wellness at work: Italy is increasingly sit-stand!

Smart working by now is an expanding working mode. In Italy as well – at last-  it has been regularly inserted into a regulatory framework thanks to law 81/2017 that deals with key subjects, such as job duration, terms of notice, control methods and so on. And furnishing as well is adapting to this trend; for example with “agile” sit-stand workstations as Linak demonstrates.

“Sons” of smart working are widespread working and coworking. Since work is increasingly itinerant, fast, smart and agile. Meetings are more and more stand-up meetings, but they are also held in lounge areas and in common spaces. Just to make an example, in Milan, the Porta Nuova district is a bulwark of widespread work and coworking. There are many areas that rent workstations in exchange for affordable fees. Getting connected in every place and at any time of the day has become a life habit and new technologies enable us to fully live this change.


Furnishing as well is adapting to this trend.

Pieces of furniture are designed to make our work simple and healthy wherever we are. From insulating panels to ensure a certain privacy though among people, to “variable” workstations, changing according to Activity Based Office to answer to different activities (for instance the focus room or the phone booth).
Up to sit-stand tables that are so popular  in North European offices and that are gaining ground in Italy as well, in prestigious head offices and in coworking areas. And the sit-stand trend perfectly integrates in the smart-working context.
Media have already highlighted, in different articles, the importance to keep a proper posture at work and to alternate sat down work to standing moments. This behavior enables to prevent disorders such as cervical, backache, dysfunction of the spine, thus reducing discomfort and absenteeism from work. Sit-stand desks, driven by Linak lifting columns, are gaining popularity in many offices and working places in Italy.
Plenty of Italian design companies are following this furnishing trend for office furniture to keep up with remote working, coworking, home office and everything makes a job highly smart. Italy is increasingly sit-stand!


Photo gallery:
1 Sit-stand desk by
Manerba  equipped with linear actuators Linak.
2 Sit stand table with central column by 
Emmeitalia equipped with linear actuators Linak.
3 Sit-stand desk  Estel equipped with linear actuators Linak.
4 It is designed by Tine Mouritsen and presented at Danish LIVINGroom the first sit-stand desk that integrates a power napping pillow. It is equipped with linear actuators Linak.





A “Spine ” for a 3D set up of the workplace.

Mascagni meets to the Orgatec’ s topic “Creativity Works” (Hall 10.2 Q1) with TrèS Spine, a user friendly architectural system for interiors designed by Ergon Design that allow to set up workplaces in a creative way: from individual workstations to shared areas thanks to the central “backbone”. The TrèS Sound integration improves the environmental acoustics.

TrèS spine is a user-friendly, plain geometrical piece of design by Mascagni. The vertical scans of the system, running along in modules, may be laid out in panels made of plate, melamine or upholstery to create customised spaces and shared areas, where a capacious backbone may be easily and quickly wired.

Its desks and storage units,, which are secured to a main frame made of risers and crossbeams, make the worktop three-dimensional and highly customisable, in addition to personal requirements, meeting the needs of an increasingly shared use of communal space. A mechanical interaction between its parts offers a very high level of customisation, from individual to in-line and highly private uses, such as cubicles. Interaction with the TrèS Sound provides acoustic comfort.


In the heart of Brera. Showroom Dieffebi in Milan.

Design City Milano, the event that stirs up the vibrating energy of design, was chosen by Dieffebi for the opening of this strategic Milan location with a cutting edge round table about Hybrid Office Design. Architect Cesare Chichi (967 Studio) explains the inspiring concepts of the interior design.

The opening of the Milan showroom in the Brera Design District marks a major advance in the history of Dieffebi, and goes beyond the mere celebration of its 40th anniversary; they could not miss the chance of a space in Brera where the identity of a “tailor made” company oriented to top-quality design and innovation would be fully enhanced.
The space peculiarities (140 smq with two windows facing on via Milazzo) have suggested a subdivision into three areas expressing the potential uses of products in different environments.


The first area is the ‘showcase’ intended for communication and creativity, it is an open, flexible and reconfigurable area for meetings, temporary settings and events.


The second one stands out for a more homely ambience while, it is the “hospitality place” to meet clients.


The third one is an actual office, equipped with desks and storage units, to be used as the company’s branch office.
At the rear, dark grey curtains define the support area with kitchenette.
The neutral colours -white and a palette of greys- chosen for the shell allow maximum freedom in fitting out the shop to display collections that are each time offered in several colours.

Orange, the corporate colour of Dieffebi, was chosen fo the seat-drawers and for the details of the big pictures that show the evergreen products.
Trilux, lighting partner, suppliers lamps and lighting systems that will change during the next settings of the showroom.



Thonet Pop-Up Cafe: new temporary showroom concept.

The Thonet Pop-Up Café has been recently opened in the center of Vienna; for one year, it will be the must-see for Design lovers and Vienna Culture lovers. It is the perfect place to celebrate the coffee house culture and, thanks to the wi-fi, to accommodate smart workers who like a comfortable workplace in a unique atmosphere… like the Central European writers did, a century ago, with pen and notebook.

The Thonet Pop-up Café brings new life to the Alte Post – a building complex comprising almost 35,000 m2 in the heart of Vienna, that after the summer of next year, will be converted into a special real estate project with high-end flats, hotel, green atriums, galleries and businesses.
This innovative temporary showroom-cafè concept (250 sqm) offers the opportunity to enjoy the refined Jonas Reindl selected coffee creations from all continents, in a location that reflects the history of the well renowned Austrian brand; an unusual tribute to Viennese coffee house culture and a perfect set to show some of the masterpieces of furnishing design, living, lounge and office furniture: chairs, sofas and armchairs as well as tables, bar furniture and desks. From the bentwood classics including the famous Vienna Coffee House Chair 214 designed by Michael Thonet, the popular wing chair 808, the lounge classic S 35 by Marcel Breuer from the Bauhaus era, to the modern pieces of furniture by James Irvine.

