Grunge, concrete-effect ceramic

Grunge, the new ceramic tile collection by Cotto d’Este, recalls the texture of concrete in interior decoration


Cotto d’Este has been producing high-end porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiles for over 25 years, and has always been the first choice of architects and designers in search of refined and quality finishes. Grunge is the new collection of concrete-effect porcelain stoneware tiles, created to define minimal and contemporary spaces.

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The Grunge collection by Cotto d’Este reproduces the texture of cement to define any kind of space with personality and elegance

With Grunge, concrete, which has always been used in industrial construction, finds a more intimate and authentic space in interior decoration. As a matter of fact, concrete has a neutral color and a versatile texture suitable to any type of environment, private and public, to furnish it with uniqueness and elegance.


The Grunge ceramic tile collection reinterprets the authentic and primitive material of concrete by combining quality, beauty and innovation. Tiles are in laminated porcelain stoneware with fiberglass, very resistant, with an ultra-thin thickness of only 6.5 mm. Designed in four colors, Cloud light gray, Storm dark gray, Taupe and Musk, it is available in 120X260 cm and 120X120cm formats. The Grunge collection also replicates the roughness of vibrated concrete thanks to an irregular texture of undefined graphic movements, recreating a matt and ultra-compact visual effect.

Grunge porcelain stoneware tiles are sustainable and antibacterial

Grunge ceramic tiles are sustainable and antibacterial. They are made with the Protect technology, which eliminates up to 99.9% of bacteria, ensuring safe floors and walls for healthier environments. The silver ion technology, directly integrated into the mix of the slabs during firing offer a constant antibacterial protection that lasts over time.


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Franke presents Mythos: new ovens and induction hobs

Ovens and induction hobs characterized by an essential design; for those who love beauty, also in the kitchen, there’s the Mythos collection by Franke

The Mythos collection by Franke  expresses passion for cooking kitchen and for design, combined in a series of appliances able to deliver exceptional performance with a sophisticated look. Cutting-edge ovens and induction hobs are complemented by stainless steel bowls, mixers with or without hand shower, an intriguingly geometrically shaped hood, and black glass gas hobs for those who prefer to cook with the flame.


New Mythos ovens: multifunctional, with hi-tech design

The new series of Mythos ovens helps foodies and pleases the eye of those who love to surround themselves with beautiful things. All models are in black glass, framed and illuminated by thin stainless steel profiles, burnished in the Mythos Black Steel version, for a tone on tone effect.


Among the most outstanding features, there is the 3.5″ full touch TFT color display to monitor cooking programs and phases. The CookAssist technology, combi steam cooking and pyrolytic cleaning complete the equipment of the oven for haute-cuisine dishes. The maxi cavity with 73-liter capacity is gray to ensure perfect visibility inside the oven. This capacity allows you to cook on different levels, and the door is equipped with Smooth2close system for better opening and closing.

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The Multicooking function offers the possibility to prepare a complete menu by cooking up to four dishes at the same time; while the CookAssist technology, with many preset recipes, allows you to easily create any dish. Moreover, several special cooking options are available to bake bread, cakes or pastry.


Finally, the two Full Steam models, FMY 99 HS XS and FMY 99 HS BK, are perfect for healthy foodies. Steaming allows you to cook meat, fish and vegetables, preserving the nutrients of food and its taste at once.


The functions of Mythos ovens by Franke are also useful for cleaning them: Full Steam ovens can be cleaned using the steam function, by simply adding water. All other ovens, on the other hand, rely on the pyrolytic function.

Mythos induction hobs: technological yet simple

The Mythos collection by Franke includes two models of induction hobs, available in two different sizes. Hobs have 8 cooking zones, with double LCD touch control screen, Flex Pro area and French Plaque area. Their design is essential and rigorous, for contemporary kitchens with a metropolitan mood.

