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Arkeda 2022: Cosa aspettarsi, espositori e partner

Gianmarco Maiolini

Arkeda 2022: Cosa aspettarsi, espositori e partner

Arkeda il propone Salone dell’architettura, dell’edilizia, del design e dell’arredo che si terrà a Napoli, nella Mostra D’Oltremare nei giorni 2, 3 e 4 Dicembre 2022, per la sua nona edizione.

Il tema della fiera e delle esposizioni è un nuovo modo di intendere l’edilizia e il design, indirizzata a modelli di sostenibilità, qualità e natura, oltre che utilità sociale.

Arkeda 2022 vanterà una vasta gamma di espositori:

  • HP: che esporrà le sue stampanti HP Designjet per grandi formati, indirizzata ad architetti, progettisti, designer e creativi.
  • 360 Energia: che presenterà una selezione accurata di sinnovative soluzioni di riscaldamento elettrico domestico, 100% made in Italy, con grande attenzione al risparmio energetico e all’ottimizzazione della gestione dei consumi.
  • Liu Jo Living: che esporrà la sua linea di divani, pouf e poltrone, caratterizzati da linee eleganti, tessuti morbidi e colori personalizzabili dalla forte identità.
  • Innova Intrusion: che presenterà la sua tecnologia di PVC con struttura in alluminio, per infissi a prova di isolamento acustico e termico e all’insegna del riciclo poiché l’azienda vanta il certificato CAM che attesta il riutilizzo di circa il 10% dei materiali plastici.
  • Il Pantografatore: azienda che opera da 20 anni nel settore del legno e che presenterà o suoi modelli più esclusivi di pannelli fresati prendendo forma sul pregiato legno massello di toulipier, frassino, rovere e noce.
  • Kitchen brands: che presenterà le sue cucine in legno componibili e i relativi complementi d’arredo. In particolare verrà presentata la cucina Convivium, della loro nuova collezione Philosophy.
  • Grohe: che presenterà Grohe Blue Pure, un sistema di filtrazione domestico, un’interessante soluzione composta da un rubinetto 2 in 1, che eroga acqua corrente miscela e acqua filtrata naturale. Non necessita di prese elettriche ed è disponibile in 3 modelli. È possibile altresì scegliere fra diverse tecnologie di filtrazioni.
  • Alfa Marmi: azienda presente sul mercato da quasi 50 anni, indirizzata a principi solidi e tradizionali.
  • Goss: distributore ufficiale italiano di Carlisle CM EUROPE di Sistemi di impermeabilizzazione in EPDM, che presenterà la sua linea di materiale per impermeabilizzazione all’avanguardia, ecosostenibile e atossico, indicato per tetti piani, terrazzi, tetti verdi, fondazioni, pareti contro terra, balconi, vasche, bio-piscine e bio-laghi.
  • B&B Systems: che presenterà la sua linea di materiali e semilavorati per per la realizzazione di insegne luminose, cartellonista e una vasta gamma di prodotti per la comunicazione visiva sul punto vendita e per l’organizzazione di eventi aziendali.
  • Olympus: che presenterà Olympus Sisma Joint, un sistema che consente il placcaggio a bassa invasività dei nodi trave-colonna con interventi tutti esterni all’involucro edilizio.
  • Rimura: che presenterà la sua linea di carta da parati, indirizzati all’artigianalità, alla bellezza e alla delicatezza del tailor made, con attenzione alle scelte ecologiche e funzionali nei materiali di supporto.
  • Naturinform: azienda tedesca produttrice di legno composito, che presenterò la sua vasta gamma di pavimentazioni e rivestimenti facciata. I loro prodotti sono realizzati in Germania e comporti dal 70% di legno certificato PEFC e 30% di Polietilene.
  • Gazzotti: che presenterà il suo prodotto Pronto Parquet Gazzotti con finitura ECOPUR, che protegge, ionizza e purifica gli ambienti da smog, microbi, polveri, acari, pollini, germi, batteri e virus, anche i più resistenti, come i Coronavirus.
  • Arca: che presenterà il suo nuovo design delle linee di mobili componibili e complementi d’arredo per il bagno, con ricerca e industrializzazione di materiali, finiture e colori.
  • ARD: che presenterà la collezione di rivestimenti per pareti Leather Wall Panels in duro polimero materiale eccezionale per la sua facilità nel montaggio oltre che per la resistenza ad urti e usura del tempo.
  • Salamander: che presenterà GretaFenster, prodotto vincitore del RedDot 2022 e German Design Award 2022, che utilizza il 100% di PVC riciclato nel pieno rispetto della natura.
  • Sivit: Industria Chimica che progetta e produce formulati in resina ad alto contenuto ingegneristico, per la realizzazione di pavimentazioni industriali, commerciali e civili.
  • Centro Faretti Original.
  • A&C Porte e Finestre.
  • DPS Solving: che presenterà la sua gamma completa di supporti ed accessori in grado di realizzare pavimentazioni sopraelevate da esterno estremamente eleganti oltre che funzionali.
  • FMG: che illustrerà le ultime novità del brand, dai nuovi marmi e marmi MaxFine, alla nuova collezione Balance per terminare il viaggio alla scoperta di Bottega d’arte.
