Eleonore Cavalli in the General Council of FLA

Art director of Visionnaire, Eleonore Cavalli, in addition to her position in the Board of Directors of Assarredo, now also holds a role in the General Council of Federlegnoarredo

Eleonore Cavalli di Visionnaire

Eleonore Cavalli, art director of the luxury brand Visionnaire (www.visionnaire-home.com/it) since 2013, joined the General Council of FLA - Federlegnoarredo (www.federlegnoarredo.it) during the general meeting of May 16th, 2018 in Pesaro. Eleonore Cavalli has been a member of the Board of Directors of Assarredo since last year.

Eleonore Cavalli commented her new role: “First of all I would like to thank the President of Federlegnoarredo, Emanuele Orsini, the President of Assarredo, Claudio Feltrin and the President of the Salone del Mobile, Claudio Luti for the trust they have placed in me, and of course FLA Associates, who have chosen me to bring, effectively and in their representation, my contribution to the many activities of the Council. I will divide my energy and skills equally between the Board of Directors and the National Council, in order to support the many companies of our rich national territory.”

Particolare dello stand di Visionnaire al Salone del Mobile di Milano 2018

Along with her, other famous figures very active in the world of Italian Wood & Furniture were appointed: Barbara Minetto, Massimilamo Messina, Massimo Stella, Giovanni Gervasoni and Alberto Conficconi for the Furniture sector, Claudio Giust, Francesco Spigolon, Pietro Bellotti and Andrea Negri for the Wood industry.

With her father Luigi and her brother Leopold, co-founders of Visionnaire in 2005 (now also its shareholders with the Belgian fund Ergon), Eleonore Cavalli contributed to the success of IPE, which is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary at the top tier of the global luxury living industry.

Eleonore Cavalli has a cosmopolitan attitude, is a lover of contemporary art and cinema, and combines creativity with a pragmatic and analytical approach to the market, particularly in the segment of high-end furniture in the world. [LB]

Chandelier della collezione Arika di Visionnaire

‘Open Box’ Office in Bangkok

Party / space / design -p /s /d’s new office-non-office is a fluid environment, designed by the Bangkok-based studio

party / space / design - p / s / d cross-disciplinary design consultancy designed the interiors of their fourth office in Bangkok.

La nuova sede a Bangkok di p / s / d

Originally divided into three rooms spread on two floors, the space has been redesigned, making it a dynamic and fluid open-plan space.

In the communal space, the workstation, furnished with desks and shelves, is seamlessly connected to the café area; here a long wooden table and an imposing yet lightweight modular shelving solution personalize the environment along with many small details, such as the balloon-like lamps that gently light up the space that features also wooden furniture, parquet and white tiles on a wall as well as a big world map.

Positioned in the middle of the open-plan space, the café area was obtained by removing the upper floor in order to get a 5-meter-high white-painted ceiling that gives the environment a sense of visual freedom.

This communal area is meant to be a welcoming place for clients and visitors, as well as a relaxing zone for p / s / d team.

Postazioni di lavoro e zona café

An office-non-office that is more of a home where it is possible to inspire people and get inspired: this is the young Thai brand’s philosophy that is reflected also in their main creative headquarters. [Text Annamaria Maffina]

Piccoli ma importanti dettagli che rendono l’ufficio confortevole e fonte d’ispirazione

Landscapes at the Fingertips of Visually Impaired People

The ‘Feel the view’ car window by Aedo translates landscapes onto a tactile display and lets blind people enjoy the journey

The idea stems from the wish to let everybody, including the visually impaired, enjoy beautiful landscapes when travelling by car. It seems impossible, yet this system has been developed by Aedo, an Italian start-up specialized in devices for the disabled, and Ford.

The name of the project is Feel the View, which illustrates the concept: blind passengers have the feeling of ‘seeing’ the landscape by means of two alternative senses, touch and hearing. This system is able to decode the landscape by reproducing it on a tactile display through stimuli that can be perceived using the other two senses. With Feel The View it is possible to develop a new haptic visual language that allows the visually impaired to decode what surrounds them.

The process starts from a photograph of the landscape around the car. The picture is turned by the integrated software into a high-contrast grayscale image and reproduced on the glass thanks to special LEDs. By touching the image, Feel The View generates, in that point, a feedback consisting in vibrations of 255 intensities: the whiter the color under the fingertips, the greater the intensity of vibration. In this way, exploring the whole window, passengers can imagine and rebuild in their mind the surrounding landscape.

