bathroom cabinet, are all made of light-colored pine wood. A color that illuminates the environments and makes the rooms homogeneous.

Discover La Petite Maison collection for small spaces designed by Aldo Cibic for Philipp Selva in this webinar


The new Hood armchair by Zanette

Francesc Rifè designs Hood, a comfortable and enveloping armchair inspired by the Fifties

The distinctive feature of the Hood armchair, the new product by Zanette for 2021, is the curved wooden profile that defines its armrests and backrest. The enveloping shape of the wooden frame embraces the voluminous cushions, covered in leather or fabric, recalling the geometries of 1950s furniture.

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With is ergonomic and compact look, the Hood armchair by Zanette is perfect on its own for an entrance hall, a reading corner, a bedroom, next to a sofa in a living room, or even in public spaces such as waiting rooms and lounges in hotels or other places.

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The oak frame is available in different finishes, with customizable leather, faux leather or fabric upholstery. The fabric cover is removable for maximum practicality.

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