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The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) organises Sustainable Innovation 2011, an international event which provides a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to sustainability, innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Sustainable Innovation 2011 includes invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technology providers, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event represents a unique learning experience, networking space and opportunity for blue-sky ‘out of the office’ thinking.
The Centre for Sustainable Design, established in 1995 in Farnham, Surrey, UK, has led and participated in a range of high quality research projects and has organised more than a hundred conferences, workshops and training courses focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability.

The topics for the 2011 edition are the following:

Radical change
Collaborations and partnerships
Market transformation
Supply chain management
Sustainable Consumption & Production
Innovation processes
Low carbon economy
Design Strategies
Product policy
New business models
‘Open’ innovation
Tools & Methodologies
Organisational dimensions
Management systems
Case studies

Sustainable Innovation 2011 will be held from the 24th to the 29th October in Farham (UK); it will provide a range of benefits to speakers and delegates, such as unique forum for new ideas and concepts, leading-edge presentations from leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, as well as an opportunity for networking with business, government and academia.

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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2011 “‘State of the Art‘ in Sustainable Innovation & Design”

Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences

16th International Conference
24th – 25th October 2011
Farnham Castle



Valcucine is expanding worldwide, this time by renewing its showroom in the romantic ‘parisienne rive guache’ on the the next September 2009.

Italia Cucine Habitat Naturale Valcucine becomes the French flagshipstore: the Italian eco-friendly kitchens find a prestigious niche among the Paris centre’ historical buildings.

The new showroom in the heart of Paris, 202 Boulevard St. Germain, is developed in two spaces, covering 180 sqm: a shop area overlooking rue Saint Germain and a private area within the same building.

The concept is the same: to share Valcucine’s philosphy, environmental consciousness, innovation, technology and versatibility. Volumes and materials comprise, while glass, steel, wood and stone mix together in order to create customized kitchens which represent different lifestyles and personalities.

The result is a showroom designed to be a warm, welcoming environment, where Valcucine products and quality are offered  with a unique, creative style.

This was possible tank to a special collaboration between Valcucine and Italia Cucine, a landmark reference  for the kitchen market in Paris.

In the near future, new places are waiting for Valcucine, which is drawing new excellence paths in the kitchen furniture worldwide markets.

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We report here the interview with the architect Gabriele Centazzo for: ‘Le Fabbriche del design’ (from Casa&Design of Repubblica)


The distinguishing elements of the Artematica kitchen are inspired by the special attention paid to environmental topics; is this something new or is it a trend you have always followed?

«I have been basing my work on dematerialisation for more than twenty years; we live on an Earth in which 15% of the inhabitants consume 85% of the resources, the other 85% would like to consume just as much but there just isn’t enough for everyone. It is thus necessary to reduce the quantity of energy consumed to make products and services, and this is exactly what dematerialisation allows. When I started working in this direction, designing the first 5 mm thick aluminium door twenty years ago, it wasn’t possible to talk about eco-compatibility or low impact on the environment because these topics were not as important as they are today».

What elements in the Artematica kitchen transform the dematerialisation concept into something tangible?

«The door, the top and the carcass are all produced respecting the three main principles of recyclability, dematerialisation and durability; the latter is very important because an eco-compatible and recyclable element that is not durable is practically useless because more energy will soon be needed to produce another one. The kitchen we will be presenting at Eurocucina 2008 is, in fact, 100% recyclable».

Which features contained in Artematica make us talk about high technology?

«The door is the star, even in the hi-tech field. Our intention was that of changing the actual door concept by dividing the two elements that are traditionally joined together, i.e. the technical structure with its aluminium frame and the finishing element consisting in a very slim aluminium panel. Of course, in doing this, we have not neglected beauty. In fact, we have produced the first door with an invisible aluminium frame in order to achieve a kitchen in glass with pure volumes».

One last question concerning the choice of the name; what inspired you?

«The name comes from a combination of the words “art” and “mathematics”: art, because when producing this kitchen, we used an inlay technique on glass to which some artists contributed. This process was inspired by handicraft tradition that makes it possible to customise each single kitchen by means of decors suggested by young artists, by the designer or by anyone wanting to use his/her creativity to produce an original drawing. Then again, Mate is short for Maths and is used to emphasise the hi-tech side of the Artematica kitchen».

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