Discover Mythos 2gether cooktop with integrated hood by Franke


The double LCD display with central slider helps you prepare food, allowing you to easily choose, with a few touches, the cooking zone and power, from 1 to 18. The hob turns off automatically when the cooking is finished, sending an acoustic signal that warns you that the time is over and the dish is ready.


Thanks to the Flex Pro zone, you can use the hob as if it were a single cooking zone; with the French Plaque option, you can use different powers by simply moving the pots from the front to the rear. Moreover, the new Mythos induction hob allows you to limit the maximum power (to 2.5 kW, 4.0kW, 6.0kW or 7.4 kW) to adapt it to your energy meter and prevent overloading.


Last but not least, thanks to the CookAssist function, the cooktop helps you choose the perfect cooking for 63 preset recipes.


#Designgoeson: Salone del Mobile.Milano postponed until 5-10 September 2021

#Designgoeson: Milan’s Salone del Mobile has been rescheduled; it will be held from 5 to 10, September 2021. Here’s why the Salone del Mobile cannot be replaced and why some things are already changing

Living Nature exhibition, Salone del Mobile 2018

The exacerbation of the Covid-19 health emergency, which is affecting almost every country worldwide, has prompted the decision to postpone the Salone del Mobile until 2021. The board of the Salone del Mobile tried to stick to the June dates scheduled last February, but the much-worsened situation left no choice but to postpone it.

First announced April 13 to 18, 2021, the 60th Anniversary Salone del Mobile.Milano will be held from 5 to 10 September 2021. The 60th anniversary of the Salone del Mobile will host, in addition to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace3.0, S.Project and the SaloneSatellite. All biennial exhibitions will also be held in 2021. In addition to Euroluce, already scheduled for 2021, there will also be EuroCucina, with its collateral event FTK – Technology for the Kitchen and the International Bathroom Exhibition.

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Closing party Salone del Mobile 2019

Salone del Mobile.Milano: a 60-years-long story

It has never been easy to define the Salone del Mobile di Milano. Born in 1961 as a furniture fair, also to promote exports, the Salone del Mobile has always been focused on the cultural aspects of the show. Already in 1965, a large exhibition space was dedicated to shows with no commercial end, just to spread the value of design. And, since the 1970s, companies have invested heavily in exhibition design, creating a culture of exhibition design as temporary architecture.

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Boffi De Padova booth at S.Project, Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019

Milan Design Week and Fuorisalone

Over the years, the Salone del Mobile has grown into the world’s leading lifestyle event, also thanks to the Fuorisalone, the set of collateral events held in Milan during the Salone. That’s how the Milano Design Week was born, an event that attracts over 400,000 people every year. 400,000 people that sleep, eat, move, engaging over 23,000 local businesses in their daily activities. Salone, Fuorisalone, Milano Design Week have, thus, become complementary to the city, an essential part of Milan’s yearly cultural and tourist offer. Moreover, the pavilions of Rho Fieramilano, are well connected to the center of Milan and, thanks to high speed trains, to the cities of Turin and Bologna.

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Closing party Salone del Mobile 2019

Is it possible to replace the Salone del Mobile? No, here’s why

Despite the demand for a digital platform to somehow replace the Salone del Mobile, it is clear that no kind of virtual communication can replace the Salone del Mobile.Milano. Both for its deep connection with the city of Milan, which hosts about 400,000 people every year, and for the “physicality” that characterizes furniture as a product, in particular a high-quality product such as Italian furniture.

Closing party Salone del Mobile 2019

The entrepreneurs interviewed by Designiffusion.com in the #Designgoeson section generally agree on some key points. A leitmotiv is that the only thing that can replace the Salone del Mobile di Milano 2020 is the Salone del Mobile di Milano 2021. Another fundamental point is that in the near future it will be necessary to invest a lot in communication, taking advantage of all the tools made available by new technologies.

