August 08, 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the Italian team Dencity Rhome for the world cup of green architecture

Italy won the world championship in energy efficiency, innovation, sustainability and beauty. Rhome for Dencity, the solar house designed and built by the Department of Architecture of Rome, furnished with a kitchen and shelving kitchen system meccanica by Demode engineered by Valcucine has beaten in the sprint Germany, Chile and the Netherlands, who had won several important awards in 10 tests provided in the Solar Decathlon, the Olympics of sustainable architecture. The competition, launched in 2002 by the Department of Energy of the United States, this year was held in Versailles from June 27 to July 12.

” That tonight’s victory is also known that produce innovation, creativity and commitment in a leading sector, ” says Chiara Tonelli , team leader of Rhome. “And it is also a result of these months of intense work, the summa the passion and perseverance of the entire team. We did not bet to win the individual tests, but above all to ensure the effective operation of the home, to make it not a dream but a real possibility Rhome not born to stay on a sheet of paper, but to constitute a real alternative that can to cope with environmental and energy challenges. It ‘a house that responds to the need to increase urban density by eliminating energy waste, ugliness, illegal, degradation and increasing social cohesion and the ability of collective responses to the crisis . “

The evidence of the Solar Decathlon have been a severe test for Rhome, housing designed for the rehabilitation of areas of abusive Tor Tax in Rome, submitting to inspections of construction and architectural quality; engineering; energy efficiency; sustainability; design and portability; communication and public awareness. Moreover, the energy balance, the conditions of comfort, the operation of the house were monitored by the judges during the entire duration of the competition. Ten tests - the Decathlon, in fact - that have shown this home designed to produce more energy than it consumes, to use the tools of passive protection from both hot and cold temperatures, to control air quality and allow both functions dwelling or business is a winning proposition in a perspective of a low-carbon society.

” The team consists of more than 40 young people, including students and graduate students, who worked for months on the project presented in Versailles, shows that this research has an important educational value , “says Dean of the University Roma Tre Mario Panizza. ” In our university we believe priority promote learning through concrete experiences to prepare students to enter the world of work. It ‘an opportunity for growth, approaches to professional responsibilities and above all, to share experiences within a group oriented towards the same goal . “

Teamwork, innovation and attention to integration and social inclusion are the strengths of the prototype Rhome, who convinced the jury for the reversibility of the space, the furniture recovered, a well-balanced system of heating and cooling and the team’s ability to manage the home with ease, adapting to the day-to-day weather conditions. The presence of Italian sponsors at the highest level, representative of the green economy more competitive, has completed the framework of the project of Roma Tre. The result is a transportable home by train, convenient and minimal. Built in certified wood with low environmental impact; 65 square meters of comfort and technology applied, with natural and artificial lighting of avant-garde, with a strong focus on indoor air quality to ensure maximum comfort and maximum health. An architecturally beautiful home, designed to bring together ecological sobriety and quality of design.

For more information go to: Demode

August 07, 2014

More than kitchens

Pohlenz is modern design resource open to architects, designers, contractors and end-users. We have showrooms in Dallas, TX and Tulsa, OK. Valcucine is our anchor product and is a key component of our design studio, but many people do not realize the full scope of what we do and offer. In addition to kitchens, we also represent a highly edited group of manufacturers of bathrooms, closet systems, interior doors, shelving systems, stairs, and indoor and outdoor furniture.

The featured project completed by Pohlenz incorporates a few of our products. The photos attached best illustrate how we integrate these products into a cohesive design.

-Kitchen Cabinets and counter tops “Artematica Vitrum” (glass) by Valcucine Vent Hood “Isla” by Valcucine Faucet “Pro Chef” by Armando Vicario Bar Stools “LEM” by LaPalma Bar Trolley “AR1” Designed by Alfred Roth and manufactured by MisuraEmme

-Dining Glass Door “Velaria” by Rimadesio Table “Mutabilis” by Valcucine Dining Chairs by Tacchini Shelving system “Elegie” Designed by Ignazio Gardella for [MisuraEmme] (

