Integrated design at the service of good architecture: these are the cornerstones shared by Florim and Schüco Italia, reference brands in their respective sectors (ceramic surfaces and building envelope), which have begun a path of investment in innovation and sustainability.
“We believe in sustainable design”, states Gianluca Pazzaglini, Florim's Global Chief Commercial Officer, “and we believe that beauty cannot be separated from respect for people and the environment. With this vision, the partnership with Schüco Italia was born, which has the primary objective of putting a functional, efficient and highly aesthetic product at the service of the designer's creativity. Florim's product and design culture is combined with Schüco Italia's know-how to create a distinctive and sustainable solution for the building envelope. A concrete response to the needs of designers who share the urgent need to introduce innovative and sustainable solutions in architecture. Florim has long ago decided to look at business as a positive force capable of generating a virtuous impact. Our daily choices improve our way of doing business and translate into courageous choices and investments in sometimes daring ideas ".
"Knowing how to join forces in terms of integrated design and product research", says engineer Roberto Brovazzo, General Manager of Schüco Italia, "is the key to being competitive and achieving new successes. Schüco is ready to take up this challenge. The synergy between companies, the interaction between technology, performance and aesthetic pleasure, the possibility of discovering and following new creative itineraries thanks to the freshness and originality of the shared ideas are stimulus and inspiration to support a different approach to design, which has been and continues to be an important goal for us. In Florim we have found the ideal partner, who shares with us the pursuit of excellence in all its forms. We will collaborate more and more to better respond to special requests. Designers will thus be able to find complete and customizable proposals with high added value".
This is how Design2Curtain was born: an aluminum facade solution with frames, characterized by fixed and opening elements that can be integrated and hidden, which allows to place glass and porcelain stoneware ceramic slabs side by side. The system guarantees high levels of thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as resistance to atmospheric agents in line with the highest market standards and allows to increase the aesthetic value of buildings. All the advantages of the aluminum frame system are therefore combined with the characteristics of large Florim slabs. A special solution through which the facade design takes on versatile and tailor-made aesthetic features, recalling the most varied graphic expressions, from marble to stone, from solid color to wood or concrete.
The porcelain stoneware slabs are a suitable material to ensure the insulation of the building envelope. The cavities of the facade, in fact, can be filled with suitable insulating and sound-absorbing materials allowing to reach high performances, compared to facades with only glass infill. Opaque surfaces offer advantages in terms of thermal efficiency by reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling. The efficiency of the Schüco framed aluminum facade is one of the main features of this type of construction. From the conception phase to the installation on site, the facade cells, assembled before they arrive on site, guarantee very high quality standards of the individual elements and a systematic and easily controllable installation.