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SaloneSatellite 2019

Therefore, the scenarios that are currently being outlined seem to lead to a slightly different future. While it will be difficult for some time to consider completely replacing trade fairs, it is also true that the experience of isolation has forced everyone to deal with remote working. Discovering, as a result, that different commercial, administrative and communication functions can be easily carried out from home. And this will probably lead to many changes, which will certainly not be immediately noticeable but in the long run they will affect also communications.

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Shape kitchen by Poliform, at Eurocucina 2018

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Cersaie Press Café - DDN and Ludovica + Roberto Palomba

New post-Covid housing standards: Ludovica+Roberto Palomba discuss the topic with Francesca Russo, Design Diffusion World

The digital Press Café organized by Cersaie for December 3, 2020, with Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, architects and designers, will deal with new ways of living.

After the pandemic: how homes will change

The lockdown has changed our reality and the way we consider our home. How is the concept of home evolving?

The lockdown caused by the Covid-19 health emergency has made us reflect on the different ways of living, which are constantly evolving. By considering housing standard and the different ways of living at home, we have realized that the model of family modules has become outdated. Today’s society has changed a lot and the basic unit is no longer defined by the traditional family. The contemporary society revolves around the person and one’s relationships, originating new types of aggregations and cohabitations as well as a significant increase in single people.

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Today, working from home has become a reality, changing everyone’s habits and the way we use our homes. Moreover, we will have to face the problem of all the office buildings that will get empty and perhaps will be converted back into homes, as happened with the old industrial buildings. Now that we, as architects, find ourselves reconsidering the well-being of people, we must also think about the flexibility that we must give to today’s homes.

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Today, the house is no longer a place where one passes, sleeps, enters and leaves; it has become a place where we stay. In this context, the bathroom and the kitchen, fundamental parts of our houses and key elements in the definition of spaces, will become the core of the project. The kitchen, for example, is increasingly less a space dedicated to the family, opening up to forms of scattered kitchen; the bathroom has become over time a room devoted to wellness. Therefore, it is necessary to reflect about and rethink our homes.

Press Café - December 3, 2020; 2:00 pm

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Shadowbox, a white house

Shadowbox, a monochrome house, wins the first prize in the ‘Interiors: Residential’ category at the AZ Awards 2020


Canadian firm Johnson Chou Inc won first prize in the ‘Interiors: Residential’ category at the AZ Awards 2020 with Shadowbox. The AZ Awards is an international architecture and design competition launched in 2011 by AZURE magazine, which each year examines thousands of finished or yet to be completed projects by professionals or talents from around the world, recognizing excellence and innovation.

The monochrome interiors of Shadowbox reproduce lights and shadows of static and dynamic figures, which change in relation to the passage of time

Shadowbox, designed by Johnson Chou Inc, is located in the Upper Beaches area of Toronto, one of the busiest areas of the city. The peculiarity of this house is its monochromaticity: floors, walls, shelves, coverings and furniture are all white. This stylistic choice highlights, through a continuous play of light and shadow, the changing shape of things in relation to the passage of time. Every white space in the house becomes a blank canvas capturing the shadows of static forms – architectural elements – and in movement – natural elements – present inside and outside the house. Some of them are projected for a longer time, others, instead, change continuously, or disappear altogether, depending on their nature.

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Shadowbox, a multi-dimensional house

Moreover, Shadowbox is characterized by ever-changing spaces: people have a different perception of space depending on the place. This house features single, double and triple height floors, with bridges and open-plan spaces connecting the various environments.

The triple-height basement includes the library/lounge, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a storage room. The high ceiling, long rectangular windows and open-plan space with the staircase leading to the upper floor make this floor airy and bright. On the ground floor, there are the double-height dining room, the kitchen and the powder room clad in marble tile. The kitchen leads to an enclosed courtyard featuring a Japanese maple tree, a fire-pit and reflecting pool. On this floor, there is also a terrace overlooking the basement, creating a further connection between the two spaces.

