Four New Vinyl Wall Coverings by Vescom

Four new products join Vescom’s vinyl wall covering collection

Four new designs for vinyl wall coverings: Watson, Lismore, Jarvis and Puccini. Opacity, strength, elegance, easy application, a wide range of designs are the distinctive features of this collection.

Watson by Vescom

Among the four new products, Watson stands out for industrial look that recalls concrete. The multicolored thin texture contributes to the sense of depth. The palette includes various tones of grey, which recall natural stone and the colors of earth, with delicate shades.

Lismore presents the typical irregular texture of linen. Its textile appearance, combined with the functional advantages of vinyl and the extreme ease of cleaning make it suitable also for the healthcare sector.

Jarvis by Vescom

Jarvis is a wall covering with a strong and distinctive identity that meets the needs of a more structured texture. With a slightly metallic look, the palette includes gray, bronze and rust.

Puccini by Vescom

Puccini is a striped wall covering that looks like opaque silk. It is available in natural colors and tone-on-tone contemporary hues. Moreover, it is particularly suitable for the hospitality sector.

The advantages of vinyl wall coverings

Vinyl is a material that offers a series of functional properties. Combined with a cotton support, it is extraordinarily robust, durable, resistant to light, scratches and shocks. It can be applied with imperceptible junctions and it is easy to maintain. Vescom’s vinyl wall coverings last from 10 to 15 years. [Giuseppe D'Orsi]


Refin: Wood Effect Porcelain Stoneware

Wood effect porcelain stoneware is a highly resistant material that interprets furniture styles with great versatility

Refin porcelain stoneware, Wood collection

A trend that has become increasingly popular in recent years is porcelain stoneware inspired by other materials. Research into materials for interior design has made great strides, and Refin is one of the main protagonists of this research.

Refin porcelain stoneware, Giant collection

What are the advantages of porcelain stoneware?

Porcelain stoneware is a compact, hard, non-porous ceramic with high mechanical strength, abrasion and wear resistance, but also scratch, stain, chemical, freeze resistant. Thanks to these characteristics, it is a perfect material for both indoor and outdoor floors.

Refin porcelain stoneware, Chevron collection

Thanks to its technical properties, porcelain stoneware is particularly hygienic and easy to clean. The formats of the Refin range allow for installation with 2 mm grout joints; being so thin, they make cleaning easier and make the tiles even more similar to wood. In large-format and maxi tiles, the thin joints make the aesthetics more pleasant, lending the appearance of a real parquet floor down to the smallest detail.

Refin porcelain stoneware, outdoor Wood collection

Refin has a wide range of finishes, making it possible to use them with any furniture style, from rustic country to contemporary, to vintage and shabby chic. Their resistance and durability make them perfect for any area of the house, from the living room to the kitchen, but also the bathroom and the bedroom – you only need to choose your favorite finish.

Grès porcellanato Refin, collezione Larix

The collections range from chestnut to larch effect, typical of mountain houses. Chevron recalls French herringbone, while Deck is the typical metropolitan oak; Mansion evokes ancient dwellings, Kasai perfectly reproduces Japanese burnt wood. From the typical mountain hut covering to wood worn out by time, Refin has the perfect finish for any furniture style.

Refin porcelain stoneware, Giant collection

Also formats are different, to adapt to different interior design projects. Some finishes are available in 6 different sizes; the new 30x240 size is particularly innovative and suitable for continuous grain essences, such as Giant, inspired by chestnut wood. [Roberta Mutti]


The First Garden by Tom Dixon at the Chelsea Flower Show

Tom Dixon takes part in the Chelsea Flower Show with an installation made in collaboration with Ikea, with a garden and a horticultural laboratory

Design Research Studio – the Research Department of Tom Dixon – developed with Ikea a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The name of this indoor botanical and vegetable garden is quite evocative: “Gardening Will Save The World”.

