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Design office desks made ​​from recycled cars, trendy and ecological

The retro and postmodern design is all the rage, we already knew. Just look at the huge success of cars like the 500 or the Mini, which reproduce very famous models who began selling more than 40 years ago.

Add to that the high cost of raw materials, ecological awareness that fortunately grows more and more, and you will understand why recycling cars to make design office desks is a great idea. Basically, cars are stable, sturdy, and offer a good work plan. I let the images speak: 

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Pedrali’s Frida chair design, sold by La Mercanti, awarded

design chair Frida by Pedrali

design chair Frida by Pedrali

Frida , the oak design chair design designed by Odo Fioravanti for Pedrali, received the German Design Award 2014 in the category Home Interior.

The jury organized by the German Design Council, after reviewing more than 1,900 projects, attributed the victory to Frida and 99 other products.

After the success of the ADI Compasso d’Oro in 2011, this award confirms once again the value of Frida by Pedrali, quality office furniture production 100 % Made in Italy, through a design process that combines tradition and innovation, excellence in engineering and creative genius.

Pedrali obtained in 2013 the FSC C114358 ™ certification for the chain of custody of wood, which guarantees the origin of raw materials from forests that are managed correctly and responsibly according to environmental, social and economic standards.

“Frida is the result of a long work carefully done for a project that combines beauty and technology, attention to detail and simplicity” said Odo Fioravanti .

R.I.P. Claudia Plikat, Herman Miller’s designer who just passed away

designer Claudia Plikat

designer Claudia Plikat

The one who writes did not personally know Claudia Plikat, but only the fruits of his labor, loving, effective and beneficial. I think that those who are believers, Jews, Muslims or Christians, believe that Claudia ‘s good deeds, accomplishe also through her office furniture designs, remain forever with her in God. For those who have other beliefs, like for everyone, we are sure that Claudia ‘s creative designs will continue to bring happiness to their lives.

Now I let Claudia speak , via an interview by Marion Godau on 10-31-2003, adapted from

 How would you explain your job  to someone else ?

We are currently working with 7.5 on a self -adjusting mechanism for the synchronous rotation Mirra chair ( Herman Miller) . The principle: You sit down and automatically ” weighed ” . The chair adapts then on to the individual. We are also working on extensions for the Mirra for the conference sector.

Which works or events which were particularly important for you?

Since designers are inherently equipped with a particularly high level of curiosity , I can not name a specific area here . I’m interested in the whole range of what is under the term design . Therefore, we also work with 7.5 on very different projects, our products range from interface design to the traditional product development . Our driving force behind all these projects is to solve problems and constantly learn new things, that is to expand our repertoire. We are in the way we work very influenced by Nick Roericht : We provide only the briefing for a question to determine where the client really “pushes his shoe” and we go from inside to outside in front of the technical inner workings of the figure, and we abstract the functionality. Then we ask ourselves: What will the world in 5 or 10 years from now? Is our design still consistent with changes in living and working environments?

Coffee makers for bars, icons of Italian design

In Italy, when you walk into a bar, the first thing that catches your attention is the coffee maker that dominates on the counter, not far from the customers’ chairs. Sometimes it turns its back to the audience, sometimes it is backed to the wall, and then it’s the barista who will turn his back to clients when preparing an espresso. Anyway, the coffee makers are not only one of Italy’s most exported objects on the planet, but also an example of stylish Italian design.

The hundreds of professional coffee machines Mumac exposed to the museum coffee machine Binasco, on the outskirts of Milan, illustrate a century of history of  Italian technology and design. 

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Cars or office furniture, Italian design is the worldwide leader

As far as cars or office furniture are concerned, Italian design is the worldwide leader. Cars are a sort of emblem of the modern era. They are the protagonists of the panorama of the whole city or town. Like what happened in the past for Gothic cathedrals, they are a kind of social icon. Certainly, we could say that the cathedrals were an opportunity for community meeting, whereas the car is rather an object of individual use, but we do not want to wander into sociological analysis here.

Whether it comes to German, French or Italian  cars, Italian design, as the Italian office design furniture, is the world leader. Just think of the Volkswagen Rabbit (Golf), designed by Giugiaro, or the many Peugeot designed by Pininfarina. Treat your eyes with this slideshow of some of the most beautifully designed Italian cars: 

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Slowd uses the Web as a network to create and sell furniture

Slowd uses the Web as a network to create and sell furniture

Slowd, an Italian company, has found a very creative and original way of producing and selling Italian design furniture, using the web to generate a network. Their strategy works like this:

  1. a designer creates some furniture
  2. Slowd finds a craftsman that produces prototypes
  3. Slowd publishes the prototype on its website
  4. A user buys
  5. Slowd produces by craftsman
  6. designer and craftsman receive a percentage of collected prices

From their web site : “It is a network of people before things. Slowd is the community where designers and craftsmen work together to build a new culture of manufacturing and production. Behind every product, there is the story of an encounter and a period of growth, a sharing culture. Before making products, we like to think of making this possible. It is a place where you can meet different products with a soul, born of a chain finally dynamic and sustainable production.”

a Slowd's design chair

a Slowd’s design chair

Italian design furniture taps the web for sales and innovation

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Until 2011 online sales in the sector of Italian design furniture were worth less than 1% of all purchases over the Internet, but last year the incidence has doubled. And for the Politecnico di Milano  in recent months  the sites that offer home decor products and office furniture have multiplied.

