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
UniFor has operated since the very beginning as a factory workshop at the disposal of the best creative talents. In France, too, close collaboration with the most prestigious architectural firms and specialization in large projects, an approach that has been consolidated over the years, has resulted in many important commissions, including the headquarters of such luxury brands as Louis Vuitton International and Balenciaga, but also places of culture, such as the Musée Quai Branly, the Bibliothèque de l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Philharmonie in Paris, the National and University Library in Strasbourg, and the Musée de la Préhistoire in Bordeaux.
The Fondation Cartier is another project that must be mentioned. The Molteni Group has enjoyed a privileged relationship with its architect, Jean Nouvel, for many years, and UniFor realized the furniture for the project in 1994, giving rise to its Less series.
The Less furniture series, together with other iconic products of the past, present, and future of UniFor, are the focus of the new installation in the Paris showroom, which extends over 240 square meters on two levels.
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 | 2019.07.31
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.
Events | 2018.12.05
UniFor renews its interest in the world of architecture, art and industrial design with the exhibition Nature, L'Anello Mancante, open to the public at the Maxxi Museum in Rome until February 3, 2019.
Culture & Education
Musée Quai Branly. Parigi 2007