Is it a material for everyone, though? “In general products made entirely of glass tend to be niche products. Beautiful they may be, but they also have their limitations. You can make them safe, but if you take a hammer to them, they break. Yet it’s becoming increasingly normal to have a glass product at home – both partitions and furnishing pieces, and the demand for containers is on the rise,” concludes Arosio.
Rimadesio in Giussano (Province of Monza and Brianza) also produces spatial dividing systems and furnishings. The company was set up in 1956 in Desio, also in the heart of Brianza, and also with glass as its focus. It was initially called Rima Vetraria. Then came the change of name, using the first few letters of the founder’s surnames – Luigi Riboldi and Francesco Malberti – heralding a new departure with the introduction of aluminium. The evolution spawned Modulor, a boiserie system that now comes with optional containers, designed by Giuseppe Bavuso. Here, the glass is employed for the panels, while the frame is aluminium. Specifically, the glass is diamond etched, making for a delicate dotted texture, then back painted in Ecolorsystem colours (a collection of water-based paints developed by the company) – and unlike shiny glass is fingerprint-proof.
Modulor drove orders during the first three months of 2021, along with the Cover closing system of hinged doors and the Self containers: 18.6 million euros. “The highest ever volume of orders during the same period,” according to the company. Rimadesio closed 2020, the year of the pandemic, with orders worth over 57 million euros, a mere 4% drop from the previous year. During 2020, exports accounted for 64%, with Germany and Austria seeing the highest growth, while of the non-EU countries, Russia and the United States performed extremely well. Italy accounted for 36%, confirming its leadership position.