Val do Sol was founded by the Alves family in 1987 as a result of a pottery artisans family business since 1886.
More than 100 years of ceramic manufacture experience allowed Val do Sol to become very well prepared to manufacture tableware with the highest quality standards as well as exceptional design.
Our passion for this this business can be resumed in one sentence. “We love ceramics”
Visit the Website: http://www.valdosol.com
Barazza is not only a brand of household appliances; foremost, it is the name of a family of entrepreneurs who have created appliances which, within this sector, are now synonymous with high performance and advanced design.
The results of almost fifty years of labour, that has laid the foundations within this fertile entrepreneurial territory; from as far back as the Second World War years, the Company has been armed to satisfy an authentic, genuine household appliance culture.
Visit the Website: http://www.barazzasrl.it
Officine Gullo presents its new project "Avana Pearl & Nickeled Brass" made in Rome, which features a harmonious and elegant combination of a kitchen made of extra thick steel, painted in the colour Avana Pearl with nickel-plated brass finishes, and fine woodworking in Canaletto Walnut solid wood and Gold Calacatta marble tops.
The contrasting materials are pleasing to the eye, enhancing the manufacturing quality of each component and turning the kitchen environment into a special, welcoming place that offers professional performance levels thanks to efficient and high-tech burner range, appliances and accessories.
The cooking area is equipped with a professional P60 range (L 148 cm) equipped with a GN2/1 electric static oven, four high-efficiency burners (maximum power 5.5 kW), simmer and fry-top.
The central island features a washing area with a brushed steel sink and satin nickel tap. The island is also equipped with a dishwasher and a removable element for a double dustbin.
The wall unit in wood offers, in addition to several smart storage compartments, a wine cellar with controlled temperature and humidity equipped with removable wooden shelves, a combined microwave oven with temperature-measuring probe, and a combined steam oven with TouchControl display.
Visit the website: www.officinegullo.it
In 2013, a new material was born: FENIX NTM®, the Nano Tech Matt solution for interior design. FENIX NTM is the result of four years of development by an international multidisciplinary team. It is a technical and aesthetic answer to two interior design trends: smart materials and matt surfaces.
FENIX NTM is an innovative material created for interior design by Arpa Industriale, suitable for both vertical and horizontal applications. The external surface of FENIX NTM involves the use of nanotechnology and it is characterized by next generation acrylic resins, hardened and fixed with Electron Beam Curing process. With low light reflectivity, its surface is extremely opaque, anti-fingerprint and features a very pleasant soft touch.
FENIX NTM is an open design system. A harmonious synthesis between a stylistic colour choice, a unique proprietary technology and a business model focused on value creation. Due to its outstanding features, FENIX NTM is a versatile material that adds value to various interior design projects.
A silent palette of colours, its soft-touch surface, and a visionary aesthetics make FENIX NTM a timeless material for never ending design stories.
Visit the website: www.smart.fenixntm.com
In the Beginning
The story of Rocky Mountain Hardware unfolded over three decades ago in a successful showroom owned by Mark and Patsy Nickum. Working closely with architects, designers and builders in Sun Valley, Idaho, they furnished high-end doors, windows and door hardware for upscale, custom-built homes.
Our hardware is expertly crafted in America using only the finest art-grade bronze and precision-quality mechanisms that stand up to the test of time. In fact, all products are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Each piece is individually cast for one-of-a-kind character, and then given a hand-applied patina that grows richer and more lustrous in response to the environment.
Today, Rocky Mountain Hardware continues its family tradition with their son Christian at the helm since 2003. Their unwavering commitment to high-quality, custom bronze pieces is unparalleled. The creation of that next sculptural work of art is already in the works. As for the future? They can't wait for the next request.
Visit the website: www.rockymountainhardware.com
La Cornue is a very different French company. We have been enjoying manufacturing exceptional products since 1908, sharing pleasure, refinement and conviviality with the world, federating a unique lifestyle: the French art de vivre.
Albert Dupuy was passionate about cooking and in 1908, he filed a patent for the first vaulted gas oven which would become the masterpiece of La Cornue kitchen ranges.
Through his own passion, his son André Dupuy decided fifty years ago that La Cornue would focus solely on producing excellence and creating the most beautiful ranges in the world. And so, the first superlative range appeared in 1964: the Château La Cornue.
Every Château range created today is an original, individually numbered by the craftsman who created it. It is manufactured as a single unit, to order, assembled by one craftsman. This person will take as long he must to make it unique.
In 2010 and in response to increasingly specific demands for excellence, founder’s grandson, Xavier Dupuy, has provided La Cornue’s Culinary Architecture service, the creation of a complete and bespoke kitchen around La Cornue’s ranges and products. Unique in the world, this service brings together the grand instrument and also the furniture and fittings, the ventilation, refrigerators, wine cellars and utensils…the dream of every exacting amateur cook.
The desire for excellence will always drive connoisseurs and enthusiasts forward. The quality of our work is the cornerstone of our excellent reputation. And success is on the cards: we now have a presence in forty countries through an international network of over seventy galleries.
Visit the website: www.lacornue.com
Glass making in Murano has existed for many centuries - some of the many glass making factories from the Venetian Island have actually had their names above some kind of production site for three hundred years and more. Brands like Seguso claim to go back as glassmaking name to the 1600s - let's pause to digest that! how incredible and so beautiful it must be to come from this little Island? The name Murano is synonymous with dazzling fancy-glass creations achieved through closely guarded methods that have been refined to perfection over 600 years.
On an Island where for centuries art has risen from the limited soil into the colourful architecture and finally found it's way into some of the most treasured objects created by humankind it is almost impossible to decide which of the many glassmakers to profile in DesignBuzz.
Having explored the heavyweights of Murano such as Seguso, La Murrina, Formia, Barovier, et al. it became clear that deciding based on history would be nigh-impossible given that all have incredible stories passed down through the generations. In the end we simply decided to make our choice based on whose products we felt were sufficiently future led.
Venini - A company with a mere 90 or so years of operation is ironically one of the late arrivals on the Murano scene - nearly a centenary would be for some brands a major selling point but on Murano 90 year is nothing to brag about. Age is relative right? I guess if your neighbour is 300 years old then 90 is basically a teenager.
Well the 'teenage' glass making house of Murano knows how to create glass that interacts with us in the gentlest of manners whilst retaining the deep colour and channelled drama that is expected of works from this part of the world. The strategy of creating delicate works of indescribably beauty that make love to our desires was a path set by it's founder Paulo Venini (1895 – 1959) - an eminent 20th Century designer who would prove to be an important figure in Murano's glass making history because of key techniques and adaptations that he introduced not to mention many internationally acclaimed works.
The glass creations from Venini come with a sense of lightness and freedom - it is as though they are not burdened by the imposing expectations and creative traditions that come with the towering name that is Murano. They are not hanging around in centuries past but instead they are firmly rooted in the trends of tomorrow. Venini's products challenge perspectives and expectations with a distinct subtlety leading to products that are elegant, usable and just simply sexy.
Venini is a sexy Murano glass maker - visit their website here and fall in love: www.venini.com
An appearance at this week's Maison Objet Paris by Artur is one of the highlights of a fantastic event. His works communicate quite tangible poetry in their visual impact whilst remaining striking in their simplicity.
"Meticulous, polyvalent and curious. I design furniture, light fixtures and various objects for home. From research to manufacturing, I explore many sectors." - Artur