The flower and vegetable garden is divided into two levels and accommodates over 4,000 plants in an environment arranged for aeroponic growing. Aeroponics, derived from hydroponics, consists in growing plants without the use of soil or water since they are grown in a nutrient-laden mist.

Cork floors and stairs guide the visitors on the two levels, through the expanse of plants, along an educational and relaxing path. Tom Dixon chose cork for this space because of its design versatility and sustainability.

The garden also hosts a mushroom cave featuring biodegradable 3D printed soil sculptures. There Reishi mushrooms grow, used in Chinese medicine and well-known in the Western world for their anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.

Tom Dixon’s project legitimizes gardening as a new trend in interior design.

The garden by Tom Dixon and Ikea is at the Chelsea Flower Show from 21 to 25 May 2019. The Chelsea Flowers Show is an event organized by The Royal Horticultural Society. [Roberta Mutti]

Read also Poliform at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Poliform Takes Part in the Chelsea Flower Show

Until May 25th Poliform gets colorful for the environment

From 20 to 25 May, London hosts the “Chelsea Flower Show”, an event born in the early nineteenth century and organized by the Royal Horticultural Society. This floral exhibition is so important that it attracts even the attention of the Royal Family.

During these hectic days, also Italian company Poliform leaves its mark thanks to the event “Chelsea in Bloom”, dedicated to a topical issue: “Under The Sea”.

The King's Road showroom displays imaginative three-dimensional elements in bright colors, interpreting the environmental changes that are occurring in some areas dense with coral reefs due to pollution. Bright shades of pink, red and orange gradually give way to grey coral. [Text Spencer Foil]

20-25 May 2019

Poliform London 278 King's Road SW3 5AW London - UK

Extra: geometrie in bilico tra arte e design Is Back in Vercelli in 2019

From 25 May to 2 June 2019, Extra, the event dedicated to design and art, will be back in Vercelli for the third time

Extra Vercelli 2018

Extra: Geometrie in bilico, the event organized in collaboration with Federmobili Vercelli, ASCOM and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Vercelli, was visited by 3,000 people in 2018 during 10 days (click here to discover the 2018 edition). Art and design works will be exhibited also this year at DiQui (former Padiglione 18), the original venue of the event, and at the new venue for 2019, Museo Leone, to dialogue with archaeological finds.

Extra Vercelli 2018

With Antonio De Luca and Marianna Foglia’s artistic coordination, the new works by some designers who took part in the previous editions will be exhibited: Giorgio Biscaro, Gianni Cella, CollettivoMuto, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini.

Among the new entries are illustrator and d

Extra Vercelli 2018

esigner Chiara Rapaccini and artist Fulvia Mendini. The group of artistic excellence includes Foto Marvellini, Stefania Ricci (in collaboration with Pavia Foto Festival), Matteo Tenardi, and the internationally renowned musician Sergio Sorrentino with a permanent sound installation.

Extra Vercelli 2019, Chiara Rapaccini

The design section will be animated and innovated by the experienced team of furniture makers from Vercelli belonging to Federmobili Vercelli: AD Tappeti, Arredamenti Prella, Bieffe Ceramiche, Borgo Divisione Luce, Giovannini Arredamenti, Mosca Ufficio Stile, Odone Angelo, Raimondo Piero, Rita Spina Design, SGA Ambienti, who will supply furniture and accessories.

Extra Vercelli 2018

Two inaugural evenings are scheduled, one for each location. The first will be held on Friday, May 24 from 6:30 pm at DiQui, the second on Saturday, May 25 from 6:30 pm at Museo Leone.

Extra Vercelli 2018

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Historic Kitchen Brand Berloni Goes to MotoGP 2019/2020

Berloni, the kitchen brand characterized by charming aesthetics, innovation and quality, announces its participation in MotoGp 2019/2020

Cave kitchen from the Charisma collection designed by architects Telemaco and Marco Fumagalli of Marcarch Studio (2018/2019)

Gruppo Berloni is a Pesaro-based company that since 1960 has been manufacturing exclusive furniture for the kitchen, fully-equipped, meeting different tastes and needs.

