Design Shanghai 2021: China and new talents

International and Chinese brands at Design Shanghai 2021

The eighth edition of Design Shanghai, Asia's most important design fair, changed its dates after the pandemic and was held in June. Design Shanghai 2021, from 3 to 6 June 2021, welcomed over 70,000 professional visitors, including designers, architects, retailers, realtors and interior designers, to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and more than 400 exhibitors from over 30 countries.

Discover Design Shanghai 2020

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Many of the world's leading exponents in design and architecture chose Design Shanghai to present their products in China. The hall dedicated to contemporary design accommodated brands such as Ligne Roset, Roche Bobois, Rolf Benz, Herman Miller, USM, Flos, and quintessential British lighting brand Anglepoise. Carl Hansen & Søn celebrated over 70 years of collaboration with Hans J. Wegner; other brands arrived from Denmark, including HAY, Verpan, YBJY, &tradition.

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Herman Miller's stand

The launches in the Kitchens & Bathrooms section involved Laufen, Barber & Osgerby for Axor, Villeroy & Boch, ASKO and Aritco. Among the exhibitors making their debut at Design Shanghai there were French brand Maison Dada, Shanghai-based gallery Arktek World and the innovative German brand Occhio.

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The booth of French company Maison Dada

The New Materials & Applications Design Hall hosted for the first time LG and BTicino; among others, the Objects & Accessories Design Hall hosted Murano glassware by Venini.

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Carl Hansen's stand

New talents from China

Design Shanghai does not showcase international brands only; the number of Chinese design brands and designers increase at every edition. Key exhibitors included globally recognized design studios such as Stellar Works, Boking, PUSU, 2-LA, Sun At Six, UFOU, Studio Monana and THESHAW. The Collectible Design Hall hosted China’s first exhibition space dedicated to the Memphis Group, YA SPACE. Stellar Works revealed their latest collaboration with Sebastian Herkner, while U+, a Chinese company debuting in the international design market, launched its Shan Qiu Zhi Ge Sofa Collection.

Discover the calendar of design and furniture fairs for 2021/2022

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The stand of Chinese company Yang House

Chen Min, industrial designer and expert judge from Loewe Foundation, curated Neooold, an exhibition of 12 pioneering designers, craftsmen and artists pairing traditional artisanal craft techniques with contemporary design. Frank Chou, Founder of Frank Chou Design Studio, returned to curate the TALENTS section for the second year. Featuring 14 of today’s best emerging designers in China, Design Shanghai’s TALENTS section nurtures the country’s next generation of Chinese design talent.

The booth of Danish company Gabriel

Lastly, a rich panel of experts talked at the annual Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Forum. Spanning design disciplines from across the world, the world’s most influential speakers explored the cultural shift towards regenerative design as an urgent response to social and environmental needs. Keynote speakers included Thomas Heatherwick, Sebastian Wrong, Aldo Cibic, Neville Mars, Diego Fuertes, Richard Hutten and Michael Pawlyn.


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MADE expo: from 22 to 25 November 2021

MADE expo, the reference exhibition for architecture and the construction industry, returns to Milan from 22 to 25 November 2021

made expo 2021

MADE expo, one of the most important trade fairs for architecture and construction, returns to Fiera Milano from 22 to 25 November 2021. For the first time, the event is organized by Made Eventi S. r. l, a company owned by Fiera Milano and Federlegno Arredo Eventi; as usual, it will host the latest innovations in the building sector, which currently counts more than 700,000 companies and more than one million employees. The event, finally back in person, will make it possible to meet and exchange views with industry professionals, participate in talks and seminars that will entitle to training credits, and discover the latest products and projects for architecture and construction.