  • IC Tende: che porterà alla fiera il suo nuovo know-how e i suoi manufatti di design che arricchiscono l’arredo e impreziosiscono gli spazi esterni.
  • New Solar: che presenterà ad Arkeda 2022 il suo prodotto omonimo NewSolar, un sistema di protezione e schermatura solare innovativo, costruito in alluminio, ha il telo composto da profili ottenuti per estrusione e distanziabili tra loro anche in misura diversa, per consentire di regolare liberamente la luce e l’aerazione naturali desiderate.
  • Mapei 2021: azienda produttrice di materiali chimici per l’edilizia proporrà le sue soluzioni per la posa in piastrelle Mapei a impatto zero sui cambiamenti climatici e la sua nuova e completa gamma di idropitture per interni, Dursilite e Mapecoat ACT.
  • Xilon: che presenterà la sua nuova collezione di arredo bagno che esalta il concetto di bagno funzionale, con un design raffinato e minimalista.
  • Casket.
  • Unox: che entra nel mercato residenziale di fascia alta con la sua nuova divisione UnoxCasa e presenterà ad Arkeda 2022 SuperOven, il primo forno che integra l’alta tecnologia dei migliori forni professionali.
  • Errelab: si occupa di resina per pavimenti e pareti di abitazioni, uffici e negozi e presenterà la sua linea di materiale versatile e resistente, ma anche flessibile in base alle esigenze di creatività ed effetto estetico.
  • Atmosphera: che presenterà LOTO, un divano modulare ispirato all’omonima pianta simbolo di purezza ed eleganza.
  • Officine Trancone: che presenterà la sua collezione di targhe per porte in vari materiali e incisioni.
  • Inkiostro Bianco.
  • Tony House: che presenterà la sua linea di mobili dai tavoli, alle sedie, agli armadi, ai letti e molti altri accessori.
  • Technolam: illustrerà due imperdibili novità: la collezione Opificio, una serie di tagli decorativi che garantisce ad architetti e interior designer massima libertà creativa di accostare finiture diverse per allestimenti pieni di personalità e una inedita collezione di elementi di arredo dal design contemporaneo
  • Emilgroup: che presenterà gli ultimi trend del design ceramico ispirati alle agate, ai cristalli, alle resine e ai legni, con la nuova gamma di colori.
  • Ferrari & Cigarini: lancia la sua nuova macchina da taglio “Capri”: una da taglio ed una da profilatura, con una caratteristica fondamentale: la presa di corrente monofase.
  • Cerasa: che porterà la nuova collezione Honey, un sistema di arredo prezioso e versatile, che interpreta una sala da bagno dal carattere forte.
  • Irsap: che presenterà Hybrid, il radiatore ventilato che unisce la ricerca di efficienza energetica ad una geometria unica, un ibrido innovativo di design e tecnologia.
  • Caos creativo: che offrirà la sua linea di carta da parati con applicato ECOPUR AIR-WALL, una tecnologia innovativa che non inquina ma anzi purifica l’aria.
  • Alberani Parquet: azienda produttrice di pavimenti in legno, con grande rispetto della natura.
  • F/Art: che presenterà il suo prodotto F/ARYA, che agisce contro cattivi odori e VOC, e garantisce un’esperienza di qualità in qualsiasi ambiente:
  • Cimmino Lime: azienda specializzata nella lavorazione del grassello di calce stagionato per rispondere alle esigenze del Restauro del Patrimonio Artistico, Architettonico e dei Beni Culturali.
  • Dormakaba: che presenterà i suoi varchi automatici, per aree reception e non solo.
  • Rexa: che presenterà Vision, una collezione concepita come uno spazio in cui sensorialità e funzionalità si uniscono e dialogano in modo armonioso.
  • Quadro: che illustrerà Formafantasta, la collezione di rubinetteria da bagno e cucina in acciaio inossidabile “FFQT”, intuitiva e silenziosa.
  • Bongio: che presenterà le nuove collezioni di rubinetteria, Linea By Ac, Amarcord e la nuova gamma di finiture “Wet&Wild”, con l’intenzione di trasformare il rubinetto da accessorio e protagonista essenziale dell’ambiente bagno, della cucina e delle spa.
  • There is Marmi.
  • Stoneware Art.
  • Hansa: azienda specializzata per offrire ispirazione e soluzioni innovative per il bagno e la cucina.
  • Dreamwall: azienda specializzata in carta da parati che presenterà le sue ultime proposte.
  • Casket: che presenterà Magnifico, un sistema rivoluzionario che utilizza la levitazione magnetica per guidare il movimento dell’anta.
  • Hermetic: che proporrà la nuova collezione di porte interne Echo, composta dalla Porta Echo Battente e dalla Porta Echo scorrevole, entrambe soluzioni filo muro e minimaliste.
  • Atelier Dalisi: che offrirà la sua nuova produzione di opere inedite, su misura e in serie limitate esclusive.
  • Plasters: che presenterà ad Arkeda 2022 le sue collezioni realizzate all’interno di un parco verde a impatto zero per hotel, spazi pubblici, yacht e dimore private.

