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Humans since 1982: Connection between design and function

Humans since 1982 was founded in 2009 by Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson while the pair were studying together on a postgraduate course at HDK Academy of Art and Design in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Later they relocated to Stockholm where the studio is now based. 

Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff photographed by Tim Meier.

We had the opportunity to interview Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff, founders of Humans since 1982.

Can you tell us about The ClockClock Project by Humans since 1982? 

The ClockClock was the first Humans since 1982 artwork that used and subverted clocks.

“We had been experimenting with an animated typography, developing a font that was based on a grid of clocks. We would manipulate the clock hands to make letters and numbers written out over several clock faces, but once the clock hands started rotating again then the numbers would fall apart and disappear. This led to the core concept of our clock-based works: the hands across multiple analogue clock faces are programmed to move in unison, creating an abstract ‘choreography’ then align once each minute to accurately display the time, written out by clock hands in a digital typography.” 

How do A million Times work? 

“A million Times is our ongoing series of wall-mounted, kinetic sculptures that are also a functioning wall clock. We took the original concept of The ClockClock and developed it in ambition, complexity and scale to make bigger artworks with more clock faces, and more varied choreographies which we launched in 2013. While The ClockClock had only one choreography, A million Times now has 20 unique choreographies on each artwork.” 

And ClockClock 24? 

ClockClock 24 was originally developed in collaboration with MoMA Design Store in New York. It was launched in 2015 and has been one of the studio’s signature pieces ever since.

“As with the larger works it tells the times once a minute, and is also hand assembled in our Stockholm studio. After a couple of years we added 22 karat gold plated hands as an option for ClockClock 24 so we continue to experiment with materials and different finishes, and we are also curious to explore some collaborations with other artists and designers too.” 

What distinguishes the new ClockClock 9 from its predecessors?

“ClockClock 9 is distinct in that it is the first piece to tell time using analogue clock hands. The nine clock faces show a new selection of choreographies specifically designed for its smaller, circular format and then once each minute, or at intervals defined by the user via the app, the time is shown using the central clock face.”

Only the first 100 pieces are available and selling out quickly! 

Credits: Photographs courtesy of Humans since 1982. Photo of Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff by Tim Meier.

Roberti outdoor

Roberti was founded as a family business in 1959 and the production processes take place mainly in Italy, in the Veneto region.

The ability of an expert craftsmanship combined with modern processes and technology and the high-quality materials, allows to achieve excellent quality standards.

Materials

Aluminum and stainless steel with high quality powder coating treatment, fibreglass, HPL and a special outdoor cushion system are only some of the many new materials introduced in the Roberti production to guarantee for long life in the outdoor space.

All the weaving materials used by Roberti are resistant to the atmospheric agents, bear easily thermical shocks, are long lasting and of easy maintenance.

Oasi

Oasi is a proposal with an exclusive style.

Round canopy lounger dedicated to relaxation and inspired by the breeze and the soft shapes of nature.

In the new Forest finish for a feeling of full immersion in a natural environment or in the delicate White finish. Oasi is a perfect outdoor shelter, which with the countless ropes knotted to the structure is able to redefine outdoor spaces and fascinate touching the senses thanks to its harmonies of color.

Gravity

Gravity is a cozy, swing, outdoor sofa with colorful cushions, playful combinations of colors and designs, perfect as patio furniture and garden furniture. It can be also a luxury outdoor armchair to relax.

Design and comfort are combined to create cozy and refined corners both for residential and contract. It is available in three new combinations: with hanging ropes, with supporting frame and with sunshade.

Charme

Charme is a collection of innovative elegance, with a light and enveloping design, where the rope is emphasized in the backs of chairs, armchairs, sofas and rocking chairs. Its geometry created by the different tensions of the weave adapts naturally to the body, offering an amazing feeling of comfort.

The elements are offered in the warm Bronze finish or in the classic White. The table with a dynamic shape and the small tables complete the line and suggest comfortable environments for both exterior and interior.