Finally, the first floor is single-height and features two en suite bedrooms, linked by a bridge that goes through the ground floor. The master bedroom has an integrated bathroom, an open space where the bathtub, the shower, the washbasin and sanitary ware become sculptural objects, separated from the bed by a long semitransparent curtain that can be opened and drawn when desired.

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Below, other pictures of Shadowbox, the monochrome house, winner of the AZ Awards 2020

Design Shanghai is back, 26-29 November 2020

After being postponed twice due to the health emergency, the 2020 edition of Design Shanghai is back, from 26 to 29 November

In China, the third physical furniture fair after Covid is back. Now in its seventh edition, Design Shanghai debuts in a new venue, the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Exhibition Center. The Shanghai fair leaves the old exhibition center, which had become inadequate to host the large number of visitors. This new venue offers a larger, new space, and is very well connected by public transport.

The exhibition area of the new venue is 40% larger than the Shanghai Exhibition Center, and this space is necessary to host exhibitors and visitors, who have exceeded 70,000. Over 400 exhibitors will take part in Design Shanghai 2020 and a significant number is made up of Italian companies.

Confident collection, by Gianluigi Landoni for Vibieffe, participating in Design Shanghai 2020

Design Shanghai: The Forum and Talents

Over the years, in addition to the traditional trade fair, Design Shanghai has developed a program of seminars, The Forum, involving leading figures from the world of design, from all over the world. For the 2020 edition there will be Li Xiang from X-Living, Jamy Yang from YANG HOUSE, Steven Smit from MVRDV, Lyla Wu and Neuni Group, who will participate in physical seminars. Wing Lo, Philippe Starck, Kelly Hoppen, Barber Osgerby and Studio Lotus will participate remotely.

Belt chair, by Favaretto & Partners for Lightspace, at Design Shanghai 2020

The 2020 program also includes several installations and special exhibitions, with the participation of many designers from overseas, such as Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders with Moooi Works, Lee Broom, and Chinese designers, such as Mario Tsai Studio, Yang Design.

Table from the Inedita collection, designed by Matteo Cibic for Delvis, at Design Shanghai 2020

This year, the “Talents” exhibition, a special section dedicated to young Chinese talents, will make its debut. Curated by Frank Chou, the winner of SaloneSatellite.Shanghai 2016, this exhibition promotes young Chinese talents to help them develop their business. The participants in the 2020 edition are KAE Studio, Huang Zixin, Doris Wang from Dorisofia Studio, Wang Yunhan from Cosi Design Studio, Anne Zhou, Cui Zhihua, Chen Danqi, Zhou Changwei and Wu Hai.

Lamps obtained from coffee grinds, by Shanghai-based Studio Kae, exhibited in the Talents area

The rich event program of the 2020 edition confirms the role of Design Shanghai as one of Asia’s leading design events.

Stand of Chinese brand Ugan Concept, designed by Zhang Lei, at Design Shanghai 2020


AGC Glass for the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg

AGC Glass provides windows for the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, the tallest skyscraper in Europe, which will be inaugurated by the end of 2020


The Lakhta Center is a 462 m tall skyscraper, the tallest building in Europe and the twelfth in the world. Located in the north-western district of Primorsinky, a booming area of St. Petersburg, the Lakhta Center is going to host the new headquarters of Russian energy company Gazprom. The project, conceived by architect Tony Kettle and carried out by GORPROJECT, is likely to be inaugurated by the end of 2020. It will house offices and numerous public areas dedicated to entertainment, such as a sports center, a planetarium, a conference center, a panoramic restaurant and a 15,000 sqm exhibition space.

Glass provided by AGC Glass Europe is the main star of the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg

The facade of the Lakhta Center is made of 16,595 double-glazed sheets provided by AGC Glass Europe. Each sheet is made of Ipasol Bright White solar control glass and Stopray Vision-72T tempered selective glass, while Planibel Linea Azzurra glass is applied on the inner side.

