Coming soon, space&interiors is an event entirely devoted to fine architectural finishes. Taking place April 4-8 in Milan, we are looking forward to discovering the latest ‘Made in Italy’ trends. Top manufacturers from the industry will be present and have shared with us a preview of what you can expect to see – from the latest wallpaper designs to floor tiles to doors and fittings.

We start with the Collages wallpaper collection, produced by Omexo and distributed by Effeitalia. Handmade collages of Japanese paper mixed with banana fibres are the eye-catchers in this new wallcovering. Small pieces of paper are glued on a non-woven backing by skilled craftsmen, either to form a stripe, or a random mosaic, enhanced here and there with a glimpse of metallic foil. The visual result is absolutely stunning.

Collages Collection from
Collages Collection from Omexo

The paper collages are combined with non-woven wallcoverings: a printed stone effect and plain structured with sisal fibres. The colours cover a wide range from natural shades of white, ivory, vanilla and pale pink to more earthy colours like rock grey, limestone and even trendy bold colours like fuchsia, cobalt blue, turquoise, twilight lavender, crimson, flashy orange and rust.

Moving from wall to floors, woven vinyl is a growing choice for many leading architects and designers worldwide. Benefits of this covering are not just aesthetic as it offers many other advantages compared to regular carpet. In their latest launch 2tec2 are adding 16 new colours to their Colourful & Play Seamless Tiles collection of woven vinyl floor coverings. Katia Dewitte, Chief Designer of 2tec2 was inspired by a recent trip to an exotic island for these new colours.

Colourful & Play woven vinyl tiles from 2Tec2
Colourful & Play woven vinyl tiles from 2Tec2

Another key feature of space&interiors is the latest in doors and door fittings. Salice Paolo will be bringing one of the richest selection of classic handles and accessories entirely made of

Salice Paolo will be bringing one of the richest selection of classic handles and accessories entirely made of brass and will be introducing their new Timeless range. It’s a high-end collection that aims to offer a complete system in a variety of styles.

Timeless Collection from Salice Paolo
Timeless Collection from Salice Paolo

High and special performance doors are another key area at space&interiors. Jansen will present their systems Jansen Janisol and Jansen Economy for doors. Strikingly modern in appearance, this new system allows fully glazed windows to achieve impressively high strength values.

Contemporary high performance doors from Jansen
Contemporary high-performance doors from Jansen

Further to this, Vighi Security Doors will launch their Ventesimosecolo Collection. Lending a unique aesthetic finish to security doors, their design process involves architects, artists and interior designers.

Vighi Security Doors bring colour, geometric and high aesthetic finishes
Vighi Security Doors bring colour, geometry and high aesthetic finishes

For more of the latest designs in architectural finishings, be sure to check back regularly as we bring you live coverage of this showcase event.

Mood board from Tailor Made Contract

Taking place April 4-8 2017 in Milan, space&interiors is a unique exhibition concept focused on contemporary architectural finishes. At this event, a curated selection of the latest materials for floors, walls and countertops, along with doors and windows by a range of manufacturers will make their debut to the market. We invite you to explore below a preview of some of the manufacturers who will be at this year’s edition of space&interiors, along with a sneak preview glimpse of the new innovations they plan to present.

We beginning with innovative new materials for floors. The Floridi Group, in partnership with Fewood are known in the industry as specialists in high-quality digital printing and screen printing for interior design applications. One of their latest innovations is the customization of parquet flooring with cutting-edge treatments and printing techniques.

Metallic print parquet URUK from Floridi Group
Metallic print parquet URUK from Floridi Group

Two of the new lines they will showcase at space&interiors are URUK and ENKIDU. The URUK line is characterized by the application of metallic laminates in various colours and effects to parquet wooden floors. Thanks to the technique of the application, a realistic vintage effect can also be achieved.

Metallic print parquet URUK from Floridi Group
Metallic print parquet URUK from Floridi Group

The ENKIDU line uses similar technology to offer a wide range of customizable graphics from sand to seabed, grass to lava, geometric prints, animal prints, etc.

Crocodile print parquet from Floridi Group
Crocodile print parquet from Floridi Group

Another material innovation to be presented is Polaris from Abet Laminati. Ideal for surfaces in the kitchen, this material is warm and velvety soft to the touch while also providing a high-spec performance that includes anti-bacterial properties as well as resistance to scratches, heat, and fingerprints. It is available in a range of different tones that create a variety of subtle yet beautiful effects.

Polaris from Abet Laminati
Polaris from Abet Laminati


Polaris from Abet Laminati
Polaris from Abet Laminati

Tailor Made Contract, a network of seven highly specializes in high-quality finishes and furnishes will also be present. Combining craft and experience, these entrepreneurs are notable in the architectural finishes work for an ability to apply their artisan abilities an industrial scale, merging tradition with creativity. At space&interiors they will be presenting their latest Made In Italy products in the sectors of upholstery, flooring, window treatments, marble, metal and wood. Below is a mood board they have created in advance of space&interiors to illustrate their productive capacity.

Mood board from Tailor Made Contract
Mood board from Tailor Made Contract

In addition to materials and finishes, the latest in architecturally designed doors and windows will also be featured at space&interiors. In particular, security doors that combine the highest of security performance with contemporary design will feature.

