Bologna Design Week 2018

Bologna 25/29 September


BDW 2018 from 25 to 29 September, in partnership and coordinated with Cersaie, celebrates the week of Ceramics for Architecture and Bath Furnishings in the historical center of Bologna, nurturing design culture and taking stock of its role as a tool and strategy of innovation.

Openings, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, guided tours and design talks will create a lively context after fair hours, reinforcing the central role of communication and content developed for the 36th edition of Cersaie, alongside the curated events that take place in the city center for Bologna Design Week.

The 2018 edition created and organized by Youtool and curated by Elena Vai and Enrico Maria Pastorello reaches out to showrooms, companies, design firms, art galleries, museums, universities and designers in an integrated system of communication that permits activation of synergies between industry, culture and creativity.

From the creation of a set for the exhibition The Sound of Design in the Quadrivio of Galleria Cavour, to the site-specific exhibition inside the Pavilion de l'Esprit Nouveau curated by Mario Nanni, master of light and founder of Viabizzuno at the fair, and the Design Night on Wednesday the 26th, involving showrooms, art galleries, stores, clubs, city users and visitors in novel itineraries and special opening hours, as well as the former church of Santa Maria della Neve, the location of Insidesign Studiostore which presents a program on the theme #(Q)TLFDP (Quasi) Tutte Le Forme Del Pelo, organized in 3 talks, 2 performances, 2 presentations, 1 exhibition, 1 contest, 1 party.


Padiglione de L'Esprit Nouveau

The headquarters, info and press point, once again this year, are at Palazzo Isolani which hosts a selection of Italian and international design companies (Arper, Artek, Grigolin, Lago, Mini, Molteni&C/Dada, Or.nami, USM, Vitra), with original installations, while in the courtyard the Defense shade awnings shape the outdoor space coordinated by Corradi outdoor living space.

One new development is the Marsala District Bologna, a spatial and creative immersion in which places are transformed into theme islands that cross and join the historic Via di Mezzo, now Via Marsala, with the realities of the world of higher education, research and culture (Via Zamboni) and that of shops, commerce and displays (Via Indipendenza).

The complete program of Bologna Design Week 2018 is posted at the site, where it is possible to download the app BDW18 with an interactive map and a day-by-day events calendar.




Project and Destiny

Reflections on design and architecture in Italy today - Italian Institute Culture London - 39 Belgrave Square - London SW1X 8NX


The series of encounters, from September 2018 to January 2019, focuses on the role that can still be played by Italian creativity on an international level.

Wednesday 18 September 2018 19.15
Martino Gamper in conversation with Johanna Agerman Ross

Thursday 18 October 2018 18.15
Piero Lissoni, Lissoni Associati, in conversation with Deyan Sudjic

Monday 26 November 2018 19.00
Alfonso Femia, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia, in conversation with Matteo Vercelloni

The first three appointments of Interni at IIC will approach the theme by questioning the value of Italian design and architecture today: its languages, inspirations and utopias. They will address the recovery of the relationship with crafts and the focus on industrial and technological activities of the discipline, the relationship with past and future time, the aesthetic and social value of an object or a building in the century of global culture, and above all the meaning of Italian identity in the world of the contemporary project.


When you don't design

18 September 2018 – 7,15 pm - Italian Cultural Institute - 38 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8NX


Interni and Italian Cultural Institute London with Italian Trade Agency present When you don't design, Martino Gamper designer in conversation with Johanna Agerman Ross, curator di “20th Century and Contemporary design” at V&A Museum.

Welcome speech by Marco Delogu, director Italian Cultural Institute, and Roberto Luongo, director Italian Trade Agengy.

Drinks and Italian nibbles to follow.

Free admission - Registration required

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Thanks to: Ristorante Granaio, Baglioni Hotels, CitizenM Hotels


Design Portraits

Interni September in Newsstand. Supplement: Interni Annual Cucina 2018.

The large living area for the house designed by Mikal Harrsen - MA/U Studio. Ph. Christoffer Regild

Our September issue, as usual, is on Italian design and the most interesting new developments that emerged from the Salone del Mobile in Milan in April. We have narrated products and trends in a special report that involves the authorial interpretations of four photographers, to accompany us in the discovery of 20 new furnishing proposals.

The vitality of Made in Italy is the guiding theme of the entire issue. Starting with the selection of works of residential architecture that illustrate the value of design products (also in limited editions) inside a wide range of spaces and contexts. From a glass house in Basso Monferrato to a historic family home reinvented in Lomellina, arriving in Milan as a choice of residence for the Danish designer Mikal Harrsen, and the New York of new showcases, where the flagship store of Molteni Group (designed by Vincent Van Duysen) underlines the international spirit of Italian business.