To implement the prototype, some associations for the blind and visually impaired such as Views International and Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti were involved and the wishes of people were listened to; while, in the design stage, they tried to better interpret their impressions, elaborating the reactions to the use of the new technology, in order to arrive to a definitive prototype in line with their needs.

[Valentina Dalla Costa]

The New Frontiers of Comfort Design

Young, dynamic and a design lover, in a few years Literie Italia has revolutionized the mattress industry introducing a new concept of wellness of sleep

Since 2012 Literie Italia has been defining a new way of understanding the mattress, abandoning the now obsolete image of the traditional ‘ugly but good’ mattress and amplifying the concept of ‘wellness of sleep’ thanks to a new idea of rest and everything we use for it at home.

Epeda (www.epeda.it): il brand dei materassi di alta classe

Bultex , Epeda and Dédicace mattresses (the three brands distributed by Literie Italia) are products not only characterized by excellent quality and very high performance, but also elegant and refined, curated down to the last detail for the pleasure and wellbeing of the body, the aesthetic taste and the spirit. The sleeping area of ​​our apartments is thus transformed into a sophisticated haven of relaxation and beauty that allows us to fully experience our ‘sleeping area’ at any moment of the day, transforming moments of rest and intimacy into a deep, rich and exciting comfort experience.

Materassi Epeda: il nuovo design del riposo

The result of a joint venture between a leading Italian company specialized in the manufacturing of mattresses and Cofel Groupe, owned by the Pikolin Group (the second European group in the sector), since the year it entered the market, Literie Italy has rapidly established itself as one of the most dynamic companies in the Italian bedding sector, an authentic window open on the most innovative trends in the international market and one of the highest quality companies in the national mattress industry.

Apri la porta dei sogni: lasciati incantare dai nuovi materassi Dédicace [www.dedicace.it]
“Our strength? Comfort Design – tells us Michele Roversi, Sales Director of the company. We are genuinely passionate about the themes of comfort, design and modern wellbeing. We think that enjoying moments of high-quality rest and relaxation is an indispensable condition for contemporary women and men: body and mind regenerate themselves, stress disappears, and you find all the energy you need to face every day. This is why all our research in technology, materials and design aims to offer a superior comfort experience.”

Materassi Dédicace [www.dedicace.it]: il brand di lusso del settore materassi
Being a ‘Comfort Designer’, in the contemporary era, does not just mean offering excellent wellbeing through rest. For Literie Italia it means giving the customer a real all-round wellness experience, not confined to total physical relaxation, but able to offer us emotional wellbeing and sensory gratification as well, thanks to products that are not only of the highest quality but also extraordinarily beautiful, sophisticated and refined.

Materassi Bultex [www.bultex.it]: il brand al servizio del benessere
A strategy perfectly in line with the new living trends that transform our homes into fluid environments where the boundaries between spaces and intended use are continuously retraced and redefined. Therefore, the sleeping area has increasingly become a place to experience in every moment of the day and night, going beyond the traditional definition of ‘sleep room’, to turn itself into a versatile and customized place, a space-time dimension dedicated to relaxation, to the emotions and the moments that we daily dedicate to take care of and listen to ourselves.

Brand Bultex [www.bultex.it]: il Benessere d’Autore
In this new dimension of sleep, the Bultex, Epeda and Dédicace mattresses are placed in the most intimate heart of a house as the place par excellence dedicated to moments of peace, a true secret of physical and emotional recharge… The place where you can enjoy a full and regenerating physical wellness, the sweetness of a soft and silky touch, the beauty of elegant, precious and refined shapes.

Beckmans College of Design - Stockholm

Beckmans College of Design shows design collaborations with six of Sweden’s foremost furniture producers – Blå Station, Gärsnäs, Johanson Design, Källemo, Massproductions and Materia.

12 final-year students in Product Design have in teams of two collaborated with one each of these companies. The companies have generously shared their time and expertise within materials and techniques and the student have collaborated closely with them to realize their ideas and to produce a prototype. The result is shown in the ‘Hear Us Out’ exhibition, with six products.

Le serie di sgabelli Fransson di Anna Herrmann e Lisa Jonsson per Gärsnäs. Uno sgabello impilabile dove l’abbinamento tra legno di pino, faggio e noce, e pelle e tessuto, conferisce agli sgabelli molteplici espressioni. Fonte d’ispirazione degli studenti gli abili artigiani e ingegneri di Gärsnäs.

Vent by Sarah Hasselqvist and Melinda Urbansdotter for Johanson Design. The soft, voluminous, and playful shapes of Vent are inspirered by a rising dough as it swells out between different metal structures.