Oikos for example with presentSynua, an entry security door with pivoting operation for large dimensions. On one side, it has a rust corten laminar finish and on the other side a light blue lacquer finish. It will be presented with Arckey, a new electronic lock system that can be managed by means of a smartphone.

Security door innovation: Synua from Oikos
Security door innovation: Synua from Oikos

Okey will also be present with their latest generation of the security door – TAGtronic star AP – which features a patterned 3mm steel plate installed over the entire outer surface of the leaf’s double-sheeted body. An exclusive internal insulation system enables excellent thermal transmittance and soundproofing performance.

Security door innovation: TAG tronic star HP from Okey
Security door innovation: TAG tronic star HP from Okey

Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more presentations of exclusive new materials and products to be presented at space&interiors and of course, watch this space for our live coverage of this event April 4-8 in Milan.

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Can your workspace adapt to your stress levels? At the 2017 edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano (April 4-9), UNStudio and SCAPE have joined forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts to answer this question with their Responsive Emotional Transformation (RESET) pod, one of the four exhibitions comprising ‘Work 3.0 – A Joyful Sense of Work.’ ©SCAPE_Visitor Flow

Designed to empower people to deal with stress more effectively, the aim of the RESET pod is to determine through the experience of visitors during this year’s Salone which stress reduction methods work best for different individuals. Its purpose within the within the workplace will be demonstrated and the benefits for office workers will be investigated and presented.Sound-Intimacy renderings copy

An immersive structure, the pod incorporates input from a neuroscientist, technologist/interaction design and an ambient intelligent technology integrator.

What is Ambient Intelligence (AmI)?

Ambient intelligence refers to electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people. By linking biosensors to the physical space, the experiment tests what types of responsiveness can provide value to people. Here, the encapsulated space of RESET integrates sensors that will trace visitors’ response to the stress reduction experiences and provide real-time ‘factual’ feedback. Two of six scientifically proven stress reduction methods have been selected for the purpose of the exhibition at the Salone. Visitors will be invited to experience and test the active versus passive experience.

Why Design Matters?

Work-related stress is the second most frequently reported work-related heath problem in Europe. Stress is in fact a factor in 50 to 60% of all lost work days (According to the European Risk Observatory Report, 2015, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work). Withinout prevention, stress in the work environment will no doubt continue to be a huge financial burden on the overall healthcare system – affecting not only companies, schools, governmental institutions and most of all, people’s quality of life.

Using design to benefit human health on multiple levels is one of the most important things that architecture can contribute”, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio says.“Stress is one of the essential issues we need to tackle in today’s workplace.”

In addition to UNStudio and SCAPE, this project was developed thank to a multidisciplinary team involving Dr. Teresa de Sanctis (PhD Neuroscientist/experience design and optimisation), Jurjen Söhne (Ambient Intelligence technology integration) and Diederik Veelo (Technologist/Interaction design).Reset_Exterior_UNStudio_Scape4

Sound-Intimacy renderings copyFor more information about Salone del Mobile.Milano, visit the website here.

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Taking place concurrently with Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile.Milano, space&interiors is returning for its second year (April 4-8). This event focuses on architectural materials and finishes while taking an unprecedented and interactive approach to exhibition design. For the 2017 edition, space&interiors is focusing on lightness as its central theme with an exhibit designed and curated by Migliore + Servetto Architects entitled ‘Absolute Lightness’.1_M+S_Space&Interiors_front view

Known for their expressive use of light and technology and superb concepts in exhibition design, Absolute Lightness is one of the exhibits we are most looking forward to during Milan Design Week. We bring you this preview from Migliore + Servetto of what promises to be a unique, multi-sensory and immersive experience of lightness in the built environment.

Absolute Lightness:

Lightness has always played an important role in architecture in terms of the role it plays in sustainability, interaction with other materials and of course, the experience of light itself. The Absolute Lightness exhibit will explore how manufacturers incorporate different concepts of weightlessness into their products, ranging from floors to walls coverings, door handles to windows and more.ABSOLUTE LIGHTNESS_nero su bianco

Spatially, Migliore + Servetto explain Absolute Lightness will take place over three separate levels. The first level occupies a wide central promenade with long white tables. Here, visitors are encouraged to touch and explore materials and products with an interactive App designed specifically for this exhibition.

The second level will feature reflective surfaces that expand the space and give rise to entirely new dimensions. Further, this space will offer a more visual narrative with a variety of quotes, illustrations, and pictures showing how lightness in imbued into products.

The third and final level will offer yet another take on the experience of lightness. Dynamic projects and lighting will make up a complex system with overhead structures jutting out over the tables below. Emphasizing the significance of transitions, the aisles between the tables are highlighted by huge round hovering projections and thin lines of light.

“We have created a narrative space to highlight the stated theme of lightness, which has traditionally been a focus of architecture and, generally speaking, of projects that draw significance from materials and spaces,” architects Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto explain. A glimpse into the experience of what the space will feel like can be found on youtube here.2_M+S_Space&Interiors_side view

What Else Will I See?

In addition to this experience, the Exhibit will include two entirely different, yet tightly integrated areas. This includes a commercial trade show as well as a lounge for private business meetings and events that form part of Milan Design Week 2017. In particular, the lounge will host the return of Archicocktails. Special guests include Fabio Novembre, Luca Molinari, Carlo Lazzarni, Carl Pickering, Afonso Femia, Carla Baratelli, Fabio Rotella and Duccio Grassi.

For more information, visit the space& interiors website.