The Office Space in 2021

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The office space in 2021: smart working and evolution in the workplace, there are many ways of designing it.

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Smart working is generally viewed negatively because it precludes contact with other colleagues, the exchange of ideas and opinions, the chance to meet new people and engage with them and, in a broader sense, forces the worker to shut himself in and leave the world outside.

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Because of COVID-19 this condition is necessary but experts claim that you will return to work in the office, in a different, smoother, more versatile and more effective way. Let’s find out how!

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There is a need to redesign the paradigms of the spatial organisation of offices; we can no longer think of the office as a battery of computers and desks all alike. The office must become an inspirational model for small communities. A place for sharing and motivation.

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If it is true that the ‘traditional’ office will not disappear completely, it is also true that smart working from home will not disappear. There will be a real fusion between these two solutions. The smart worker will have to be able to choose how to work and where to work. There will be fewer offices. More identity-based. More open. Specialised. Places to go when needed, not necessarily at the same time every day.

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Obviously, much more will have to be done: we will have to work on materials that can be sanitised, on laminates that are easy to clean with the right reagents, on fabrics that are easy to sanitise. It will be indispensable to facilitate the movement of furniture and its spacing in space.

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The trend for the year 2021 is that in the office, whether at home or in the company offices, the window will increasingly be the most important and focal point. No longer just as a threshold separating inside from outside, but as an opening to the world.

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Gaetano Pesce

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Gaetano Pesce: the artist-designer conquering China.

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Gaetano Pesce is an Italian sculptor, designer and architect famous for his countercultural ideas and his unique and inimitable works. He studied architecture at the IUAV in Venice, where in the same period taught personalities such as Carlo Scarpa and Ernesto Nathan Rogers. He then attended the Institute of Industrial Design in Venice.

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Gaetano Pesce is one of the greatest exponents of Italian design, in particular of radical design. From 1962 he embarked on a career as a designer, collaborating with the company C&B (now B&B Italia) on the creation of the UP Series, a series of seven models of polyurethane foam armchairs that immediately became one of the icons of Italian industrial design. The most famous is the UP5, which takes the shapes of the votive statues of the goddesses of fertility to give life to a true manifesto of political expression on the condition of women: the society of the late sixties is not ready to recognize the many abilities of women and relegates them to the margins of the political and social scene. Well after the year 2000 Gaetano Pesce, talking about the concept of this creation of his, will argue how the theme is still relevant in some countries of the world. In 2000 B&B Italia decided to re-propose the entire series of armchairs in a modern key.

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Now Gaetano Pesce lands in China, and this too is a sign of the times. It will perhaps be one of the few exhibitions in attendance to close 2020, “Gaetano in China”, from November 21st to December 30th at Gallery Room 6×8 in Beijing, and online at salon94design.com. It will be that the motto chosen to sum it up, “May you live in interesting times”, announces itself as provocative and iconoclastic. Americans, indeed, have the idea that this is an ancient Chinese curse.

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The saying was probably invented in the 19th century by an Englishman, but it’s still a subversive idea. The implication is that we would like to live in boring times, but without trouble. History, in short, the more adventurous it is, the more it is open to the unexpected, even the negative. 2020 is a perfect example of this. A year to forget, perhaps. A year of change, terrible in some ways, incredible for the transformation of perspectives it imposes on us. Like Pesce, who, ever eccentric, has embraced volatility as a virtue.

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The deepest tragedy, for Gaetano Pesce, is the greatest of opportunities: the possibility of seeing things differently. Here he is, then, arriving in China with all the paraphernalia that counters common sense.

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Chairs and vases not functional at all, protagonists of the revolt against the standardization of the series, portraits of the female body that denounce the different condition of women…

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Gaetano Pesce said during an interview: “There was a new way for me to speak politically: not through posters or communications that are a bit obsolete, but doing it with an industrial object had a new potential for communication,”.

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His abstract objects that seem to be made of pure movement, energy transformed into matter. A variety of shapes and colors with a common point, the desire to infuse objects, images and messages with a profound emotion. That of suffering, certainly, as the year 2020 testifies, but also the possibility of change, and the joy that always follows a tragedy.