-Living Room Sofa “Quadro” by Tacchini Storage cabinetry/bench “Living” in glass by Valcucine Coffee Table “Hollywood” by Tacchini Leather Stools “Trifoglio” by Tacchini Fabric Chair and ottoman “Sventola” by MisuraEmme Red Swivel Chair “Girola“ by Tacchini

-Entry Hall Stair “ET2” by Edilco Glass Chair “Ghost” by Fiam Bench “Ripples” by Horm

-Bedrooms Beds “Frida”, “Georgia” and “Bridge” by MisuraEmme Mirror “Caadre” by Fiam Fabric Chair and ottoman “Sventola” by MisuraEmme Side table “Ring” by MisuraEmm Glass Desk “Living” by Valcucine Glass night stands by Fiam

-Study Chairs “Moon” by Tacchini Sofa “Mambo” by Domodinamica Office system “Crossing and Tao Day” by MisuraEmme Coffee Table “Nara” by Tachinni

In addition to providing all of these products, Pohlenz was responsible for the kitchen design, bathroom design, overall color and material selections and consulted on artwork selection. Set up an appointment with a Pohlenz design consultant by e-mailing us at [email protected] or contacting our Dallas Showroom at 214 484 8371 and our Tulsa Showroom at 918 749 5144.

July 31, 2014

'Sine Tempore' kitchen system

Thank you for the wonderful post, Wallpaper!

”’Sine Tempore’ kitchen system Valcucine From £1,600 per m

Making use of inlays, carvings, mosaics and a high degree of customization, this kitchen series amounts to a virtually bespoke service. At its heart is a section added to the worktop, available in a range of aluminium, stainless steel or stone finishes (pictured). This can contain, or conceal, everything from a herb garden to all the essential kitchen equipment.”

Read more at Wallpaper

July 16, 2014

MisuraEmme: Mauro Lipparini

Designer: Mauro Lipparini

Mauro Lipparini earned a degree in Architecture in 1980 from Università degli Studi of Florence, where he also worked as a professor. He won the international design contests Young & Designer Milan (1987) and International Du Pont Award Köln (Germany, 1988 and 1989). Lipparini’s intense activity in the field of industrial design covers office and home furniture, the textile industry and other products created for many companies in Europe and Japan. In architecture and interior design, Lipparini has concentrated mainly on private and public housing, on showrooms, retail sales outlets and exposition installations. Furthermore, Lipparini also designs and realizes advanced corporate identity image systems that range from graphics to editorial services to production. Lipparini’s style is based on the essential shapes and the clear and decisive lines that are characteristic of natural minimalism. His creations are imbued with a joyful spirit and with an elating sense of aesthetic pleasure and creativity. Thanks to his free use of color, organic weave patterns and original visual ideas, Lipparini amplifies the palette of minimalism, conveying the spontaneity and power of this aesthetic style and projecting it towards a new era of great maturity and wellbeing. Lipparini created most of MisuraEmme’s furniture, closet systems, compliments, and wardrobes.

July 08, 2014

MisuraEmme: AR1

There’s less than one month to take full advantage of getting 25% off an Atelier piece by MisuraEmme. We are now featuring the beautiful AR1 piece in which its structure is tubular chromed steel at 20mm. The Icebox is inox steel and its bottle container is perforated sheet-aluminium. AR1 also has a container with two flap doors in maple lacquered black with an internal finish in birchwood. The wheels are chrome steel with white tires and it has a pull-out top in multilayered wood with a steel profile covered in black laminated plastic.

About the designer: Alfred Roth

Alfred Roth studied architecture in Zürich with Karl Moser. Roth worked in the studio of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, for whom he designed the two houses of the International Exposition in Stuttgart. In 1931 he opened his own atelier and carried out important projects in Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, and in the Middle East. In collaboration with Marcel Breuer he constructed the “Doldertal” houses in Zürich. In addition to serving as guest professor at the Universities of Harvard, Saint Louis, and Polytechnic High School in Zürich, he published several books on architecture. Many of Alfred’s publications focused on his liaisons with the most famous exponents of modern architecture, such as Le Corbusier, Loos, Hoffmann, Perret, Van De Velde, and Piet Mondrian.