Arkeda 2022: DNA al centro del programma

Gianmarco Maiolini

Arkeda 2022: DNA al centro del programma

Il tema di Arkeda 2022 è il DNA, inteso come Design/Natura/Architettura.

Il riferimento alla nature e alla sostenibilità è un elemento imprescindibile per il concetto che Arkeda vuole proporre nel suo Salone dell’architettura, dell’edilizia, del design e dell’arredo che si terrà a Naples, nella Show Overseas nei giorni 2, 3 and 4 December 2022, per la sua nona edizione.

Il concetto di natura come chiave di volta in Arkeda 2022

La costruzione diventa altresì un elemento secondario, in secondo luogo, rispetto all’elemento natura, preponderante e sostanziale.

Rispetto a questo indirizzo Arkeda sostiene di dover formare la nuova classe di architetti e di dover introdurre nella formazione della professione una struttura umanistica e uno sguardo diretto all’ambiente.

Si rende necessario altresì tener presente risultati virtuosi nella grande dimensione, possono essere raggiunti unicamente attraverso la somma di particolari virtuosi e, altrettanto la gestione e la crescita di una società consapevole e sostenibile in termini architettonici può passare solo attraverso piccoli interventi professionali sostenibili e consapevoli.

Ogni architetto deve essere consapevole della responsabilità che porta sulle spalle, poiché dal suo lavoro d’ingegno deriva il contributo alla costruzione della catena del dna e al rispetto dell’ambiente.

È parte della crescita della società e deve essere anch’egli, come tutta la popolazione, consapevole della necessità urgente e non più prorogabile di dirigere i consumi e il modo di vivere verso una nuova direzione.

Non può non far parte del processo necessario di cambiamento, richiesto a ognuno di noi e deve adattare la sua forma mentis e il suo spirito lavorativo alle sfide che il mondo moderno ci ha messo di fronte, sebbene non siano semplici da risolvere.

Modulo della Sostenibilità Universale

La costruzione, dunque, diventa Modulo della Sostenibilità Universale. Gli architetti sono protagonisti di questo grande cambiamento, attraverso piccole scelte al fine di perseguire uno sviluppo sostenibile, assieme a tutte le altre figure specializzate che, nel loro ambito di competenza possono contribuire a guidare il cambiamento nella direzione più sostenibile e auspicabile per la società, come antropologi, sociologi, ricercatori.

Questo risultato è da ricercare in ogni ambito professionale, nella vita e nella carriera di ogni essere umano prima e professionista poi.

La naturale conseguenza è che, tornando all’ambito architettonico, tale spirito deve essere inserito nella quotidianità lavorativa tanto del piccolo professionista che lavora in proprio, tanto al grande studio professionale, eliminando del tutto la ricerca delle grandi opere e azioni se inutili o poco sostenibili ed invece incentivando piccoli interventi mirati e controllati, tenendo sempre ben presente che le opere di costruzione e risanamento sono opere di responsabilità e conoscenza culturale. La concezione filosofica e spirituale non è più, quindi, un elemento di contorno, ma una linea guida fondamentale. L’inseguimento cieco al profitto senza considerare le conseguenze è qualcosa che l’umanità non può permettersi ed è necessario che tutta la popolazione, dalla più alla meno abbiente, si renda conto di questa imprescindibile consapevolezza.

Cosa esprime il rimando al DNA?

Allora, riprendendo il concetto fondamentale di DNA, la costruzione di edifici, l’arredamento ed più in generale il lavoro dell’architetto, hanno subito e possono ancora subire una notevole trasformazione, manipolazione con il passare del tempo. Una rigenerazione per donare nuovamente nuova vita, per soddisfare nuove esigenze e regalare di nuovo la giovinezza a quegli stessi oggetti di costruzione.

L’architetto diventa allora un genetista, che attraverso la tecnologia e la sua competenza, può manipolare e trasformare il contesto urbano e domestico in armonia con le esigenze dell’ambiente e secondo uno sviluppo sostenibile, per tutti e non solo per pochi privilegiati.

Tutto ciò non potrà vivere se non attraverso un indirizzo di qualità, denominatore comune di questa evoluzione.

E tale ricerca avverrà dopo gli interventi a confronto sulle modalità teoriche, in tre laboratori esemplificativi, sulla consapevolezza e le ricerche che aziende e studiosi hanno maturato.

Infine sarà svolto un dibattito conclusivo sul tema in un lavoratorio finale.