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The Salone del Mobile 2021

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The Salone del Mobile 2021: the 60th anniversary edition will be held in September 2021.

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President Claudio Luti said that the 2021 edition will be the symbol of a new start for companies and the design community; the September period, from 5ft to 10th, has been chosen as the safest date for exhibitors and visitors. All the exhibitions will be present and the digital one will also make its debut.

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This will be a special edition because it will celebrate 60 years of a leading event in the world that in 2020 was stopped by the health emergency and in 2022 will take place again in April.

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This is the expected announcement of the date, made by Claudio Luti, president of Salone del Mobile.Milano, who arrived after a series of reflections and evaluations that involved Salone and Fiera Milano because they had to evaluate the best solutions to ensure the safety of exhibitors, professional visitors, architects, designers and buyers given the continuing health crisis taking into account that the 2019 edition had over 386 thousand visitors.

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The 2021 edition will be special because the sectors, such as the kitchen and lighting, will also be on display every two years and, above all, because the physical salon will also be accompanied by the digital salon that will be present in all future editions. And that’s not all, once the Milan Show has restarted, the timing and modalities of the international initiatives in Moscow and Shanghai will be studied.

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“There is a need and desire for the Salone in Milan. Clients and designers from all over the world, as well as the press that follows us at an international level, have asked us insistently in recent months for answers on the confirmation of the edition. And this answer has been given – stressed Luti again – We will be there and we will be even more beautiful and motivated as the companies that are working to design and produce the best possible design and product proposals. After such a long time of physical and social distancing in every field, we would like to be able to think about the Show of meeting and real confrontation. To be able to come back and get excited together again with a city animated with new intentions”.

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“Happily involved” in the difficult definition of the exhibition calendar is the new CEO of Fiera Milano, Luca Palermo, who will be in office from next January 1st. “For us at Fiera it was also a moment to think about the restart through the most important Italian event and we worked because next September will be an important month for Milan. We have thought of enriching it with events and proposals by teaming up with Homi, so that in those days in Milan we will have the largest representation dedicated to the world of living and lifestyles, and there will also be fashion.” This is a strong signal, a sign of trust, of the ability to look ahead concretely as a system: Fiera Milano is at the service of companies, a platform that allows the relaunch of the Italian system and we are convinced that we will give a great signal to the country.

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An experiment is also being considered with Sea Aeroporti di Milano and Politecnico di Milano in order to obtain a health passport for visitors.
The decision of the Salone del Mobile, to move the dates, follows by a few hours the decision to hold the fashion system events in March 2021. A great sign of optimism is therefore coming from Fiera di Milano, which manages to bring together the entire economic system of Milan and the Lombardy Region, with an estimated impact of around 8 billion euros.

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100 Years of Vico Magistretti

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100 years of Vico Magistretti: architect, town planner and designer famous all over the world for his unforgettable works.

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This year, in October, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of this famous and esteemed architect who has contributed to make the made in Italy even more famous in the world by collaborating with prestigious furniture companies: Artemide, Campeggi, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fontana Arte…

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Nuvola Rossa bookshelf for Cassina

Ludovico Magistretti was born in Milan on October 6, 1920. He comes from a family of architects for many generations. In 1943 he moved to Switzerland where he was able to follow some academic courses at the Champ Universitaire Italien in Lausanne, established in the local university.

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During his stay in the Swiss city he met Ernesto Nathan Rogers, founder of the BBPR refugee studio in Switzerland because of racial laws. This will be a key meeting for the intellectual and professional training of Magistretti, who recognizes the architect from Trieste as his master.

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After many years dedicated to the world of architecture, Vico Magistretti will begin, more and more, to accompany his work with design. In this period, we are in the 70s, and the collaboration with the famous furniture company Cassina, becomes increasingly close and continuous.

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Maralunga sofa for Cassina (1973, Compasso d’oro award in 1979)

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Sindbad sofa for Cassina (1981)

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Veranda armchair for Cassina (1983)

Successful collaborations to remember are those with the Italian companies Artemide and Oluce, in which the company’s production has an unmistakable mark.