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AGC Glass Europe windows for well-being inside the buildings

Ipasol Bright White glass, thanks to its low light reflection, is ideal for outdoor applications. Available in different formats and sizes, it can be customized to meet any kind of needs and requirements. The high light transmission and the low solar factor make it a highly selective glass. Glass selectivity is the ability to reject outside thermal radiation without reducing the transparency and the passage of light.

Stopray glass, on the other hand, ensures the maximum level of natural light inside buildings, with minimum heat input. Specifically, Stopray Vision-72T has excellent selectivity and a totally neutral appearance. This model is also particularly versatile: it can be curved or combined with other AGC products to ensure even better performance. Moreover, Ipasol and Stopray glass, thanks to their thermal insulation and solar control, reduce air conditioning and heating costs, improving the energy balance of the building.


Finally, inside the sheet is Panibel Linea Azzurra from the Planibel Clearlite series, a unique float glass. Usually applied in thick glass panels, Panibel Linea Azzurra stands out for its high performance, neutrality and original color, slightly verging on light blue. This kind of glass is ideal for furniture, decorations, partitions and staircases.

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Below, other pictures of the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg


In Bologna, Marconi Express is Italy's first monorail connecting an airport

Marconi Express, the monorail connecting Bologna airport to the central station, a project by Iosa Ghini Associati, was inaugurated on November 18, 2020

Bologna is the first city in Italy provided with a monorail that directly connects the airport to the city center. People Mover – this is the name of the Marconi Express infrastructure – is formed by the monorail, the two terminals, Aeroporto and Stazione FS, and an intermediate station. The intermediate station, Lazzaretto, also houses the depot-garage, with the centralized traffic control.


Iosa Ghini designed the architectural structure of the monorail and stations, integrating technology with the landscape of the Po Valley. The train runs from the station to the airport, crossing an urban periphery, towards the countryside. Electricity flows through the rail, which is an important element for the lightness of the design, as it eliminates the need of an overhead power line. The railings protecting the train and the walls of the stations are made with a white painted steel grid, which gives lightness and facilitates the insertion into the landscape.


Supporting pillars are inspired by the typical Bologna arches, while the stations ideally recall the traditional houses of the Po Valley. The bridge over the A14 motorway, designed by Iosa Ghini as well, is perhaps the most challenging part of the project. The maximum span of the deck is 95 meters, where it crosses the 12-lane motorway with 4 emergency lanes, and is designed for a maximum height of 250 meters.


A contemporary and sustainable work

The railway line is 5,095 meters long, on a monorail resting on 125 pillars of variable height between 5.2 and 18 meters, with spans ranging from 30 to 40 meters. The supporting structure is only 130 cm thick, underlining the overall lightness of the work, compared to the landscape. Marconi Express is fully automated and works with the city’s trolleybus power supply network (750 V). Photovoltaic panels integrated in the structure generate about 35% of the energy needed to operate the train. The steel grid that delimits the stations ensures natural ventilation and lighting, resulting in energy savings.


Marconi Express has three carriages, making it possible to transport up to 560 passengers per hour per direction. If traffic increases, it can have up to four carriages to increase the capacity. The monorail route includes a safety walkway with escape routes every 500 meters.

Concept and architectural project
Iosa Ghini Associati

General project coordination
MATE Soc.Coop.va-STS Spa

Station structures and viaduct substructures
Studio Bruni-Gandolfi

Metal decks
Studio Matildi + Partners

Transport technology
Intamin and Inautec

Traffic study

Other pictures of the Marconi Express with the People Mover structure


Shift, green architecture in Paris

Arte Charpentier Architectes transforms the offices of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield into a green building


Arte Charpentier Architectes renovated the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield office building, transforming the structure into a green architecture with shared workspaces. The building complex, called Shift, is located on the boundary between the 15th arrondissement of Paris, one of the most elegant areas of the city, and the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux.