The 4 thematic areas of the fair

MADE expo 2021 will allow a community of designers, construction and production companies, craftsmen, window and door manufacturers, contractors and buyers to visit the over 300 companies exhibiting at this edition. The exhibition will be divided into 4 big thematic areas. The first, “MADE doors, windows & industrial closures” is addressed to door and window manufacturers, designers, retailers and constructions companies. The second, “MADE building envelope & outdoor”, is dedicated to opaque and transparent roofing and façade systems, glass and sunshades. The “MADE BIM & technologies” area will allow the public to explore the new opportunities related to the use of Building Information Modeling, a system used to optimize the planning, implementation and management of buildings with the help of software. Lastly, the “MADE construction and materials” area will present new materials for innovative, sustainable and safe projects.

The world of construction at MADE expo 2021

“Fieramilano is ready to welcome the entire event network, offering exhibitors and operators a unique experience capable of expanding and highlighting the importance of a professional exhibition,” said Mario Franci, CEO of Made Eventi S.r.l. and Chief Revenue Officer of Fiera Milano S.p.a. “There is a widespread desire to go back to meeting people in person, touching products and systems, and showing up close and in detail all those innovations that the market has not been able to present in the last year and a half. As always, in addition to the product sectors, MADE expo will offer moments of B2B meeting during which the issues of energy sustainability and innovation in the building and construction sector will be looked at. We will also be talking about new business models from the point of view of design and plant engineering. Moreover, thanks to innovative digital services, exhibitors, buyers and visitors will be able to experience the trade show both in a physical format and a digital version.”

The digital version of the fair

Several digital channels will allow people to connect remotely and watch the live-streamed events. Among them, there will be the new event App, and other tools such as My Matching, Webinars & Live Chats, and the Exhibition Blog will enable the connection between real and virtual worlds.

Discover MADE expo 2019, the last edition before the pandemic

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Not-to-be-missed events and training credits

MADE expo will offer a calendar including more than 100 events, which are validated for the earning of training credits. Each event belonging to ArchInTrend, Forum Legno Edilizia, The place to build and SerramenTalk will show the latest trends emerging from the related sectors.

Among the themes to be discussed, the quality of living will doubtlessly play a key role. During the health emergency, houses have taken on new value, living comfort has become an essential requirement and state bonuses have made large redevelopment and renovation works more affordable. Therefore, there will be in-depth discussion dedicated to the “110% Superbonus”. In Italy, over 46,000 building projects linked to this incentive have been recorded, for a value of €7.5bn. Lombardy is the region that has benefited the most from it, with more than 6,000 projects for a value of €1.12 bn.

MADE expo: an event that looks ahead

The key themes of the next edition of MADE expo look not only at current events but also at the future, with contents and proposals in line with the evolution of the construction world, designed to guide professionals and companies to new and sustainable scenarios.

ICE, the Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies, is working alongside MADE expo to promote the event abroad and help companies present their product innovations internationally. MADE expo 2021 will also be an opportunity to rethink the construction sector in a sustainable key, both in terms of materials and processes.

Discover MADE expo 2019, the last edition before the pandemic

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Some numbers from the sustainable construction industry

Globally, sustainable construction is expected to reach a value of $187.4bn by 2027. This trend has also been confirmed by the World Green Building Council, according to which infrastructures and buildings will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, and 100% by 2050. “The future of construction has a common thread that runs through different sectors in every dimension and individual type,” explained Regina De Albertis, president of Assimpredil Ance.

“For us, looking at sustainability means putting the right value on doing business. This means keeping three fundamental pillars in mind at the same time: the social aspect, so that construction is the leading player in the creation of genuinely human communities; the ecological approach, because the eco system in which we operate must be protected and respected; and finally, the economic element because, in addition to countering the climate emergency, this wave of regeneration will benefit companies.”

One ticket for three fairs

MADE expo will be held on the same days as two other important industry events, SICUREZZA and SMART BUILDING EXPO. The presence of these three trade fairs at the same time, to be visited with a single ticket, will make it possible to optimize visit times and resources, maximize opportunities for discussion and updating, but above all offer designers and installers a complete proposal.