I laboratori sono così strutturati:

MODULOR 1

DESIGN: l’oggetto artigianale si confronta con i materiali naturali. Il design seriale si confronta con la sostenibilità

MODULOR 2

NATURA: incontra la società e detta i nuovi ritmi biologici necessari ad un nuovo indirizzo tecnologico

MODULOR 3

ARCHITECTURE: il recupero architettonico e il riutilizzo degli spazi e dei luoghi marginali è la nuova frontiera dell’architettura

SINTESI: tavola rotonda su nuove sperimentazioni e nuovi indirizzi culturali nati dalle sinergie tra ricerca e cultura (modello TED)

LABORATORIO FINALE

In laboratorio finale di Arkeda 2022 sono proposti degli spunti per generare dibattiti, contributi ed interventi, da raccogliere in una dispensa da pubblicare prima della Manifestazione e distribuita come inserto alla rivista Arkeda:

1) La natura intesa non più come sovrastruttura ma come elemento di Riferimento del Lavoro degli Architetti

2) L’importanza della piccola dimensione e del particolare nel lavoro dell’architetto

3) Il lavoro del singolo muove la coscienza della società

4) Architettura, design ma anche arte per essere attuali non hanno più separazioni, sudditanze o confini, e, confluiscono con la sociologia, la tecnologia e tutte le altre scienze in un Umanesimo Globale necessario alla salvaguardia e sviluppo della Società

5) L’essenza e la Filosofia del lavoro dell’Architetto è uno strumento indispensabile per la Società Evoluta, e perciò va sviluppato e aggiornato continuamente, in una difficile ed impegnativa formazione professionale continua

6) Il Tempo non ha più uno sviluppo lineare, ma può essere manipolato, come in genetica

7) La Qualità come denominatore comune a qualsiasi sviluppo

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Expensive energy: how to save at home

Francesco Riccio

Recent rises in utility bills are forcing many families to take measures to save. In fact, there are many ways to reduce energy costs and do not require particular sacrifices.

In this article we will try to understand what are the main ways to save at home.

How to save with appliances

Let's start with household appliances, which represent a particularly high source of consumption in a home. However, if you can use them in the right way, you can save a lot. For example regarding the washing machine, it can be a good solution to always use it when it is fully loaded and with temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees, perhaps with the eco program. Equally important is also constantly checking the real consumption of the appliance.

To get savings you should use it right too the dryer and dishwasher. In the first case, it may be a good idea to place items that have already been centrifuged in the dryer inside the appliance, in order to eliminate excess water. Furthermore, it is advisable to start the appliance only when the basket is full. In the case of the dishwasher, on the other hand, it is essential to use the eco program or, at most, a normal program but with lower temperatures. It can also be useful to eliminate the drying part.

One of the most energy-intensive appliances in a home is undoubtedly the refrigerator. Even in this case, however, there are a number of methods to reduce consumption. In particular, it is advisable to always ensure good maintenance to the appliance, in order to ensure good operation. Therefore, it is also good practice to carry out regular defrosting. Another good habit is not to insert hot food and to leave it open for a long period of time. Furthermore, if the refrigerator model is too old, it is convenient, from an energy point of view, to replace it.

You can also save on air conditioning, for example by setting a temperature below 6 degrees compared to that of the external environment, and also on the oven, avoiding buying particularly large models, since in this case it takes more time and more energy to heat them. Better to address models with dimensions equal to 60 cm in width. In addition, it is also necessary to provide constant cleaning of the appliance.

Save on light with low consumption light bulbs

One of the effective ways to save on your electricity bill is to purchase low-consumption light bulbs. On the market, however, there are different types: there are for example those a led, which offer high performance in terms of duration and consumption. Moreover, they are also quite cheap, unlike the smart ones which however offer very low consumption and wide functionalities.

There are also the halogen bulbs, which however have a higher consumption than those listed above.

How to save on gas

In addition to electricity, in recent months we have also been witnessing a sharp increase in the cost of gas. To cope with the price increases, a good solution is to install a condensing boiler, which, especially if combined with radiant panels, allows to obtain a saving of 30%. It may also be useful to replace older fixtures, in such a way as to optimize the heat inside the environment to make the use of radiators less necessary. In particular, it can be very advantageous to choose PVC windows, which ensure a high level of thermal insulation.

Finally, the heat pumps, through which it is possible to extract heat from a natural source and put it back inside the home. By doing so, energy savings of up to 70% can be achieved.

Save gas in the kitchen

Again to save gas, it may be appropriate to adopt a series of precautions in the kitchen. For example, a good habit is to use gods lids for both boiling water and cooking. Equally useful can be the use of a pressure cooker, in order to reduce not only consumption but also cooking times.

Finally, it may be useful to adopt a series of measures to save on hot water: for example, one solution is to obtain heat pump water heater or a gas water heater.