Irinox is a leading company in the production of rapid blast chillers and high quality storage systems for the professional and domestic sectors and electrical panels in stainless steel, setting quality standards in every area.

Irinox promotes new products and ways of operating that have allowed it to introduce the concepts of rapid chilling and food freshness all over the world and to rethink the way to identify solutions for the design and construction of customized electrical panels.

Origin of Irinox

Irinox was founded in Corbanese (Treviso, Italy) in 1989, starting the production of blast chillers, shock-freezers and stainless steel electrical enclosures. In 1994 there was the opening of the new production plant in Conegliano (Treviso, Italy) for the production of stainless steel electrical enclosueres. 

First blast chiller in a built-in version

In 2002 the first blast chiller in the world was invented, in a built-in version, which is presented to the public at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Business units

Irinox is formed by three business units: Irinox Professional, Irinox Home and Irinox Electrical Enclosures.

Irinox Professional is the leading manufacturer of blast chillers and shock freezers. It offers professionals cutting-edge equipment to keep food fresh and optimise production processes.

Irinox Home is a line of equipment dedicated to quality household chilling systems. Equipment with innovative functions and refined design provides technology used by professionals to offer the best of industrial kitchens in the home, so food is once again delicious, healthy and nutritious.

Irinox Electrical Enclosures business unit, has been designing and manufacturing stainless steel electrical enclosures since 1989. Innovative solutions, customised production and immediate response are the cornerstones of approach at Irinox Electrical Enclosures and the staff strives tirelessly to deliver products and services that exceed customer expectations.

Certifications

Irinox management system is certified in compliance to ISO standards (specifically, regulations ISO 9001,14001 and 45001). ISO standards rule over management systems; they are voluntary-based management and organization processes.

Such regulations lay down requirements for companies/organizations to be able to:

  • Meet customers’ needs through their products and service (ISO 9001).
  • To monitor any factors in their own manufacturing and performing activities which may have an impact on the environment (ISO14001).
  • Specify the requirements for the implementation of an occupational health and safety management system (ISO 45001)

Sustainability

Irinox is willing to play its role in facing environmental challenges by embracing sustainable consumption and production patterns aiming to reduce their impact so as to preserve resources for the generations to come.

“We wish and want  to outline and make public our plan of action for Carbon Neutrality by 2030 for the Business Unit Professional and the Business Unit Home, and by 2040 for the Business Unit Electrical Enclosures.”

Irinox S.p.a.
Sovet: glassmaking tradition and contemporary design

After our visit to the company in December 2021 and the meeting with the team at the Salone del Mobile Milano 2022, we dedicate an in-depth study to Sovet, which blends the tradition of Italian manufacturing art and the inspirations of contemporary design, to give life to furnishing elements that speak an original, elegant and multifaceted language.

Sovet 

Sovet was founded in the late 80s. Later in the early 2000s it started its collaboration with important international designers, choosing to combine the glass with other materials.

From “New shapes for glass” to “New shapes for design“, in the last 30 years the company has seen constant growth to transform itself from a company identified with glass to a 360-degree design company.

Tradition and innovation

The creative use of industrial processes, the highest quality raw materials and the meticulous works performed by local workers allow Sovet to get collections of high quality and 100% Made in Italy.

Sovet combines experience, technology and strict selection of the materials in its production processes, characterized by the highest quality levels. Its production ranges from the use of glass, proposed only in its purest extralight version, to the use of steel, aluminium, ceramic and wood. Entirely made in Italy, Sovet products are exported to over 70 countries worldwide.

Life in Sovet

During the Salone del Mobile “Life in Sovet” was presented: it is a journey through the historical architectures that have culturally marked the evolution of Italian living in recent centuries.

Life in Sovet wants to express the values of the Sovet brand, its innovative and minimalist style at the same time, the desire to create a new culture of living spaces in the name of refined shapes and materials.

Slim sideboard

One of the absolute Sovet novelties is the Slim sideboard, a natural evolution that completes this premium collection.

The rounded edges of wooden elements perfectly blend with the aluminium structure. The various finishes available for the top create new solutions and contrasts.