Click here to buy your ticket.

See you at Fiera Milano from 22 to 24 November 2021 for SICUREZZA and SMART BUILDING EXPO and from 22 to 25 November 2021 for MADE expo.


Architects Tales, conversations with architecture experts

Rubner Group and Luca Molinari Studio to live-stream a cycle of meetings with architects

Architects Tales is the name of the new project of the Rubner Group aimed at keeping alive the relationship with architecture. This series of online conversations with internationally renowned architects and designers, curated by Luca Molinari Studio, will explore topical issues in contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Building with wood to reduce CO2 emissions

Peter Rubner, President Rubner Group

“We firmly believe that it is fundamental to give further impulse to sustainability, trying to make society aware of it – underlines Peter Rubner, President of the Rubner Group. Building with wood, for example, reduces the CO2 emissions of buildings. Every wooden building, or even a product, is a natural CO2 storage tank: 1 cubic meter of wood captures about 1 ton of CO2. An extraordinary figure if you think that an average-sized car emits about 3.2 tons of CO2 in a year.”

Live-stream meetings will range from sustainability to building quality up to architecture as a central space for social interaction. From time to time, the different topics will be explored from a different perspective in order to reflect and tackle with greater awareness the challenges that design and architecture are going to face in the future. Among the main themes will be natural architecture, ecosystem, innovation, as well as quality, from design to construction, with research and sustainability embodied in the works of the invited architects as examples of best practices. Among others, the cycle will host Lina Ghotmeh (France), Laboratorio Permanente (Italy), Stefano Belingardi (Italy), Dietrich/Untertrifaller Architekten (Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany), LAN (France), Cino Zucchi (Italy), Michele De Lucchi (Italy).

 

The Architects Tales calendar: the scheduled meetings

live on Instagram Rubner Haus channel 

September, 16th 2021 h. 17:00 – 18:00
“FROM DESIGN TO CONSTRUCTION”
Luca Molinari with Michele De Lucchi

The design process is always at the center of the architectural debate, during this conversation we will try to highlight the importance of the entire production process that leads from idea to construction.

October 6th, 2021 h. 17:00-18:00
“QUALITY”
Luca Molinari with Cino Zucchi

“Quality” as a key word to talk about the post-pandemic approach to the design of domestic and urban spaces. How to rethink the spaces we live in and what does quality mean in architecture in 2021?

October 11th, 2021 h. 15:00-16:00
“RESEARCH”
Luca Molinari with Umberto Napolitano – LAN

“Research” as a fundamental step in the design process, how research and innovation inform the project so that it is able to respond to an ever-changing scenario.

October 22nd, 2021 h. 17:00-18:00
“INNOVATION”
Luca Molinari with Much Untertrifaller

“Innovation” plays an important role in the daily practice of every firm, as it is a challenge that constantly pushes beyond the quality of architectural and industrial production.

November 18th, 2021 h. 18:00-19:00
“ECOSYSTEM”
Luca Molinari with Laboratorio Permanente and Stefano Belingardi

“Ecosystem” is a complex and balanced environment that is generated by a careful counterbalance between anthropogenic and natural elements. How could architecture prove to be an ally in preserving and enhancing this balance?


Geberit AquaClean: “è tutta un’altra musica”

La Pina, DJ and all-around artist, is the ambassador for Geberit AquaClean, the collection of shower toilets promoting a new dimension of domestic wellness

Design Meets Function clearly expresses the philosophy of the AquaClean shower toilets by Geberit: design models everyday wellness. In AquaClean products, technological innovation, aesthetics and functionality coexist synergistically, and become an expression of the brand's values.

Design and much more: with Geberit’s AquaClean shower toilets, comfort, freshness and wellness are at your fingertips, in a single, simple gesture. And it is so simple that it becomes a good daily practice that completes our hygiene and health routine. Running water gives an incomparable sensation of well-being, a feeling of absolute freshness, which allows you to always feel at ease. And the comfort that comes from always feeling in perfect order allows you to have easier relationships with others as you always feel good about yourself.

