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10.12.2012, H 18.30 La licenza dell'ovvio: conversazione tra C. Zucchi e G. Borella

"La licenza dell'ovvio: conversazione tra Cino Zucchi e Giacomo Borella"


December 10th 2012, h 6.30 p.m.

Auditorium Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche

Via Cornarotta 7-9, Treviso, Italy


To confirm your participation: e-mail servizio.stampa@umbrella.it, fax 0422 304853

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14.11.2012 Ljubljana Architects Day 2012

In the context of the cultural projects promoted by Marmomacc in the Italian and European universities and at the Architects Day 2012 - organized by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Slovenia - continues the commitment of Marmomacc Stone Academy for the training of architects, with a seminar on the use of natural stone in architecture and design.

Involved Matjaž Žigon, Vince Marazita, Andrea Angheben and Evelina Bazzo.

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13.10.2012 "Copycat" the book dedicated Cino Zucchi's opera

-Castelli in Aria- is a book series that will tell the stories of special projects, with first-hand accounts by the authors, comments by observers, documentation and pictures concerning the construction process in the De Castelli factories, to explain how these works were generated.


Copycat, the first publication of the book series, describes Cino Zucchi’s opera -invited by David Chipperfiled to the 13. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia- awarded with the Special Mention Golden Lion, outlining its main phases through texts and images, until the realization and installation into Corderie dell’Arsenale.


Copycat opera gives a body to the idea that formal cultures propagate through “contagious” processes which combine imitation and innovation, creating sequences of artefacts linked by subtle variations on a common theme.


Marsilio Editore

1st edition

pp. 128 with 168 illustrations full colour and 11 in black&white

Euro 15,00

isbn: 978-88-317-1479-2 


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10.10.2012 Arper launches its flagship showroom in London

After opening stores in Milan, Cologne, Stockholm and New York, Italian furniture manufacturer Arper has just opened its London showroom in Clerkenwell, which will become the company's new centerpiece in the heart of London's architecture and design district. 

The showroom has been designed by 6A Architects, who focused on elegance and sensuality of form and avoided the superfluous. The space is a simple architectural unit constructed from different materials in shades of white, inserted into a concrete shell to make a singular backdrop for the furniture. Natural white plaster, bleached oak and enameled cast aluminum form a soft, finely crafted space open to the street on two sides. Finer details of the build — doors, ironmongery, skirtings — have been stripped back. The focus is on the relationship between space, light and furniture. 

This space seeks to be more than a showroom — it is an Arper "experience" for architects, specifiers, designers and the public to learn more about the company and its ethos of open-ended and generous design. It has also been designed to be flexible, allowing it to play host to different types of events, through which Arper can communicate with its new London audience. 

"London will be our flagship showroom across the world, more a brand embassy than simply a store. Clerkenwell is the perfect location for us as it has one of the highest concentrations of architectural and engineering companies in the world," said Claudio Feltrin, CEO of Arper. "And London is a dynamic hub of creativity, design and innovation, which has really inspired us." 

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02.10.2012 Arper's Brand Identity into ADI Design Index 2012

Arper selected into ADI Design Index 2012 for its Brand Identity project, developed by 2x4 studio from New York with Lievore Altherr Molina studio in Barcelona

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02.10.2012 Cottage n°1 by De Castelli selected for ADI Design Index 2012

Cottage n°1 by De Castelli, selected into Abitare section of ADI Design Index 2012. Cottage n°1 is a project realized by the internal R&D department

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26-29.09.2012 Marmomacc 26 to 29 September in Verona

Marmomacc, this unique event in the international panorama is scheduled again 26-29 September 2012 and is dedicated to natural stone, processing technologies, design and architecture. 

