Featuring a cardboard filter that purifies the environment, the new version of the Tappo table by Lessmore takes advantage of the tunnels of corrugated cardboard whose structure makes it possible to channel air to be filtered by means of a fan. The treatment of the tunnels involves the use of chitosan (derived from crab shells), which blocks bacteria and prevents its spread, and titanium oxide lit by LEDs to function as a catalyst, oxidizing air pollutants. Created thanks to the collaboration between Giorgio Caporaso, designer of the Ecodesign Collection of Lessmore, and Alberto Cigada, professor of materials for design and innovation in materials and technologies at the Milan Polytechnic, Tappo thus becomes the ideal item for the home and for contract, for smoking rooms and retail facilities, in the version with environmental scent emission. For info: www.lessmore.it
Istituto Marangoni enters the world of design by opening a new Design School in Milan. A project that involves the participation of the architect Giulio Cappellini and the creative team of the Cappellini company, which for years has furnished the spaces of Istituto Marangoni in Milan, London, Paris, New York and Shanghai, offering fashion courses for students from all over the world. In Milan, on the very central Via Cerva, a new structure has been opened, entirely devoted to the teaching of subjects connected with furniture design: 2500 square meters on multiple levels, designed and furnished under the artistic direction of Giulio Cappellini. The new Design School comes from the desire to interface two different but parallel worlds of Made in Italy, fashion and design, at the level of image, communication and marketing in the world. The new school, directed by Massimo Zanatta and coordinated by Malcolm McInnes, has the goal of developing the creativity of students, starting with the concept of Made in Italy and the legacy of Italian crafts. www.istitutomarangoni.com
In November the third series of the Masters in Interior Retail Design and Management begins, with the goal of training strategic professional figures in the deployment, in Italy and abroad, of design culture and furnishings Made in Italy of good design and high quality. Organized in collaboration with Innova.com, with the support of the Department of Commerce, Tourism and Services of the Lombardy Region, Federmobili and FederlegnoArredo, the Masters responds to the need of many Italian companies in this sector to rely on professionals capable of operating in managerial roles within the variegated reality of distribution specializing in articles for furnishing the home and interiors in general. The 2014-2015 edition of the program sets out to continue along the lines of the previous courses, focusing on four factors: the definition of the relationship between design, production and distribution, the development of interdisciplinary expertise starting with the versatility of the contents covered, the perfect blend of theory and practice, and constant interaction with the world of business. http://www.polidesign.net/it/retaildesign.
A forest of trees in tune with the Wiltshire landscape welcomes visitors to Stonehenge. To rationalize the access to the archaeological area and to enrich the visit with new content an entrance has been created with the aim of restoring the natural image of the place. The designers (Denton Corker Marshall) have come up with a gateway that does not invade the already inimitable setting. A light structure with slender steel columns to support a slightly sloping, softly curved roof. The spaces inside have different functions: a display area clad in wood, an airy, spacious refreshment zone, and a completely transparent educational zone. The idea behind the glass pavilion design is to connect the inside of the building to the evocative surrounding landscape. The designers wanted the interiors to be visible from the outside, to encourage people to enter, while offering great natural lighting and a view of the landscape from inside the structure. So glass was a fundamental part of the project. As the designers explain, the glass also presented a challenge, because reaching a height of 4.3 meters meant finding material strong enough to stand up to the high winds that reach the site. At the same time, the glass had to comply with high standards of energy performance and low emissions, while being as transparent as possible to enhance the indoor-outdoor relationship. The solution was Pilkington Planar™ Intrafix, the system of structural glass that permits attachment with hidden tabs, leaving the surface uniform from floor to ceiling. Since the pavilion is completely transparent on all four sides, the other important goals of the project were to maximize access to natural light while reducing energy dispersion to a minimum. This has been achieved through the use of the chamber glass of two products, Pilkington Optiwhite™ and Pilkington K Glass™ OW. www.pilkington.it
In Bochum (Germany) two superior schools have been joined in a single complex, with the goal of obtaining a new construction with high energy efficiency. The achievement involves the participation – among others – of the Linea Light Group as a partner for the lighting system. Light plays a decisive role in the costs of operation of a complex of this size, where the needs and expectations for quality lighting are very demanding. The project, done in collaboration with the studio Hascher Jehle Architektur of Berlin, makes daylight a protagonist, a difficult task that has multiple aspects which must be taken into consideration. In every zone of the building adequate lighting levels have been obtained without sacrificing energy savings: on the outside, where borders have been installed with Rabal RGB LEDs, as well as Spoon light poles for the parking area, and on the inside, with the Look metal halide spotlights and the Globo LED downlights. The complex has obtained “Green Building” certification, whose parameters set precise criteria of design and construction of healthful, energy-efficient buildings for low environmental impact. Info: www.linealight.com