Without a doubt, the web is less expensive. It’s promising for Made in Italy office and home furniture: a channel with which to reach new customers and new markets. The only viable if you do not have budget to spend between millionaires fairs and marketing. In recent months, manufacturers and designers seem to understand, as revealed by the data on e- commerce at the Milan Polytechnic. “In recent months we have multiplied the sites that offer home decor products,” says Valentina Pontiggia, a researcher at the Centre and the Polytechnic University of Milan – commerce.

The most popular model is that of flash sales. Limited offers, at a significant discount on stock that big brands want to dispose of. Dalani ( ), a community of online shopping, is accessed by invitation only Open to all instead Lovethesign ( ), a site which from November until now scored a million hits. ” We are leaders in Italy for variety of catalog : over 5 thousand products of 200 companies,” says the 32 year-old Simone Panfilo, co-founder. Known brands such as Foscarini lamps and creations of artisans, as the tables of the woodwork Venetian Bortolato : the furnishings are offered in time with discounts up to 60%, or at list price in the catalog permanently. ” We treat the selection, only one in ten of those which we examine is involved,” he continues. ” We want to be, for quality, the next step to Ikea.” A startup that convinces the lenders: Lovethesign has just raised one million euro from United Ventures, which it uses to launch abroad.

The Internet as a sales channel, then. Others, however, are betting that the web can revolutionize the entire production process, for example by a dialogue between young designers and craftsmen. Formabilio ( ) is an idea of Maria Grazia Andali, 36, and her husband, Andrea Carbone, 37: ” A real company, with its own brand,” she explained. Notably, though : the projects are collected through themed competitions online and voted on by the creative community. The production, then, is carried out by small craft.  At the moment, there are four supply agreements, 67 thousand designers enrolled in the community, mostly young talents : the one who wins a contest is paid 7% of the selling price. That happens only online : “After the summer we get to about 40 furniture, with a tab on the designer and manufacturer Company.” And in September 2013 will start the activity of SlowD ( ), a startup that will offer  ” zero kilometer ” furniture. A widespread factory : the designers designs, the user buys online, the order is assigned to the artisan closest to him.

Attempts to enhance the heritage crafts typical of Made in Italy. A value that the Internet is likely to conceal, but also allows you to communicate in innovative ways. Just look at the videos made in the workshops by creative Italian company ( ), which reactivates brand and sells Italian excellence in danger of extinction. From copper to Trentino lightweight chair of Chiavari, “A Slow Food design “, summarizes the Milanese architect Alberto Nespoli, one of the founders. “Let us forget productions and with the help of craftsmen update.” The products are all customizable, the target high, the turnover 90 million Euros. On the site you will discover the stories of objects, which can be ordered directly through the portal or at the store. “The process of purchase is now multi-purpose, explains Mr. Pontiggia – the integration between online and offline leads to new sales strategies.”

“For us it is a tool able to connect new customers and internationally,” says Diego Paccagnella, 36, creator of Design- Apart ( design – ), living showroom of Made in Italy furniture, which will open in September in Manhattan. Living, because Paccagnella will dwell there for a year with his wife and son, presenting the furniture in a daily context. ” “Online you can buy items of the collections base, but the one on which we focus are the custom-made furniture, to be developed together with the customer. The site will help create the community, valuing our history and that of the company.”

Some  younger and innovative manufacturers also try to tap the web on their own. Filippo Berto, 36, is the owner of the company Brianzola Sofas. It’s online since 1999, then came the blog, Facebook page and e-commerce, ” Worth 20 % of sales, about € 4 million per year,” he says. ” But the web has helped us above all to communicate our story and our territory, building a deeper relationship with our customers.” To which the whole company had to adjust, ” On the net you promise transparency,” he concludes. ” Then you can not back out, you need to fulfill your promises.”


Customizing IKEA furniture to create new design desks, office furniture

office furnitureIKEA furniture have the merit of not being expensive. However, they often look pretty standard. Moreover, they are found everywhere, so they give a deja-vu impression. Hence the idea of the Italian design firm Teste di Legno (wooden heads!)  to customize IKEA furniture, e.g. a design desk ou another piece of office furniture, to create new design desks, office furniture, and even home furniture.

Customization is achieved by combining several IKEA furniture parts to form a single unit, sometimes adding colors and decorations. The result is interesting, isn’t it?

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