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Use of marble at home: ideas and advice

Francesco Riccio

Marble is a very elegant material, capable of providing the rooms of a home with a completely new and modern face. It is no coincidence that it has often been used for the creation of artistic works. There are many ways to use this type of material at home and in this article we will try to see some of them.

The advantages of marble

The reason behind the great diffusion of marble lies in the many advantages that it entails, starting for example from its own low refractive index, according to which the light penetrates inside the stone, giving life to a unique brightness. This happens especially with white marble.

The material is also extremely resistant and guarantees a long life. In addition, it must be added that it can be worked very easily if necessary. When it comes to the advantages of marble, one certainly cannot fail to mention its aesthetic value, which has always made it one of the most elegant materials that exist.

Are there some disadvantages of marble? In fact, even this material has some downsides. First of all, being very delicate, it requires almost constant care, which can become a problem for those who do not have the necessary time to dedicate to cleaning the house. In addition, marble is a cold material and during the winter it does not contribute to making a more comfortable environment.

Anyway, the choice depends on your tastes and desires. However, when buying marble to furnish the home, it is also necessary to pay attention to a number of technical factors that can make a difference. Let's find out what they are.

How to choose marble to decorate the house

As already mentioned, the choice of marble for your home must be done according to your tastes. However, it is also important to take into account the size of the environment. In fact, for particularly large rooms it is necessary to address a black or otherwise dark marble. In this way, in fact, the so-called shrinking effect is not incurred.

For smaller rooms, the White marble, in such a way as to provide a greater sensation of amplitude. In addition, white is very easy to adapt to the rest of the furniture. A shade that has been in fashion lately is pink, which in addition to providing an elegant look, also gives a greater sense of calm. The same goes for green and cream too.

For those who prefer to give a touch of originality to their home, the solution to address is the yellow marble. Finally, an ideal option for ethnic environments is represented by brown marble.

How to furnish your home with marble

Bath

Let's now see how to apply marble inside a home, starting from the bathroom. In this case, the material is mainly used for the floor, but it is not uncommon to see it also on the coatings or on one of the individual elements that make up the bathroom.

Living room

In the living room, marble can be used, as well as for the floor, also for the table, the coffee table, a flower girl or a sculpture. It can also be a good solution to use it for trays.

Kitchen

As for the kitchen, marble is generally used for the counter tops. In this case, the application of the material can be very advantageous, since, as we have seen, one of its main features is to provide maximum strength. It can also be used for i sinks or by i taps.

Bookcases and accessories

In recent years, marble is increasingly used for the creation of bookcases. It is about a very elegant solution, which can provide a touch of class that can revolutionize the environments of your home.

Equally popular are the small marble objects, which allow you to create small corners of great style. Finally, the material can also be used for i villages, in order to bring out undefined corners of the house.

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Color of the floor joints: how to choose it

Francesco Riccio

To get a floor with a perfect appearance it is essential to pay attention to every little detail. Among elements to take into consideration there are above all the escapes. In fact, even a small defect in size or shape can compromise the aesthetic component of the entire floor. In this article, we will focus on one point in particular: the color of the joints. There are many shades on the market and, although the choice depends on your needs and preferences, it is essential to know well what are the methods to identify the most suitable color.

What are escapes

Before understanding how and which color to choose, it is advisable to briefly clarify what is meant by the term grout. It indicates nothing more than the distance that divides one floor tile from the other and which allows its adjustment. Generally, they are characterized by sizes ranging between 2 and 4 mm, but other sizes can also be found on the market. Much in fact depends on the size of the floor, the type of substrate and many other small factors. The materials used to make the joints can be different. Typically, a compound of cement and water, known as grout, is used. Alternatively, sealants are also applied. In any case, whatever material you decide to choose, this must be able to guarantee maximum surface protection.

How to choose the color of the joints

Before seeing which color to target, it is advisable to know your needs thoroughly. In particular, it is necessary to understand if you intend to choose something traditional or to focus on innovative solutions. In the first case, the choice is quite simple: most of the joints made in the past were white shade. However, this color gets dirty very easily, especially if applied in very busy areas of the house. A good alternative to white could be represented by gray, which in addition to being versatile, also tends to get less dirty.

In recent years, the world of joints has been completely upset and revolutionized, also and above all thanks to new technologies. Today, in fact, most of the modern houses are made up of colored joints. These are made with epoxy substances and offer very high performance, as well as a long resistance over time. For those who opt for colored joints, the picture is a little more complicated. In fact, there is really an embarrassment of choice on the market. To facilitate the decision it may be useful to take into consideration some tips: First of all, when choosing, it is advisable to focus on neutral colors. In fact, these are very trendy and allow for an extraordinary visual effect, capable of providing a new look to the entire environment. Another tip is to focus on tone-on-tone joints, characterized however by one less shade. In this case, in addition to guaranteeing a formidable appearance, you will also get a long-lasting product.

