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
The new Flaviker Contemporary Eco Ceramics brand was recently announced, a new name with new objectives for the historic firm based in Solignano. Already in 2013 the main Flaviker collections offered access to important LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits, because they contain 40% recycled material. An even clearer sign of the change is the green spirit of the new Flaviker, a way of making ceramics closer to the needs of ecosustainability and environmental protection. For info: www.flavikerpisa.it
In Pennsylvania, a new special events wing has been opened at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, an independent non-profit institution for the conservation, interpretation and display of the artistic and cultural heritage of Bucks County. The Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion is a structure designed by the architecture studio Kieran Timberlake, completely clad in glass and open to the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden. The museum founded in 1989 occupies a large portion of the area once set aside for the Bucks County prison, built in 1884 and demolished in 1986, whose stone remains are incorporated in the museum. The Event Pavilion features the use of large structural glass panels that create an indoor-outdoor dialogue, facing the garden and the large walls of the old prison. Targetti, the historic Italian brand in the field of architectural lighting for interiors and exteriors, has been assigned the task of lighting the walls with a soft approach to bring out the texture of the stone. The selected fixture is the Mercure linear built-in system with an asymmetrical reflector, making it possible to light the full height of the large walls in a uniform way. The soft effect conserves the indoor-outdoor dialogue, enhancing the walls and the contrast between the lightness of the glass and the powerful image of the stone. Info: www.targetti.it – www.michenermuseum.org
Twelix Artisan is the new KitchenAid oven that offers three different types of cooking: standard convection, convection-steam or only steam. Many creative accessories can be directly connected to the oven to expand performance and provide a wide range of cooking options. The first to be launched is the steam accessory, a special tray inserted in the oven and connected to the internal power supply to create an ideal environment for perfect, healthy and natural steam cooking. A piece of gear that can also be used with the “air with steam injections” function or the “only steam” setting: in the latter case, the lower part of the tray is filled with water (capacity 1 liter). The steam accessory is just the first in a wide range of tools that bring out the versatility of Twelix Artisan: other items on the way include the baguette accessory, the stone for cooking pizza and flatbread, and an accessory for roasting coffee beans. For info: www.kitchenaid.it
An idea developed by the team of architects The Living and the Ecovative company, specialized in the production of biomaterials: the new organic brick used for the construction of the display pavilion outside MoMA PS1. Hy-Fi (this is the name of the project) is the winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2014, the competition organized by the New York gallery for emerging architects. The participants were asked to submit a project for a temporary structure to host the events of the summer season, offering shelter and places to sit for visitors. The guidelines put the accent on environmental themes like sustainability and recycling. The bricks of the structure are made entirely from a combination of corn stalks and a high-tech ecosustainable structure developed by Ecovative, the American company specializing in research on new materials. This is the first Zero Emission structure right from the worksite phase, demonstrating that brick, when revised and corrected, can be a material of the future.