Lo scaffale Arbor di Madeleine Nelson e Frida Pettersson per Källemo. Un pratico elemento di arredo dove riporre diversi oggetti ma che funziona anche da solo come scultura dotata di espressività spaziale. Materiali quali legno di betulla e ferro provengono dalla materioteca di Källemo.

Kaj by Ida Björses and Celine Strömbäck for Blå Station experiments with balance and mirroring forms, symmetry and assymmetry seeking a construction that emphasizes each one of the materials wood, leather and metal. A piece of furniture that can be used as a hall furniture and a sideboard with both seating and a counter top.

Kolonn by Lisa Lindh and Klara Hedengren for Massproductions. Kolonn is an object that operates between sculptur and room and can both divide and create new spaces. It is the first piece of furniture ever to be entirely made out of cellulose fibers.

Fortuna di Hanna Stenström e Jennie Adén per Materia. Un arredo organico ispirato alla forma di un biscotto della fortuna che mette in luce la maestria di Materia nella lavorazione dei tessuti.

[Text: Annamaria Maffina]

100% Design Announces Big Changes

A shake-up to core programming with two new exhibitions: 100% Design in London presents 100% Futures and 100% Forward, in the newly formed West Kensington Design District

Taking place at Olympia, London from 19 – 22 September, the UK’s longest standing annual design event returns for its 24th edition; this year 100% Design presents two new features, 100% Futures and 100% Forward, which will focus on emerging designers across innovation and furniture design respectively, alongside a roster of industry favorites, big name brands and innovators.

This year will also see the launch of the new West Kensington Design District, a hub that is set to inspire design enthusiasts and become the must-visit district during the London Design Festival, with an engaging programme featuring design brands, globally recognized cultural institutions and unmissable events this September.

100% Futures is a new exhibition celebrating forward-thinking design from a selection of British and international talents who have chosen to set up their practices in London. While 100% Forward highlights eight emerging design talents across furniture, product, lighting and textile design.

100% Design’s core exhibition covers Interiors, Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms, emerging brands and new for this year, 100% Build London, a dedicated show for the construction and architectural industries.

[Text Annamaria Maffina – Photo 100% Design 2017 by ©Sophie Mutevelian]

An Apartment in CityLife, Milan

The apartment, on the 12th floor of the Hadid Residences in CityLife, was designed and furnished by architect Niccolò Patetta

Zaha Hadid Residences in CityLife

The owners of the apartment – a 300 sq m penthouse – were fascinated by Zaha Hadid’s ship-like building, the view of the new Milan skyline and the spectacle of the Alps on sunny days. Architect Niccolò Patetta provided them with an expansive living area and abundant light.

Living dining table by Riflessi, Slim Chair chairs by Kristal


 Living di Riflessi (da cm 200x100x74h) con gambe in ottone spazzolato e piano Noir Desir, versione presentata al Salone del Mobile di Milano 18 

The project was inspired by the Italian tradition of a central space dedicated to the shared life of the family: a large triple-height living room, the heart of the house and a distribution element from a functional, visual and conceptual point of view.

Poltrona Frau armchairs, coffee tables designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Int., bookcases and low furniture by Studio Patetta

A retractable sliding glass wall connects or divides the living area from the spacious, bright and rational kitchen equipped with cutting-edge appliances.

Icon kitchen by Ernesto Meda, peninsula table by Studio Patetta

From the dining area, which occupies a part of the living room, you can enjoy the view of the new Milan skyline, with the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. Artificial light tries to re-propose the perception of frenzied city life in a more intimate key. The luminous spheres underline the triple height of the room and at the same time re-proportion it.

Living a tripla altezza con sospensioni Fil de Fer di Catellani & Smith a diversi livelli


Fil de fer design Enzo Catellani, sfera in filo di alluminio naturale con base nikel o finitura oro; lampadine LED; diam. cm 50/70/100, di Catellani&Smith

“The intentionally monochromatic living area contrasts with the warmer kitchen area – says the architect. If the heart of the home is spacious and open to aggregation, the necessary privacy of the other spaces is ensured by the filter of a series of walk-in closets and changing rooms.”

Terrace overlooking the Isozaki and Hadid towers (Libeskind tower under construction) and outdoor furniture by Paola Lenti


Chaiselongue Wave di Paola Lenti (cm 207x65x73h), struttura in acciaio, rivestimento in corda Rope; disponibile in più varianti di colore

The furnishings on the one hand sought a dialogue with the structure of the building following its sinuosity, for example in the diagonals of the windows’ frames. In the areas overlooking the city, the furnishings are almost dematerialized, thanks to crystal hanging units suspended with steel tie beams.

