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Milano 2016 12-17 aprile 2016


“Tasting rooms”is the motto chosen by lapalma for the Milan Furniture Fair of 2016 to underline once again its focus on the contract market with a wink and a nod to foodservice. Taste is the fil rouge between comfortable, elegant, sartorial collections as well as unique products, awarded with prestigious international prizes.

As a major player in the field of interior design for both the home and the contract market, lapalma is exhibiting interesting news continuing along the same path as in the last few years with coherence. Tailor-inspired work, quality-handcraft mixed with high-level industrial technology, perfect harmony between international language and completely made-in-Italy production: all of this is serving now the contract market and, in particular, foodservice. Different areas make the booth according to the art director Francesco Rota’s project: the way goes through the coffee corner, the restaurant and the lounge, which are separated by functional partitions made of net, fabric or coated tubes, thus interesting even from the point of view of the material. Such membranes divide and define space, thus highlighting the main features of each product, which helps out visualizing it in a specific context.

One of the protagonists of the setup is, again, ADD, a versatile system of modular seating awarded with several acknowledgments like the Red Dot Design Award, just to mention the latest one. The system consists of a base where you can put panels, seats, seat-backs and other devices and, launched in 2014, it has been continuously improved with new equipment and possible combinations. The last step of this project is a new table whose design is at the same time essential and refined and which is characterized by a frame of aluminum profiles continuing in die-cast aluminum legs.  Technically, the corner leg connects the beams forming a 90° angle, whereas the connecting leg forms a 180° angle with the beams, so that two or more tables can be jointed. This makes the table perfect for foodservice, for the office, for break-out areas and, in general, the hospitality market.

Great comfort, versatility and sober elegance have characterized lapalma since the beginning. These are also the strong points of the new eclectic chair ARCO, whose main feature is an elegant backrest of curved wood which goes around the seat until it almost disappears inside that, creating a refined aesthetical continuum. Signed by Francesco Rota, ARCO respects the principles of ergonomics: it welcomes your back providing not only lumbar support but also good side support, thanks to the uniform curving of wood. It is available both in solid wood and upholstered; it conforms to contemporary taste due to its peculiar curved backrest and it meets specific demands at home as well as in the office, in elegant high-frequency areas, bars or restaurants, being it available with several bases.

The focus on matter and surface is no doubt one of the central themes of all lapalma new products. A refined two-color choice adds value to the new series of occasional tables: JEY. Available in two different heights (45 and 50 cm) and four different tops, JEY has been designed by Francesco Rota and is perfect for the lounge area. JEY side tables combine a precious cylindrical base of marble or concrete, conveying stability to the whole, with a top of 10mm Fenix laminate in several shapes (a circle, a rounded-off square, a hexagon, a rounded-off triangle). A handle-shaped bent tube makes it possible to move the table easily, especially in high-frequency areas (like offices, hotels, bar, restaurants, etc) but also in contemporary residential contexts.

It is the automotive sector, then, that inspired the other interesting new product, namely the WIL stool by Romano Marcato. Its main feature is an original three legged base of powder-coated metal or mat chromed metal. As regards the swiveling seat, it is very comfortable due to its polyurethane foam upholstered with fabric, soft-leather or fake-leather, according to one’s wish. 3 stitches highlight its broad, comfortable seating surface, which reminds of a steering wheel. Further reason for its original touch is the particular tube, whose circular cross-section becomes triangular.

The YO table, designed by Romano Marcato, has to be counted among the news too. It has been thought up specifically for the hotel industry and the contract market, both having particular demands. It is height-adjustable (from 48 to 71 cm) and fits perfectly for lounge areas next to sofas and armchairs as a convenient side table for laptops, books or personal belongings. It has a powder-coated metal base and a 50cm-top in Fenix laminate (black or white) or in wood (blanched oak, dark walnut or black open pore). This new product reflects lapalma’s capability of responding to the needs of the contract market with creativity and high flexibility in the production.

The booth describes the path the company has been following in the last years, which leads to projects which combine comfort, aesthetics and functionality.

The AUKI lounge chair by Hee Welling is a perfect example for that. At IMM Cologne 2016 AUKI was exhibited in an enriched version with headrest and/ or footrest – the last one being possibly used as a small stool too. Its target is the lounge, thus AUKI perfectly fits for prestige offices, halls of luxury hotels and refined home interiors, according to the finishing of the base and that of the upholstery. When required, it comes along with coffee tables in different finishing, round or square tops with several bases such as chromed or coated 4-star bases or 4 legs of wood.

Versatility and the ability to interpret different needs characterize the Fork table too. At the base of this system of tables, designed by Tomoya Tabuchi , is the concept of "leg system", which provides the ability to expand, potentially indefinitely, many versions of a table. The leg system developed for FORK provides some common parts in die-cast aluminum: a structure that allows varying the configuration, playing on different finishes of legs or columns. The same happens with the table tops: in different shapes (round, oval, square, rectangular) and different finishes (blanched oak, dark walnut, black open pore, white lacquered, Fenix black or white). Being available in two heights (74 cm and 110 cm), Fork is ideal for foodservice, but also for the office and, in general, for high–frequency areas.

In addition to all that, lapalma is presenting further news at the Milan Furniture Fair 2016: a new model of the Miunn chair with a mild, valuable look due to 4 legs in solid wood; the restyling of Fedra in a new version with a molded shell, geometrical lines, legs of wood or simply lacquered, more modern and technical.

The focus on matter, refined finishing, texture and selected fabric is the main concern of lapalma at the Milan Furniture Fair 2016. Taste and elegance always play the lead role. Contemporary design, in fact, is becoming more and more the design of matter, because“being-able-to-do”is now the real excellence. Thus, the success of a product is a consequence of the choices made to manufacture it, the materials used and the researched combinations of colours.

If personalizing the environment with one’s own identity and style is the theme of contemporary interior design, lapalma’s goal is succeeding in doing that by means of advanced solutions.