The new Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield offices in Paris: coworking spaces with panoramic views, floating in the air

With this redevelopment project, Arte Charpentier Architectes creates a new type of office. The new spaces encourage coworking and relationships and are in continuous dialogue with the city and the surrounding nature.

The façades of the building, formerly in concrete, are now replaced by a glazed envelope favoring natural interior lighting. Glass surfaces also provide clear and constant views of the outside for greater well-being. The long vertical fins on the façades give the structure a three-dimensional effect. At the center of the building, the new coworking spaces, positioned on terraces at different heights, seem to float in the air. An internal atrium crosses the building from east to west, connecting the 15th arrondissement of Paris and the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux, becoming a meeting point.

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The 5,000 sqm ground floor level hosts the reception, the Welcome Bar, the 200-seat auditorium, working spaces, and a restaurant offering different catering themes every day. The vertical fins that cover the exterior of the building are mirrored inside and, made of beech, decorate the atrium.

Shift: green architecture that promotes urban agriculture

Shift is an example of green architecture, characterized by 1,800 sqm of green private terraces, loggias, and balconies. The roof, transformed into a 2,600 sqm terrace, offers outdoor workspaces, a restaurant for lunch break, and 1,000 sqm of urban agriculture operated by NGO Sous les fraises, with the aim of raising employees’ awareness of ecology-related issues.

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The ambitious redevelopment project led by Arte Charpentier Architectes for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield attracted also Nestlé France. The French company decided to set up their first Centre of Nutritional Expertise in France in the building.

Below, other pictures of Shift, the building complex redeveloped by Arte Charpentier Architectes in Paris

Salone del Mobile announces the demise of Manlio Armellini

Manlio Armellini, the soul of the Salone del Mobile di Milano, leaves a big legacy

Manlio Armellini, secretary general and later CEO of Cosmit (the body that organized the Salone del Mobile di Milano), died yesterday. From 1965 to 2009, Manlio Armellini was the soul of the Salone del Mobile was responsible for its transformation from a furniture fair into an international lifestyle event. Under his guidance, the Salone del Mobile grew from 97,000 square meters in 1974 to the current 207,577 square meters, with an authentic boom in professional visitors, from 67,000 to 315,353, half of which are international. Finally, in the meanwhile, the Italian furniture industry has become a symbol of high-end Made in Italy production worldwide.

As early as 1965, Manlio Armellini had the idea of organizing collateral cultural initiatives. In this way, he paved the way for the transformation of the Salone del Mobile into a further-reaching cultural event, which has expanded enormously over time. Since the end of the 1960s, the Salone has attracted visitors from all over the world and made Milan the center of the design world. For his "promotion of Italian design", Armellini was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1987. For his very long activity in the field of design, furniture and accessories, he received numerous awards and acknowledgements, and became Cavalier of the Grand Cross to the Order and Merit of the Italian Republic.

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019, ph: Andrea Mariani

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Manlio Armellini and Salone del Mobile di MiIano

Born in 1961 as an idea of some entrepreneurs, from the very beginning, the Salone del Mobile has been an excellent channel for the export of Made in Italy furniture, a greatly expanding industry. 328 exhibitors participated in the first edition, organized on an exhibition area of 11,180 square meters, attended by 12,000 visitors. For the last edition, in 2019, the exhibition area exceeded 200,000 square meters and was attended by 2,300 exhibitors and over 370,000 visitors from all over the world. In addition to the approximately thousand Fuorisalone events, which make Milan the center of the world during Milan Design Week.

Opening of Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019, ph: Diego Ravier

Salone del Mobile.Milano was initially postponed until June and later cancelled and postponed until 2021. As of November 17, 2020, the dates of April 13-18 are still confirmed. However, the Covid-19 pandemic keeps evolving, making it extremely complicated to make correct predictions. The future will depend on many factors.

Read the updated calendar of furniture and design fairs for 2020/2021

Ph: Alessandro Russotti