As one wanders around the pavilions of Salone del Mobile, technology is a discreet but constant presence. Apps and voice recognition are obvious examples, but it goes beyond this to how companies are improving the very essence of the home environment through the skilful blending of technology and formal elegance.
Technological applications in living spaces are far from uniform, but they do share the common thread of improving people’s public and private lives, their work and leisure time. Perhaps the first element that catches most visitors is the persistence of the pandemic, but not the pandemic in the strict sense of the disease. No, the pandemic in the sense of how it has forced companies to change and to grapple with the aftermath, making them reflect and creating opportunities for exciting, innovative solutions.
Caimi Brevetti, a leading European producer of soundproofed panels, is displaying a series of its products that have been designed specifically to help make indoor spaces healthier and improve the wellbeing of the people who use them. Its flagship products are obviously given due importance, along with a new range of public seating options that use Snowsound Fiber sound-absorbing covers to actually reduce noise levels to create a more enjoyable environment. But perhaps one of the most intriguing projects is the new Teleta lamp by Alessandro Zambelli. The design uses the upward airflow caused by the heat emitted from the light source to channel air through an anodized filter with silver ions that actively breaks down the bacterial load. This is a superb example of innovative design that reuses energy, while improving air quality.