Di­rec­tor at Evo­lu­tion of Sur­faces, Nicky Dug­gan re­ports on her ob­ser­va­tions from Mi­lan De­sign Week.

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Mi­lan cer­tainly put it on for De­sign Week this year – balmy weather, sunny days, spring flow­ers – and one of the best dis­plays of de­sign in years. From Fiera Mi­lano (which in­cludes the mas­sive ex­hi­bi­tion halls of EuroCucina and EuroBagno) to Br­era, Tor­tona and the cen­tral city, the qual­ity was sim­ply out­stand­ing. With­out doubt, from a sur­faces per­spec­tive, the hero prod­uct was Fenix. This in­no­va­tive prod­uct, made us­ing nano-tech­nol­ogy, is man­u­fac­tured by Arpa In­dus­tri­ale, just out­side Mi­lan. Fenix fea­tured heav­ily in the best kitchen and fur­ni­ture dis­plays, in­clud­ing the stand-out Elle Dé­cor Mil­len­ni­als at Home ex­hi­bi­tion. While also avail­able in lighter shades, the prod­uct’s in­tense dark colour range sup­ports the con­tin­u­ing trend for deeper tones. ‘Anomor­phix’, the Fenix dis­play in Br­era, clev­erly demon­strated that ma­te­ri­als are not the same, even if they look sim­i­lar. With low light re­flec­tiv­ity, Fenix is ex­tremely matt and beau­ti­fully soft to touch. As well as be­ing an­tifin­ger­print, it’s also re­sis­tant to scratches and abra­sion, with the abil­ity to ther­mally heal su­per­fi­cial mi­cro-scratches. Fenix demon­strated its wide ap­pli­ca­tion ap­peal, ap­pear­ing in bath­room cab­i­net dis­plays at EuroBagno, as well as spe­cialised bath­room re­tail­ers in Mi­lan. On the bath­room tap­ware front, iB Ru­bi­netti (Ru­bi­netti is Ital­ian for taps and iB are the ini­tials of Ilio Bre­goli, the com­pany’s founder) de­liv­ered yet more stand-out ranges. Two years ago the fam­ily busi­ness, which is lo­cated in Bres­cia, close to Mi­lan, launched the stun­ning ‘Marmo’ col­lec­tion for bath­rooms. ‘Marmo’ is a so­phis­ti­cated mar­ble range, avail­able in ei­ther white Cararra or black Mar­quina. This year, iB Ru­bi­netti in­tro­duced the ‘Bold’ col­lec­tion, a com­bi­na­tion of metropoli­tan and in­dus­trial de­sign aes­thet­ics, which will pro­vide an out­stand­ing de­sign el­e­ment for bath­rooms and kitchens. To in­clude Fenix sur­faces and iB Ru­bi­netti tap­ware in your project, please talk to your ar­chi­tect or de­signer, or call Evo­lu­tion of Sur­faces on 0800 225 5367. evo­lu­tionof­sur­faces.com

1&2 —The iB Ru­bi­netti ‘Bold’ col­lec­tion, de­signed by Fed­erico Castelli and An­to­nio Gar­doni. 3 —Fenix ta­bles at Elle Decor restau­rant at Mi­lan De­sign Week. 4 —Fenix side­board by Next125.


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