3th-9th April 2017
Milan Design Week
Umbrella will be present both at the Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone, with events and news of Arper, B-line, Bosa, De Castelli, Fornasarig, QisDesign and Tecno
Vela, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, has been chosen for the Percorso Compasso d’Oro (“(ADI) Golden Compass Pathway”), an exhibition of products that have received the prestigious award, destined to remain permanently in the Farnesina’s reception rooms, where the design will therefore join the existing and celebrated art collection.
Tecno has also accepted the invitation from the ADI (Italian Industrial Design Association) to install 6 Nomos tables in the former Sala Sartorio, a showcase for design that hosts the products of some of Italian design’s finest companies and will consistently offer delegations from all over the world a compelling image of the high quality of Italian industrial design.
Instituted this year, International Italian Design Day is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Triennale di Milano, the ADI, the Fondazione Compasso d’Oro (“Golden Compass Foundation”), Milan Salone del Mobile and Italian Trade Agency: on 2 March in more than 100 locations around the world, 100 “Ambassadors” (designers, businesspeople, journalists, critics, communicators, educators) talked about a project marked by excellence with the aim of promoting Italian design culture.
Precisely to celebrate the launch of this great initiative, an undisputed first for the sector, an international press conference was held on 2 March at the Farnesina, with a contribution from Minister Angelino Alfano, with other Italian political figures, representatives of the promoting associations and institutions, international ambassadors in Italy, selected companies and journalists in attendance.
2017. Tecno e Zanotta. Un disegno comune.
Tecno, the historic brand founded in the 1950s by the Borsani brothers and led by Giuliano Mosconi since 2010, acquires a majority stake in Zanotta, one of Italian design’s most well-loved and important companies since the 1950s.
Tecno and Zanotta have two parallel stories, and they have decided to share their uniqueness, reputation and credibility to boost growth in the main international markets, aiming for a comprehensive offer for the contract and office system, the reference area of Tecno, as well as for the home and hospitality area, a sector in which Zanotta has always excelled.
Tecno and Zanotta, two companies that in their respective journeys have given meaning to the Italian design industry, with a highly anticipatory approach to the market in terms of innovation, both in terms of aesthetic and functional research and in attention to representing the values of Italian design and know-how.
Tecno has blended design and innovation from the beginning (1953), involving all stages of design, from the product to the installation. Tecno’s distinguishing features are its high-quality workmanship and continuous technological innovation, which in 2016 led to the creation of io.T “The intelligence of Tecno”, the first intelligent system of connected and interconnected furnishings.
From the beginning (1954), Zanotta made a strategic foundation for its development on creativity, research and innovation in design, on product quality, functionality, comfort and life, making this its most recognisable element, and on the concept that profit and culture could be made simultaneously. More than 298 Zanotta products, the result of the collaboration of 128 designers, are now present in 50 museums worldwide.
Today Tecno and Zanotta are undertaking a common project that permits improved synergies and commercial possibilities at an international level and will be managed with the most wide-ranging respect for the particular characters and identities of the two brands.
Tecno has been experiencing constant growth in the last five years and ends 2016 with 32 million euros, 30% growth with respect to 2015. The Zanotta operation launches a new group with a revenue of 60 million euros in 2017 and future growth forecast of 20% a year.
“I’m pleased with this operation,” affirms Giuliano Mosconi, Tecno Chairman and CEO, “which boosts development potential in the main global markets and sees our presence both reinforced in the office furniture sector and renewed in the home and hospitality segment in general.”
Eleonora Zanotta, Chair of Zanotta, confirms this and continues: “I am certain that the contribution of our expertise and product quality will be a new element of overall growth and that this synergy can represent an appropriate response to the expectations of an increasingly competitive market.”
The advisors who accompanied the initiative were lawyer Paolo Tanoni, NASaW Avvocati, Avvocati Associati and Berg Advisors, who assisted Tecno, and PiGreco Corporate Finance, the firm Giornelli Mercati and the Patron law firm, who assisted the selling shareholders of Zanotta
The entrepreneur from Treviso, Mr Claudio Feltrin is elected President of Assarredo for the three-year period 2017-2019
The General Meeting of Assarredo, one of the major associations of FederLegnoArredo, held on 2 February 2017 in Milan at the Fondazione Giacomo Feltrinelli, elected Mr Claudio Feltrin, entrepreneur from Treviso and leader of Arper, President of the national association Assarredo for the three-year period 2017-2019
An important recognition of great significance for Claudio Feltrin who, thanks to the successful experiences gained and strategies implemented at the family business Arper, made his entrepreneurial expertise available to the Association and the companies in the furniture industry.
Four key words will characterise the presidency of Mr Feltrin in Assarredo: Listening, Transparency, Competitiveness and Internationalisation. These are the values that the entrepreneur adopted, spread and developed in the Venetian company Arper, founded and managed together with his family since the end of the ‘80s.
This programme is based on the awareness of how valuable internationalisation is and on the intention to listen to the entrepreneurs and companies of Assarredo, in order to develop association activities capable of supporting the companies within a complex and very competitive background such as the current one, so as to enhance and protect one of the Italian most distinctive businesses worldwide.
Claudio Feltrin: “I wish to thank all the Colleagues of the Association for their trust, expressed through this vote. I will start working immediately to translate the guidelines defined in my programme into real targets that we will pursue together, sharing ideas and paths. Our Association represents the excellence of the furniture industry, a sector in which our country represents an undisputed benchmark all over the world. Thus, our priority will be to ensure that the Italian companies in the Furniture industry are able to express their entrepreneurial and creative abilities at their best on the international scenario. I am honoured to take over from President Anzani, to whom I wish to express my gratitude for the invaluable contribution he has given, with his guide, to Assarredo, and I wish to express my best wishes to the Designated President of Federlegno, Mr Orsini.
Assarredo is the national Association of manufacturers of furniture, upholstery, kitchens, sleeping systems, furnishing accessories, and furniture for business. Founded in 1979, Assarredo is one of the ten associations members of FederlegnoArredo, the trade industrial confederation that represents the wood, cork, furniture and furnishing sectors. The task of Assarredo is to represent, support and protect the Italian companies of the furniture industry, promoting their interests at a local, national and international level.
Arper is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes chairs and tables worldwide, for communities, workplaces and home. The company - the brainchild of the Feltrin family - in 1989 launched an industrial project focused on design, and became a BtB company that uses new materials and technologies, mindful of environmental and social sustainability.
Under the lead of President Claudio Feltrin, who in 2016 took over his father Luigi, currently Honorary President, the company has always availed itself of the collaboration of designers capable of interpreting the brand at a design level, consistently with the corporate values that that account for today’s international standing of the company. Nowadays, Arper represents a thriving business with a turnover of Euro 67 million in 2015, up by 23% from 2014, and with a forecast for 2016 of a consolidated turnover in excess of Euro 70 million.
The company is an international structure with 11 showrooms in the major capitals worldwide. These spaces play different strategic roles for the development of the specific markets. Four showrooms are used as offices of the affiliates of the Group: New York (office of Arper USA), Dubai (office of Arper Middle East), London (office of Arper UK) and Tokyo (office of Arper Japan). Currently, two branches exist: Arper Sweden and Arper Singapore. Milan, Cologne, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Oslo, Chicago are used as exhibition areas and as places for the local design communities to meet and discuss. Additionally, there is an in-house showroom at the Headquarters in Treviso.