IN&OUT Architecture and Materials at Architect@Work Milano 2019

On 13-14 November, Architect@Work Milano will host the exhibition “IN&OUT Architecture and Materials”, curated by architect Arianna Callocchia, organized by magazines OFArch and DDN

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Architect Arianna Callocchia at Architect@Work Torino 2019

“The exhibition IN&OUT architecture and materials – explains the curator – aims at presenting the concepts of requalification, regeneration, recycling and reuse in architecture, both in interior and exterior spaces. The continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces in architecture lies at the heart of the concept of ‘loop’ that characterizes the lifecycle of these materials, which can be used more than once thanks to new recycling and reuse technologies.”

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The exhibition layout represents the concept of ‘loop’ and ‘infinite.’ Two cylindrical envelopes, an open and a closed one, are connected and interpenetrate. In this way they generate one single architectural element where the two spaces communicate in a seamless transition.

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A continuous and fluid exhibition path

Even the exhibition path is conceived as a continuous, uninterrupted smooth circuit. Visitors enter and exit open or closed spaces, exploring the exhibition and the materials shown from different angles and perspectives. All the materials displayed during the exhibition IN&OUT Architecture and Materials at Architect@Work– natural or artificial, traditional or state-of-the-art – have been selected because of their characteristics and properties related with sustainability, recycling and innovation, both IN and OUTdoors.

The tactile and sensory experience given by the exhibition illustrates the technical performance of the materials, their architectural applications and their possible use in the field of reuse and recovery. Ultimately, the exhibition aims at encouraging architects, designers and businesses to embark on a journey to responsible design. A deep knowledge of the characteristics of the materials allows architects to enhance their projects, also from an environmental point of view.

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Siamo tutti nella stessa acqua – ARTE by Marillina Fortuna

Among this year’s exhibitions we can mention Siamo tutti nella stessa acqua – ARTE, di Marillina Fortuna (We are all in the same water! ART by Marillina Fortuna). The artist, who has always worked in communications, over time, has developed an increasing interest in the environment. Water, the subject of the exhibition, is the primary source of life, a precious yet scarce resource, the element that generates and regenerates. [Text Anguilla Segura]

Architect@Work Torino 2019, exhibition “Siamo tutti nella stessa acqua”, by Marillina Fortuna


Shanghai Grand Opera House

Snøhetta designs the Grand Opera House in Shanghai and strengthens the cultural identity of the city

Grand Opera House, Shanghai

A new public space for social and cultural life in Shanghai

Following an international competition, Snøhetta has been commissioned to design the Shanghai Grand Opera House. The building is conceived as a public and open place that harmonizes with the surrounding landscape. The roof is characterized by a spiral staircase that, with its radial movements, reaches the ground. Not only is the roof a transitional element but it also acts as a further stage hosting events and meetings 24/7.

This spiraling movement continues throughout the theater: in the foyer, in the halls and in the three auditoriums – the first with 2,000 seats, with cutting-edge technical and acoustic solutions, the second seating 1,200 people and the third 1,000, offering a flexible seating arrangement for experimental performances.


Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, co-founder of Snøhetta, explained that “the Shanghai Grand Opera House is a natural progression of our previous work with designing performing arts centers. It is a culmination of the competence and insight gained through projects such as the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Busan Opera House in South Korea, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada, and Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers renovation in Paris.”


For the ongoing project, which will be completed in 2023, the practice teams up with Shanghai-based ECADI – East China Architectural Design & Research Institute.

Discover the special sections Salone del Mobile Milano Shanghai and Design from Japan in DDN #251 – Browse the preview here

Click here to read our interview with architect Weichen Zhong from Shanghai, with whom we discussed the evolution of design in China.


Trends in Bathroom Furniture

Simplicity, rigor and color inspire the latest trends in bathroom furniture, for a room that is increasingly important both in residential and contract projects

Let’s take advantage of our recent visit to Cersaie to take stock of bathroom furniture trends. For some time now, the bathroom has established its role as a room dedicated to wellness, and its furniture, as a result, becomes really important. Moreover, freed from mere functional purposes, bathroom furniture offers new opportunities for design and creativity to designers and manufacturers, and adds to the various elements also decorative radiators, which are now an integral part of the furniture.

Essential structures for bathroom furniture

Matteo Thun and  Antonio Rodriguez have designed the total look of the Indissima collection for Inda. This collection revolves around a multi-function bar, which allows you to create different customized solutions for the entire bathroom.