Inclusion as of 2011 in the Gold Compass Award ADI collection is the most authoritative testimony of how Marmomacc's activities in the research and experimentation field with natural stone is by now an established landmark for sector experts, buyers and visitors. Such know-how is never merely for its own sake but, thanks to Marmomacc, always placed in relation with the production system to promote Italian design, universally renowned for its added value, all over the world. It is in this context that Marmomacc Meets Design, the crossways event embracing all halls, proposes its sixth topic: colour the basis for beauty is linked to applied environmental sustainability in stone furnishing projects. The Best Communicator Award also welcomes its sixth edition as the occasion for rewarding exhibiting companies that best convey the potential of marble and stone through their stand set-ups. With these objectives in mind, the 47th edition of Marmomacc dedicates again a entire to hall culture, Inside Marmomacc as the stage for many installations and design projects. Over and above the customary Marble Forum events, non-stop conferences, lectures, conventions and shows by Faculties of Architecture and Design.Recognition will also be ensured for students at Italian universities with the second edition of the Degree Thesis Award: Landscape, Architecture and Stone Design.



viale del lavoro 8

37135 Verona



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26.09.2012 Best Communicator Award 2012 at Marmomacc

The Best Communicator Award aims to emphasise the importance of exhibit design in promoting the constructional and communicative potential of marble and natural stone. Five companies received awards this year, joined by five special mentions. Awards went to Calvasina and Pusterla&Ronchetti with the project of Lorenzo DamianiOdorizzi Porfidi with Lucy Salamanca, Pibamarmi with Grafton Architects, Prometec with Giovanni Giorgi and Alessandro Rustighi and Stone Group International with Michalis Theofilou. In addition, Special Mentions have been attributed to Citco with Zaha Hadid, Testi Group with Tobia Scarpa, Stone Italiana with Lorenzo Palmeri, Trentino marketing spa with Monica Armani, Savema Magt with Paolo Armenise + Silvia Nerbi.

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25-29.09.2012 Alpes at Cersaie 2012 with Ceramica Sant'Agostino

Alpes freestanding kitchen "liberi in cucina" furnish the kitchen exhibit space

at the stand Ceramica Sant'Agostino.  Styling by Elena Caponi.
We'll be waiting for your visit on Tuesday 25 and on Wednesday 26, with the updated press kit.
Cersaie 2012 - Bologna - Quartiere Fieristico
Pav 16, B12 - C11

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19.09.2012, H 10-13 Arper opens a new showroom in London

Arper opens a new showroom in Clerkenwell, the “design addict” quarter of the capital city of England

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29.08-25.11.2012 De Castelli for Cino Zucchi at Architecture Biennale in Venice

De Castelli realizes Cino Zucchi's opera at Biennale di Architettura di Venezia


Cino Zucchi – Copycat, Corderie dell'Arsenale

13. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia

29 agosto - 25 novembre 2012


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01-20.08.2012 Umbrella is on holidays

Umbrella goes on the road around the world from 1st to 20th August. Happy holidays.

08.06.2012, H 19.15 Social Design Prize 2012 is sponsored by Marmomacc

Social Design Prize 2012 is sponsored by Marmomacc VeronaFiere with the conference "Progettare senza scarti" by Paolo Ulian and the presentation of the Prize 2012 to the winner. Social Design Prize is part of FestArch by Abitare program.


June 8th 2012 h 7.15 p.m. 

Teatro Pavone Piazza Repubblica - Perugia, Italy





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05.06.2012, H 18:00 Press Conference Marmomacc 2012 / Triennale di Milano

Press conference of the cultural events of the 47th edition of Marmomacc.



Enrico Morteo, historian and design reviewer


Ettore Riello, president of Veronafiere

Aldo Bottoli, scientific director Osservatorio Colore

> "Colour, biological basis of aesthetics"

Marina Molon, professor Politecnico di Milano

> "The construction of the Stone Academy: developments and future scenarios"

Tobia Scarpa, architect and designer

> "When we invented the machines"

Cino Zucchi, architect

> "Tectonics and textures: the stone architecture between memory and technical testing"


Triennale di Milano

Viale Alemagna 6



12.05.2012, H 17 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens / Award ceremony

Public ceremony to mark the award of the Prize for 2012 to Bosco di Sant'antonio, Pescocostanzo, Abruzzo, Italy.

Th International Carlo Scarpa Prize is promoted by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche.


The Carlo Scarpa seal will be awarded to the Pescocostanzo Mayor.


Reading of the Jury Report.

The ceremony will include the projection of photographs and video materials.

The event will conclude with a toast.