Discover AquaClean shower toilets on the website Geberit-AquaClean

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AquaClean by Geberit: wellness and design

In addition to ensuring comfort and well-being, Geberit AquaClean shower toilets strike a perfect balance between technology and design. The three models in the collection, Mera, Sela and Tuma, are available both as complete solutions and as seats to be installed on pre-existing ceramic toilets. Therefore, AquaClean shower toilets are ideal both for new buildings and for more complex renovations, where it may be necessary to save space in the bathroom. Moreover, their minimalist design concept makes it possible to adapt these shower toilets to different interior design styles.

Discover the hotels equipped with Geberit AquaClean shower toilets

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AquaClean Mera

Europe’s best-selling shower toilet is AquaClean Mera, designed by Christoph Behling. Its essential design conceals a sophisticated integrated system: in addition to the rimless bowl with TurboFlush technology, Mera offers the WhirlSpray technology and some additional functions such as seat heating, automatic seat opening mechanism by proximity sensor, ambient light system. The result is a design element that decorates and offers everyday wellness at once.

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AquaClean Sela

AquaClean Sela’s design, by Christoph Behling, is even more essential and contemporary. Sela offers all the classic, simple and intuitive functions of a Geberit shower toilet: the patented WhirlSpray technology for comfort and wellness, the very quiet and effective TurboFlush flushing technology, the rimless toilet that makes cleaning easy and an automatic descaling program. AquaClean Sela is also equipped with orientation lighting in seven colors and five brightness levels.

Discover AquaClean shower toilets on the website Geberit-AquaClean

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AquaClean Tuma

AquaClean Tuma, available in the wall-mounted and in the free-standing versions, is the most versatile element in the collection. The innovation of AquaClean Tuma lies in its installation as it is available both as a complete solution and as a seat to be installed on pre-existing ceramic toilets. AquaClean Tuma is available in two designs: Comfort and Classic. The Comfort model offers several functions: in addition to the WhirlSpray shower technology and heated seat, it offers an odor extraction system and a warm air dryer, for an authentic wellness experience. The Classic model offers all the essential functions of a shower toilet.


Selling furniture online after the pandemic

E-commerce after the pandemic: what has changed in consumer behavior?

The pandemic has induced an abrupt discontinuity in many habits, including consumer behavior. Beyond purely numerical data, it is interesting to analyze what scenarios lie ahead for the years to come, after this forced pause. The 7th Pambianco Design Summit, held in July 2021, confirms that the furniture sector has suffered a downturn, but all in all rather limited. And, all things considered, it is fairly obvious, as we have spent much more time than usual at home. Moreover, selling furniture online is becoming more and more interesting.

Read the Pambianco Design Summit 2020

Alessio Candi, Consulting and M&A Director of Pambianco, has given a picture of the Italian and international situation. Among the most interesting aspects that have emerged from these years of pandemic, we should attentively observe the growth of e-commerce, even in the furniture sector. The amount of furniture sold online in Europe has almost doubled in two years, rising from 4.9% to 8.5%. In Germany, it went from 7% to 12.2%, in the UK from 8.1% to 14%, in France from 4.6% to 8.6%, and finally, in Italy, from 3.2% to 5.6%.

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Online furniture sales giant Wayfair reported a 55% increase in sales in 2020. Ikea, on the other hand, saw online sales increase from 7% to 16%, thus more than doubling, in 2020 alone. And Westwing also reported a 62% growth. Italian companies have not been idle, and between 2020 and 2021 they have developed various online strategies.

Read also Ikea abandons the paper catalog

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The latest is Design Holding, the group formed in 2018 that includes B&B Italia, Flos and Louis Poulsen, which in April 2021 acquired YDesign, a U.S.-based platform selling high-end design. YDesign, which sells several iconic made in Italy brands and more, operates via the sites YLighting.com and Lumens.com.