The anniversaries of other majors in the sector (120 years of Giorgetti, 70 of Minotti, 30 for Modulnova), celebrated on the following pages, remind us that this positive period has been built on an unforgettable past. Like that of Osvaldo Borsani, honored in a very timely retrospective exhibition, with exhibit design by Norman Foster at the Milan Triennale. And a future yet to be unveiled, with the initiative of five brands making their debut this year with excellent design signatures, documenting a fertile relationship between crafts and industry.

Finally, we offer a focus on the Freespace theme of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, until 25 November, followed by a poetic look at the Vatican Chapels, the Holy See Pavilion built as a congeries of works on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Produced thanks to the excellent know-how of Italian companies, working in close collaboration with the architects.

Rediscovered majesty

Coima presents the renovation project for Palazzo San Fedele

Coima Sgr presents the regeneration project of Palazzo San Fedele, a center of Milanese culture and finance from the late 1800s, which over the years has contained the historic Teatro Manzoni and the headquarters of BNL and BNP Paribas.

The renovation of the building, slated for completion by the end of 2019, has been designed by Studio Asti Architetti and will permit rediscovery of the majesty of the building, conserving and enhancing the elegance and beauty of the original spaces.

The project maintains the refined linear design of the neoclassical facade and concentrates on the interiors, which will be completely revised without losing the charm of historic features like the old bank vault, or the staircases of the building leading to the dome and the terrace of over 830 square meters, facing the piazza.

The project will create office spaces (8000 m2) and retail facilities (3300 m2), with outstanding features of sustainability that should lead to the assignment of LEED Gold certification thanks to the ecosustainability of the materials used and the energy efficiency of the complex, obtained through use of ‘green’ energy from renewable sources, including solar panels and ground water.


Inhabiting a work of art

Hydrocrom by Milesi for an innovative residential project by the Chilean firm Premium Box

In an immerse green area near the Chilean city of Melipilla, Premium Box, a local company that offers modular solutions in the residential and commercial sectors by reutilizing abandoned freight containers, has created a residential project where wood is the protagonist of the inner and outer facings, an ideal refuge in which comfort and cutting-edge style establish a dialogue with the surrounding natural setting.

Always particularly sensitive to environmental issues, Premium Box – to protect the wood and conserve its natural beauty – has decided to use the Hydrocrom line of water-based outdoor coatings by Milesi, a brand of the multinational group IVM.

The XGC6058 matte finish has been selected to preserve the original look of the wood, slowing processes of photodegradation thanks to nano-dimensional UV filters, as well as processes of deformation to guarantee long life. The coating also protects against dust, using special waxes with water-repellent properties that permit reduced retention of grime, and greater ease of cleaning and maintenance.

Milesi coatings have been used on the external facades of the housing module, with its unique minimalist design, making it – in the words of the architect Pedro Sandoval Rivera - “a work of art in which to live.”


Versatile and durable

The various uses of resin cement

Resin cement is a flexible material that adapts to any style, standing out for its particular mode of installation and seamless finish. It is a mortar composed of cement and resin, components that give rise to a durable material, ideal for indoor and outdoor use, that offers easy cleaning and waterproofing.

It can be applied directly on any existing surface, with a relatively low thickness (about 3 cm), making it perfect for non-invasive renovation projects and simple restyling. The experts at habitissimo have prepared a list of 5 uses of resin cement to enhance and improve homes, inside and outside.

It is an ideal covering for walls and floors. Staircases can also be completed renovated with a thin layer of resin cement. The resin cement bathroom is a classic: the material is suited to facings in spaces in contact with water, thanks to its waterproof properties (and easy cleaning). The kitchen and other furnishings can change their look: resin cement can easily be used to make kitchen counters. It is also an excellent choice for both new and renovated swimming pools


Rethinking the office

In the heart of the Isola zone, the headquarters of Bending Spoons balances table soccer with a high-tech spirit

How do you make an office for creative workers? In recent years the most innovative companies have formulated new styles of living in a working environment where the key word is sharing.

This is also the objective of Bending Spoons. An environment of young, dynamic and creative people who want to reinterpret the concept of the office, reflecting the spirit of a rapidly growing company that always focuses on excellence.

