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Innovative surfaces with digital technology

Wood-Skin is an innovative Italian startup of architects, engineers and designers, founded in 2013 to address the need to create complex shapes for the built environment and design in a simple and cheap way.

Today, Wood-Skin is a company with an international patent that ships worldwide. It is a brand that offers innovative systems for architecture using digital production technologies through the use of digital material which is a synthesis of two wooden layers and a textile central layer. The software engraves the three-dimensional surfaces creating the desired geometries which are then joined to fabric hinges to recreate the same configuration as the digital drawing without using heavy and expensive structures.

The result is masterpieces of creativity and dynamism. Flat and rigid wooden plates can be moved and bent into three-dimensional shapes according to the predefined design. Rigid surfaces are made flexible and flat surfaces three-dimensional so they acquire volume e dynamism and even the most characteristic and inventive ideas can come true at a low price. One of the main values at Wood-Skin is the ability to evolve, change shape and take on a new life through changing configurations over time.

The Wood-Skin product was originally designed for wood (birch and okumè plywood, mdf) but today it also includes other materials such as aluminium, HPL laminates and synthetic felt. Below are the products that are currently made using the Wood-skin digital technique:

Fold Panels are 3D panels with intriguing shapes, constructed in a rectangular or square module surrounded by a strong aluminium frame that maintains the shape and makes the installation on walls and ceilings easier. Fold panels are a new type of covering that can be installed on different surfaces such as walls, ceilings, banisters, counters etc.

Mesh Panels offer a new way of designing curved, wavy and free-shape surfaces from flat sheets. Thanks to variable sizes of the pieces, the radius of curvature can get considerably narrow while maintaining its fluidity. A lot of configurations can be achieved by combining the type of texture (Basic, Classic, Decor, Digital) with the type and size of the facetings. This technology allows the construction of elegant membranes with the same look, impression and functional properties as light and flexible materials such as paper and fabric.

Tailor Made Surfaces are ‘sandwich’ sheets with variable material on the two outer sides and a textile core with high resistance. These surfaces are tailor-made to create unique products for specific projects.

In addition to innovation, Wood-Skin strongly believes in the value of sustainability and its goals include supporting local production and manufacturing, using local resources, avoiding long-distance shipments and reducing CO2 emissions.

Unique design furniture at the ADI Design Museum

Milan, which at the beginning of September will reopen its doors to the Salone del Mobile, celebrates Italian design in the round with the ADI Design Museum, inaugurated on May 26, 2021. Located in a former industrial area with a very high architectural and urban impact, it is located in the center of a strategic area of the city. It occupies a structure with a total area of 5,135 square meters, divided into spaces for exhibitions, services, the museum conservatory and offices.

The permanent exhibition of the ADI Design Museum, collects 2500 artistic projects that have marked the history of Italian design. Among these are all the objects that since 1954, every two years, have won the Compasso d’Oro, an institutional award recognized in the design world. The purpose of this illustrious award is to highlight the qualities of made-in-Italy products, but, above all, the value that design gives to the production of these products. The jury is international, it changes every two years and is made up of design experts and of the culture in general. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage – Regional Superintendence for Lombardy, with a Decree dated April 22, 2004, declared the Historical Collection of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award to be of “exceptional artistic and historical interest” and included it in the national heritage.

Arper’s Nuur table, designed by Simon Pengelly in 2009 and winner of the Compasso D’Oro in 2011, is one of the furnishings featured in the ADI Design Museum exhibition dedicated to all Compasso D’Oro winners. Nuur is the essential table par excellence: in square or rectangular shapes, it has a single top that rests on four legs. Its style is pure but at the same time flexible. Its simplicity makes it extremely versatile and able to adapt to the most diverse functions and environments: from contract to residential; from workplaces to domestic spaces. Awarded for its extreme lightness and attention to detail.

