UniFor adheres to the Italian Environmental Footprint Program
Apr - 15
Having always been committed to sustainable development, UniFor has recently participated in the Italian Environmental Footprint Program with the study “Calculation of the Carbon Footprint of the UniFor AP and RP Interior Partition Systems”, co-funded by the Ministry of the Environment and for the Protection of Land and Sea.
Carbon footprint is an environmental indicator which measures the environmental impact of human activities on the global climate by calculating the effects of greenhouse gases generated by a product, an organization, an event or a person.
Carbon footprint calculation takes into account all of the climate-changing gases identified by the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), fluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).
UniFor's analysis of the Parete AP and Parete RP partition wall systems is based on the LCA or Life Cycle Assessment method, which permits the assessment of environmental sustainability throughout the life cycle of a product, from raw material extraction to final disposal - “from cradle to grave” -, identifying the actions useful for reducing its impact on climate change.
Hatch.Michele De Lucchi
Hatch patterns are used in CAD programs to differentiate between areas or to create shades and shadows. One of the things that distinguishes a skilled draftsperson is his or her ability to use hatching effectively.
In the old days, hatching was done by hand, line by line by line. Good hatching required great patience and accuracy (and to tell the truth, I became very good at it). Over the years, a tool appeared for making parallel lines, the “tratteggigrafo”, a type of section liner that was first introduced to me by the master architect Adolfo Natalini. The arm and ruler advanced by increments when you pushed a button on the device with your left hand, permitting your right hand to rapidly make a series of evenly spaced diagonal lines. We were impressed by the speed and “machine” precision of the tool. However, many people refused to use it, claiming that the resulting patterns lacked the personality and human touch of hatching made in the old-fashioned way.
Hatching is used to draw walls, shadows and contours, and to distinguish between various materials and finishes without actually simulating their appearance. Hatching never represents the reality of materials, it only helps distinguish between them, making it clear that a certain piece is one thing, and another piece is another thing
Hatch by UniFor is a wall that does everything a wall should do. It separates and divides, and like good hatching, it is transparent, so that you can see what it is behind it, just as you can see the paper behind hatching.
In the wall version, Hatch is the door that supports the wall. A wall makes sense if you can go to the other side of it. In the office version, Hatch acts as a desk and a sofa. In the old days, desks had chairs in front of them for visitors, and the owner of the desk might sit behind the desk and make pronouncements. Today it is more polite and convivial to sit on a sofa and converse. With Hatch, there is a sofa in front of the desk.
Michele De Lucchi
50 Years of Design
Palazzo of Brera
Via Brera 28 - Milano
installation by Ron Gilad
8 - 14 April 2019
Monday - Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm
For the occasion, during the Milan Design Week, UniFor presents a prestigious multimedia installation curated by Ron Gilad at Palazzo of Brera, home of important institutions such as the Academy of Fine Arts and the Pinacoteca di Brera. In the Cortile d'Onore, in the Sala Napoleonica and in the Sala della Passione, for the first time, Ron Gilad links UniFor’s industrial culture with the educational values of one of Italy’s oldest schools, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and with the masterpieces of art history conserved in the Pinacoteca di Brera. An extension of the installation will take place in the historical Showroom of the Company, in Corso Matteotti 14 in Milan, presenting highlights from the past and the present of UniFor.
For its first 50 years UniFor is retracting five key decades in the history of Italian design and telling and telling the story of its own historic journey in a new book edited by Fulvio Irace, with graphics by Pierluigi Cerri, and published by Skira.
50 years of an Italian success story: the life of a company, UniFor, that has propelled Italian design to international prominence. Projects, products, architects, and designers in a book that reconstructs the backstage and originality of a production method and system centered on the spaces that foster community.
The story begins in the 1970s in Turate, in the province of Como, when Angelo Mangiarotti designed the first headquarters and plant, to be gradually enlarged as the business grew. The model factory was based on a system of vertical integration that permitted obsessive attention to quality control, while the classic simplicity of the campus became a living manifesto of the company’s spirit of enterprise.
It was no coincidence that Angelo Mangiarotti also designed one of UniFor’s first successful furniture series, the 4D, alongside another bestseller and longseller, the Modulo 3 by Bob Noorda and Franco Mirenzi. These were joined over the years by more extraordinary and iconic products: Naòs System by Studio Cerri & Associati, Less by Jean Nouvel, Element Office Collection by Foster+Partners, MDL System by Michele de Lucchi, Parete AP by Andrée Putman, Moodway by Fernando Urquijo, Flipper FortyFive by Pagani and Perversi, Régua by Álvaro Siza, the Parigi chair by Aldo Rossi, and many others.
Events | 2019.09.15
UniFor will take part at WORKSPACE, the largest commercial interior design event in the Middle East. The which will take place in Dubai from 17th to 10th September.
This year WORKSPACE will also be part of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW), the biggest celebration of design and hospitality in the Region.
Events | 2019.09.06
New Opening - UniFor Showroom Paris
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, UniFor is restoring and renewing the historic showroom of its French branch, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1979. The newly renovated spaces has been inaugurated during Paris Design Week, in celebration of both UniFor’s first 50 years - the history of which is illustrated in a prestigious book published by Skira, “UniFor. A Commitment to Architecture” - and its 40 years on the French market at its historic and prestigious Paris location on Rue des Saint-Peres. It was 1978 when the Molteni family founded UniFor France and entrusted Afra and Tobia Scarpa with the task of transforming the former residential apartment at 6 Rue des Saints-Pères into spaces suitable for receiving its clients and presenting the UniFor collection. The showroom was launched the following year. The renovation project, overseen by the architect Simone Agresta, leaves Afra and Tobia Scarpa's original project intact while reinterpreting the spaces in a modern key
Events | 2019.07.31
Design the Workspaces of the future
UniFor has always supported major cultural initiatives and wide ranging, particularly related to the evolution of the contemporary office space, in a path characterized by intense research and experimentation for a continuous improvement of the product, attentive to the world of design, architecture and design.
Events | 2019.07.24
Lights on Smart Working
A new installation curated by Ron Gilad and featuring Touch Down Unit for the windows dressing of the UniFor Showroom in Milan, in Corso Matteotti 14.
The historic flagship store, designed in 1989 by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, continues to be a point of reference and thanks to this installation it is once again the most efficient space to display the latest innovations.
Three Touch Down Units - the innovative autonomous workstation designed in collaboration with Studio Klass and presented during the Milan Design Week at Palazzo di Brera on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Company - are positioned on the platform in correspondence with the window.
Around them are recognizable archetypes of furniture: a chair, a stool, a wardrobe, a sofa, reduced to pure geometric lines, which reveal in the dark, thanks to a special blue and orange fluorescent paint, unexpected plays of light.
An abstract configuration of a contemporary work environment that establishes, in the distinctive sign of the Israeli designer, a connection between the idea and design of industry and confirms the tradition of the UniFor windows, which over the time have become a means of communicating a precise company identity, a confirmation of the circular prophecy made by Gio Ponti on the eve of the birth of industrial design: if in those days the world of art was in love with industry, now it is industry that has declared its love for art.
Events | 2019.04.05
Solutions for Architecture
For its first 50 years Anniversary UniFor, a Molteni Group Company which delevops and implements solutions for the contemporary office space, is retracting five key decades in the history of Italian design and telling and telling the story of its own historic journey in a new book edited by Fulvio Irace, with graphics by Pierluigi Cerri, and published by Skira.
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