Furthermore, the joints must be compatible with the material of the tiles. It is therefore necessary to try to harmonize the two components, in order to obtain a homogeneous and elegant effect. When choosing, you must also keep in mind to opt for products with a lighter intensity than that of the tiles. By doing so, in addition to ensuring a better appearance, it will also be possible to prevent another problem: the joints tend to darken over the years and by choosing a lighter color it can be remedied.

Therefore, by following these small tricks, it will be possible to make an informed choice and buy grouts with a color suitable for your environments. However, as we have already specified, an important role in the decision must always be played by one's personal tastes.

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Taps: how to choose between aesthetics and functionality

Francesco Riccio

When you decide to build or renovate a bathroom or kitchen, you should pay attention to every detail to make the environment truly comfortable. Among the elements to be carefully chosen are the taps, which, in addition to responding to a series of practical and functional needs, must also be aesthetically in line with the rest of the furniture. The question, therefore, arises spontaneously: how to choose the right taps? Let's find out together in this article.

Typology

Let's start by saying that there are many types of taps on the market. In the case of kitchen mixers, for example, there are models with pull-out shower, in turn divided into integrated and professional showers. In the first case, the flexible disappears and re-enters the tap, while in the case of professional showers the hand shower works with a spring.

In all other cases, the taps are with knobs, single-lever with single hole or two holes or with telescopic dispensing arm. The latter works on the principle of the antenna. Then there are the touch sensor mixers, which work by touching the body of the tap, and the digital models, which use wireless technology.

Material

Another element to which the utmost attention must be paid is undoubtedly the material, which must guarantee maximum resistance and long life. Generally, the most popular models of taps are made in steel, an excellent material from the point of view of resistance but which is also able to add value from an aesthetic point of view. Furthermore, the models built with this material have the advantage of not becoming opaque over time. However, the price of these types of taps is significantly higher.

The costs are much lower in the case of models made in brass, an effective material that also offers a good degree of resistance. The latter, however, over the years is often subjected to an oxidation process. In addition, brass can have different types of finish, including special color variants, chrome, stainless steel and black and white.

Additional features and technologies

A factor that should not be underestimated when choosing a faucet, whether it is intended for use in the kitchen or in the bathroom, concerns the functionality and additional technologies it is equipped with. Among these, it can be very useful the water saving function, which allows you to consume up to 50% less water and energy. In addition, there are also models equipped with technologies for lasting surface gloss and easy lever control.

Appearance and design

As we have seen, an element to consider when choosing taps is the appearance. The aesthetics, in fact, deserve the same attention as the functional component of the taps. Obviously, in this case, the choice depends a lot on your tastes and the characteristics of your bathroom or kitchen. The important thing is that the tap is in line with the style of the rest of thefurniture.

The same also applies to colors, but in this case other factors should also be considered. In fact, there are some shades that give a greater feeling of cleanliness. Others, on the other hand, allow you to better hide any limescale stains that form over time. There are also colors that are very trendy in recent years, such as blue, red or acid green, to be chosen, however, only if they can be combined.

Warranty and maintenance

The last element to take into consideration is the guarantee. A good product, in fact, it must have been guaranteed for at least two years, as required by law. In any case, however, it is recommended to ensure the product is well maintained, so as to allow it to last over time.

One last tip: check the consistency

There is one last piece of advice to take into consideration to check the quality of the chosen product and that is to check the consistency. Typically, in fact, a low-quality faucet is characterized by a low weight and, consequently, these models have a shorter lifespan.

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How to choose the sofa: sizes, colors and comfort

Francesco Riccio

In a living room there are a number of elements that cannot be missing. Among these, there is certainly the sofa. Its spread within the Western world is due to the Ottoman Empire, where it was born la parola “diwan”.

Over time, there has been a profound evolution of this piece of furniture, so much so that today there are numerous models on the market. Precisely for this reason it is not always easy to arrive at a choice and here is why later we will try to provide some basic information for choosing the sofa suitable for your needs.

How to choose the sofa

As already mentioned, they exist some factors that cannot be ignored when choosing a sofa. In particular, here are the main ones:

  • Dimensions;
  • Comfort;
  • Material and resistance;
  • Color and style of furniture;
  • How many people use the sofa.

Dimensions

A first factor to pay attention to is the one related to size. In fact, the sofa is one of the most bulky elements in a home and for those who do not have particularly large areas it is important to optimize space. In general, for small apartments it is better to opt for one two-seater model, which usually have dimensions of 150/180 cm in width and 75/90 cm in depth. On the other hand, those who live in very spacious houses can also refer to three-seater models, characterized by a width of at least 200 cm. Alternatively, a high-class solution could be the sofa with peninsula or corner, but in this case the choice depends on your needs and tastes.

Comfort

The main purpose of the sofa is to provide maximum comfort after a long day at work. That's why when you are looking for the right model, you must first consider the level of comfort offered. For this purpose, it is better to prefer models equipped with adjustable headrests and footrests. Also preferred are sofas with movable backrest, both in the electric and manual version. Some models also offer other features to ensure greater comfort, but these are associated with a higher cost.

