Greenkiss, a new eco design startup

At Maison & Objet 2020, Hubert de Malherbe, Thierry Lemaire and Paolo Castelli present Greenkiss, a new luxury and eco-friendly furniture brand


Vao, 3 seater sofa upholstered in bouclé wool, with frame and legs in walnut stained ash from sustainable supply chain

Greenkiss is a new 100% Made in Italy brand launched at Maison & Objet 2020, in Paris from 17 to 21 January. Three outstanding designers created new furniture collections able to express an innovative, more minimal and sustainable, luxury concept. Hubert de Malherbe has designed many retail and hospitality spaces; Thierry Lemaire is an architect and a designer: and Paolo Castelli is the creative director and CEO of the namesake Bologna-based company.

Theo, six-legged chair in light ash with natural finish

Created by three designers, the collection that identifies with the new brand consists of tables, armchairs, chairs and lighting fixtures inspired by Italian and French design of the ’50s and ’70s. An ethical and controlled supply chain enables a more sustainable production, relying on regenerated or reclaimed materials, of certified origin, and ‘greener’ processing techniques.

Egg, dining table with metal structure, top in stone and concrete, characterized by the presence of macrofossils

Greenkiss: sustainable made in Italy products

Attention to detail and artisanal techniques generate products in perfect balance between tradition and innovation. The values of made in Italy are thus reinterpreted from a green, sustainable point of view.

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Selima, walnut stained ash console table with open pore finish, which preserves the natural look of wood

The Greenkiss collection is exhibited in hall 7 at Maison & Objet, in a privileged position, next to the exhibition dedicated to Michael Anastassiades, ‘Designer of the Year 2020’. The collection is on display also in Paolo Castelli’s and Hubert de Malherbe’s showrooms, respectively on rue de Turenne 132 and rue de Rome 64, Paris. [Text Laura Galimberti]

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Picasso, lamp with asymmetrical base made in Faenza ceramic with egg-shaped element in selenite. Lampshade in Nepalese hemp


World Design Rankings: world’s top design and architecture projects

Promoted by A’ Design Award & Competition, World Design Rankings offer an online ranking of the countries that have won more Design Awards over the years


A’ Design Award & Competition is among the world’s most important and popular design competitions, with an international jury of over 200 professional experts who evaluate the projects and award the most creative and innovative. Every year World Design Rankings provide a world ranking of the countries that have won the highest number of A’ Design Awards.

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World Design Rankings, Designer Rankings, Design Classification, Popular Designers, Design Insights are the rankings drawn up by A' Design Award&Competition

World Design Rankings, Designer Rankings, Design Classification, Popular Designer and Design Insights are rankings promoted by A' Design Award & Competition to provide economists, journalists and experts with an overall and in-depth picture of the countries, designers and architecture firms that have won more A’ Design Awards. Thanks to these rankings, it is possible to discover the world’s top designers and practices, the most popular and influential design categories, the strengths and weaknesses of a particular country.

World Design Rankings: 2019/2020 updates

The World Design Rankings show the countries that have won more A’ Design Awards over the years, as well as national talents, the most and the least successful design areas of a country.

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A’ Design Award & Competition 2019/2020 sees China on top, with 67 Platinum Design Awards. The nine countries immediately following China, among the 106 contestants, are the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Germany and Australia. Moreover, six new countries have taken part in the competition: Macedonia, Maldives, Lao, Swaziland, Kenya and Armenia.

Below are some of the winners, who, with their awards, contributed to positioning their country in the top ten

Cina, Kris Lin


Kris Lin has won 58 Design Awards. Among his winning projects is Light Waterfall sales center in Wuhan, China, which won a Platinum Design Award in 2018.

United States, PepsiCo Design and Innovation


A global food and beverage leader that produces popular brands including Gatorade, Tropicana and Pepsi-Cola, thanks to its innovative and increasingly green ideas, PepsiCo has earned 67 awards, one of which in 2018 for Pepsi Black x Star Wars LTO China Brand Packaging. Essential, black and iconic, Pepsi Black Limited Edition celebrates the collaboration between Pepsi and the film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

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Japan, Katsumi Tamura


Katsumi Tamura, born in Tokyo and specialized in graphic design, has earned 45 A' Design Awards over the years, one of which in 2018 for Calendar 2018 Puzzle.