Indissima collection by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Inda

The project includes shower walls and complements, console tables, mirrors, shelves, towel rails, dispensers, characterized by a minimal design, perfect for both residential and contract settings.

Indissima collection by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Inda

A trend developed in recent years is represented by the free-standing washbasin, which can be placed in any environment with no constraints. Vogue, by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for The.Artceram is a metal structure consisting of a tube that supports the three round washbasins of the collection. Available in white or black, the structure also includes a towel rail.

Vogue by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for The.Artceram

Materials and innovative solutions

Modularity and minimalism characterize the Code collection by Arbi, which allows you to customize the bathroom depending on your needs. In the picture, a composition with glossy Laminam Noir Desir top, with Plaza double washbasin, bases in painted Metal Pinot and aluminum mirror.

Code collection by Arbi

Designers Angeletti and Ruzza created for Ceramica Globo a furniture series that integrates washbasins, shelves, supporting structures, available in different combinations, materials and colors, for a bathroom tailored to any interior design style. Essential and rigorous, the items of this collection can be square or round depending on the washbasin. Tops are made of Dekton, the solid surface by Cosentino, or in the “Bagno di Colore” ceramic mixture.

Ceramica Globo collections, designed by Angeletti & Ruzza

And to merge the bathroom and the gym there is Gym Space, by Mattia Pareschi for Scavolini Bagno. The project is inspired by wall bars and introduces this piece of equipment into the bathroom, creating a multi-purpose wooden structure. On its own, it acts as a support for your own gym, with fitness benches or resistance bands. Otherwise it can be used to hold lights, soap holders, shelves, bases with washbasins or mirrors, for a complete furnishing system.

Gym Space, by Matteo Pareschi for Scavolini Bagno

Materials and colors that reproduce natural surfaces

Cubik, the system by Ideagroup characterized by an extremely rigorous and graphic design, has a new look, with new finishes, colors, modules. Aluminum and glass frames combine with fossil wood or aged oak, or with Unicolor HPL laminates or eco-mortars, for resistant and scratchproof surfaces, perfect for contract use.

Pietrablu by Arblu represents bathroom furniture at its best, being a collection of decorative textures that can be applied to any surface: washbasins, mirrors, accessories, panels, sides, tops, shower trays, decorative radiatos. Juta, Well and Trendy, three finishes from this collection, are available in the following colors: white, ivory, gravel, cappuccino, volcano, rope, cement and anthracite

Washbasin from Arblu’s Pietrablu collection

Juta reproduces the warp and weft of natural jute, creating an impression of softness; Well reproduces the charm of ashlar blocks, with contemporary shapes. Trendy is a texture that recalls natural stone. Moreover, Pietrablu offers the possibility to customize the handle grip, thanks to limited thicknesses.

Washbasin from Arblu’s Pietrablu collection

Shower enclosures and designer radiators

Suite, designed by Castiglia Associati for Vismaravetro, is a project of glass and aluminum walls, consisting of doors and fixed panels, up to 270 cm, allowing for different configurations. These elements are equipped with 10 mm monolithic tempered glass or laminated safety glass (4 + 4 mm) with aluminum profiles, available in different finishes. The result is a completely smooth wall, able to elegantly furnish any residential or contract space.

Suite shower wall and door, by Castiglia Associati for Vismaravetro

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Over time, radiators have become decorative, and Cordivari Design has developed several projects transforming designer radiators into an authentic furnishing element for the bathroom and the rest of the home. At Cersaie 2019 it presented Window, a heated towel rail selected from the projects designed by UED students (Università Europea del Design di Pescara).

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Window decorative radiator by Cordivari Design

The idea conceived by Beatrice De Sanctis, undergraduate student in her final year, is simple and effective at once. Window, inspired by the shape of a window, consists of a fixed panel equipped with a movable frame that becomes a towel rail. Therefore, thanks to the combination of colors of panel and frame, Window becomes a heating element that perfectly completes the interior design of the bathroom. [Text Roberta Mutti]


Wireless Home Security System by Sicuritalia

A wireless alarm is a practical, effective and reliable solution for your home


Among the key aspects worth considering when purchasing a wireless home security system are doubtlessly the expertise and experience of its manufacturer. Choosing a reliable company guarantees support and product quality, as demonstrated by the case of Sicuritalia.