Material and resistance

In addition to being comfortable, the sofa must guarantee a long life. To check the resistance level of a model well, it is necessary to understand what materials it is made up of. Generally, the sofas that offer high performance in this sense are those made of solid wood, but the models in polyurethane foam are equally effective.
Also not to be underestimated the upholstery fabric. Most of the models on the market are in cotton, silk, leather or synthetic fibers. Among these, the fabric that ensures greater resistance is undoubtedly the skin.

The style of furniture and color

The sofa to choose must have a style in line with the rest of the furniture. It is important to combine the various elements together, in order to provide a homogeneous and elegant appearance at the same time. The same thing must also be said with regard to color. Typically, the most popular shade for sofas is gray, but there are many other alternatives. You can address us on models with bright colors, which allow you to provide the rooms with a more lively and cheerful atmosphere. But in these cases it will be more difficult to cover any stains.

For those who prefer a more elegant color can choose models with dark colors, but only if the rooms are already well lit. In recent years, sofas with light colors are also very trendy, ideal for modern style homes, and red sofas, which, however, must be combined well with the rest of the furniture.

How many people use the sofa

Before choosing the sofa, it is advisable to first understand how many people will use it. A couple, for example, can also be comfortable with a two-seater sofa, while a larger family must necessarily address models with more seats. Furthermore, if there are children, you must opt ​​for sofas with removable and washable fabrics, while if you have pets it is advisable to also get a sofa cover.

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Urban Green: how important it is for the environment and health

Francesco Riccio

The deterioration of the environment is becoming an increasingly cumbersome problem. The damages deriving from this phenomenon, in fact, are more and more evident and under the eyes of all. From climate change to air pollution, the impact man is having on the planet risks leading us to a very dangerous future. That is why in recent years, both publicly and individually, we are trying to put in place some measures for counteract the effects of environmental problems. Among the most important initiatives in this sense, urban planning processes must certainly be mentioned, based on the goal of creating increasingly green and sustainable cities. Through public plans, which involve all local actors, it is possible to completely revalue a specific territory, making it compatible with the surrounding nature.

The phenomenon is much more visible in other European countries than in Italy. In our country, in fact, according to data provided by Istat, citizens have only 31 square meters of urban green available on average. This is not a very low figure but it is certainly not at the levels of other places around the world. For the World Health Organization, in fact, for achieve a healthy city environment, people should have at least 300 square meters of green space. Furthermore, as far as our country is concerned, it must also be considered that there are entire territories whose presence of urban green is extremely low, in some cases just above the levels established by law, or 9 square meters. All this represents a serious damage, especially if we consider the benefits that urban greenery is able to bring not only to the environment, but also to human health.

The benefits of urban greenery for the environment

The urban green in an area allows above all to counteract the phenomenon of extreme heat, which is increasingly frequent due to global warming. In particular, it has been calculated that good urban planning makes it possible to reduce the temperature by one degree. At the same time, a net can also be obtained improvement of air conditions, as the set of green spaces allows to reduce the presence of pollutants, thus decreasing the number of people who die each year from this problem (in Italy there are about 80,000 per year according to the European Agency for the environment). A further positive effect then concerns the possibility of better retaining rainwater, thanks to the absorption of green areas. In this way, the runoff that often causes the collapse of sewage systems is also reduced.

Benefits for health

In the face of the many benefits for the environment deriving from the construction of green cities, there are also many advantages for human health. This is a series of positive consequences from both a physical and psychological point of view. The contact with urban green allows you to have a better connection with nature, which has positive effects in terms of stress reduction, which today represents one of the causes of many pathologies. Furthermore, it must be taken into account that high temperatures tend to increase stress levels, so urban greenery, acting positively on the regulation of the heat of the territories, also allows us to reduce the negative effects of excessive heat on our psyche. The same goes for noise pollution, which is one of the main sources of stress. A city with enough urban greenery reduces the reflection of sound by up to 3 decibels and the sound insulation of buildings by 8 decibels. Some scientific studies have also shown that living in a healthy and sustainable environment increases people's level of happiness and concentration.

But the consequences of urban greenery also come to counteract some types of diseases directly: a lower risk of incurring respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in those who live in spaces with enough greenery. Finally, the positive effects of urban greenery from a purely economic point of view should not be underestimated, given that green cities can boast of a high-value real estate portfolio.

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Wallpaper: how to choose it and how to lay it

Francesco Riccio

Wallpaper can be a very original tool for covering the walls of the room. However, there are different types of paper on the market, each of which is characterized by different factors. That is why in this article we will try to provide a series of useful information that can be used when making a choice. Finally, we will also see how to lay the wallpaper.

