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CasaCDN: people and things come together in Milan.

CasaCDN is a new meeting place in Milan where people and things come together to develop Contract Design Network (CDN) business. Opening next 13th and 14th December.

Nicola Franceschi, CEO of Ares Line, came up with the idea for the Contract Design Network (CDN) in 2011 and it has gone on to gain its own identity and strength over the years.
The CDN is based on a strategic business agreement between 11 Italian companies which together have total revenues of over Euro 70 million, employ a workforce of around 300 people and have a sales force of over 200 professionals. So far, they have performed almost 100 joint projects, for estimated revenues of over Euro 10 million (principally over the last three years).

One of the major driving forces behind the CasaCDN is Fabio Maset, owner of MosaicoGroup, one of the network’s most dynamic companies. It will be home to the entire CDN team. CasaCDN will be the place where the CDN partners meet and also the location for training events and the presentation of new products and solutions.

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The area is on three levels and includes a small multi-purpose room with seating for around 20 people on the ground- floor level, home to all the innovative aspects of the 11 companies involved. There is also a meeting area and a joint workspace with 8 workstations on the ground floor and the first floor, and a second conference room seating 24 people in the basement. There are video and audio connections in all rooms, which all have the latest technological equipment.

The intention is to open others in various strategic cities and add to the CDN showrooms already operating in Paris Rabat and Managua.

CasaCDN: Viale Gian Galeazzo 31, Milan.
Opening evening with musical entertainment and finger food on 13 and 14 December, from 4,00 to 8,30 p.m., by invitation only. (info@contractdesignnetwork.com)

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Terrazza Triennale by OBR: design, food and view.

Design by OBRs architects Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, the new restaurant “Osteria con vista” (Inn with panorama) on the Palazzo dell’Arte’s terrace in Milan is one of the most relevant initiatives of the Triennale of Milan for Expo 2015. A perfect location for informal work meetings, with a fantastic panorama of the city and a new experience of the space between flexibility and technology.

The new restaurant Terrazza Triennale takes a new look at Triennale of Milan’s tradition with a light solution that is both meticulous and dynamic. The space of the restaurant (33 x 5 m) was projected as a transparent conservatory surrounded by lush green, suspended over the Parco Sempione, with a spectacular view of the Castello Sforzesco and the entire skyline of Milan.
The Michelin-starred chef, Stefano Cerveni, guides  a team of professionals, offering his great classics, with a modern take on traditional Italian dishes, while remaining faithful to the core concept behind them: raw materials that confirm their close ties with the land and with Italy.
“The Triennale has been always one of the main centres of Milano’s cultural and social life. The restaurant as a greenhouse suspended on the Park is born to value the terrace of the Palazzo dellArte as a social meeting place in a costant evolution and able to make the interior and exterior interact”, Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi said.
The design of the pavilion identifies clearly three functional areas: the welcome area with the panoramic bar, at the south-eastern side, the show-cooking area at the north-western edge and the dining area in the centre, offering different possibilities to configurate the space either for performances or temporary events.
The pavilion can be totally opened along all the perimeter by a sliding system on the long sides and a shift system on the short ones. It is characterized by a light structure made by stainless steel that allows a quick and easy assembly, directly in place, combining industrial technologies and handcrafted knowledges.
In the open configuration, the pavilion displays a steel framework seamlessly with the space of the terrace, while in the closed configuration a big mobile tent of 400 sqm fluctuates over the glass pavilion and, opening on one side, allows it to function as a greenhouse with a bio-climatic thermoregulation, with different usages between night and day or between summer and winter, inviting customers to repair from the sun or to dine under the stars.
At night time the tent becomes a light diffuser or a dinamic video installion thanks to external and syncronized projectors, offering an unique sensorial experience between high cuisine and design.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Let’s restore “Velarca” by BBPR with FAI and Universal Selecta.

It is a cultural event supported by Universal Selecta in collaboration with FAI (Fondo Ambientale Italiano) addressed to everyone passionate about sailing, architecture and design. You may contribute, with open donations straightly handled by FAI, to the restoration of “Velarca” designed by BBPR at the end of the 50’s.
Participate and share the information!
(Spazio Eventi US 49, Via Ettore Ponti 49, Milan. May 6th at 6,30).