Its offering of home security systems allows you to meet any need and protect your home with the minimum amount of effort. For example, not only does the wireless home alarm by Sicuritalia allow you to comfortably watch the videos taken by the cameras connected to the motion sensors installed at home via App, but it also entrusts the management and monitoring of any signal, including false alarms, to the Operations Centre, which is available 24/7.

Sicuritalia alarm control unit with radio encryption, communicating with the Operations Centre

Wired or wireless? A home alarm for any need

When choosing a home burglar alarm, you should understand which kind of system suits your needs best. You can choose between wired or wireless anti-theft systems, although Wi-Fi alarms represent the most valid solution currently on the market.

While, on the one hand, wired home alarms require masonry works to be installed, Wi-Fi alarms, on the other hand, are considered aesthetically more practical and much more functional and durable. Wireless home alarms can take advantage of encrypted radio frequencies and, as a consequence, are more difficult than wired alarm systems to tamper with.


A wireless home security system for a total protection

Wireless alarm systems offer several advantages. Being cable-free, they do not require structural work on the building during installation, as no masonry work is needed. Therefore, not only does the use of radio signals instead of electrical cables ensure faster installation, but it also makes wireless home alarms expandable and their parts are easy to move to different corners of the house or even to another house.

Another added value of wireless burglar alarms is represented by battery life, which is usually longer than two years.

Sicuritalia alarm control unit with radio encryption, communicating with the Operations Centre

Sicuritalia wireless home security system

Protecting your home means choosing devices that can effectively help you prevent burglars and criminals from accessing to it. Anyone who wants to protect themselves against criminals has two possibilities: installing either grilles, security doors and other so-called ‘passive’ security systems or an anti-theft or video surveillance system inside and outside the house, such as the one offered by Sicuritalia.


Both solutions are considered as significant deterrents to home intrusions and it is no coincidence that they often coexist. The presence of the former does not represent an obstacle to the installation of security alarms, as well as the latter are not an obstacle to the defense of the house, but a support. However, compared to ‘physical’ intrusion deterrents, anti-theft systems – also thanks to their technology – are considered as much more effective in terms of speed of response and action. Investing in a wireless alarm system by Sicuritalia is therefore a wise choice if you think that your home has a medium-high burglary risk or it has already happened. In this way you will be sure you are in the hands of a team of security professionals, who, during the inspection, will assess which areas of the home are most at risk and will intervene 24/7 verifying alerts through the images provided by motion sensors and alerting the police if needed.

107dB wireless alarm by Sicuritalia


From the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven the Ztista Chair by Faina Design

Ztista is the chair relying on the principles of craftsmanship

The Ztista chair by Ukrainian designer Victoriya Yakusha

The Ztista collection includes artisanal chairs, handcrafted as in the past but using contemporary materials, such as recycled clay, steel and paper, flaw, straw. These materials give life to a series of long-lasting and precious objects, characterized by a refined and solid design.

The materials used for this collection by Faina Design range from recycled metal to cellulose, from clay to wood

The goal of Ukrainian designer Victoriya Yakusha, Faina, creator of the Ztista seating collection, is to create long-lasting objects, while preserving the artisanal traditions of her native country. The result is a collection of imperfect chairs whose shape is undefined yet unique as they are manufactured one by one.

Ztista’s frame is made of recycled steel overlaid with a coating that prevents corrosion

Ztista was presented for first time in Eindhoven during the Dutch Design Week (19-27 October 2019) in the Kazerne creative hub. [Text Anguilla Segura]

Each Ztista chair is unique since they are modeled one by one

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A new tourist destination in Venice: Palazzo Experimental, with its 32 guestrooms and suites in the Venetian spirit

Dorothée Meilichzon designed Palazzo Experimental in a Renaissance palace in Dorsoduro, a Venice neighborhood. The hotel belongs to Experimental Group, which is famous for its projects rooted in their environment.

Overlooking the Giudecca Canal, Palazzo Experimental hosts various communal areas including a garden in a courtyard, with an intimate atmosphere, overlooking a canal, an Italian restaurant, the Experimental Cocktail Club – areas that are open also to the general public.

All furnishings and finishes are characterized by materials and colors inspired by the architecture of the ancient Venetian palaces; red purple is combined with sky blue, with accents of pale yellow, silver grey and cream.

