Millennial Design

Interni January/February in Newsstand with Guida Index 2019


A new year for Interni: to celebrate the 65th anniversary of its founding, we have put together an issue that is not only double, but also comes with the Guida Index, the ‘who’s who’ of the world of Italian design, a tool for research and orientation for sector professionals, with an innovative digital version.

We closed out 2018 with a special supplement, the volume for Serie Oro 2018, 100 Icon Architects (architecture/interiors/products); we start 2019 with an issue on Millennial Design: how the ways of doing design are changing in the age of the social media. The narrative aspect of the project is analyzed through the Instagram galleries of young (and not so young) designers who use the language of images to represent themselves and to tell stories, illustrating projects and territories.

The interior architecture section presents (public and private) constructions for personal wellness at all latitudes, combining traditional processes of craftsmanship with the use of new digital technologies to build solid bridges to our past and its multiplicity.

Native works like the cabin in the tropical forest of Paraty in Brazil by Thiago Bernardes, the textile production center designed by Bijoy Jain in India, or the inhabitable sculpture in Majorca stone, the buen retiro of Alberto Lievore in the Balearic Islands. Architectural projects like a former hospital from the 19th century that has become a luxury hotel beside a new residence in Tel Aviv, by John Pawson and Ramy Gill, or the spectacular urban regeneration project envisioned by Thomas Heatherwick behind the King’s Cross station in London. ‘Playful’ Italian works, like the experimental house in stone and wood with suspended rooms by Stefan Rier/Noa*Architects at the foot of the Sciliar Massif, or the 1980s hotel transformed into a contemporary building, also in the Dolomites, by Peter Pichler.

Three different trends are analyzed in the coverage of new production: ‘superflowers,’ or decorative floral surfaces, materials and furnishings with Pop inspiration; furnishings that pick up on sartorial details worthy of the finest ‘haute couture’; ‘bookcase-architectures’ that achieve graphic effects with orthogonal geometry.


Warm snow

Lusit is the modular lounge collection by Royal Botania, combining parts as desired in relation to the host space and the needs of the setting. The structure is in aluminium, coated in one of the available colors: white, black and sand. The lattice supporting the cushions is in synthetic fiber.

The new U-Nit family of tables offers models in various sizes, with structure in painted aluminium (white, black and sand) or teak, while the tops come in teak or ceramic, in 8 different finishes. The Twist chair has a structure in aluminium, coated in one of the available colors (white, black and sand), and synthetic fiber.

The Ninix collection is now also available in the bronze-color finish for the steel structure of the chairs and lounge units, and with new tops in Vulcano Black ceramic for the tables, also featuring the new bronze finish.


Hypnotic fire

Spectacular fireplaces for a magical atmosphere


The companies of Porcelanosa Grupo present new floorings and facings.

Stone and ceramic parquet are trending in the field of interior design, which demands increased functional quality and technical performance.

Fireplaces, which become fundamental features of the home during the winter months, are artistic, architectural objects, which based on their context can take on new uses. Warm, evocative, hypnotic, relaxing, nostalgic, convenient… many adjectives can describe the fireplace, which adds a precious touch to any setting.

Constructive presence and chromatic balance are the two new requirements for these units, implying a strong focus on the choice of the surrounding materials and finishes. A goal that has been achieved by the floors and facings of Porcelanosa Grupo, capable of standing up to extreme temperatures and remaining in perfect condition over time.


Lighting fashion and design

For its first European headquarters, the Raffles Institute chooses the products of Linea Light Group


Linea Light Group has developed a 360° project to meet the technical lighting requirements of a new school of fashion and design.

The Raffles Institute in Milan stands out for its advanced teaching methods, with a team of teachers including outstanding names on the international design scene.

For its first European headquarters, Raffles Institute relies on two excellent factors: the vitality of Milan and its Porta Venezia area, in a renovated building with clean, rigorous, elegant and luminous spaces; and the technical lighting solutions of Linea Light Group, which based on the needs outlined by Alter Partner Studio, the design studio in charge of the project, has developed a 360° approach.

Every space, from the reception area to the public zones, the corridors, classrooms and meeting rooms, takes on its own personality thanks to the fixtures by Linea Light.


Primordial future

Venia Dimitrakopoulou: Materia - Until 3 February 2019 – Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas - Palermo


The Greek sculptor Venia Dimitrakopoulou is back in Italy with a solo show at the Antonino Salinas Regional Museum of Archaeology in Palermo, entitled “Venia Dimitrakopoulou. Futuro Primordiale – Materia.”

The composite creative universe of the artist is represented by a selection of works - sculptures, works on paper and installations, some seen for the first time in Italy – including site-specific pieces, for an exhibition-installation curated by Afrodite Oikonomidou and Matteo Pacini, in dialogue with the permanent collection of archaeological relics on view at the museum.

A smart building

High-efficiency trapezoidal volumes for the new Rectorate of Tor Vergata

The university updates its institutional image with a new complex featuring an innovative design of the facades, developed for the sunny Mediterranean climate and made with Schüco systems technologically inserted in the smart building.