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Eclisse lamp for Artemide (1967, Compasso d’Oro award in the same year)

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Snow lamp for Oluce (1974)

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Atollo lamp for Oluce (1977, Compasso d’oro award 1979)

The beginning of Magistretti’s teaching activity at the Royal College of Art in London as a visiting professor dates back to the late 1970s, of which he became an honorary member in 1983.

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It is right here, at the Royal College of Art, that the minimalist school is formed, whose most refined exponents, Morrison and Grcic, not only were Magistretti’s students, but they recognize in him an absolute reference for the development of what can be considered one of the most interesting contemporary movements in the design field.

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A very long and rewarding career that has resulted in some of his design works being exhibited in the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Die Neue Sammlung in Munich and numerous other museums in America and Europe.
Following his death in September 2006, the studio, home of the Vico Magistretti Foundation, was converted into a museum dedicated to the study and divulgation of his work.

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The Potential of the Square Table

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The potential of the square table: square tables are less common than other shapes but they’re actually more versatile.

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The square table is less common in our houses than the rectangular or round one. This is because in order to perform at its best (and not remember the small bar tables) it must have the side of a certain width (at least 90 cm).

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Why you should choose a square table.

If the shape of the room is square instead of rectangular, the square table proves to be an appropriate and also original choice. Moreover, it is the shape that best suits interiors that wink to the East, with minimalist and very trendy furnishings. The square table fills the room with extreme elegance without being too invasive, which is why many young couples opt for this solution.

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If you are more than four people in the family or if you often invite friends home, opt for a square extendable table; when everyone has left it can be closed without the slightest effort.

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How to place a square table.

The same positioning guidelines apply to square tables as to round tables: they fit well in unstretched spaces. Scenographic and impact, if large they require a suitable area.

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Positioned at 45° to the walls, instead of parallel, the square tables make the chairs more comfortable. Since the four sides are equal, calculate that the minimum space per diner is 70 cm (the proximity to the corners would cause annoying overlaps). To put 8 people at the table, you need tops over 140 cm on each side.

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The ideal location of the dining area is next to a window, to enjoy maximum natural light. A light source should then be provided in the centre, with a single chandelier or several suspensions however grouped, depending on the size of the top.

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Light and essential, the square table designs the space with delicacy, especially the models with glass top and metal structure.

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Sophisticated and luxurious if chosen with ceramic top and metal structure.

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Imm Cologne 2020

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Imm Cologne 2020. Discover live the future of living at Imm Cologne 2020, the only reference event for interior design enthusiasts.

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Structured in a compact way in the two thematic worlds “Pure” and “Home”, imm cologne will help you to define your interior moment 2020! No other trade fair in the world will present such a complete and high level offer of furniture, accessories and interior design.

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More than 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries will present their innovations, ideas and collections. You can discover prestigious names and interesting new entries, top designers and the latest ideas for the most diverse styles. You will meet key players, trendsetters and decision makers.

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The “Pure” theme world will bring to Cologne the avant-garde of international design: top brands and big names for refined environments. Format as “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. which in 2020 will be curated by Spanish designers Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón (MUT Design) and the “Pure Talents Contest” competition will offer an interesting insight into the interior design of tomorrow. “Pure Architects” will present, instead, complete solutions in terms of bathroom furniture, flooring, coatings and lighting.

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The programme of events will unveil many interesting ideas for living, as well as the latest fashion, visionary formulas and smart living solutions, proposed by designers, experts and bloggers.

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Around Imm Cologne, the entire city of Cologne will become a real stage full of spectacular and inspirational events and formats. Come to Cologne to draw on this inexhaustible source of ideas!

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If you are design lovers like us and you are looking for inspiration, let’s have a look at our beautiful furniture shop Lomuarredi

Other design events will take place next year, for example, in Paris, the Maison & Objet 2020 and, in April, in Milan, the Salone del Mobile 2020. If you like our article, “Imm Cologne 2020” have also a look at what has happened this year at the Salone del Mobile 2019

 

Design Meets Art

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Design meets art: BD Barcelona Design Art Editions.