In addition to Arper’s Nuur table, numerous objects have been awarded this prize over the years. Among these, many are office and contract furniture: Qualis armchair and Vela seat by Tecno, simple, functional, unique and sophisticated, awarded in 2016 and the Big metal bookcase by Caimi Brevetti, a formal solution studied in detail, with decisive shapes and adaptable to different environments.

The ADI Design Museum, in addition to the historical Collection of the Compasso, hosts eight in-depth exhibitions on the history of Italian design, aimed at narrating and enhancing the historical importance of the Made in Italy culture and at relaunching the country with all its historical culture, after the difficult situation due to the pandemic experienced in the last year and a half.

Exclusive products for refined clients

Sometimes architects and designers think that important Italian furniture brands are too popular. By contrast, refined clients need niche brands that others do not know. Those who choose to stand out instead of homologate win in the long run.
In the age of indiscriminate accessibility to everything, the real difference is becoming the spokesperson of exclusive images and products. Obviously, we have to combine exclusivity and fame.

Mascheroni, also known as the Italian Style Ambassador, realised many office projects in Italy and worldwide. Its clients include prestigious shops and buildings of outstanding architecture.
We recall the entire supply of leather armchairs in the Parliament of the Republic of Angola, where the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella gave an important political speech.

The exclusivity of this brand is based on the passion for beauty and high specialization of artisans, who continue to produce leather products using traditional materials and rare skills while paying attention to experimentation, formal research and outstanding product quality.
Man, passion, dream and authenticity: these are the key words of the Mascheroni brand that combines perfection, tradition and experimentation in their products to create something that will last forever. The memory and experience of the past lead to the creation of the future.

An “innovative tradition”, for example, is the Gessato stitching; a detail of great tailoring that is obtained by sewing and hitting an infinity of leather stripes. The complex execution of this special stitching expresses the craftsmanship of the Mascheroni artisans.

Nowadays, Mascheroni is one of the few companies that directly manages and controls the entire production process, ensuring absolute quality at every stage, from the selection of raw materials to manufacturing, up to customised services.

The elegance of La Mercanti in France

A few months ago Mr Gerard, contacted us for some information about the design sofa Saari by Arper.

After studying the dimensions and the finishes that this range offers, Mr. Gerard and his wife have chosen, for their home, the Saari sofa two-places in gray finish and an armchair in blue finish; both with polished aluminum legs.

A sofa that is the synthesis between the classic and the contemporary style, giving the room a sophisticated and refined elegance.

Tecno realizes the project for the Biomerieux Institute in Marcy-l’Étoile, France

Tecno, who has been designing and implementing collective spaces for years, has worked for the new global headquarters of the Biomerieux research institute, a global leader in vitro diagnostics for more than 50 years and today in more than 150 countries.

The project involved the production and installation of all partition walls according to the project of the french architects Valode & Pistre. Their work consists initially of an in-depth reflexion on the natural and human context. Following this analysis a unique project develops. They often use the white and the transparency of glass as the dominant essential features.

The W80-Biomerieux project is important both from a technical perspective, for which solutions permitting the achievement of high acoustic performance were installed, and from an aesthetic point of view, with the use of special decorative elements such as solid panels covered in coloured fabric, in more than 40 different shades. Also among the special elements there are partitions with solid panels in lacquered glass and magnetic lacquered glass.

The result is a modern partition wall that fully responds to all the structural, acoustic, customization and flexibility requirements, creating for Biomerieux a game of colors and transparencies: all in a perfect harmony and a sophisticated elegance.

Pedrali in the Pavillon Restaurant of the Skyway, Monte Bianco

Pedrali chairs becomes part of the so-called eighth wonder of the world: the new complex of Monte Bianco, located in Courmayeur, with the magnificent ropeway and its stations. It is a project that has involved engineers and design planners for over 10 years of work in the general coordination of engineering services , planning and construction management.

The careful choice of materials and technology has allowed the environmental insertion of the works in a harmonious and qualifying way for the territory, guaranteeing a leading result both engineering and design terms.