Interest in interior design has grown

Matteo Margini, Group E-commerce Director of Design Holding, explained that, in 2020, interior design has grown exponentially among Google trends both in purchase searches and especially in searches for inspiration. Of course, as people were forced to spend a lot of time in their homes were also able to see their negative aspects. Moreover, pandemic and home working prompted many people to reorganize their homes by creating new home office spaces.

Discover Design Holding

Another interesting fact, again from Google trends, is that people look for sources of inspiration mainly on Youtube (51%) and interior design blogs (46%); magazines and online journals are at 36% among searches for home ideas. Good news for Italian companies is that the search for "made in Italy furniture" has grown exponentially in the United States.

So it is no surprise that many other Italian companies have invested in e-commerce or new digital strategies. Molteni & C., for example, has launched e-commerce, and so has Chateau d'Ax. Galleria Nilufar has organized its first online auction with Christie's; Mohd, the online store, managed to achieve a modest growth in 2020, with 60% of its turnover in Italy.

Therefore, there are good prospects for furniture to experience an important growth in online sales. Probably, given the nature of the products, the physical store will not lose value, but will be increasingly integrated with the digital channel. Because, if it is true that 60% of customers still need to see and touch an expensive furnishing product before buying it, on the other hand, this means that 40% are already willing to buy online, without going to a store or a physical space.

 


Terratinta Group: an excellence in the land of excellences

A company with a strong sense of community, Terratinta Group has its roots in an area of excellence, where made in Italy production is at its best

Terratinta was founded in 2008, as a manufacturer of ceramic surfaces, by Luca Migliorini, CEO, who had a business partner at first. From 2008 to 2020, the company grew to the size of the 2020 budget, with 42 employees and 22 million euros in sales. In 2017, the Terratinta Group was born from the union between Terratinta Ceramiche, founded in 2010, and Ceramica Magica, a historical brand of Italian ceramics since 1983.

In 2020, Terratinta Group became a Benefit Corporation, with a corporate charter by which the company commits to having a positive impact on society and the biosphere, besides budgetary objectives. The next goal is the B. Corp certification, the global movement of companies that choose to produce social benefits along with profit.

In 2020, the company renovated an old industrial plant in Fiorano Modenese to make its new headquarters, which have been inaugurated recently.  The new headquarters occupy a total of 45,000 square meters, 2,000 of which are dedicated to showrooms and offices. From the ventilation to the lighting system, from heating to air conditioning, the new offices and warehouse aim to have the lowest possible environmental impact.

Discover Terratinta Group at Cersaie 2019, with the stand designed by Francesco Lucchese

The new spaces are energy self-sufficient and include workspaces as well as environments dedicated to relationships, conviviality, well-being: kitchen, gym, relaxation area (winter garden), children's area and more.

Discover the trends in ceramic surfaces for 2021

Terratinta Group: ceramic surfaces for different needs

Currently, the brands in the Terratinta Group are Terratinta Ceramiche, Ceramica Magica, Sartoria, Micro, Atmosfere. Each brand talks to a specific audience and satisfies different needs. From contract to residential uses, these brands offer porcelain stoneware collections for different interior design styles, from Nordic minimalism to warmer, Mediterranean atmospheres.

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Terratinta Group's strength lies in being at the center of a production district of excellence, which allows it to have a complete network of suppliers within a few kilometers. The efficient supply chain allows the group to work with flexibility, versatility and punctual deliveries; thanks to the different technologies available to suppliers, the group is also able to diversify its offerings to reach different markets. Moreover, very close relationships make it possible to control the quality of supplies and the adherence of suppliers to the same principles of sustainability of the group.

Discover the trends in ceramic surfaces for 2021

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More than finishes: furniture

The latest brand added to the group is Atmosfere, a project with Francesco Lucchese’s art direction. Atmosfere represents the first step of a future evolution of the Group towards an even more complete offer. The proposals by Atmosfere are increasingly expanding towards complete projects, also including furnishing elements and accessories. This catalog will include complete environments, different in mood and style.

