We are glad to announce that Gabriele Centazzo, president of Valcucine receives the “Premio dei Premi per l’Innovazione” selected from the ADI Design Index 2010 “for the social and ecological awareness with which Valcucine, a company that expresses a business culture based on ethics, environmental friendliness and innovation, has been managed since the eighties .
The prize has been given to this commitment as an example for businessmen and designers to the aim of encouraging attention to sustainability as a method to be adopted, together with formal and functional research, in planning and producing design products.” The privileged location for the prize-giving ceremony is the Quirinal Palace where the prize will be awarded personally by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. This prestigious prize, established by the Ministry of public administration and innovation, is aimed at sustaining business initiatives in many sectors, rewarding creative activities so that a culture of change and innovation can be developed in our country. The Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation, Renato Brunetta, has listed ADI amongst the reference associations for the Prize because of the value of the selections made by the Compasso d’Oro, that has been promoting Italian design for over 50 years, putting the innovative qualities of the project and of the product to the fore.

For us, the “Premio dei Premi” is the crowning achievement at the end of a thirty-year long path paved with genius and passion: an important award for a manufacturing company whose profit is, above all, the consequence of an ethical and cultural process. We have always been guided by Nature that inspires the potentials to be expressed as well as the limits to be respected. Our design is an “intellectual” one in which aesthetics and plenty of creativity go hand-in-hand and in which research into useful and beautiful things combines with respect for Man and for the environment.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is an organic compound with the formula CH2O

Formaldehyde, a colorless gas with the formula CH2O, is commonly known as dangerous for human health. Important precursor to many other chemical compounds, especially for polymers, formaldehyde is more complicated than many simple carbon compounds because it adopts different forms: it is a gas at room temperature, but the gas readily converts to a variety of derivatives, which are often used in industry in place of the gas.

In 2005, annual world production of formaldehyde was estimated to be 23 million tonnes. Commercial solutions of formaldehyde in water, commonly called formalin, were formerly used as disinfectants and for preservation of biological specimens. In view of its widespread use, toxicity and volatility, exposure to formaldehyde is a significant consideration for human health.

According to the National Institutes of Health the strong-smelling chemical formaldehyde causes cancer as people with higher measures of exposure to formaldehyde are at increased risk for certain types of rare cancers, including those affecting the upper part of the throat behind the nose. The 11th Report on Carcinogens classifies it as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” and reported US production at 11.3 billion pounds in 1998. International production was over 46 billion pounds in 2004, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Formaldehyde is widely used to make resins for household items, including paper product coatings, plastics and textile finishes. It also is commonly used as a preservative in medical laboratories, mortuaries and consumer products including some hair straightening products. Its primary use is in the production of resins and as a chemical intermediate. Urea-formaldehyde (UF) and phenol formaldehyde (PF) resins are used in foam insulations, as adhesives in the production of particle board and plywood, and in the treating of textiles.

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About 600 entries across 25 countries were submitted to Azure’s AZ AWARDS 2011, the magazine’s first annual international competition recognizing excellence in design.  Of these submissions, international experts – Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier Landscape Architects, Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, product designer Patty Johnson, Eero Koivisto of Claesson Koivisto Rune and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg – have chosen the finalists and winners.

We are proud to announce that Valcucine’s Invitrum Base System was chosen as finalist for the category Furniture Systems. Thanks for voting and supporting us!
Do you know Invitrum? Discover more about it…

What happens now?
On June 16 the winners selected by the jury and the public will be announced during a private ceremony and exhibition at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. All winners and finalists will be featured in Azure’s Awards Annual on newsstands in June. The AZ AWARDS private ceremony and exhibition opening will take place June 16 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The AZ AWARDS winners exhibition will be open to the public June 18 to September 25.


The days on which the “Salone del Mobile” furniture exhibition in Milan is held are the busiest of the year. In our agenda, events and openings intertwine with normal daily commitments preventing us from paying all the visits we would like. Nevertheless, this time it will be almost impossible to miss at least one visit to the Brera Design District where Valcucine offers a very special service to professionals of the sector and inquisitive passers-by.
Valcucine Temporary Laundry is the free laundry and ironing service that Valcucine makes available to design lovers during the “Salone del Mobile” exhibition. From Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April anyone who has signed-in on the web can bring his/her dirty laundry to the Valcucine Showroom in Corso Garibaldi 99, in Brera and pick it up during the afternoon of the next day. There is only one restriction:  the garments must be white.
This service will be offered with the collaboration of AEG, a worldwide leader in the washing machine sector, for as much as regards the technical information, and with Mammeacrobate who will give a live report on the experience and who will collaborate with us to run the laundry. As well as being a local service, Valcucine Temporary Laundry also launches a global product:  Valcucine’s Laundry line that will soon beautify the laundry area of homes worldwide with its design, functionality and with its ergonomic solutions.

Valcucine Temporary Laundry
11-16 April 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collection of laundry to be washed and ironed
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. distribution of washed and ironed laundry (distribution of the clothes collected the morning of the previous day)
at Valcucine’s showroom, Corso Garibaldi 99, Milan

Visit the facebook fan page with this event and sign up on-line to take part to Valcucine Temporary Laundry

 

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