The 32 rooms and suites represent a contemporary version of the Venetian tradition; hand-enameled tiles, Breccia Capraia marble details, precious fabrics, chrome lamps and brass elements, marmorino plaster walls characterize the interiors.

On the ground floor is the Experimental Cocktail Club, designed by Cristina Celestino. Inspired by Venetian architecture, it is characterized by different shades of pink, brass details, metal frames surrounding marmorino plasters, recalling Carlo Scarpa’s work.

Finally, also Ristorante Adriatica, open to outside visitors, respects the local spirit offering seasonal products from coastal regions along the Adriatic Sea (Friuli, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia and, of course, Veneto).

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Mystery and Imagination Meet at W Atlanta Midtown Hotel

The new interiors of W Atlanta Midtown hotel, designed by Virserius Studio, illustrate the adventures of Arthur, a fictional character

The lounge of the W Atlanta Midtown hotel. On the ceiling, a digital reproduction of Arthur’s secret garden

In Atlanta, the W Atlanta Midtown hotel has been recently refurbished, entrusting New York-based firm Virserius Studio with the interior design.

The new furnishings of W Atlanta Midtown hotel offer relaxation and stories of passion and mystery

The new concept of the hotel revolves around Arthur, a fictional character created by Virserius Studio to intrigue the guests. Its interiors reproduce parts of his estate and secret garden, evoking private moments of his life, hosting personal letters, art collections and precious objects.

The lobby of W Atlanta Midtown hotel

In the lobby, where gold, brushed brass and dark wood prevail, are custom cascading chandeliers recalling the birdcages collected by Arthur during his excursions in North Africa. From there it is possible to see the terraces on the upper floors, which host lounges where guests can relax or host meetings.

Detail of a lounge

Arthur’s botanical garden is digitally printed on some parts of the ceiling, the walls of the reception area and of the lounge. Each elevator is customized with playful and mysterious images of Arthur’s travels. Guests are invited to use their imagination to explore faraway worlds and discover the characters on the walls.

In the hotel’s library are the letters that Arthur wrote to his friends to tell them about his travels. This room houses also a collection of poetry, books, custom furniture, a carpet with calligraphy inscribed on it, and Arthur’s precious bird collections. Details and furnishings were made by Imaggo Production, Paris-based Virserius Studio’s art consulting firm.

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In the background, Arthur’s collection of paintings portraying different bird species

The rooms of the hotel celebrate the city of Atlanta

Both the rooms and the suites of W Atlanta Midtown hotel offer their guests artistic experiences with graphics, sculptures and installations made by Virserius Studio in collaboration with Imago Production, to tell stories and surprise the guests.

The corner of a guestroom. On the wall the detail of a 'W'

The art also pays homage to Atlanta, in particular the Midtown neighborhood, as the epicenter of music and entertainment. Guestrooms feature details that celebrate the city, including a mural with musical notes floating outward and the pictures of a man with a camera (perhaps Arthur?), a film reel honoring Atlanta’s booming film industry, a cheerleader and some football players – evoking Georgia’s great football culture.

[Text Carlotta Russo]

The King Suite at W Atlanta Midtown hotel. A woman appears on the wall – is she one of Arthur’s guests? A relative? His lover?

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maisonFire Water-Powered Electric Fireplaces

The warm atmosphere of maisonFire

maisonFire creates decorative fireplaces for modern homes

maisonFire Water-Powered Electric Fireplaces
Built in bio-fireplace Incasso 125 with double burner, available in the frontal and double sided versions

Water-powered electric fireplaces by maisonFire are much more than simple fireplaces: they are authentic furnishing accessories that heat the environment. Relying on ultrasonic technology, they reproduce smoke with steam, while colored LED lamps recall burning wood and, sometimes, even its sound.

maisonFire Water-Powered Electric Fireplaces
The Cemento fireplace is a simple shelf finished with concrete and glass

Water-powered electric fireplaces can be easily placed in any room and their operation costs are relatively low (they need one liter of water for a 12 hour flame and use 200 W/hour).

