New design locations (for growth and sustainability)

Many Italian furniture and design companies have decided on renewal of operations and image, opening new production facilities to celebrate ongoing success and growth. Some examples

Talenti, new HQ showroom
Talenti, new HQ showroom

Companies that are evolving, growing and focusing more closely than ever on sustainability. In spite of the pandemic of the last few years, many Italian furniture and design groups have decided to update themselves and their image, opening new production facilities to celebrate ongoing success and constant growth.

The common denominator of these futuristic headquarters is extensive use of technological systems and materials to reduce environmental impact. Here are several cases in point.

Headquarters Talenti
Headquarters Talenti

TALENTI S.p.a.
As already suggested by the S.p.a. (joint stock company) suffix, this year the Cameli family business has expanded: the Umbria-based brand in field of premium outdoor furnishings has changed its status, while keeping the capital inside the family. The decision is the result of a growth trend: with respect to 2020, Talenti reported a +57% rise in sales, and a 74% rise in orders.
To further celebrate these results, the firm has opened a new facility in Amelia (TR): over 80,000 sqm – about 20,000 indoors – and a showroom of 2000 sqm.

Riflessi, Sofia chair
Riflessi, Sofia chair

RIFLESSI
The company located in Ortona (CH) is moving full speed ahead, especially thanks to seating: over 25,000 units sold last year. The most popular product is still Sofia, including models covered with special prints in honor of the most beautiful Italian cities, in an exclusive collection. The trend for 2021 has been positive, not only with respect to the previous year, the company reports, with growth of 40% even in relation to pre-pandemic performance. This has made it necessary to open a new headquarters in the Ortona zone, to produce about 10,000 pieces per year: 8 workers are presently involved in the sartorial workmanship that sets the company apart.

Headquarters Pratic. Ph © Fernando Guerra
Headquarters Pratic. Ph © Fernando Guerra

PRATIC
7500 sqm, designed by the studio Geza, for ongoing growth, quality working conditions and environmental sustainability. The Friuli-based brand of design awnings and pergolas takes a new step forward, building a new plant that will allow the company to expand its production, utilizing a modern automated system for the stocking of raw materials. The headquarters in Fagagna (UD) will also boost its zero-emission painting division. The company helmed by Edi and Dino Orioli is about to surpass 60 million euros in sales this year, setting a new record.

Minotti Hub
Minotti Hub

MINOTTI
The company celebrates its positive future outlook with a new logistics center: the Minotti Hub. The production unit on an area of about 5700 sqm, organized on two levels, is located near the headquarters in Meda (MB). Completed at the end of July this year, the new center is the result of the Minotti family’s desire to improve corporate logistics and to have larger spaces for greater efficiency in the shipping of indoor and outdoor furniture all over the world. Here too, the theme of sustainability is crucial: in a perspective of urban renewal, an area adjacent to the building has been set aside for urban vegetable gardens used by the local community. The roof features solar panels, which contribute to the energy balance of the complex.

LAMINAM
The producer of large ceramic surfaces has doubled the size of its production facility in Borgotaro (PR). The objective? To continue to grow, repositioning the company as a leader in the sector of Superior Natural Surfaces for Architecture and Design. Another key factor is that of sustainable innovation, sustained by an investment plan of over 50 million euros for expansion and renewal of facilities: the installation of avant-garde systems drastically reduces harmful emissions and environmental impact, along with extensive use of solar energy and electrification of the production process.