On a large pedestrian plaza set over an underground level, the project for the new Rectorate encourages inclusion and social contact, featuring perpendicular trapezoidal volumes. With inclined walls, large openings and alternating sunscreens, in line with the principles of bioarchitecture, the buildings create a new central focus in the area, bordering two sides of the plaza.

The continuous facades of the above-ground levels of the office buildings are made with a post and beam structure that contains glass infill on the ground floor, with hidden attachments and seams sealed with structural silicon, permitting concealment from the outside of the Schüco FWS 50+ SG frames (Structural Glazing).

The continuous facades on the stairwells of buildings A, B, C and D, on the other hand, have been made with the Schüco FWS 50+ system of posts and crossbars, composed of prepainted thermal-break extruded aluminium sections (primary alloy EN AW 6060).

Throughout the project the glazings are in single chamber glass, with low-emission extraclear outer panes, an interspace with argon gas and tempered layered glass with HST testing (internal).


L’acqua di Talete

Works by José Molina - Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera di Villa Borghese – until 17 February 2019


Water as archetype, primal force generating life, to which everything returns. Water that sustains the world, nourishes, in tune with the feminine universe. These are the themes approached by the Madrid-based artist José Molina in the exhibition L’acqua di Talete.

José Molina presents iconic works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, including pieces never shown before, in the exhibition spaces of Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, in the evocative setting of the Aranciera of Villa Borghese.


Minimal design

Vimar technology has been chosen by Lapitec for the total touch kitchen counter


The Lapitec booth at Sicam 2018 presented a total touch kitchen counter that makes use of the most advanced Vimar technology, that of the Eikon Tactil controls.

A light touch activates the devices for direct control of energy. A proximity sensor detects presences and activates backlighting with RGB LEDs. Made to contain up to 6 independent controls, the devices permit adjustment of blinds and lighting, with special presets and many other functions.

The Eikon Tactil controls can be personalized, making use of a large library of symbols to identify the various functions.

Vimar technology permits dialogue between the kitchen worktop and the entire home automation system, thanks to controls whose design creates an even more minimal effect of flat, clean surfaces, in tune with the large size of the Lapitec slabs.


Tech spirit

The home gets smart with Oregon Scientific


Objects with a tech spirit created for smart living, ready to make the home more comfortable or to surprise friends and family with innovative multifunctions for individual devices.

Elegant and multifunctional: the new TH511 LED table lamp by Oregon Scientific is ideal to add a special touch to any home or office. The multifunctional lamp provides updates on date, time and temperature.

The light can be adjusted to five brightness levels to create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.



Raam is the new compact stove from MCZ


With a depth of just 28.2 cm, Raam by MCZ is a pellet stove for corridors and tight spaces in general. It is entirely in steel – black for the body, white, bordeaux, black or silver for the front with its geometric lines.

It has two air vents, one on the top for the space in which the unit is installed, and one that can be channeled to heat other rooms up to a distance of 8 meters. The chimney vent can be placed on the back, as in the photo, or on the top to further reduce the overall space required.


Conceria Superior in Milan

At Via Quintino Sella 3, the first atelier with an ecosustainable approach to design


In a prestigious and striking historical building in Milan, not far from the Sforza Castle, the new atelier of Conceria Superior is the result of renovation of spaces conducted by the international studio Aquilialberg Architects in a constant dialogue with the director of the company, Stefano Caponi.

The background for the project involved awareness of the increasingly ecosustainable approach of Conceria Superior, as well as the company’s historical identity, in order to generate a striking, evocative and emotional image, the architectural translation of the firm’s essence.

The concept takes its cue directly from the leather used in the company’s work, its soft, undulated forms, its tensions in multiple directions. The project becomes a structure-installation in 100% recycled aluminium with a fragmented rhythm and fluid shape, embracing the past and present of Conceria Superior with an eye on the future.


Intelligent frames

Meroni chooses Sclak for the evolution of closure systems: the key in the smartphone


Serrature Meroni chooses Sclak, the Italian company operating in the Internet of Things sector, which has developed a complete smart platform for access control. The partnership between the two companies has generated the brand Meroni Technology and various projects for innovative products.

The aim is to offer clients a new concept of security while opening up new service scenarios. Technology makes it possible to combine traditional keys with a system of digital keys that can be managed in an extremely flexible, safe and simple way, via smartphone or a web-based portal.

Sclak provides consumer solutions for private customers who want to digitalize their mechanical keys, and enterprise solutions that can be interfaced with third-party products.

The agreement leads to further evolution in terms of security and service, in tune with the progress of markets and lifestyles. The experience of Serrature Meroni and the expertise of Sclak combine to create two projects for the furniture and automotive sectors.

DiLo is first intelligent knob for furniture – invented by Meroni and designed by Alessandro Stabile – that combines good looks and functional quality, incorporating technology by Sclak. The smart lock system can be controlled with an app (iOS and Android) via smartphone, or with a web-based portal for complex systems. DiLo opens with a simple gesture: just a tap on the app icon extracts the lock and activates mechanical opening of the knob.