Italy, Emanuele Pangrazi


Emanuele Pangrazi comes from Terni and is specialized in industrial design. Among his projects, the So Fifties Bathroom Collection received a Silver Design Award in 2016. This collection of washbasins and sanitaryware is inspired by the Streamline style from the early 20th century, characterized by aerodynamic lines.

Great Britain, Springetts Brand Design

Springetts Brand Design has collected 17 awards. In 2018 it won a Golden Design Award in the Design Packaging category for William’s Conserve Jam, the jam jar that the London-based studio created for the famous British preserves manufacturer Hartley’s.

Hong Kong, One Plus Partnership Limited

This Hong Kong-based interior design studio has won 30 awards. In 2018 it won a Platinum Design Award for Shenzhen Raffles City Sales Office, a sales office in Shenzhen that, relying on different shades of green, artificial trees and natural stone, recalls the natural topography of a forest.

Turkey, Hakan Gürsu

Hakan Gürsu is an industrial designer and the founder of the DESIGNNOBIS Design/Innovation design studio. He has earned 77 awards over the years, including a Platinum Design Award in 2014, in the Home Appliances category, for Steam Tea Maker, a tea pot.

Taiwan, Daisuke Nagatomo and Minnie Jan

Design duo Daisuke Nagatomo and Minnie Jan has received 16 awards. Among their winning projects, in 2017, the Morph side table, made of recyclable cardboard and E-ink Prism sheet, won a Golden Design Award. E-ink Prism, used to treat the surface of the top, is a high performing, next generation, electrical ink laminated film sheet, made with digital modeling and CNC machines.

Germany, Robert Nippoldt

Designer Robert Nippoldt has won two Platinum Design Awards, the latest of which at the A’ Design Award & Competition 2018/2019. The awarded project is “Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties”, a book about the golden age of Berlin.

Australia, Simon Colabufalo

Simon Colabufalo is an industrial designer from Melbourne, recipient of 5 awards. In 2014 he obtained a Platinum Design Award with his Eva Fruit Tree.

Click here to take part in the A’ Design Award 2019/2020. You can submit your project until February 28th, 2020.

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[Text Carlotta Russo]

Cardboard café, a fashionable and sustainable café in Mumbai

Cardboard Café in Mumbai defines a new way to design eco-friendly interiors, completely made of cardboard, a recyclable and biodegradable material

In the lively Bandra Kurla Complex shopping district, one of Mumbai’s most sophisticated centres, lies the Cardboard café, designed by the Indian studio Nudes, founded by Nuru Karim. The interior of the café is almost entirely made of cardboard. From the walls to the seats, from the tables to the lampshades, all the furniture is made from large pieces of corrugated cardboard, designing sculptures. The cardboard, besides being biodegradable and versatile, features remarkable insulating and soundproofing properties.


An internal ‘landscape’ of floating geometries is the result, light but at the same time resistant to the main agents.


Cardboard has been processed with different procedures, so that it can withstand the wear and tear of a public place. The tabletops, for example, have a wax finish that prevents the absorption of liquids and facilitates maintenance. Another trick, was to enrich each panel of the room with about 50% air, to make it light and durable over time. The curved and grooved shapes of the furniture are made up of several layers of cardboard, cut at different angles to create the desired shape.

The idea behind Cardboard café is a deeper think about the role of design, materials and technologies for a sustainable future, protecting the available resources also through an intelligent project. [Text Annamaria Maffina]

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Crosby Studios and the Blue Circle

A studio apartment in Moscow expresses Harry Nuriev’s design philosophy

Harry Nuriev is the founding architect of Crosby Studios, the practice with which he designed a small studio apartment in Moscow. The apartment is used for short rent or special events. It is also used to show the firm’s design skills to a select audience.


This studio apartment is 57 sq m, organized into two areas. The first hosts the bed and the living area, while the second hosts utility areas such as the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry. The space is dominated by blue, in a particular shade that is used in all the projects by Crosby. Crosby Studios has chosen this specific shade of blue as its hallmark and often uses it in its interior design projects.