Excerpt from the article by Giulia Bruno, ph: Cristina Fiorentini, ‘Inhabiting CityLife’, DDN#238, April 2018.

Abimis, the Kitchen that Helps You Like a Sous-Chef

Abimis reinvents the domestic kitchen transforming its drawers and cabinets into cooling or heating compartments

Thanks to Abimis, the kitchen becomes an authentic “sous-chef” that helps the chef prepare the dishes as well as preserve and serve them, so that you can feel as if you were in the kitchen of a restaurant even at home.

All drawers and cabinet doors can be equipped with cooling systems – even the garbage compartment. In fact, keeping waste at a constant temperature of 6°C makes it possible to neutralize unpleasant odors and reduce the spread of bacteria.

Abimis Kitchen

The heating system, on the other hand, can be placed in a compartment or below the countertop, and makes it easier to plate and serve, helping keep the dishes hot before they are served at table.

As for household appliances, all Abimis kitchens are ready to accommodate ovens, blast chillers and cellars by any company, to be ‘machines à cuisiner’ tailored to the habits and tastes of those who choose them.

Abimis offers an innovative and functional design resulting from the profound knowledge of professional catering and redefines the current idea of ​​cooking at home.

[Giuseppe D’Orsi]

Venice Biennale 2018: Austria

Austrian installation ‘Thoughts Form Matter’ perfectly adheres to the theme of Freespace, the focus of the Architecture Biennale 2018

'Thoughts Form Matter', Padiglione Austria 2018 [Photo Marc Lins]

Austria takes part in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale (open until 25 November 2018) with the exhibition ‘Thoughts Form Matter’ at the national pavilion at Giardini di Castello, curated by Verena Konrad, director of the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute, with the team consisting of architects Sagmeister & Walsh, Henke Schreieck and LAAC.

Thoughts Form Matter”, Padiglione Austria 2018

‘Thoughts Form Matter’ makes its visitors reflect on the importance of public spaces in contemporary cities and acknowledge the role of architecture as a means to design spaces that are free from any kind of constraint.

Thoughts Form Matter”, Padiglione Austria 2018

Concepts like ‘deviation’, ‘atmosphere’ and ‘beauty’ are materialized in three big interdependent installations that differ in material, shape and size and interact with one another dialoguing with the internal and external architectural space of the pavilion.

Thoughts Form Matter”, Padiglione Austria 2018

Among the projects on display is also the ‘Great Amber – Concert Hall Liepaja’, a multifunctional complex built in Latvia and designed by Graz-based architecture firm Volker Gienke, which won the international award ‘Glass in Architecture in Moscow on 19 April 2018. [Text Arianna Callocchia – Photo Martin Mischkulnig]

Venice Biennale 2018: Denmark

‘Possible Spaces’: the new BLOX in Copenhagen and other 4 projects show that Danish architecture is multidisciplinary and sustainable

Denmark participates in the Biennale (open until 25 November 2018) with the installation Possible Spaces , curated by Natalie Mossin and commissioned by Kent Martinussen, CEO of the DAC (Danish Architecture Center) of Copenhagen.

Padiglione Danimarca, 2018[(Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj, Courtesy DAC]Curator Natalie Mossin, to answer the theme Freespace, decided to present a selection of Danish projects that show that innovation is not an end in itself but a tool to move from the idea of change to the implementation of new sustainable solutions.

BLOX [Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj, 2018 Courtesy BLOX]
This is why the BLOX is exhibited: a new multidisciplinary building for architecture, design and sustainable development designed by OMA and funded by philanthropic association Realdania, inaugurated this year in Copenhagen, that hosts the DAC, the BLOXHUB and various creative organizations.

'Possible Spaces”' Padiglione Danimarca, 2018 [Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj, Courtesy DAC]
The other four projects presented at the Danish Pavilion are the Nyt Svinkløv Badehotel by Praksis Arkitekter, the Virgin Hyperloop One by BIG, the Material Based Method K2 by CITA and the Albertslund Syd by Vandkunsten Architects. All of them tread new paths to answer the challenges of society, mobility and the building industry, showing how we can approach a sustainable development through the cooperation of professionals in different fields. These works show some of the strengths of Danish architectural tradition: the collaboration among different disciplines and a special focus on sustainability. [Text: Arianna Callocchia]

'Possible Spaces', Padiglione Danimarca, 2018 [Photo Italo Rondinella, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]