Arkos

The Arkos table designed by Gianluigi Landoni is another important novelty. It stems from a desire to revive the atmosphere of Italian home interiors of the 1950s.

The aerodynamic lines and curved tensions of its shape are inspired by the designs of Ico Parisi, in line with the symbolic style of Italian furniture in those years. Arkos stands out for the distinct structural nudity of its X- or Y-shaped legs with its long, slender shape. 

Campos

The Campos collection designed by Altherr Désile Park expands with a range of coffee tables outlined by the graphic and minimalist sign of the structure.

The combination of ceramic and mirror finishes for the tops creates a refined balance for furnishing in contemporary style and recalls the concept already introduced with the mirror.  The subdivision of the surface, in the top for the coffee table, in the mirror for the inclined part, offers new inspiration and functionality for interior design.

Outdoor collection

With the outdoor collection Sovet wants to highlight the strong desire of Sovet to offer genuine ‘New shapes for life’ also for outdoor spaces.

A series of proposals ranging from the Slim and Kodo collection with Iroko wooden slats to the new Keyah seat designed by Gianluigi Landoni: a balanced stainless steel chair ensures excellent ergonomics, providing well-being and comfort with a polyurethane cushion that easily attaches to the structure. The aim is to create durable products, a basic principle of sustainability.

Giulio Marelli Atene collection

Giulio Marelli is one the Made in Italy brands with whom we collaborate. We’ve had the opportunity to interview Luca Erba, the designer of the new Atene collection.

Luca Erba

He is an Italian architect and designer.

Born in Brianza in 1984, in the heart of the furniture district, he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 2010 and founded his studio.

A profound territorial, material and formal research is the basis of the creative process: Luca develops projects ranging from architecture to graphics and from interior to product design, collaborating with Italian and international brands.

The approach to the project celebrates the union between materials, industrial design, natural shapes and refined craftsmanship, with the desire to create objects that last over time, with a contemporary taste and a strong personality.

Atene collection

The Atene collection is the maximum synthesis of the classic trilithic system used in ancient Greece, the oldest simple structure, consisting of two piers on which the architrave rests.

In an apparent state of simple support, the Atene coffee tables are composed of 3 metal cylinders that support the marble or glass top in a perfect state of balance, framed by a metal ring that gives volume and solidity. A tribute to classical architecture.

The collection consists of coffee tables and side tables in different diameters and heights: five different sizes and heights are available. They can be customized in all the marble glass and metal finishes. The round shape is the distinctive element of this new collection.

Wave and Noah collection

In addition to Atene, Wave has been designed for Giulio Marelli, a large family of tables and coffee tables whose distinctive feature is a base made up of two thin curved metal sheets, reminiscent of the movement of waves. In addition, Noah, a large collection of upholstered furniture with generous and full proportions with a stroke that stands out for its contemporary roundness.

New products

During the 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile 2022, Marelli presented new products: Onno, a sculptural and vigorous dining table with Linda, a Nordic-inspired dining armchair with extremely soft and delicate lines.

The favourite product

“The recent Linda armchair is a piece to which I am very attached because the design of a chair is always something very intimate”.

Luca Erba

In addition to having to be beautiful and in line with market trends, a seat must also find the maximum harmony with the people who will use it. It is perhaps the most difficult object to make but at the same time the most complete and stimulating.

Vismara Design luxury furniture for entertainment

Vismara Design was founded in 1950 by three brothers: Aldo, Enrico and Luigi, who had the same passion for furniture. The great turning point took place in the 90s, thanks to the visionary designer Pino Vismara, who created a new product concept: the CD and DVD cabinet. 

“From this moment the brand acquired notoriety all over the world, thanks to real pieces of contemporary design.”

Vismara’s philosophy

Love and dedication to noble work are the real driving force behind Vismara. 

“Our philosophy is very simple: the customer is at the center of every process, from the first contacts to after sales. What we offer is not just a luxury product, but a luxury service.”

Home entertainment

For the past 10 years, the company has strongly specialized in the concept of Home Entertainment, or products dedicated to entertainment for private residences.