An inspiring and out of time locations that does not neglect the new lifestyles; thanks to the wi-fi connection, smart working and job meeting are also possible.
The showroom-café project was conceived and realised in cooperation with Jonas Reindl Coffee and Standart Mag, the quarterly magazine for beauty and the specialty of coffee.
Thonet is supported with the furnishings by the following partners: USM, Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten, Vorwerk Flooring, Carpet Sign and Cooper Colours.



Tileskin: and you get all new surfaces.

Tileskin is a hard-wearing adhesive rolling to change all kinds of surfaces (floor, walls, and desks, too) coming in tiles and handy wall-plates Wall Tile with a variety of ornamental patterns and coluous:mosaics, azulejos, marble, wood, onix and also trompe-l’oeil.

Through this WOW! material – part of Material Connexion collection- you can change the look of surfaces in interior design and furnishing, easily and inexpensively.
it was created by Aldo Cami and it is patented. Hard-wearing, it carries up to a five-year guarantee, available in several colours and patterns.

When you get tired of a pattern, you can easily change it or remove it, for you just need water to do it.
A world of laminations (matt and bright, nonskid for floors, heat-resistant and even smell-absorbing) enriched by the new Wall Tile presented in Milan at Materials Village during Salone del Mobile 2016 .




Scuolazoo: PacMan and customization for the digital natives.

How do you furnish a workplace for 50 digital natives, 25 years old on average? If you immediately think of drawing inspiration from Google offices, with the financial resources of a start up and the determination of a brilliant entrepreneur –Paolo De Nadai, born in 1988– you could achieve a really original result!

Obtained from an old warehouse in Viale Cassala, Milan, Scuolazoo offices develop on two floors, linked by stairs and a lift decorated with the graphics of an old PacMan videogame or… by a fireman’s pole for the most athletic ones.
The connection between work spaces and play spaces is organized so as to give privacy to the latter. The work space features an open layout, the play areas are purpose-designed.
Low budget furniture are enriched by customized pieces designed by Paolo’s parents, Studio De Nadai based in Padua.
Just “ordinary” desks, nothing sophisticated or high-tech; simplicity is rather dominant in design, almost disarming, just big white wooden tables with central holes for the computer cables.
A site specific installation with a brutal message: digitali natives like craftwork and don’t like standardization,  and they look for spaces where they can express their inventiveness.
Text by Silvia Fattore.4-scuolazoo-uffici-wow-webmagazine


Furniture is movable…

Height-adjustable tops on desks are nothing new, they  are popular in North Europe and seem now to be provided for by Italian rules, as well. Other typologies of furniture assume a dynamic working style and are equipped with adjustable mechanisms, too.

Now also executive tables (Unifor) and even community chairs are movable and through a patented device they disappear under the floor to allow maximum freedom of use, and then reappear by magic, in 4 minutes only, by touching on the remote control: through this device, the “revived” Lamm regains an innovative role worthy of its past.
Blanc by Brunner presented an interesting details: an elastic high- tech fabric veils the movable structure.

Brunner, Dress, design Osko+Deichmann.
Lamm, Newton patented mechanism for community chairs.
Unifor, meeting table design by Norman Foster equipped with heigh-adjustable top.
Haworth, Yourplace System.


Milano Design Week 2014: desks/tables.

We won’t see strict and performance “desk systems” (this year Salone Ufficio is not on show), but tables, where one can eat or work, or writing desks often quite compact and perfect for a professional practice, home office or all those new kinds of workplaces, even shared, that smart working is producing.

Through a skilful fine-tuning, they look young even when inspired to the shapes of the past. The designers give full play to their imagination mostly in the base. In case they opt for the “classic” four legs, the focus in on the refinement of the shape, the detail and junction with the top; or the structural base chooses different solutions, often thin and light.
The materials are also a forte, as far as characterization and technical virtuosity are concerned, wood, marble, metal, plastic, glass… creativity knows no bounds. And the desk can be now a collection object, like a work of art, when it’s signed by the start architect: the style of the show business is increasingly strong in the design community, too.

1,Skandiform (Kinnarps Group) Modulor, design by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Table in different sizes. The strength of the table is in the details. The extruded leg that meets the mouded joint that meets the extruded rail that meets the figure-milled edge the tabletop.
2, Thonet, S 1200, by Thonet Design Team/Randolf Schott. Small and fine desk, beautiful and functional, it helps to save space.
3, Fiam Italia, Scribe, design Daniel Libeskind. Desk composed of two 12 mm curved glass bases and a glass top 12 mm thick, transparent or with frosted insertion. At Salone del Mobile Libeskind will sign a special limited edition.
4, Bonaldo, Octa by Bartoli Design, a playful Mikado game-ispired delicate but sturdy wireframe structure.


Raise the curtain: Atelier Oï interprets USM at Salone.

The swiss world renowned architecture and design studio Atelier Oï designed an installation between art and design to exhibit USM Haller‘s concepts at Salone del Mobile in Milan. A “curtain” made by the mithic spherical joint, core of the evergreen storage system that, since 1963, is furnishing the most cool environments worldwide (MoMA of New York is among these).

The metal “curtain” by Atelier Oï (founded in 1991 by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond) will be raised on the new products displayed at the Salone, in particular tables and desks, now available, thanks to the new powder coating systems, in 55 different versions of materials and finishes, with the usual top-level quality, strength and solidity guaranteed by USM brand.

USM: Raise the curtain by Atelier Oï
Salone del Mobile 2014
Hall 20, stand F22.