22.08.2018

IWF

At the IWF fair in Atlanta, the biennial trade show for materials, components
and machineries for furniture manufacturing, Cleaf presented its surface collection for furniture and interior design.

The stand by Bestetti Associati highlighted the three product types – faced panel, laminateedge – and the various tactile and visual sensations, with four installations referred to the 2018 exhibition concept “Surfaces from the Antipodes”, a glimpse of four diametrically opposed environments.
The inaccessibility of the glacier has been underlined by a series of sharp triangular elements, the desert dunes with a series of rounded superimposed layers, the abundance of the forest through the fanciful shapes of vegetation and the grandeur of the city with parallelepipeds to remember the skyscrapers.

Among others, the three new textures were also present:
Alpaca, which reproduces the silky effect of the precious natural fiber once used for the clothing of the Inca emperors;
Duna, which features reliefs of medium-sized granules such as sandstone;
Mosaico, a composition of square tiles whose irregular appearance is given by different levels of depth and widht.

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29.05.2018

SALONE DEL MOBILE NOVELTIES

On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2018 the set up of the CCube, the Cleaf‘s corporate showroom in Lissone, has been developed in the exposition concept Surfaces from the Antipodes, to offer a comprehensive picture of the collection through a glimpse of four diametrically opposed environments: glacier, desert, forest, city.

The exhibition project by Studiopepe hosts a site specific installation in the central area, a series of abstract compositions on the walls and four exposition platforms on the two basement floors.

The new textures introduced in this coordinated system of products, composed of faced panels, laminates and edges, are:
Alpaca, which reproduces the silky effect of the precious natural fiber once used for the clothing of the Inca emperors;
Duna, which features reliefs of medium-sized granules such as sandstone;
Mosaico, a composition of square tiles whose irregular appearance is given by different levels of depth and widht.

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16.04.2018

SURFACES FROM THE ANTIPODES

According to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, the gifts of nature – light, air, force of gravity – and materials – natural and artificial resources – present architecture with some of its biggest opportunities.
Cleaf’s mission has always been to find the best covering solutions for furniture and interior design, and today it is taking advantage of the Biennale Architettura 2018 and its theme Freespace, to spotlight the materiality of its surfaces.
From 16 to 22 April, in the courtyards of Palazzo del Senato in Milan, home to Milan’s State Archive, Cleaf is presenting the project-installation Surfaces from the Antipodes, designed in conjunction with Bestetti Associati and Studiopepe.
Visitors move through four cubic architectures to discover a glimpse of four diametrically opposed environments – glacier, desert, forest, city – highlighting the capacity of Cleaf surfaces to replicate the tactile and visual sensations of the materials in it – ice, rock, sand, wood, cement, metal – using existing technological innovations.
An immersive experience that gives the viewer a taste of the key characteristics of four very different landscapes and their expressive strengths through original installations in which the materiality is amplified with visuals and audio.
The majesty of the glacier is recreated with a 3D architectural membrane developed using the innovative Wood-Skin® technology, the colours of the desert from dawn to dusk with a series of superimposed layers framing a moving light source, the abundance of the forest with the projection of several layers of vegetation, and the multiple facets of the city with a series of videos hidden inside skyscrapers.
The new textures are three: Alpaca, which reproduces the silky effect of the precious natural fiber once used for the clothing of the Inca emperors; Duna, which features reliefs of medium-sized granules such as sandstone and Mosaico, a composition of square tiles whose irregular appearance is given by different levels of depth and widht.

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14.04.2018

TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM

Cleaf is technical partner of the eleventh edition of the Triennale Design Museum directed by Silvana Annicchiarico, that tells the story of Italian design by using a whole series of stories, which together illustrate its complex nature (Storie. Il design Italiano – Palazzo della Triennale 14 April 2018 – 20 January 2019).

126 faced panels nearly 5 metres high in a black Ares texture were used to cover the curved walls of Muzio’s building, which Calvi Brambilla, the architects hired for the exhibition design, describe as “an actual street along which the collection of objects selected by the curators unfolds with a rhythm that underlines the passion of Italian design.

The Ares texture, reproducing the essence and depth of a wall in concrete or Venetian plaster, creates a tactile and visual effect that reflects the idea of the city, the guiding concept behind Calvi Brambilla’s design project: “the history of Italian design is an interminable array of experimentation, innovation and reconsiderations and only the urban fabric has a similar level of complexity. Visiting the museum will be like penetrating a city which we have heard so much about and to which we may have paid a fleeting visit but which we have never properly explored.

Being selected by the Triennale Design Museum is very gratifying and a sign that the design experimentation we are pursuing with so much care and passion is appreciated” – remarked Roberto Caspani of Cleaf – “The project-installation Surfaces from the Antipodes which we will be presenting during Milan Design Week aims to highlight the materiality of our surfaces for furnishings and interiors.

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14.02.2018

TRASFORMAZIONI ELEMENTARI

On the occasion of the 70th birthday of its founder Luciano Caspani, Cleaf presents Trasformazioni Elementari, a video signed by Studio Azzurro that reveals, through a tactile look, the creation of innovative surfaces and solutions for the coating of furniture and interior design.
An intense and exciting story in four chapters tells about a unique Italian manufacturing philosophy – Light reveals the raw materials, Different raw materials join together on the surface, Surface is multiplied by the combination of texture and decorative, Light inspires the forms.
From the selection of raw materials to a cutting edge technology to combine them, from the design ability to make them multiple and unique to the talent to make them alive them through the products and projects of the best furniture and interior design interpreters.
A great attention to details typical of a craftsman applied to a state of the art industrial process made Cleaf an excellent interpreter of contemporary industrial design.

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01.01.2018

ARCHILOVERS

The 2018 edition of the Cleaf calendar is a tribute to architecture.
12 innovative textures for furniture and interior design inspired by 12 modern architectural masterpieces.

Project: Blackspace
Photos: Nicola Zocchi

1
IDEA INSPIRED BY CCTV HEADQUARTERS, BEJING (CHINA) | ARCHITECT: REM KOOLHAAS
2
PIOMBO INSPIRED BY SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK (USA) | ARCHITECT: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
3
CONCRETA INSPIRED BY GIPSOTECA CANOVIANA, POSSAGNO (ITALY) | ARCHITECT: CARLO SCARPA
4
TALCO INSPIRED BY BARCELONA PAVILION, BARCELONA (SPAIN) | ARCHITECT: LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE
5
NADIR INSPIRED BY EXPO’98 PORTUGUESE NATIONAL PAVILION, LISBON (PORTUGAL) | ARCHITECT: ÁLVARO SIZA VIEIRA
6
ARES INSPIRED BY CASA GILARDI, MEXICO CITY (MEXICO) | ARCHITECT: LUIS BARRAGÁN
7
DUNA INSPIRED BY LA MURALLA ROJA, CALPE (SPAIN) | ARCHITECT: RICARDO BOFILL
8
KRISTALL INSPIRED BY MUSAC LEÓN, LEÓN (SPAIN) | ARCHITECT: MANSILLA + TUÑÓN
9
YOSEMITE INSPIRED BY SAN CATALDO CEMETERY, MODENA (ITALY) | ARCHITECT: ALDO ROSSI
10
MALOJA INSPIRED BY HOUSE IN KAMIWADA, OKAZAKI (JAPAN) | ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO
11
ESPERIA INSPIRED BY RESIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT, NOVAZZANO (SWITZERLAND) | ARCHITECT: MARIO BOTTA
12
AMETIS INSPIRED BY ZOLLVEREIN SCHOOL, ESSEN (GERMANY) | ARCHITECT: SANAA

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