The gaze and reflections of a young design student, on the Index selection and the projects nominated for the 2024 Compasso d'Oro

I belong to Gen Z, the frenetic digital generation. But we are also interested in objects.

However, we perhaps look at them differently than the generations that preceded us. As a design student (at NABA), I am fascinated by the discoveries that can shape a sustainable future, the solutions that respond to the changing needs of everyday life.

These are values that obviously also interest other generations. But which become fundamental for us. I therefore often wonder where the world of production is going: if, and how, those ideas and words about a more conscious future that are so dear to our generation are becoming reality.

This is why I went to the ADI Design Museum to see the projects nominated for the 2024 Compasso d'Oro and try to give myself an answer. And these are the products that impressed me the most.

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Avro, Martinelli Luce, design by Studio Natural

The Avro suspension lamp stands out for its ability to reevaluate spaces without distorting them. Its peculiarity lies in the integration of a Schuko socket in the lower part, offering unprecedented versatility. This intelligent design allows you to transform any place into a work or leisure space, as it can accommodate any electronic device without depending on electrical outlets nearby or remote from the countertop. A combination of practicality and aesthetics that adapts to the needs of everyday life in a discreet and effective way.

Figaroqua Figarolà, Viabizzuno, design by Paolo Rizzatto and Marionanni

The Figaroqua Figarolà lighting represents an elegant revisitation of candle lighting, introducing an innovative approach to lighting design. This light fixture is, in fact, a system without mobility constraints, thanks to a vertical rod suspended on a wire anchored to the four corners of the room.

The rod not only guarantees stability, but also acts as a support for the LED light sources, allowing their intensity to be adjusted using a lever. Furthermore, it offers the flexibility to add additional bulbs and lampshades, highlighting the distinctive feature of adapting to customer needs and preferences.

ZA:ZA, Zanotta, design by Zaven

The Za:Za sofa, inspired by the hammock, features a metal structure that supports loose straps, creating space for the armrest, backrest and seat cushions.

The decomposition of the different components makes the product easy to assemble and disassemble, as it can be completely disassembled.

The adoption of recycled and recyclable materials, also eliminating the use of glues, means that the sofa is completely sustainable. The padding is inserted directly into pockets in the internal lining.

Polyurethane is reduced to a minimum, replaced by an innovative material: regenerated and regenerable polyester microspheres.

Za:Za represents an example of design that combines sustainability and innovation, offering an enveloping and conscious relaxation experience.

A+E Technology, Caimi Brevetti, design by Caimi Lab

This project represents an innovative technology for the well-being of the human body. 'A+E Technology' is a fabric which, depending on the place of destination, exploits different stratigraphies in which, in addition to sound-absorbing materials and fabrics, there is a metallic material electrically conductive.

It finds its application on any object, therefore it adapts to armchairs, poufs, partitions, cushions and more.

These commonly used elements covered with this material guarantee comfort and reduction to the exposure of acoustic and electromagnetic pollution deriving from technological devices.

A solution that allows a clear improvement in the quality of living spaces.

Lhov, Elica, design by Fabrizio Crisà

Lhov is more than a domestic kitchen; it is a revolution in space and culinary art. It integrates hood, hob and oven, offering an unparalleled cooking experience.

The suction system, located on the sides of the hob, is able to independently regulate the speed and balance of suction. Therefore, it automatically captures and filters odors and vapors, both from cooking on the hob and from the oven, avoiding dispersion into the environment. The automated, handle-free opening of the oven door adds modernity and practicality.

The hob, with five zones and automatic functions, allows the creation of large cooking surfaces.

The dimensions corresponding to the standard kitchen module (90 x 36 cm) allow space-free integration into any kitchen. These characteristics make Lhov appreciable for its adaptability and its ability to combine functionality and design, creating an efficient culinary space.

Pianeta 30, Muba-Hines Italy, design by Isadora Bucciarelli and Dondina Associati

It is a project created to bring children closer to the themes of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An illustrated book, available in Italian and English, accompanies young readers on a journey through figures to cut out to create pop-ups and short poetic texts.

The imaginary planet presented in the book has already achieved all the objectives of the Agenda, thanks to the contribution of the community. The text and drawings come together to tell two distinct stories, highlighting the importance and consequences of caring or not caring for the Planet. An exhibition at the MUBA transforms the tables of the book into playable installations, offering an interactive experience with puzzles, magnetic boards and illustrated tables.

Pianeta 30 aims to educate children in an engaging way and to understand the importance of contributing to global sustainability in a creative and fun way.

Arteferro System, Gonzato Group, design by Davide Gonzato

The Arteferro System project offers a quick and simple system for the creation of parapets, balconies and external fences. Its peculiarity lies in the absence of welding and screws, facilitating assembly thanks to the connection clamp that connects the elements such as uprights, handrails and infill panels.

Assembly is facilitated by ready and complete modules, which, with a simple pressure, guarantee a robust closure that can only be opened with a specific key.

With twenty-four variants available, Arteferro System adapts to any architectural context, offering versatility and safety in every installation.

Futura Pure Vortex, Hatria

This revolutionary water-closet, thanks to its innovative technology, redefines the healthcare experience, breaking traditional patterns.

The water outlet hole, hidden in the front part, and the absence of a rim simplify cleaning, characterizing the image of the product.

Its geometry, in addition to a pleasant aesthetic impact, guarantees an average quiet of less than 40 dB and efficient operation with only 3-4.5 liters of water, making at the same time, considerable savings are possible.

Despite this, the Futura Pure Vortex can handle even higher water flows than traditional models. The sanitary ware offers a union between innovation and functionality, redefining the concept of hygiene and water saving.

Horizontal Light, Flos, design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Luce Orizzontale is a lamp that exploits the magic of light reflection through its distinctive material: glass. It is used to create, by hand, the modular cylinders that cover the structure.

In fact, the fulcrum of the lighting is a central aluminum bar, on which the light sources are inserted: two LED strips, which emit light both upwards and downwards. The modules allow you to have three different configurations of 8, 10 or 12 units, suspended and connected in structures of various lengths.

The versatility of Horizontal Light is not limited to domestic environments; it can illuminate meeting rooms, hotels, restaurants, offices and museums.

Remote management via controller allows you to switch on and separately regulate or combine the luminous flux both upwards and downwards. A clear example of design that blends craftsmanship with innovation, making the product suitable for illuminating spaces with different styles and destinations.

Standalto, Edra, design by Francesco Binfarè

Standalto presents itself as a sofa that aims to stand out for its simplicity, without the need for artifices to convince the customer.

Thanks to the intelligent cushion, an innovative system already used by Binfarè in other Edra products, the backrest and armrests can be folded without returning to their initial shape, thanks to a friction mechanism that allows the flexibility of the elements.

Comfort is guaranteed by the generous width of the padding and the extraordinary quality of the padding, giving a sensation of exceptional softness.

The different shapes of the seats offer the flexibility to create unique compositions, adaptable not only to the space but also to the customer's preferences.

The apparently delicate covering reveals at the same time a robustness and resistance that make it long-lasting. Standalto embodies elegance and simplicity, offering a comfortable and customizable seating experience.