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The frame of the bed, designed by Nuriev as well, is inspired by the Phillips Exeter Academy Library, a famous project by Louis Kahn in the New Hampshire. Consisting of a cube featuring four large round holes, it is made of wood painted in that special shade of blue, just like the table and the stools, which are either blue or decorated with white and blue motifs inspired by Gzhel ceramics.

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A material for any season

These white and blue motifs, inspired by Gzhel ceramics, are also present on the only partition wall present in this space, which separates the utility area from the living and sleeping area.


Studio Crosby’s studio apartment provides an example of an interesting use of a basic material, the melamine panel. As well as being environmentally friendly, melamine panels can be matched with several finishes, textures and colors, creating a harmonious environment and a seamlessly elegant project.

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imm cologne 2020

imm cologne, the first fair of the year, opens its doors on Monday, 13 January 2020

Das Haus 2019

The 2020 edition of imm cologne, the German furniture fair that opens the season of trade fairs, is back from 13 to 19 January. Here is a guide to the most important new features of this edition.

Ligne Roset booth at imm cologne 2019

Starting from the 2020 edition, imm cologne focuses on a new challenge, the imm cologne 2030 innovation program. This new plan reorganizes the thematic areas and intends to establish a new relationship with buyers, also taking into account today’s different consumption needs.

Gallotti & Radice booth at imm cologne 2019

A Home Hub for domestic settings

Home Hub is the new, debuting concept. Following the success of the Pure area, introduced to spotlight the high-end range, the new Home Hub collects all the proposals for the house, divided into three areas: Home Sleep, Home Scenes and Home Settings.

Home Sleep, hall 9, presents all the new products and concepts designed to ensure a good night’s rest. Here you can see the latest mattresses, sleep systems, box-spring beds and waterbeds, bedding and accessories.

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Giorgetti booth at imm cologne 2019

Home Scenes hosts over 1,000 ideas of contemporary furnishing style. The companies in the Home Scenes segment are divided into halls 5.2, 6, 10.1 e 10.2 and grouped into “big stages” where the products are used in housing sets.

Finally, Home Settings, halls 4.1, 5.1, 5.1, 5.2, 7, 8, showcases the offering dedicated to young people who outfit their house for the first time and to transformable furniture for small spaces.

Antonio Lupi booth 2019

The Pure section hosts the best contemporary international design brands also in 2020. Pure Atmospheres and Pure Editions host beautiful settings including bathroom furnishings and lighting products. Moreover, it includes Das Haus, the ideal house, which this year has been designed by Spanish MUT Design studio from Valencia.

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MUT Design with their project for Das Haus

Finally, the exhibition “Let’s be smart – Smart Village” presents a new perspective on the digital world. This exhibition presents four living environments: Smart Home, Smart Residence, Smart Loft and Tiny Home. Through these four lifestyle settings, the exhibition wants to establish connections between the housing and the digital worlds.

Calligaris booth 2019

Imm cologne is among the world’s leading furniture fairs; in 2019 over 150,000 people visited it, with 52% international traders, from 145 countries, and over 70% exhibitors coming from outside Germany.

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The first edition of the Courmayeur Design Week-end is coming

In February the first edition of the Courmayeur Design Week-end will open the town to design and architecture, with a program rich in installations, workshops and seminars

From 6 to 9 February 2020, the Municipality of Courmayeur will present the first edition of the Courmayeur Design Week-end. Italian and international architects, designers and experts will share the latest design and architecture trends in the shop windows and lounges of the hotels of the town. This natural setting, characterized by snow, mountains and ski runs, will provide the stage for the creativity of both students and professionals. There will also be installations, workshops and seminars on relevant professional and cultural issues, and new design ideas for working and wellness spaces, able to meet contemporary needs, will be presented.

Courmayeur Design Week-end: what to expect

Many events are scheduled for the first edition of the Courmayeur Design Week-end, including a coworking space, equipped with computers, plotters and HP Italia printers, where to experience the concept of SMART-working; an anthological exhibition of scale models titled “UFF…icio”, by School of Design of Politecnico di Milano, exploring the ongoing changes in contemporary workplaces; the skiCAD race to challenge the sports skills of Italian and international designers.