Incasso 120 Bio is a built-in bio-fireplace by maisonFire relying on a plant-based alcohol that produces neither smell nor smoke

MaisonFire produces and sells also bio-ethanol fireplaces, using a plant-based alcohol that produces neither smell nor smoke. They do not need a chimney or special permissions to be installed and, since they do not produce ash, they do not need special maintenance and can be placed virtually anywhere to reproduce the magic of a fireplace. Entirely manufactured in Italy, maisonFire solutions comply with the European Standard EN 16647. [Text Anguilla Segura]

maisonFire Water-Powered Electric Fireplaces
Thanks to the ultrasonic technology introduced by maisonFire, it is easy to have the beauty and the magic of the fireplace at home. In the picture, Rigoletto water-powered electric fireplace

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The culture of the built environment: a conference in Malta

The Davos Declaration 2018 was the focus of an international conference about Baukultur held in Malta on October 18th, 2019

Muza, The Malta National Community Art Museum

On October 18th, 2019 Malta hosted the conference “A high-quality Baukultur for Europe. Examples from the Alpine and Mediterranean context”. The event, promoted by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government in Malta and the Embassy of Switzerland to Italy, Malta and San Marino in collaboration with the Ministry for Education, Culture and University of the Republic of San Marino, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture of Liechtenstein and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, and with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs | Presence Switzerland, was organized to promote Baukultur (‘the culture of the built environment’) in Malta, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Muza, The Malta National Community Art Museum

The Malta conference is the natural continuation of the meeting held in Davos by the European Ministers for Culture immediately before the World Economic Forum, in January 2018. On that occasion, the Ministers adopted the “Davos Declaration 2018” to improve the environment built by man, for a high-quality Baukultur.

Baukultur and the Davos Declaration: a humanistic building culture

Ministers of Culture and Heads of Delegations of the signatories of the European Cultural Convention and of the observer states of the Council of Europe, as well as representatives from UNESCO, ICCROM, the Council of Europe and the European Commission and from the Architects’ Council of Europe, the European Council of Spatial Planners, ICOMOS International and Europa Nostra, meeting in Davos in January 2018, discussed and concluded that the built environment needs culture, architectural design, urban planning, psychology and sociology of space, knowledge of the territory.

To summarize the interaction of all the disciplines related to the built environment in just one word, the Declaration chose the German “Baukultur”. Baukultur is the only word that encompasses all the activities that have an impact on buildings, from planning to design, to the execution. Building heritage includes the existing building heritage, including cultural heritage, and contemporary designs. Therefore, all the disciplines related to the built environment are an expression of Baukultur.

Left to right: Rita Adam, Augusto Michelotti, Owen Bonnici, Oliver Martin

The Malta conference

Hosted at MUZA – The Malta National Community Art Museum, the conference was coordinated by architect Arianna Callocchia, with the patronage of SIA – The Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, BSA | FAS – The Federation of Swiss Architects, the Embassy of the Republic of San Marino to Italy, the University of the Republic of San Marino and the University of Liechtenstein.

Muza, The Malta National Community Art Museum

Following a welcome speech by Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government in Malta, Rita Adam, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland to Italy, Malta and San Marino, and Augusto Michelotti, Minister for Territory, Environment and Tourism, Republic of San Marino, the international conference opened with an introductory speech by Oliver Martin, Swiss Federal Office of Culture, about Davos Declaration. Architect Veronica Micallef B.E.& A.(Hons)(Melit), MSc (Edinburgh), MUŻA Project Manager, presented “MUŻA an example of Baukultur”.

Many other speeches followed during the day, concerning economy, urban planning, tourism, architecture. [Text Roberta Mutti]

Left to right, Arianna Callocchia, Celina Martinez-Cañavate, Francesco Della Casa, Oliver Martin, Silvia Santi

Photographs of the Malta conference are by Daryl Cauchi, courtesy of Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government in Malta.

Architect@Work: an innovative exhibition layout

The innovative layout of Architect@Work allows visitors and exhibitors to meet in a comfortable lounge area

Architect@Work 2018, Rome


Architect@Work has an innovative layout that includes exhibition stands, lounge areas dedicated to networking and an area dedicated to seminars allocating CFP professional training credits.


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The exhibition path winds among small, uniform stands, differentiated by each company’s visuals. Stands are triangular and are divided into groups of four, with a console for a PC and information material in the middle.


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In addition to the versatile layout, in order to make the meeting between visitors and exhibitors easier, aisles have been replaced by a large lounge area where you can seat, network and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks.

Architect@Work’s product sectors are closely related to architecture, including building components such as roofing, façade, insulating, water proofing, draining systems. The products on display also include finishes, such as floors, surfaces and paintings. Finally, there are also doors and windows, fixed lighting, sanitary ware, heating and cooling systems.

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