Seven italian companies developed an international approach that has become part of the entrepreneurial DNA of the sector and represents today as one of the points of excellence of the production system
Technogym Store 70 Greene Street – 10013 New York
Vision and a staunch commitment to promoting wellness, a better lifestyle through regular physical activity, healthy diet and a positive mental approach have been the ethos of Technogym since its beginnings in 1983 when president and founder, Nerio Alessandri, developed his first fitness equipment in his garage at the age of 22.
Technogym is today the world’s leading brand in luxury wellness lifestyle with over 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East and Australia, exporting 90% of its production to 100 countries. In 2012, the company celebrated the opening of the Technogym Village in Cesena, the new company headquarters which represents the first example of a “Wellness Campus” in the world.
At Technogym research, innovation, quality, reliability and design have always represented the key values behind the development of products and services. Opened in November 2010, Technogym’s flagship showroom in New York City covers two floors: the first floor houses innovative and elegant equipment from Technogym’s Personal Line, designed by Antonio Citterio, while the second floor offers an experience area which allows visitors to move freely and try out the full range of Technogym equipment.
Luceplan 14 Wooster St. (btw. Grand & Canal Sts.) – 10013 New York
Focusing its strategy on internationalization and the spread of corporate know-how, Luceplan opened in March a new showroom in New York. Synthesis of the partnership between Luceplan and Modular Lighting Instruments – both part of Philips group – the new space designed by the architect Amedeo G. Cavalchini becomes a reference point for professionals, architects, interior decorators and end users, representing an excellent opportunity for visibility and direct contact, where aesthetic and technological research, experimentation, innovation, functional quality and efficiency merge.
This is also the system of values that shapes the identity of Luceplan since its founding in 1978. Renewing the entrepreneurial spirit of its origins, today, the Luceplan catalogue contains an extensive, versatile range of lighting fixtures, with high standards of performance and aesthetics, crossing fields of applications and adapting to any usage need, any context: products that combine functional quality with the decorative appeal of architecture for the home, from the small to the large scale.
FontanaArte 45 Greene St. (btw. Grand & Broome Sts.) – 10013 New York
Founded in 1932 from an idea by Gio Ponti, FontanaArte is one of the Italian companies that have written the “history of lighting and furnishing” in Italy and around the world involving the most important architects and lighting designers who, together with the company, have built a cultural project on architecture, lighting and furnishings: timeless objects, with splendid shapes, some of which have become design classics on show in the most important museums around the world.
The New York showroom, renovated to plans by Italian architects Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla, represents this world of elegance and lightness, a warm, cosy house in which to enjoy the beauty of light and designer furnishings together. Here FontanaArte unveils the prestigious 2015 collection in the vanguard both technically and aesthetically, born out of partnerships with world-renowned designers such as Karim Rashid who signes the Apex, Kinx and Flex collections.
Scavolini Soho Gallery 429 West Broadway – 10012 New York
Founded in Pesaro in 1961 by the brothers Valter and Elvino Scavolini, in a few years the firm was transformed from a small crafts workshop manufacturing kitchens into one of the most important Italian industrial companies, conquering and maintaining a position of leadership in Italy since 1984.
In 2012, Scavolini introduced their bathroom line along with a line of Living room solutions, offering clients a complete look for the home. Scavolini has proven Italian excellence, with over 1300 showrooms worldwide, landing their first flagship showroom in the heart of NYC. Scavolini Soho Gallery boasts 10,000 SF of kitchen, bathroom and furniture displays ranging in a variety of styles and materials.
Available to private customers and interior designers, the professional expertise and experience of the team helmed by Daniele Busca, Showroom Manager & Creative Director, and Francesco Farina, CEO of Scavolini USA, help customers to make choices, from the initial idea to the final project.
Poliform A&D Building, 150 East 58th St., 6th floor – 10155 New York
Poliform, a luxury contemporary furniture company, has provided high quality interior products made exclusively in Italy since 1970. The company originated in the furniture district around Milan, starting with production of day systems and closets and gradually diversified the collection with systems and furnishings for any interior space including storage systems, wardrobes, kitchens, tables, chairs, armchairs, sofas, beds and many more.
Poliform USA provides turnkey service from the concept to the completion stage of a design project including all the necessary steps in between. Creation of technical drawings, finishes selection, rendering, as well as delivery and installation of the furniture is provided by Poliform USA design team in order to deliver the finest design solutions and experience.
Originally opened in 1996, Poliform flagship New York showroom is currently located in Architects and Designers building, taking up a whole 6th floor (about 12,000 square feet) and is updated every year, designed and styled by Poliform designers.
Flou 42 Greene St. (btw. Broome & Grand Sts.) – 10013 New York
December 4th 2002: Flou inaugurated its flagship store in New York, in the heart of Soho. Covering a total floor-space of 500 sq.m, the design of the showroom’s interiors preserved the district’s emblematic characteristics – the typical cast-iron columns, the brick walls, the visible copper piping, the doorways with their singular counterweight system and the large bulb-holders in white ceramic.
Founded by Rosario Messina in 1978, Flou introduced a new “culture of sleep,” producing beds of high intrinsic and formal quality. From the collaboration with Vico Magistretti, who designed Nathalie, an icon of the history of the modern bed, thanks to acclaimed designers Flou has continued to expand its collection, combining elegance, wellness and quality of life.
Today Flou is producing 50 different beds with fabric, leather, hide and other materials, mattresses, pillows, mattress supports, cover fabrics, bedlinen sets, and also a big range of sofas, armchairs, wardrobes and furniture accessories, which satisfy every requirement for living and sleeping quarters.
Flos 152 Greene St. (at Houston St.) – 10012 New York
Founded in 1962 in Merano, Italy, FLOS is an international company that offers a range of lighting products and systems for residential and architectural applications. Known for its creative and innovative lighting solutions, the company can boast a rich catalog of iconic products created by legends of design. FLOS shows constant commitment to technological research and innovation, together with an extraordinary capacity to spot new creative talent.
Opened in May 2010 and designed by Calvi Brambilla architects, the FLOS New York flagship store in SoHo offers the Italian lighting manufacturer’s line of residential and professional lighting in a way that feels more like a modern art museum than a store. The collections include favorites such as the Arco floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and pieces by renowned designers including Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad and Michael Anastassiades.
The flagship also displays the brand’s architectural lighting with innovative systems, spotlights, downlights, outdoor options and their unique Soft Architecture collection.