Discover Terratinta Group at Cersaie 2019, with the stand designed by Francesco Lucchese

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In this way, finishes and furnishings become an integral part of the Italian style, the style that becomes excellence, particularly in this production district. Terratinta Group is headquartered in the heart of an area that hosts the excellences that have given Italy its worldwide fame. In addition to the best producers of ceramics, this area of Italy is home to excellence in other sectors, such as Ferrari, and is also an area of excellent food products that welcomes culinary tourists from all over the world.


The new edition of ARCHITECT@WORK Milan 2021

On 3-4 November 2021, ARCHITECT@WORK returns to MiCo-Milano Congressi and it will be also possible to participate online

ARCHITECT@WORK MILANO 2021

ARCHITECT@WORK Milan 2021 will be held in person on November 3-4 at MiCo-Milano Congressi and it will be also possible to participate online. The two days’ networking event for architecture and building professionals will showcase new products from more than 180 exhibitors, selected by a technical committee of experts.

The exhibition area is just a part of the event as ARCHITECT@WORK also includes networking spaces and educational areas where it will be possible to exchange ideas and projects.

As usual, the event will also offer architects and interior designers content for professional update: 4 seminars allocating professional training credits, a materials exhibition, photo galleries, a bookshop. “Oxygen” is the focus chosen for the 2021 edition.

A new initiative for this year is A@W Digital, a virtual platform that will allow you to participate in the event remotely, not only on the days of the in-person event but also for the following two weeks.

Architect@Work: the seminars

The future of architecture

Wednesday, 3 November, 12:30

Speaker: Federico Delrosso - Federico Delrosso Architects

Title: Nurture future

Nurture future, nostalgia for a past that may not return is an opportunity to think about a better future. Nourishing the future through attention to the joy of living, the universal desire of every man and the only real purpose that a society can and must propose itself.

"Nurture future" is a multidisciplinary and critical debate open to all disciplines, which are invited to contribute to and/or share its principles, generating new contaminations at a time of opportunity and change. Nurturing all this will be the future.

During the seminar an overview of projects, installations and competitions focused on the themes of naturalistic architecture – a discipline that seeks well-being as a balance between human being, nature and city – will be proposed. The intention is to provide us with a reference tool that looks beyond the project, beyond architecture, to be used as a guideline for the design of the future.

Discover the circular economy at Architect@Work Milan 2019

Wednesday, 3 November, 15:30

Speaker: Alfonso Femia - Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

Title: Architecture and generosity

Oxygen as a value of well-being and healthy living. In architectural terms, oxygen can be exchanged for space, and space for generosity. Global demographic growth, exodus from the countryside, gentrification, urban sprawl, housing deficit: these unquestionable phenomena have put frightening pressure on architecture. The need to build quickly, on a large scale and at low cost. Redemption comes through a process of responsibility and generous design. 2021 is generating a new vision.

ARCHITECT@WORK MILANO 2021

Rethinking the workplace

Thursday, 4 November, 12:30

Speaker: Alessandro Adamo - Lombardini 22/Degw

Title: Re-thinking the space. The workplace that creates value.

The health crisis caused by Covid-19 has posed a global challenge. In our experience, clients are asking us to reflect on the future of the workplace.

Spaces - Technologies - Values - People.

What have been the impacts of the pandemic on the way organisations work and on office space?

What will the future of the office world be like after Covid-19?

As a new "smart" workplace, can residential spaces become an opportunity?

Architect Davide Ruzzon - Director TUNED - will speak as well:

Intro: Applied Neuroscience in Architecture

Emotions and Space + Case Study.

