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green christmas box

On the occasion of the Christmas holidays, Valcucine has gifted a recyclable pasteboard box to its employees. Filled with food from the fair trade market, this box stands for an ecological and ethical message, according to its appearance and function. Instead of throwing it away, in fact, everyone can ‘reuse’ it over the time, inspired by fantasy. For a more conscious reuse.

We highlight here the participation of activist Vandana Shiva at the Terra Madre 2008 International Forum on Future of Food and Agriculture on the 23-27 October 2008 in Turin, Italy. In 2002 Vendana Shiva was awarded with the Premio Mazzotti for Literature – section Ecology; in that occasion she also met Mr. Gabriele Centazzo, chief administrator of Valcucine, and Mr. Lino Centazzo, chief director of WWF organisation in Pordenone.



Vandana Shiva and Gabriele Centazzo, chief administrator of Valcucine

Turin, Italy — I’ve just come out of the most hopeful and interesting discussions of climate change I’ve ever witnessed. Anchored by Indian food-sovereignty activist Vandana Shiva, the panel discussion at Terra Madre unveiled a new “Manifesto on Climate Change and the Future of Food Security,” drawn up by the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture.

To me, Shiva and her multinational crew of colleagues (other commission members include Wendell Berry, Jose Bové of Via Campesina, Frances Moore Lappé, and Alice Waters) have articulated a powerful new vision for confronting climate change — one more potent even than Al Gore’s famed slides and push for trade-based solutions.

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The air we breath in the kitchen and in the other rooms in the home can be polluted by the toxic substances released by varnishes and paints used on furniture. Valcucine carries out random tests to check for harmful volatile substances, artificial radioactivity and formaldehyde emission.

The air we breathe in our kitchen can become polluted by the toxic emissions from the stains and glues used to make furniture. At Valcucine, we do sample testing to make sure that our kitchen cabinet components do not release volatile substances into the air that can damage your health. We also check to be sure that our products are not contaminated with artificial radioactivity, respecting most restrictive standards of formaldehyde emissions.


Valcucine’s Artematica Vitrum glass kitchen is currently on display at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in Cellophane House, one of five on-site installations in the exhibition: Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling—on view July 20th through October 20th: Part 1 of the exhibit takes us through the history of prefabricated housing with pictures, film and models; Part 2, in an outdoor space to the west of the museum, shows prefabrication as a response to the urgent need for sustainability.

Cellophane House is a full-scale prototype house that radically reinvents the way buildings are made: an aluminum frame serves as a matrix on which fabricated floors, ceilings, stairs are attached by bolted connections. The house is an impermanent object to be disassembled—not demolished—at the end of its life. Valcucine’s Artematica Vitrum kitchen makes ecological sense in the context of KieranTimberlake’s Cellophane House. For more than a quarter century, Gabriele Centazzo (chemist, engineer and head designer of Valcucine) has been committed to environmental integrity. Centazzo says, “On the brink of the third millennium, practical and ethical reasons oblige us to make a U-turn, transforming the destructive economy of the industrial era into a system that restores health to our planet and improves the quality of our life.”

Valcucine’s Artematica Vitrum cabinetry— like Cellophane House—uses an aluminum structural frame for support. Gabriele Centazzo presented Artematica, its first “dematerialized” panel, in 1988. The cabinet fronts are less than ¼” thick tempered glass, the worktops ½” thick. Artematica’s aluminum frame reduces the amount of material used in the cabinet door by 85%, extending the life of hinges and joints, prolonging the life of the kitchen. Vitrum expresses Gabriele Centazzo’s passion for glass: made from an almost inexhaustible natural material (sand), glass is completely recyclable and sustainable, harder than steel, resistant to humidity and totally emission free. The Artematica Vitrum cabinet fronts in Cellophane House are white gloss, the countertop matte ebony glass. The entire kitchen is easy to dismantle, and labeled for recycling.

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