Vismara Design’s commitment is, and has always been, to celebrate the beauty and luxury of free time.

“In Vismara we have specialized in the creation and construction of home theaters, offering a highly customizable product, packaged on the basis of the customer’s wishes and the space available.”

Another growing trend is the Game Room, or areas dedicated to different types of games, from poker tables to pool tables, from soccer tables to chess tables.

Kubrik Sofa

Kubrik is the perfect product to complete the now popular Media Room.

Its design is modern and essential, the ergonomics are designed to be a comfortable seat for prolonged use. Thanks to the presence of two motors, the reclining of the backrest and footrest can be controlled separately from that of the headrest, reaching the ideal position and maximum comfort.

Blade Table Tennis Table

The Blade Table Tennis table is the reinterpretation of a classic game, of common use and knowledge, revolutionized and elevated to an exclusive product.

The structure of the table is entirely covered in leather with the exception of the game top, in wood essence. The Ping Pong Blade table is designed to be used also as a conference / dining table and is complete with all the accessories for play: removable net, rackets and balls, stored inside a hidden drawer.

Metropolis Collection

The Metropolis Collection, presented in its entirety at the Salone del Mobile Milano 2022, is a hymn to the fusion of cultures, innovation and progress.

The new models of Game Tables are characterized by an extremely contemporary style and a timeless design.

In a historical period in which the world seems to be strengthening its borders, the Metropolis collection aims to claim the freedom of the individual and the fluidity of connections.

b-line furniture

B—Line is a company founded by Giorgio Bordin in 1999. It restores life to several historical icons of design on the Italian scenario: these are works that have disappeared over the years.

Of the products re-edited the best-known is Joe Colombo’s famous Boby.

Timeless collection

The Timeless collection is dedicated to the greatest designers of the past, who combined aesthetics and functionality.

Expanded in the color palette and updated in the choice of materials and production technologies, the B-Line re-editions are developed by the company drawing on autographed drawings and collaborating with the studios that have collected the legacy of the great masters. 

This collection includes: Boby, Multichair, Supercomfort, Ring, Crossed, Spinny, 4/4, Aki, Buk, Boomerang and Esa.

Zero-mile Sustainability

B—Line’s gives particular attention to sustainability, linked to the durability of its products.

All B—Line products are entirely “Made in Italy” and tend to be “Zero-Mile”. In fact, the company favours neighbouring concerns that are the source of incredible skills that constitute a heritage of the highest craftsmanship and excellence to be safeguarded.

Environmental protection is at the root of the whole productive process. Transport and recycling involve huge squandering of energy and consumptions, which B—Line seeks to avoid

The most exemplary products

Boby

The concept of versatility and usability distinguishes all B—Line products and is represented at the highest levels by the Boby container trolley designed by Joe Colombo in 1970 to ensure easy vertical modularity and allow for different configurations with customized capacities.


Ring

Ring (Joe Colombo, 1964), is a container module that can act as a coffee table and once stacked it multiplies the capacity to furnish walls or create dividers. 


Multichair

Multichair (Joe Colombo, 1970) is a transformable system through the combination of the two cushions that compose it and thanks to the repositionable leather straps and the brushed-chrome steel bushings. 


4/4

4/4 (Rodolfo Bonetto, 1969) These are four identical elements which can be juxtaposed or stacked, thanks to the special inserts, to compose coffee tables, serpentine tables or modular bookcases.


Merano

Merano (Raffaella Mangiarotti and Ilkka Suppanen, 2017 ) A light and elegant collection suitable for indoors and outdoors consisting of lounge chair, pouf, two-seater sofa and bench. Once the frame has been separated from the cushions, it is possible to break the structure into two parts.


Fonda

Fonda (Maddalena Casadei, 2018) A table with almost archetypal lines, born from a softened reworking of the geometries.


Re-editions and contemporary products: how the two elements combine

From the very beginning, B-Line has combined its re-editions with contemporary furnishing accessories, the result of collaborations with international designers with the aim of incorporating different views and cultures and satisfying customer requests based on different sensitivities.