Discover the circular economy at Architect@Work Milan 2019

Architect@Work Milan 2021: the city of the future

Thursday, 4 November, 15:30

Speaker: Architect Vittorio Grassi - Vittorio Grassi Architects

Title: The city of the future: between ecology, health and sociality

At ARCHITECT@WORK, Vittorio Grassi addresses the theme of "Oxygen" by talking about the great challenge of contemporary architecture: not to idealise garden neighbourhoods in the suburbs, but to bring greenery and nature into the city; to create open spaces, parks and public gardens that neighbourhood residents and citizens can share.

The theme of "Oxygen" understood as ecology, health, community and sociality is explored in depth by VGA in projects such as the Military Citadel of Cecchignola, the Sports Hall in Lamezia Terme, the Koà Zambon company restaurant or the ZIM Area masterplan in Samara.

Seminars are organized by DDN. Click here for further information about professional training credits.

 


Naples to host EDIT Napoli 2021

The third edition of EDIT Napoli, the fair dedicated to high-quality design, conceived by Domitilla Dardi ed Emilia Petruccelli, is going to be held in Naples

EDIT Napoli returns with the 2021 edition from 29 to 31 October. Also this year, the exhibition takes place in the San Domenico Maggiore monumental complex in the heart of Naples; moreover, several exhibitions will be scattered in some symbolic places of Naples.

Read our interview with Domitilla Dardi, curator of Edit Napoli

More than 80 exhibitors will participate in the 2021 edition of EDIT Naples, including independent designers, design authors and publishers, makers and producers. Among them, 30 up-and-coming designers will participate in the Seminario, the section of the fair dedicated to designers aged under 30 and brands with less than three years of activity; a temporary loft curated by architect Giuliano Andrea Dell’Uva will be their home.

Discover the traveling exhibition NOMAD ST. Moritz

EDIT Napoli: a curatorial and commercial fair at once

The Neapolitan exhibition is one of the first to express editorial and commercial content at the same time. The exhibitors of EDIT Naples 2021 will bring to the public products and projects that favor quality over quantity and that have the transparent supply chain as one of their strengths. Numerous venues will host the exhibitions; however, the main venue is once again the San Domenico Maggiore monumental complex, the ideal setting for editorial and authorial design.

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San Domenico Maggiore, Naples, the venue of EDIT Napoli. Ph: Bianca Hirata.

Scenic and impressive locations

Equally impressive will be the locations hosting the various exhibitions. Lidewij Edelkoort, one of the most important trend forecasters, will bring to the State Archives of Naples an exhibition dedicated to Dutch graphic artist Anthon Beeke. The collections by French brand La Manufacture and the pieces designed by Emma Boomkamp, Todd Bracher, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, le FRONT, Luca Nichetto, Nendo, Neri&Hu, Patrick Norguet, Marc Thorpe, Michael Young will occupy Teatro San Carlo with a site-specific installation.

Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri will host the monographic exhibition “Chest’è” by Federico Pepe, curated by Federica Sala; paintings, sculptures, furniture, carpets that find their common roots in Pepe’s alphabet of signs.

Read also EDIT Napoli 2020

Hybrida, the collection of centerpieces born from the collaboration between Patricia Urquiola and Istituto ad Indirizzo Raro Caselli – Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte, makes its debut at EDIT Napoli. The prototypes of the collection will be the subject of an installation and of a solidarity auction in collaboration with Christie’s; the proceeds will be donated to the restoration of the school’s internal didactic garden.

Discover also DesignMiami Basel 2021

Finally, Sicilian brand Orografie returns to the fair with a new workshop dedicated to storytelling, which will feature young copywriters and illustrators, with products created by the emerging designers who won last year’s workshop, the duo formed by Maria Giovanna Barbi and Fabio Brunone, Linda Salvatori, Livia Stacchini.

