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
Once again this year, at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice, Whirlpool unveils its “showcooking” for 2014, the representation of a “live kitchen” updated every year. The new showcooking celebrates Venice, getting inspired by the city and representing its characteristic features. A pool of water at the center, like the Venetian canals that connect different people and places, encourages interaction between guests; place markers in Murano glass are a tribute to the creativity of the master craftsmen of Venice; in the background, another tribute takes the form of an evocative grove of reeds, made with a choreography of LED lights. Games of light and hues (red/energy, yellow/good cheer, green/serenity, white/tranquility) controlled by a dedicated system make the culinary socializing even more enjoyable. Starting in May, the Whirlpool cooking show will have a permanent place inside the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, becoming a state open to the public, in honor of the historic Super Pasta Stucky, the basic dish of the Mediterranean diet, whose flour was produced right here, in the old mill on the island of Giudecca. www.whirlpool.it
Conlegno has announced the guidelines of the “International Pallet Design Contest,” a creative initiative aimed at fans of recycling, do-it-yourself, students and, more generally, all those who want to try their hand in this field. Participants are asked to work on furnishing solutions and complements (indoor or outdoor) made entirely by using IPPC/FAO and/or EPAL pallets. The goal of the competition is to promote the practice of creative recycling of pallets, in line with the philosophy of the “800×1200 eco-design” project of Conlegno, the first line of sustainable, do-it-yourself lowcost furnishings entirely created by reusing wooden pallets and crates. Participants should focus on concepts of ecosustainability, low cost and high functional quality, submitting descriptions, images and assembly instructions for their creations. All the details and regulations are available at the website www.800×1200.it in the contest section.
“We love things that have deep roots and we are convinced that in a world saturated with objects, products should first of all provide services”. These are the words of the two entrepreneurs Matteo De Ponte (brand manager of Driade for over ten years) and Laura Mascagni (a lover of art and design), who have launched this new Italian design trademark, making its debut at the last Salone del Mobile: Colé, a name connected to a shared memory, from Argentina, Macagno’s native land. Recollections are the key with which to decipher the first pieces of the collection: seats, tables, cabinets and a wardrobe based on reflection on the furniture of the past, reinterpreted in terms of subtle contamination (of signs, materials and cultures), wittily updating established forms. Designed by the studios Lorenz/Kaz (Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz) and Aksu/Suardi (Sezgin Aksu and Silvia Suardi), as well as the in-house Colé Design Lab, the first collection also stands out for an idea of a sustainability that coincides with the zero-km concept and the possibility of making all the parts of products in a single district, to support local craftsmen and semi-industrial companies while reducing transport: “We began by thinking about the beautiful, comfortable things that have stood up to the test of time”, De Ponti and Macagno explain, “and we immediately understood that another key word of our project would have to be craftsmanship”. The lightness of the entire collection is reflected in the corporate image: handled by Francesca De Ponti and Filippo Donisi, it is based on a game of subtraction in which a few graphic signs – extrapolated from an original organic form – narrate a world made of pure forms and color, where the relationship between full and empty segments plays an essential role.
Matteograssi has been chosen to supply Meeting seats for the new terminal of the best known and busiest airport of Mumbai. After its modernization, with a new terminal building called T2, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has become an important destination for many airlines, capable of welcoming 40 million passengers per year. The new T2 has been furnished by matteograssi, with about 10,000 bar-mounted Meeting seats, designed by the in-house staff, entirely in cowhide, in the colors Agadir, Coloniale and Rosso Bulgaro. The Meeting model, a true must among the matteograssi offerings, has been selected in the low-back and chaise longue versions. Due to their aesthetic characteristics and high quality, combined with the fine workmanship typical of matteograssi, the seats fit perfectly into this modern setting, enhancing its design and creating an atmosphere of luxury and comfort. Info: www.matteograssi.it