These are concrete, usable and transversal projects that have the burden and the honor of coexisting with the great cornerstones of design and convincing in terms of character and style to pass naturally from domestic environments to working spaces and from inside to outside. , areas that are increasingly hybrid and changing as the contemporary lifestyle dictates.

Credits

Cover: Photo by Miro Zagnoli and Styling by Maddalena Casadei

Products: Photos by Claudio Visentin, Andrea Pancino, Alberto Parise, Beppe Brancato, Miro Zagnoli, Salmaso Fotografia.

Salone del Mobile Milano 2022

The 60th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan was a special occasion to immerse ourselves in the world of design and to bring together our international managers and collaborators.

From 7 to 12 June 2022, at Rho Fiera Milano, we had a unique experience with customers, managers and partners, touching the products firsthand and admiring the new collections of the best Made in Italy and European brands.

We have combined the passion for our work with pleasant encounters of friendship and relaxation.

Our people

We have been to Milan with part of our Italian team, with our international managers and collaborators and with some clients from Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.

Our Italian team was made up of Filippo Salbini, Maria Giordano and Antonio Pepe.

Our Australian managers were Scott Wilson from Sydney and Vittoria Chiarilli from Melbourne.

Our South Korean manager Chan Yoon was in Milan with his collaborators from Seoul.

Our Malaysian partner Veanne Choon was with us with her team from Kuala Lumpur.

Our American partner Tom Landry II joined us from New Orleans.

Projects

The Salone del Mobile Milano 2022 was an opportunity to work on some projects underway in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea and North America, in which we will supply furniture, appliances, joinery and bathroom products (Find out more about our services).

Brands

We met old and new partners. We have established relationships with our business partners and have established new partnerships for the international supply of furniture.

The Salone del Mobile Milano 2022 was also an opportunity to touch the new collections of many brands present at the fair:

  • AmuraLab
  • Arredo Classic
  • B-Line
  • Baxter
  • Bla Station
  • Boca Do Lobo
  • Campeggi
  • Carpanelli
  • Carpanese Home
  • CC-Tapis
  • CEA Design
  • Conte Italia
  • De Sede
  • DV Home
  • Edra
  • Essential Homes
  • Ethimo
  • Exteta
  • Fiam
  • Francesco Molon
  • Frato
  • Gallotti e Radice
  • Gervasoni
  • Giulio Marelli
  • Glas Italia
  • GTV Design
  • Hommes Studio
  • Impatia
  • Itlas
  • Knoll
  • Longhi
  • Matrix International
  • MDF Italia
  • MD House
  • Medea
  • MisuraEmme
  • MYYOUR Design
  • Nanimarquina
  • Naos
  • Oniro Group
  • Pedrali
  • Porro
  • Private Label
  • Riva 1920
  • Roberti
  • Roche Bobois
  • Rugiano
  • Saba
  • Secolo
  • Segis
  • Sovet
  • Tacchini
  • Talenti
  • Teekell
  • Tribù
  • Triva Group
  • Vener
  • Visionnaire
  • Zeitrum
  • Zieta

What a great experience!

The Salone del Mobile is a very important event for the whole industry. Experiencing the 2022 edition with international managers and collaborators was fantastic

The joy of our customers who have selected the products for their projects makes us proud

The satisfied faces of all the participants make us understand that these occasions are to be repeated.

Our visit to the Itlas company in April 2022 allowed us to experience first-hand the high quality of 100% made in Italy wooden flooring and claddings, as well as “Progetto Bagno” and complementary decor items.

The Itlas collections were also highly appreciated by our guest, an important Australian interior designer, who visited the Itlas company with us, looking for products to use in his next projects in Australia.

In April, we were delighted to visit our partner Mastella.

A business meeting to give a chance to an important Australian interior designer to touch first hand the Mastella collection.

Such a successfull meeting that it has generated the beginning of a business relationship, and so as a consequence, a Mastella display corner will be shortly set up, in a very well known Sydney store, into a premium location.