Italian and international brands

The many Italian and international brands will include Atelier Malak, Forma&Cemento, Golden Editions, Lithea, Milla Novo, Stamuli, The Art and Design Group, Zieta Studio. After their debut in the Seminario section, Basis Rho, Eleit.it, Finemateria and Very Simple Kitchen are coming back as exhibitors, while many emerging names from all over Europe will occupy the loft. From Atelier Ferraro, ccontinua + mamt, Caterina Frongia (Italy) to Julia Chiaramonti (France) and Alexander Kirkeby ad Atelier Pendhapa (Denmark). There will also be many Dutch designers, selected with the Young Dutch Titans call launched in collaboration with the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy.

In the gallery below, some products on show


CEADESIGN presents the GIOTTO PLUS collection

GIOTTO PLUS, the faucet collection by CEADESIGN

Designed by Natalino Malasorti for CEADESIGN, the GIOTTO PLUS faucet line is the expansion of the Giotto range. Like the GIOTTO collection, GIOTTO PLUS is in AISI 316L stainless steel, which has lower carbon content and offers better mechanical and corrosion resistance properties.

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The GIOTTO collection is inspired by pure and archetypal circular forms for a consistent look combined with essential functionality. This wide product range is completed by the collection of accessories, also inspired by the circle. GIOTTO PLUS, the collection extension, was created to offer new faucet configurations with the single-lever mixer faucet. The distinctive feature of GIOTTO PLUS is the generous handle that houses the mixer cartridge. The recessed body uses a rapid fitting coupling to the hydraulic system (Plumbing Water Fitting), thanks to which it is possible to simplify the installation and house the mixing cartridge in the external body.

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GIOTTO PLUS: the mixer faucet inspired by the circle

A wide range of remote controls and shower sets enables countless combinations with the FREE IDEAS components; spouts, showerheads and hand showers allow you to configure and customize your mixer. All GIOTTO PLUS products are available in the satin and polished finish and in all of CEA’s special finishes (Black Diamond, Bronze, Copper and Light Gold), which are ecological and biocompatible.

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Washbasin and bidet spouts are equipped with 5 l/min water-saving aerators, which can be replaced with 3.8 l/min aerators or even 1.9 l/min should a LEED certification be required; the spouts for tub filling are equipped with a flow straightener without flow restriction.

The GIOTTO PLUS collection of mixer faucets uses a universal rapid fitting coupling complete with fixing bracket, a CEADESIGN industrial innovation patent. Moreover, the lever of the mixer faucet has a double movement: it allows you to adjust temperature and water flow rate without tilting the handle, thus preserving the product’s look. Another industrial innovation patent by CEADESIGN.

Discover HOOK modular faucets, by CEADESIGN


With its 50 years of history, the Xila kitchen by Boffi has been renovated

Xila, the historic kitchen by Boffi, is now available in a new version to meet contemporary living needs

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In 1972 Boffi launched Xila, the revolutionary kitchen designed by Luigi Massoni. It was the first to showcase wall and base units without handles and with a simple pressure opening. This innovative system revolutionized the world of design and kitchens, turning Xila into a timeless design icon.

Xila inherited the innovation introduced by the previous E15 from 1965, which set fixed modularity for kitchen units based on 15 cm modules.

On the occasion of the Supersalone 2021, Boffi presented a new version of Xila, with anthracite MDi surfaces by Inalco. The grey color of MDi surfaces slightly contrasts with the Shades cabinet doors and worktop in smoked oak.

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Boffi chooses MDi surfaces by Inalco

Inalco MDi (Mineral Design innovation) surfaces represent a whole new breakthrough for the world of architecture and interior design. Inalco selects the best minerals and speeds up the natural lithogenetic cycle, thanks to an innovative and sustainable production process. Moreover, thanks to a Full Digital technology applied to the whole production process, Inalco controls the design of its surfaces guaranteeing extraordinary definition and matchless textures.

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The new edition of Xila preserves the history of a timeless product, which has been renovated to keep up with the times. Today Xila meets contemporary living needs through the use of sustainable and durable materials, delivering excellent functional and aesthetic performance.