But also…

A collective exhibition of young artists and designers at Espace Grivel, in Courmayeur, will present works and projects illuminated by Delta Light solutions. Seminars, talks and interviews will alternate in the coworking area and the conference hall, with the participation of Bob Mac Neel-Rhinoceros, Wacom, Dropbox and Adobe. Finally, thanks to the collaboration of Skyway Monte Bianco, Michele De Lucchi will hold a conference about “Earth Stations” on the summit of Mont Blanc.

Courmayeur Design Week-end: stay tuned even when you are skiing!

Conference and seminars will be broadcast in live streaming on the social profiles of Design Week-end to allow anybody to participate even remotely. Courmayeur Design Week-end is a project conceived and coordinated by Paola Silva Coronel in collaboration with Courmayeur Mont Blanc. [Text Carlotta Russo]


Ceramic Surfaces: Trends 2020

The trends in ceramic surfaces are inspired by natural materials: stone, terrazzo, marble

Ceramiche Refin, Cersaie 2019

The latest trends in ceramic surfaces include decorative patterns and colors inspired by natural materials, combined by thicknesses and formats that make it possible to use them in different settings. Porcelain stoneware is preferred to other materials, especially in high traffic areas, for its mechanic resistance and for being abrasion and wear resistant, scratchproof, stain resistant, resistant to chemical agents and no frost.

FMG-Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, Gemstone MaxFine collection

In recent years companies have developed large formats that reduce grout lines, allowing for complex patterns, and ultra thin tiles for a greater practicality. These factors, combined with its resistance, make porcelain stoneware one of the most popular materials in architecture. Let’s see some trends emerged during 2019 at Cersaie and other trade fairs.

Ceramic patterns and colors inspired by natural materials

Casalgrande Padana goes back to traditional Italian materials: marble chips and terrazzo. The Macro collection recalls an irregular jigsaw puzzle consisting of stones, pebbles, cobblestones, irregular fragments, defining a seamless surface where grout lines are invisible. Macro is available in 4 colors and 2 formats.

Macro collection, by Casalgrande Padana

The Terrazzo collection, by Casalgrande Padana as well, offers a natural mosaic, consisting of tiles of different size. Terrazzo porcelain stoneware, with its granite effect, is perfect for residential uses. It is available in 4 colors and several formats, with either a glossy or a natural nonslip finish.

Terrazzo collection, by Casalgrande Padana

Large format porcelain stoneware for a wallpaper effect

Fap Ceramiche chooses large format tiles for Bloom, 80×160 cm white body tile. The large format makes it possible to create a seamless space, for a wall with designs and patterns that create a wallpaper effect. Being in white body, these tiles are lightweight, easy to cut, drill, and handle.

Bloom collection, by Fap Ceramiche

The new MaxFine Gemstone collection by FMG-Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti is inspired by minerals. Gemstone has a varied texture alternating crystallized areas with thin veins for a delicate decoration. Available in a glossy finish, it offers 3 colors and different formats.

FMG-Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, Gemstone MaxFine collection

Delight, by Lea Ceramiche, is available both in the thin Slimtech version, characterized by large formats, and in the traditional thickness. This collection combines the elegance of marble with the technology of porcelain stoneware and is characterized by a glossy finish and several geometric patterns.

Delight, collection by Lea Ceramiche with veins inspired by marble

Sticks, as its name suggests, is a collection of small sticks which it is possible to create different designs on floors and walls. The basic stick is 5×3 cm, and is available in 2 finishes and 4 colors. The Sticks collection by Mosaico+, designed by Massimo Nadalini, makes it possible to create several compositions.

Sticks, by Massimo Nadalini for Mosaico+

Glass effect

Vetri, by Ceramiche Refin, is a collection of tiles that combines the technical performance of porcelain stoneware with the shine of glass. Continuous technological research allowed Refin to develop a product as shining as glass but with the resistance to wear, scratches and stain typical of ceramic, which can be used even in high traffic environments.

Vetri collection, by Refin

Sintered stone

Finally, we include also Lapitec in ceramic trends, with its new finish with through-body veining. Lapitec is a sintered stone, perfect for walls and floors, both indoors and outdoors. The new collection, available in the Lux and Satin finishes and in three shades of white, is 20 mm thick. The different veins offer different effects, able to match different architecture and interior design styles.