 

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Many years of collaboration that has given life to unique contaminations between design and art. From the first collaboration with Salvador Dalí, one of the major artists of the 20th century, followed by bringing the work of Antoni Gaudí to the market, BD has merged the work of great artists with their innate ability to breathe life into visual concepts, combining artistry, inspiration and craftsmanship with a quest to continually broaden BD’s horizons.

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Seeking out new talents and working across cultures and disciplines to create a vibrant, artistic collection that includes work by not just the grand masters such as Ettore Sottsass but also international talents including Jaime Hayon, Oscar Tusquets and Lluís Clotet.

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The most prestigious collaborations:

Oscar Tusquets Blanca

A true polymath whose career spans many decades and disciplines. His immense creativity is one of the driving forces behind BD Barcelona, the company he helped found, his boundless talents bring together the worlds of architecture, art and literature. An important figure in the international post- modern movement, early in his career he forged a close friendship with Dalí an attraction in many ways between opposites but that nonetheless produced memorable works that first established BD Barcelona as a company driven by art and pure creativity. Relentlessly curious, he continually blurs the boundaries and explores the limitations of his various creative worlds. Painting his perhaps his true vocation, a medium he has returned to throughout his life, selected most recently to be part of the London Biennale, his paintings have been exhibited throughout Europe. A recipient also of some of the most distinguished cultural awards from the Gold Medal for Fine Arts, to being made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Arts and Humanities in France, he is an artist in the most profound sense of the word. His work is in the collections of such major museums as the MoMA in New York and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.

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Salvador Dalí

A sheep with a drawer in its stomach, a chair that wears heels, these truly surreal works of art could only come from the mind of Salvador Dalí. Pioneering, avant-garde provocateur, Surrealist, as famous for his personality as his work, a true icon, his legacy remains unrivalled in the current century. Famously social, his many creative collaborations included the Parisian Jean-Michel Frank for whom he first drew Mae West’s iconic lips and produced the sketches for furniture that can been seen in his paintings. Thanks to their close ties to the Dalí Foundation and the talents of Oscar Tusquets, Robert Descharnes and Joaquim Camps, BD Barcelona have brought these master works from sketchbooks and paintings to reality.

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Antoni Gaudí

Gaudí is synonymous with the city of Barcelona, his architecture instantly recognizable, his most famous works, places of pilgrimage for devotees of art and architecture, the world over. An architect whose artistry and singular vision was realized through many materials, his famous mosaic technique, as well as sculptural forms in wood and metal. His work is deeply rooted in nature and though much of it is highly decorative it is also ingenious in form and was conceptually far ahead of its time. BD Barcelona were the first company to bring the furniture and fittings Gaudí designed for his buildings to the market, preserving all the rich details and using the same materials, a perfect partnership of modern and historic Barcelona.

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Jaime Hayon

Folklore, fantasy, history, the circus, animals, indigenous art, his native Spain and the cultural influences of his travels can all be seen in the vibrant artistic world of Jaime Hayon. His universe is at once sophisticated and playful, characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that fuses humour with unbridled creativity. A powerful interplay between tradition and rule breaking. His work has been in major galleries and museums worldwide and is in several permanent collections. He has a long association with BD Barcelona who were among the first companies to recognize the maverick talents of this prolific artist.

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Ettore Sottsass 

Irreverent, provocative, non-conformist, ground-breaking: a post-modern master, are just some of the terms applied to Ettore Sottsass whose wildly innovative work has had an enormous influence on many contemporary artists. His association with the avant-garde Memphis Group is well known, but in fact, back in 1972 almost a decade before they formed he had forged a relationship with BD Barcelona, one of the first designers to work with the then, fledgling group. His Metsass table from 1972 looks as contemporary today as it did decades ago, his BD designs include the Knossos lamp and Manhattan ashtray and the notorious Shiva Vase, now in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Always experimental in his approach to form and colour, his work is truly iconic. Influenced by both ancient civilizations and contemporary culture, a man who looked to the future for inspiration and whose legacy is an integral part of the history of BD Barcelona.

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