Berloni kitchens, past and present

Characterized by high technology, attention to aesthetics and detail, the Berloni kitchens have always followed the latest design trends, offering extremely versatile, high-quality contemporary solutions. Today, like in the past, Berloni offers the possibility of choosing among many models.


Monolit kitchen from the Charisma collection

Charisma, elegant and highly customizable, is one of the latest collections from 2018/2019. Among its models, it includes Monolit, the kitchen that defies time, and Meeting, the kitchen that perfectly combines the cabinet door with the handle profile.

Meeting kitchen from the Charisma collection

Monolit, designed by architect Marco Fumagalli, includes a carved block in precious marble with grey stone finish featuring a high and deep base unit as well as a “push and open” mechanism. Whereas, in the Meeting kitchen, the handle profile perfectly corresponds to the edge of the cabinet door; its lines are clean-cut and the materials are easy to match. The aluminum handle is available in 6 colors. Among the several finishes, Heritage and Alder woods stand out, centuries-old wood planks used to cover recycled panels, with a 4 mm solid wood edge.

Not for food, designed by Enzo Eusebi, 2006

Not for food, designed by architect Enzo Eusebi, is a 2006 model. This project makes the kitchen become the protagonist of the house, a sort of square where the members of the family meet and spend their time. A kitchen with fluid and dynamic lines, with many functions. The large and ergonomic chaise longue, in white carbon fiber, with ‘technogel’ inserts shaped like the head of a pin, was designed to suit any seating position. Among the several functions, the kitchen top, for example, allows you to adjust the temperature of liquids. Therefore, it is possible to cool a glass of spumante or warm cognac.

Berloni announces the collaboration with the catering service Severino & Son Hospitality at MotoGP 2019/2020

Two Italian excellences, both based in Pesaro, meet to share Italian values and culinary tradition around the world, following the races of MotoGP 2019/2020.

Roberto Berloni and Daniele Ridolfi

Berloni has created a special kitchen point for the interiors of Severino & Son Hospitality, the catering service managed by the Ridolfi family, addressed to the operators contributing to MotoGP (teams, riders, technicians, etc). Its structure recalls that of the Roman domus, a symbol of hospitality and Italianness. The Pesaro-based brand will keep participating also in 2020, on every racetrack, even outside Europe. The innovation and technology of Berloni, the passion and tradition of Severino’s mobile restaurant will be available to 720,000 people during the 9 months of the championship. [Text Carlotta Russo]


Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man on Show at MUDEC

The Chinese performer of camouflage photography arrives in Milan

Liu Bolin at Colosseo, Rome

From the spires of Milan Cathedral to the shelves of a supermarket, passing through the Colosseo. The world-famous Chinese artist Liu Bolin, known to the general public for his camouflage performances, arrives at Mudec with the exhibition “Liu Bolin, visible invisible.”

Liu Bolin at Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Liu Bolin adopts the poetics of hiding to become a thing among things, to declare that all places, all objects, even the smallest, have a soul that characterizes them and allows us to camouflage, vanish, identify with everything.

About fifty of the artist’s works are on display, including a new shot with the Rondanini Pietà taken at the Sforza Castle in Milan and the photograph of the Sala di Caravaggio – never exhibited before – taken in 2019 at Galleria Borghese in Rome, as well as the picture taken at MUDEC among the exhibits of the museum’s permanent collection.

[Text Cristina Provenzano - Photo Boxart Verona]


Design and Crucial Encounters: Three Podcasts

Destini Incrociati tells the encounter between two people from the world of design

Destini Incrociati is an on-demand audio show that has attracted the attention of many listeners for some time now. This pleasant and interesting cultural radio program tells the encounter between two design icons, provoking emotions not only in the protagonists but also among listeners. Destini Incrociati is a project of the free platform created by author and producer Giacomo Zito and cinema expert Simone Spoladori. Podcasts are available to stream from desktop and mobile browsers and to download from Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other platforms.