How to choose wallpaper

A first element to pay attention to when choosing wallpaper is the dominant color in the environment. In these cases it is necessary to support the prevailing tone, while instead in the case in which the room is made up of neutral colors it can be useful locate an original card, such as those very shiny or with a fabric effect. In this regard, it is necessary to specify which are the different types of paper available. Here are some of them:

  • Nonwoven washable wallpaper: made of textile fibers such as silk or tone, this type of paper is very economical and resistant to both water and high temperatures. In addition to being very easy to apply and wash, it has the advantage of allowing the walls to breathe and preventing the formation of mold;
  • Vinyl wallpaper: made up of two layers of vinyl and TNT respectively, the vinyl wallpaper guarantees a long life, as well as being totally odorless. In addition, it is easily washable with water and neutral soap and can be applied and removed very easily. However, the main advantage of this type of paper is the aesthetic one: its application, in fact, allows it to provide a totally new face to the entire environment;
  • Carta da parati 3D: innovative and futuristic, this model, in addition to providing a totally new look to the environment, also makes it more spacious. The effect obtained from its application is truly original and allows you to enhance the entire apartment. Particularly effective are the models that offer optical effects, ideal for the most modern homes.
  • "Natural" wallpaper: this type of paper is certainly one of the most popular in recent years, also thanks to the growing attention to nature. It is an unprecedented but also very elegant solution.

When choosing the wallpaper, the quality of the material must also be taken into consideration, especially if it is to be applied in particular areas such as the bathroom. The last element to be evaluated concerns the reason, which can be of different types. In particular, on the market you can find both models with horizontal designs, which allow you to expand the spaces of the room, and those with vertical designs, which allow you to make the ceiling higher. In addition, there are also more original motifs, such as those in black and white, perfect for modern-style apartments, and jungle ones, to be combined especially with parquet environments.

How to lay wallpaper

Having ascertained the factors to be evaluated when choosing the wallpaper, we now need to understand how to lay it on the walls. This operation varies according to the type of paper and glue used. In general, a first step is to take the measurements, in order to understand how many rolls to get. After that, you have to proceed by carrying out the grouting of the wall, unless the wall is new. In the latter case, it may be useful to apply a further coat of glue. Precisely with regard to the glue, some factors must be carefully evaluated during the choice, such as the lack of toxic or polluting substances.

At this point, you can proceed with the application of the wallpaper. To get a more precise result, it can be useful to cut it into sheets and start the application from the edges. Then, you have to apply the glue on the paper and glue it with a plumb line, being careful not to create bubbles or irregularities. To do this, you need to get a roller as well. Finally, the strips must be placed next to each other, making sure to match the patterns.

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4 design elements that cannot be missing in your home

Francesco Riccio

Furnishing a home means paying attention to every little detail. On the other hand, this is the environment in which you will spend most of your life and it is essential to make it as comfortable as possible. About that, It is very important to place design elements in the various rooms that allow you to customize your home. That is why in this article we will try to provide some design ideas that cannot be missing in your home.

Ceiling plants

Let's start with the first design element, that is the ceiling plants. This is a very popular solution in recent years, thanks also to the increase in sensitivity towards the environment. Inserting elements that refer to sustainability is a great way not only to give a green touch to your home, but also to obtain numerous benefits from a psychological point of view: to have plant ceiling in your apartment allows you to reduce stress and increase your self-esteem.

Furthermore, plants purify the air and reduce noise, thanks to the fact that they are sound absorbing. But where to insert the ceiling plants? One room where they could be particularly effective is the bedroom, but in reality they can easily fit into any other room.

Coffee tables and carpets

Among the furnishing elements that cannot be missing inside a house, there are also tables and carpets. These are two components that, in addition to being very useful, if positioned in the right way, can make the difference in an environment. There are many models of coffee tables on the market to choose from. To get a good result you need to opt for a coffee table that has adequate dimensions and proportionate to the sofa. At the same time, the shape and style must be adapted to the rest of the furniture. The same goes for colors and materials as well.
As for the rugs, however, the choice is much freer. You just need a lot of creativity to choose the model that best suits your tastes.

Space for books

The bookcase is a design element chosen by many people to make their home truly unique. Obviously, the choice must be made on the basis of the characteristics of the apartment. For example, for particularly large living rooms, you can also use an equipped wall made up of a large bookcase. Conversely, for those who do not have a lot of space, they can opt for one frestanding bookcase, models that can be inserted in any environment without being too bulky.

As for the materials, also in this case the choice is very wide and varies according to the house. For those who want to create contemporary and modern environments, they can turn to metal models, while those who prefer the vintage style can choose a bookcase made of wood.

Technological appliances

Today, the production of technological objects is based not only on the goal of ensuring maximum functionality and efficiency, but also on the aim of making the object a real design element. This is the case not only of devices for daily use, such as the smartphone, for example, but also of latest generation appliances. There are many on the market, many of which are truly innovative. Precisely the latter are perfect to be used inside the home as design elements.

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