MADE 2010, short for Milano Design Architettura Edilizia, took place at the city's trade-fair grounds, wowing visitors with an exciting exhibition of building and other materials. Because of the wealth of materials on show, which we gathered over three days, we've decided to deliver our report on the exhibiton's novelities in three parts – a trilogy, if you will. We start with day one.
antoniolupi, in collaboration with designer Domenico De Palo and the fireplace specialists Massimo Pistolesi, presented a developed concept for the living/bathroom.
All the fireplaces in the 'Il canto del Fuoco'® collection are ethanol-fuelled; two litres of the stuff produce five hours of fire. The comfortable thing about it all is that the fire can be lit, and turned off, at the touch of a button. No cinders, no soot, minimal emissions – “Il canto del Fuoco”® is a clean and environmentally friendly provider of warmth. The fireplaces' sophisticated designs and the cosy atmosphere they create make them a comfortable and desirable luxury-bathroom accessory.
“Il canto del Fuoco”® chimney by antoniolupi
“Il canto del Fuoco”® chimney by antoniolupi×
The DUNE bath tub, made from a new material called Cristalplant, can be be set into the ground as a elegant basin, but is just as effective as a freestanding object in the bathroom. The tub holds almost 420 litres and is 178cm in diameter, easily enough room for relaxed bathing for two.
'DUNE' bathtub by antoniolupi
'DUNE' bathtub by antoniolupi×
Egger is one of the world's leading manufacturers of wood-based materials, for example melamine resin-coated boards and laminate bonded panelling with fascinating architectural surfaces. Egger also produces acoustic panelling. The structures and coatings can be applied, according to the function and need of the planner or architect, to different substrates (MDF, lightweight building panels, oriented strand board). Therein lies in a question, however. Are the products wood or are they slate? You decide.
Egger laminate bonded panelling 'Artwood Light'
Egger laminate bonded panelling 'Artwood Light'×
Egger laminate bonded panelling with concrete look
Egger laminate bonded panelling with concrete look×
Egger acoustic element 'Linear micro'
Egger acoustic element 'Linear micro'×
Kriska – a simple, but clever concept. Based on a rail and aluminium-chain curtain system, Kriska is a decorative room-divider concept that allows quick and cost-effective design customisation thanks to digital control. The innovative Spanish company works with anodised chains of aluminium, which, through the way they are linked together, can be used to create either curtains or a fixed membrane. The individual links are digitally woven, creating random patterns when they are joined together.
Kriska Decor chains of black anodized aluminium
Kriska Decor chains of black anodized aluminium×
There's no limit to what is possible creatively, and herein lies one of Kriska's greatest strengths: through collaboration with architects on projects, this highly flexible product is developed further, meeting the project's particular needs.
Kriska Dekor ceiling installation
Kriska Dekor ceiling installation×
The source of inspiration for the new Concept Wood collection from Alpi, one of the leading manufacturers of plywood, can be found in healing plants, like dill, mugwort, marigold, St John's wort, psyllium and thyme. They are cues for a series of textures, which draw on the plants' chromatic language and achieve special, refined nuances and successfully applied colours; Alpi translates the botanical forms in a original manner, focusing on the morphology of the branch, be it bark, leaves or blossom.
Palagio Engineering Srl is a partner company of Il Palagio, a renowned manufacturer of terracotta tiles, and specialises in terracotta elements for building façades. Apart from the usual tonal colours, a range of glazes is available, which can also be produced in bespoke designs and patterns. From ceramic element to total façade construction, Palagio Engineering offers turnkey solutions.
Palagio offers custom-tailored patterns on terracotta elements
Palagio offers custom-tailored patterns on terracotta elements×
Facade by Mario Botta in cooperation with Palagio Engineering
Facade by Mario Botta in cooperation with Palagio Engineering×
Gobbetto Poliepo® Termo is a temperature-sensitive synthetic resin covering, which changes colour on contact with heat.
'Poliepo® Termo', a temperature-sensitive synthetic resin by Gobbetto
'Poliepo® Termo', a temperature-sensitive synthetic resin by Gobbetto×
Flexint is an epoxy resin, with a special rubber-like and flexible surface. It is non-toxic and solvent-free and is therefore suitable for use in nurseries, sports halls and all spaces which require soft and elastic sufaces. Flexint is perfect as a decorative surface or for covering furniture with an elastic film.
'Flexint', an epoxy resin, with a special rubber-like and flexible surface by Gobbetto
'Flexint', an epoxy resin, with a special rubber-like and flexible surface by Gobbetto×