Teatro Comunale in Treviso

Corso del Popolo, 31


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21.04.2012 Mastro by De Castelli gained the prize Young&Design

The second prize has been given  to Laura Fiaschi - Gumdesign

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18.04.2012, H 12 Arper, "Meet the Designer" with James Irvine

Arper is pleased to introduce the new collection Juno to the international press.


Meet James Irvine to discuss his new project.

Informal luncheon Wednesday 18th April 2012 12.00h to 14.00h

Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan

Pavilion 16 Stand A29 B22



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16-22.04.2012 "Mutable Spirit" exhibition / Triennale di Milano

The mutability of marble. A natural yet “alchemic” material, formed and trans forme.

Modules, accessories and surfaces are reviewed thanks to the sensitivity of seven designers in order to refine logics that are also increasingly attentive to sustainability topics.


Exhibitors: Patricia Urquiola with Budri, Pietro Ferruccio Laviani with Citco, Setsu e Shinobu Ito with Grassi Pietre, Kjetil Thorsen-Snøhetta with Pibamarmi, Marco Piva with Regione Puglia (InSpo Marmi, Petra Design, Pi.Mar., Stonemotion), Raffaello Galiotto with Solubema and Merbes-Sprimont, Philippe Nigro with Testi Fratelli.


Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6

17-22.04.2012 H 10.30 a.m.-10 p.m.

press preview with the designer 16.04.2012 H 11 a.m.-13 p.m.


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12.04.2012, H 18 Press Preview Saya / Arper showroom in Milan

Preview presentation Saya collection and thematic layout. Project by Lievore Altherr Molina.


The designer Alberto Lievore and the CEO Claudio Feltrin will be present for the journalists.


April 12th 2012, h 6-9 p.m.

Alberto Lievore speech at 6.30 p.m.


Arper Showroom

Via Pantano 30

20122 Milano


Metro 3 Missori, TRAM: 12, 15, 27: Albricci Larga



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29.03.2012, H 12 International Carlo Scarpa Prize / Rome, Biblioteca Angelica

Press conference of the 23rd edition of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, promoted by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso (Italy).



Domenico Luciani, coordinator of the Prize Jury

Francesco Sabatini, president onorario of the Accademia della Crusca

Aurelio Manzi, botanic, historic of agricolture


Will be present 

Pasquale Del Cimmuto, major of Pescocostanzo

Franco Salvatori, president of the Società Geografica Italiana

Marco Tamaro, director of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche.


29 March 2012, h. 12

Biblioteca Angelica

Piazza Sant’Agostino 8, Rome



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20.02.2012 Deadline ADI Design Index 2012

Deadline to present submissions for ADI Design Index 2012. Online registration on http://www.adi-design.org/adi-design-index.html

07.02.2012, H 18 Arper new showroom opening in Stockholm

Opening of the new showroom  Arper realized on the concept by Lievore Altherr Molina studio



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26-29.01.2012 Alpes at Macef in the CASA POP exhibition

Alpes will be exbibiting at  CASA POP project, organized by Classico Italiano with the collaboration of Fiera Milano, with the new freestanding and coloured kitchen inspired at pop art.


Milan, Rho fair

Macef, Pav 9 Stand A07-B08

January, 26-29, 2012


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20-24.01.2012 Arper at Maison&Objet in Paris

Arper’s collections will be exposed during the international fair Maison&Objet


Pris Nord Villepinte

hall 8

stand E39 -F40

January 20-24 2012

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20-24.01.2012 De Castelli at Maison&Objet in Paris

We invite you to De Castelli's stand during the fair Maison&Objet to present you last new products and to give you the up-to-date press kit.



Hall 8 stand E27

Paris Nord Villepinte

January 20-24, 2012


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12.01.2012 To De Castelli the Wallpaper Design Awards 2012

Wallpaper, the international design, fashion and lifestyle bible, has announced the winners of its 2012 Design Awards.


The magazine’s editors and international contributors have selected, besides the Judges's choises, the winners of 37 categories, among them "Best mural", "Best branding" and "Best backyard".


Cottage n°1, the new cottage-box produced by De Castelli and designed by its R&D department, has been selected as winner for the category "Best backyard".


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