The new intermediate station at Pavilion was studied in order to fit elegantly into the alpine ground of Mont Frety. The place features allow the inclusion of a range of complementary services such as internal lifts, coffee bars, restaurants, all with a panoramic terrace, a multimedia conference room, commercial area, museums, thematic areas of communication, outdoor routes of approaching to nature, botanical gardens and outdoor solarium, all overlook by the view of Monte Bianco.

In the beautiful restaurant with a breathtaking view of the majestic mountains, among the design furniture made in Italy, you can find tables and chairs by Pedrali. The Malmö chairs with ash frame in light gray and plywood shell upholstered with grey fabric, dominate the room recalling colors of the surrounding nature.

The entire project was supervised and carried out by Dimensione Ingenierie, composed by a team of planner engineers, civil designers, mechanics, technicians and designers working in different professional fields. Their proven experience in cableway installations and Design of ski resorts, has made of this work a true wonder surrounded by nature…and Pedrali it’s part of it!

Arper for the Mercer Barcelona Hotel

Arper with its products furnishes the Mercer Barcelona Hotel, a luxury hotel located in the heart of the gothic quarter of Barcelona. This hotel occupies a collection of buildings with a great architectural significance, built on top of the ancient roman city. It also has medieval arches and original XII century paintings.

Opened in 2012, it has spectacular spaces. The team of the prestigious architect, Rafael Moneo, Pritzker Prize (1996) and Prince of Asturias award (2012), was commissioned, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, to rescue the architectural heritage, paying genuine respect to history and incorporating it into the contemporary design of the hotel.

In the Mercer Cocktail Bar, emerge the known stools Ply in black oak. With its triangular frame and its modular nature it gives life to shapes and colors that combine in unpredictable compositions. At the same time, at the Cocktail Bar tables, we find the chair design Leaf, with simple shape like the branches of a tree or the veins of a leaf. Moreover in the hotel we can find the wooden chairs Aava and Saya end some tables Gher.

Arper actively participates in the creation of the elegance of this magnificent hotel.

The world’s most beautiful and original buildings and offices

The online architectural database Architizer has announced the winners of their second annual competition for the most original architecture. The result was a total of 129 winners in 60 categories.

The winners were decided with the creation of two separate winners for each group, that were identified both by a jury and by popular vote. The jury was composed of “300 industry leaders,” while the popular vote was determined by governments, via online voting from more than 100 countries.

These are buildings that represent a clear break with the traditional architecture. The common denominator seems to be a conception of space that seeks to adapt to the specific use, whether offices or museums. This seems to suit the latest trends in the design of office furniture.

We’ve displayed some of our favorite winners here; see the full list at


Cayan Tower in Dubai was voted best residential high-rise.

BEST OFFICE HIGH RISE (Jury): Al Bahr Towers, Abu Dhabi, Aedas Architects


BEST OFFICE INTERIOR (Popular): Heavybit Industries, San Francisco, IwamotoScott Architecture

BEST OFFICE LOW RISE (Jury): Huaxin Business Center, Shanghai, Scenic Architecture

BEST RELIGIOUS (Jury): Abbey of St. Maurice, Switzerland, savioz fabrizzi architecte

BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR (Popular): Casa 103, Portugal, ultramarino

BEST RESIDENTIAL LOW RISE (Jury): Soft House, Germany, Kennedy & Violich Architecture

BEST RESIDENTIAL LOW RISE (Popular): TREVOX 223, Mexico, CRAFT Arquitectos


BEST RETAIL (Jury): Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Room, Oregon, Allied Works Architecture

BEST RETAIL (Popular): Fuel Station + McDonalds, Georgia, Khmaladze Architects

BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME (Jury): Hut on Sleds, New Zealand, Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME (Popular): Portable Home ÁPH80, Madrid, ABATON Architects

BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME (Jury): Two Hulls House, Canada, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME > (Jury): Villa Kogelhof, Netherlands, Paul de Ruiter Architects