For more than 20 years Lapalma, established in 1978, has been manufacturing furniture for the modern home and for the contract, following a thread, rooted in the modern design, that links with clear proportions all the components of the project and aims at getting a universal product, that will last forever. All the products derive from a continual research on materials and mechanisms: these are engineered and developed in the plant of Cadoneghe, near Padova.

Rational aesthetics, through the use of natural materials like wood from controlled plantation, leather, metal, wicker and glass, finds out an order in the variety of elements and functions. It is then possible to get a contact with things of everyday life, to live each moment and situation enjoying also small details, apparently meaningless, surrounded by objects that create a peaceful atmosphere. A style that creates a refined and functional room.

Quality is a fundamental component of Lapalma's philosophy. It means to check the incoming raw materials, the way suppliers work, how components are assembled and products controlled, packed and delivered. A special care is dedicated to the products. They are tested in our factory by a testing machine to ensure a high reliability. Lapalma is certified ISO 9001: the system of procedures employed assures that the products continue to meet the standard established by the quality assurance program. But quality is not only related to products: it also means customer care and monitoring the customer's satisfaction, prompt replies to every request and flexibility in considering the special requests of our partners.

The awards like the English Fx International Interior Design Awards 2000 and Japanese Good Design Award 2001 points out the international attitude of Lapalma's products. Lapalma is member of Assarredo, Catas (Italian laboratory for testing furniture and wood based products) and regularly exhibits at the Milan fair, International Möbelmesse (Cologne) and Orgatec (Cologne).

At the Milan International Furniture Fair 2006 Lapalma ha presents this followings products:

Takashi Shinozaki designed Ueno: a small stacking table-stool with variable height. It was originally designed for the Art College in Tokyo, as a revised version of an art school's traditional stool. It has been developed as a primitive tool for the rough and informal usage. By changing its position and, as a consequence, its height, each user can adapt it to his own way to live with it, as a side table or as a seat. Ueno was named after the historical area in Tokyo, where the college is located.

Playing with paper, was the start of Kai chair, by Shin Azumi. If you fold a piece of paper you get a crisp edge, and if you bend it you get a gentle but tensioned curvature. The name, Kai, is a Japanese word. Its pronunciation can be interpreted in several different meanings. It can be a seashell, it can be comfort, it can be meeting, it can be answer, it can be pioneer.

Andreas Ostwald and Klaus Nolting designed Cox; a shell chair made of a new material, a threedimensional molded plywood, based on the classic plastic chairs of the last century (Eero Saarinen, Charles & Ray Eames, Philippe Stark) in a new technology. We use a modern, characterful shape, slight soft curved lines with clearly defined edges to create a modern look. Cox uses an innovative technology to mould a threedimensional deformation of plywood in two ways. for a spheric-shaped characteristic in the sitting area for the curves in the armrest-zone. Only the characteristic of a spheric forming makes it possible to create the chair in this thin way. Cox is innovative, significant, gracile and beautiful by a fluent shape.

Elica, by Gudmundur Ludvik Gretarsson, is a chair with plywood seat and back that twisting like a propel becomes front leg. The making of this chair comes from the fascination for the thing with the built-in capacity to change from one state to another. There is a general idea of a folding chair to be a low cost store-away chair. It's most important qualities are the comfort the aesthetics, elements that sometimes are not involved in a folding chair due to its functionality. As a consequence of this, it was obvious to work with improving the comfortableness and the design of the folding chairs. The challenge has been to make a folding chair that meets the demands, the aesthetics and the comfort in a chair used every day.

Piergiorgio Cazzaniga created Exa chair: light, handy, stackable, dynamic. The Exa materials have been chosen with care: stainless steel for the frame and wood for the shell, and are used exploiting thoroughly their intrinsic features of lightness and resistance. No hardware has been used and the peculiar junction between the seat and the front legs is made by wrapping the plywood around the stainless steel. The match between the flexible shell and the structure pivoting in the wood creates a seat suitable to all the physiques. Exa follows the shape of the body and adapts itself to each position of the user; its comfort is increased by the wide surface of the back. It is the last result of a long research on the curved plywood and on the dynamic seat.

Finally we also remember some "evergreen" products from the Lapalma Collection of the past years: the armchair Nastro – designed by Fabio Bortolani –, Laaka – chair by Karri Monni –, the benches collection Za-1, Za-2, Za-Angle – by the japanese designers Shin & Tomoko Azumi –, Brio and Tai – tables by Romano Marcato –, Bongo – stool designed by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga –, Albero – the clothes-hanger created by Fabio Bortolani – and also OC Chair – designed by Simon Pengelly.

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 INDEX 2006 

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Elena Granchi