Lapitec, sintered stone collection with through-body veining

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Dixpari presents a new idea of circular economy

Dixpari: a project reclaiming plastic processing scrap

The Macramé wall lamp belongs to the Luce collection by Dixpari

The founder of Dixpari comes from the plastics industry. Carolina Candelo started working in the family business, which specializes in thermoplastic moulding, and there she began to realize that there could be a use for processing waste. So, in 2017 she founded the Dixpari brand, together with her sister Isabella Candelo.

Then came the first collection of lamps, in unique pieces, the Light Collection. Each lamp is ‘worked’ by expert craftsmen who guarantee its uniqueness and elegance, and only scraps from processing are used for each lamp.

More recently, Dixpari developed Miage, a collection of transparent and backlit panels that decorate the walls and at the same time illuminate the rooms. The panels in the Miage collection also come from plastic moulding waste.

The emotional lighting created by Miage, a modular system consisting of 40×40 cm panels

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An Apartment in Madrid Optimizes Space

In Madrid Husos architecture studio designs an apartment that optimizes space and ventilation thanks to some ingenious ideas


Microclimate is the leitmotiv of this 46 sq m apartment in Madrid, designed to be as cool as possible in summer. The apartment hosts an emergency physician and his dog, who do not want to turn on the air conditioning unless it is strictly necessary.


The project therefore aimed to remove any obstacle to natural ventilation, offering double exposure and intelligently distributing the functions. One of the longitudinal walls of the apartment houses a large niche with a mattress.


A wall system for functional space

The niche serves for the doctor’s siestas during the day, which are vital to the rest of an emergency physician. On the same wall, adjacent to the niche, a series of shelves hides the wardrobe. The wardrobe is therefore next to the bedroom, which can be hidden behind sliding walls.


A skillful use of wooden panels allows a single wall to host several functions, dedicating all the remaining space to other uses – kitchen, dining and bathroom. Husos architecture studio, in charge of the project, designed also an irrigation system for the vertical garden on the balcony, reusing the water of the shower once it has been filtered.


The siesta pod, when needed, can be turned into a guest room, avoiding the bulk of a sofa bed, but it can also be closed and used as a projection screen replacing the TV. The apartment was designed to favor social life with neighbors, as in traditional Spanish houses with a central patio.


Functional comfort

Finishes are in a light color inspired by both Scandinavian and Mediterranean styles. The panels form niches and doors that can tidily contain all is needed, and insulate the walls against winter cold, while comfortable cushions offer comfort to the doctor and his dog. [Txt Roberta Mutti – Ph José Hevia]


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The evolutionary history of mobile homes for tourism in the open air

A book dedicated to the trend of glamping (glamour camping), exploring the history of mobile homes over time

Cover and back cover of the book “Mobile home per il turismo all’aria aperta. Storia evolutiva” published by Il vicolo del Pavone (Alessandria)

“Mobile home for outdoor tourism. The history of evolution”, published by Il Vicolo del Pavone (Alessandria) is the first volume investigating the different kinds of open-air tourism and nomadic living. The book required a year for the analysis and the cataloging of stories and images. The research focuses on the definition of the mobile home, also deepened from a technical and constructive point of view, to move on to a historical excursus, which explains the stages that led to the concept of glamorous outdoor tourism, as we know it today.

Façade of Mediterranea by Crippaconcept

There are three sections in the book; the first didactic and technical section explains the concept of the mobile home, a second historical-architectural part, illustrates the various types of mobile homes over time and in different areas of the world. Finally, a third part focuses on eco-sustainability, directly linked to this new way of living tourism and leisure, but also of living, with fewer restrictions.

Country Suite by Crippaconcept

For the realization of this volume a fundamental role was played by the research carried by out by Carlo Berizzi and Luca Trabattoni of the AML (Architectural Maker Lab of Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile of Università di Pavia), in collaboration with Crippa concept, leader in the design of mobile homes and lodge tents for tourism in the open air. [Text Spencer Foil]

For those who love unspoilt nature, Mirage Forest is the ideal choice

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