Here are some of the protagonists from the world of design:

Michele De Lucchi - Ettore Sottsass Jr.

 Il pianeta come festival (The planet as a festival): in May 1972 a young student came across an architecture magazine. An article by an out-of-the-box visionary inspired this young man throughout his life. He ended up working with that visionary, learning so much from his life that he built one even more original.


Cesare Cassina - Giò Ponti

 Insostenibile leggerezza (Unbearable lightness): Cesare Cassina, founder of the eponymous furniture company with his brother Umberto, met Giò Ponti on board the Andrea Doria, the transatlantic liner that Cassina furnished in 1953. Cesare was a brave but demanding entrepreneur, who wanted to control everything and easily tore to shreds the work of his employees. Ponti was a free designer, a genius in his field, at the service of clients but always willing to ‘sign’ anything he created. Their relationship was characterized by Ponti’s constant pursue of perfection and Cassina’s commercial ambitions. The result was the iconic Superleggera chair, which, weighting less than 2 kg, turned out to be decisive for the company’s turnover.

Ingvar Kamprad - Gillis Lundgren

 Billy Boys: Ikea. The Swedish furniture giant characterized by its democratic design and functional and economical products, was born from the tenacity and strength of mind of its founder, Ingvar Kamprad. However,

its aesthetics was shaped by Gillis Lundgren, the designer to whom Kamprad soon entrusted the leadership of the creative department of Ikea. Their work, parallel and complementary, has changed the way we think about the way we live and even our lives. [Anguilla Segura]

From India, Marble According to Kunaal Kyhaan

At the Milan Design Week 2019, the capsule collection Yantr by Koy combined the Indian artisan tradition in marble with contemporary technology

Kunaal Kyhaan, founder of Koy

The Indian designer Kunaal Kyhaan, is hosted at PalermoUno gallery (Via Palermo 1, Milan) until mid-July, with an original and contemporary capsule collection of furnishing accessories, launched at Milan Design Week 2019.

Pebble Pouf looks like a totemic pole. A series of large, smooth, irregular pebbles, skillfully carved from blocks of marble, overlap to form a sort of organic sculpture

Thanks to a careful research of marbles all over India, Kunaal created authentic original sculptures, unique in colour and texture, where Indian tradition blends with contemporary technology.

A circle and a stone meet in a balance that symbolizes the harmony between the feminine and masculine elements in Pebble Pendant. A solid and ethereal pendant lamp and an evocative representation of a modern cosmic balance

Yantr by Koy is composed by different items, where technology blends with Indian tradition, keeping its artisan nature.

Granite top for the Fig Dining Table. According to Indian designer Kunaal Kyhaan, Fig is the geometric abstraction of a fig leaf, a thousand-year-old symbol of Indian mythology. The slender supports alternate veins of different marbles and create an evocative and staggered graphic rhythm.

[Text Spencer Foil]


Instructions for Living on Mars

Mars Case, by the Chinese firm OPEN Architecture, is a capsule-prototype for emergency situations.

In an emergency situation, there may be a need to recycle air, water, food and even garbage: this is why the architects of OPEN Architecture designed Mars Case, a 2.4 x 2.4 x 2 m capsule combining design, technology and architecture.

The structure of Mars Case is divided into two areas. The first space, cube-shaped, houses rooms for biological and technological functions, kitchen and bathroom. The second area, which is spherical, is designed for the more spiritual activities, such as reading, relaxing and sleeping. At the base, a large white square 2×2 meters, floor by day and king-size bed by night.

Round windows give you the feeling of looking at the Earth from a porthole. The domestic appliances (by Chinese company Xiaomi) can be wireless connected, managed via smartphone and integrated into a single platform called The Home.

The capsule can produce energy, air, water in an integrated ecosystem, minimizing the consumptions. This sustainable project, with zero waste, suitable for many situations (even emergency ones), can be arranged anywhere on Earth (or elsewhere), and makes us reflect upon the future and possible living solutions. [Paola Molteni]