A fund-raising party hosted for the restoration of “Velarca”, historical symbol of the union among Milanese design and Como Lake landscape. It is a house-boat designed between 1959 and 1961 by the historical architectural firm BBPR (Belgiojoso, Banfi, Peressutti and Rogers) well known for designing the famous Torre Velasca.
Built on an existing “gondola corriera tremezzina” in the early 30’s, it has become a masterpiece acknowledged for its design and the executive quality of the interiors.
In 2001 the vessel has been donated to the FAI by the heirs of the first owner: the couple Aldo and Maria Norsa.
Velarca has outlived fifty years of stay at the architectural docking of Ossuccio, designed in harmony from the BBPR firm itself.  The design of the vessel meets perfectly with the one of the bank to which it has been docked through a refined jetty that used to link it to a small garden which constituted a complementary and not optional space for the floating house.
The aim of the combination boat/garden was to create a meeting place for artists and intellectuals.

Recently, thanks to a daring pulling operation, it has been moved to the yard of the wood craftsman Daniele Riva of Laglio to be submitted to a careful and accurate restoration that may take it back to the ancient glory from the present pitiful condition.
On the occasion of the event, on May 6th, the vice executive president of FAI, Marco Magnifico, will present the recovery activity and will tell the history of Velarca and some parts of the vessel will be exhibited at Spazio Eventi US 49 together with other typical lacustrine vessels.
A delegation of the Como Aeroclub will also be present which with its seaplane allows unique visions of the marvels of Como Lake.
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New concepts for in-between, waiting and meeting areas.

If your idea of office furniture is a desk and a chair, the new Materia (a Kinnarps Group brand) products presented at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015 will broaden your horizons. Amazing, lively and dynamic like the designers, who have created them, these pieces of furniture put the most innovatory concepts of smart working into concrete shapes to be used and altered, to work, meet and have fun.

The analysis underlying these products is focused on the different ways of working and sitting down.
The new Ways Of Working needs inspired Avant, hybrid piece of furniture designed by Fredrik Mattson to create flexible table in workplaces and university; it is a bench/table to work, seat and hold meetings, with the option of using the table either as a backrest or a worktop.
Flexibility is the Couture’s core, a furniture series designed by Marie Oscarsson featuring textile details such as quilting and fabric covered buttons. It is a modern interpretation of 50s and 60s craftsmanship. It is built on a decorative base that creates an exciting in-between space and provides practical ’unloading’ surfaces. The range includes sofas, tables and room dividers.
According to Anders Johnsson the ergonomic office chair is Boullée, a piece of furniture inspired by Pilates Ball that provides a dynamic seating experience. ”My passion lies in creating objects which have an effect on people, push the boundaries and question the status quo. I want to give people opportunities to meet and interact in new and exciting ways,” the designer explains.
Another surprise is Hal, an adjustable meeting table round or rectangular, designed by Carl Öjerstam. The design is suitable for spontaneous meetings, its smart solution making it possible to possess an eloquent design without sacrificing the table’s stability.
The other characters of the innovative workplace presented by Materia are Cap-Small stool, Blanket Sofa, Neo Lite chair, coffee and bar tables Amore, Lotus waste basket and One o’ clock wall clock: great ideas for small objects, too.
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1, Avant, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Fredrik Mattson.

It is what you yourself make of it, and is shaped like a bench and table in one. The sharp design gives you several seating possibilities, with the option of using the table either as a backrest or a worktop.
2, Boullée, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Anders Johnsson.
The unique look of this piece of furniture was inspired by pilates balls and upholstered furniture. It provides a dynamic seating experience, during which you can move about and balance on the seat using the weight of your body.
3,4, Hal, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Carl Öjerstam.
It may not look like an adjustable table, but it is one of the very best. The design is suitable for spontaneous meetings, its smart solution making it possible to possess an eloquent design without sacrificing the table’s stability.


5,6,7,8, Couture, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Marie Oscarsson.
A flexible furniture series, featuring textile details; it is a modern interpretation of 50s and 60s craftsmanship. It is built on a decorative base that creates an exciting in-between space and provides practical ’unloading’ surfaces. The range includes sofas, tables and room dividers.


9, 10, Amore, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Thomas Eriksson.
Through a unique design, in which the two tables support each other, it is able to withstand heavy loads without losing its stability.
11, Lotus, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Natalie Adenling.
A waste paper basket with a sculptural organic shape inspired by Lotus flower. A thin, die-cast aluminium lid meets the walls of the container, sweeping around the lid’s contours.
12, One o’clock, Materia (Kinnarps Group), design by Anders Berg, Steinar Hindenes and Petter Knudsen.
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