The project for the new headquarters in a building on Corso Como in Milan calls for the complete refurbishing of 680 square meters on the 6th floor, commissioned to Taramelli Srl. The new internal layout includes the creation of a large open space and a common area equipped with a kitchen along the perimeter of the building, alternating with meeting rooms. The central part of the floor will contain services and other meeting rooms.

Few elements have been conserved of the original structure. The divider walls have been demolished and replaced by large glazings. The internal doors and frames are handmade products, custom sized in glass and painted, welded iron; to guarantee air circulation, the frames have been cut to form conduits.

Extensive research has gone into the finishes: wallpapers produced and printed with designs supplied by the client, soundproofing of shared areas and meeting rooms using a natural material like treated moss.

The common area is divided into a lunch zone and a lounge outfitted with sofas and table soccer games, while in the central volume two thematic spaces have been created as retreats for thinking about creative solutions: the Space and Manga rooms.

All the tables in the common areas and offices have been made by Vontree with recycled timber, personalized with small inserts. The seats are by Vitra, with the ID Mesh model for the offices and the Eames model for the meeting rooms and shared areas.

The high-tech spirit of the company is reflected by the total automation of the facility, which requires no human interaction because its operation relies on proximity sensors (to detect the presence of people in an area) and intensity sensors (measurement of natural light to always keep the lighting balance perfect).

New frontiers of mobility

In July, at Studio Urquiola in Milan, a BMW Design Roundtable took place, with the participation of Martina Starke, Head of BMW Brand Vision and BMW Brand Design, Patricia Urquiola, Architect & Interior Designer Studio Urquiola, and Ren Yee, Senior Architect at UNStudio.

The discussion moderated by Joseph Grima, artistic director of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, focused on the development of research regarding new technologies and the possibility of creating comfortable environments in the automotive sector.

The questions regarding the needs and desires of man are interpreted in automotive interiors, and more generally in the spaces people inhabit in an increasingly technological way.

The growing desire to create integrated contexts with a high level of comfort prompts designers and companies to construct complex functional systems in which technology and environment intersect. The mobility of the future, in constant evolution, involves disciplines like engineering of light and sound, transportation and materials.

Interior design and lifestyle are in fact part of the automotive system, and reflections of this type put BMW and its research & development division in the avant-garde.

UNStudio, with its UNSense department, responds in a crosswise manner with research on Empathic Environments.


Efficacy and protection

Fila reinforces its presence in the USA through an exceptional reference: Princeton University in New Jersey

On the campus of Princeton University (New Jersey), the Lewis Center for the Arts is a modern building designed by the firm Steven Holl Architects of New York, and covered in Lecce stone.

Fila has been chosen by the producer of Lecce stone Pi.Mar. as a technical partner to preserve the beauty of the building over time: following in-depth study of the material, Hydrorep Eco was chosen as an innovative and ecological product to apply vertically on the roof of the Lewis Center for the Arts.

All the exterior stone has been treated with Hydrorep Eco (a water-based water-repellent protector), the ideal product for this type of stone, guaranteeing maximum efficacy while remaining in line with the standards of environmental protection set by the project.


Ultra-Luxury Marble

From the cosmopolitan inspiration and creativity made to measure of Tetyana Kovalenko, ultra-luxury masterpieces by Elite Stone

In-depth knowledge of marble in all its aspects (from chemical composition to natural characteristics, cutting and crafting techniques, including the most innovative), combined with a passion for design and the latest trends: these are the factors that set Elite Stone apart in the marble sector.

Not just in the bedroom zone and the bath: Elite Stone also offers a revolutionary interpretation of the living room, adding warm, glamorous tones. The area in Calacatta Borghini is the result of research that balances technology, style and a love of bespoke luxury.

The passion for high-quality details can be seen in the materials, finishes and colors that convey timeless elegance in an everyday setting. A theater of backlit marble with a forceful, assertive personality, where the details reflect a true vocation for excellence.

The island opens on all sides to include various removable containers and internal drawers, complete with accessories.


Home automation supervision

Hometouch BTicino is the new 7” multifunctional, technological and personalized touchscreen


With the supervision of the MyHome_Up domotics system, Hometouch also covers the function of the video intercom, managed on site or remotely thanks to a smartphone app.

Hometouch, when it is connected by wi-fi to the network of the apartment, is also a connected video intercom system that permits viewing of calls received from the external keypad on its 7” display, on site or from a distance on a smartphone, thanks to the Door Entry for Hometouch app which can be downloaded free of charge at Google Play and App Store.

The elegant, technological, minimal design and metallized details permit installation in any residential or working context.