Monthly Archives: October 2013

The winners of the LAGO ‘Design is Changing’ contest

tavolo Air contest

For those who participated in the LAGO ‘Design is Changing’ contest, the moment you have been waiting for has finally arrived. Here are the names of the winners:


Winner: Vitantonio Q. from Altamura, Bari
Shop associated with the postcard: Tucci Arredamenti (Lagospace XL), Altamura (BA)
Prizes: Air Wildwood Table + Air Wildwood Storage


Winner: Alejandra G. from Madrid
Shop associated with the postcard: Lagostore Madrid
Prize: Air Wildwood Table


Winner: Olivier B. from Gironde, Bordeaux
Shop associated with the postcard: Lagostore Bordeaux
Prize: Air Wildwood Table


Winner: Zeina F. from London
Shop associated with the postcard: Living Space Fulham (Lago Point)
Prize: Air Wildwood Table

The Prizes:

Air Wildwood Table, with a Wildwood surface, closed ends and legs in ultra-clear glass.
Width 160 – Depth 85 – Height 76 cm.

Air Wildwood Table

Air Wildwood Storage Bookshelf, with bookshelf system and containers with bottoms and sides in natural Wildwood, shelves in dark blue lacquer and a 36e8 container with a shiny denim glass front.
Total width 368 – Height from the ground 171.2 – Depth 40.6–56.

Air Wildwood Storage

Thanks to everyone who participated.

To find out when the next LAGO Contest will start, visit our blog and our Facebok page.

In Bari, the first Appartamento LAGO Real Estate

At the MADE Expo, we launched ‘Appartamento LAGO Real Estate’, a project targeted to builders and estate agents, offering Lago designer consulting on the furnishing of the first residential unit in a given building complex.

On Saturday 5 October, at the worksite on Via Matarrese in Bari, we held the inaugural meeting for what will be the first example of the Appartamento LAGO Real Estate. The flat is located in ‘Noema‘, a 9-hectare residential and office space building area in the area of Santa Fara, created, customised and interpreted by Noema Immobiliare. The complete design of the flat, from the interior divisions to the choice of furnishings, has been developed by the team from Lagostore Bari (Gianni, Benny, Ann Katrin, Raffaella and Giuliano) and Lagospace “Il Chiodo”.

Panoramica Appartamneto LAGO Noema

The following participated in the presentation meeting: Simone Degennaro, governing director of Noema; Vito Coppola, architect and designer and Daniele Lago, linked from Milan.

The flat on Via Matarrese is part of a residential and office space area with 750 residential units that will host around 2,000 people and 70,000 square metres of office space.

Noema cantiere

The sample unit was, originally, a two-room flat with a single view, bathroom and small kitchen. Since it would have been difficult for such a space to satisfy the needs of a family (parents and child), the Lagostore Bari design team redesigned it, optimising the spaces and choosing the versatility of the LAGO systems for the furnishings.

Cucina Appartamento LAGO Noema

In place of the small kitchen, they added a second bedroom, shifting the kitchen area to the living room. In just a few square metres, they were able to carve out: a conversation area, a cooking area, a dining area and an entryway with Tangram shelving.

The master bedroom, which was long and narrow, was reworked, dividing it in two and thus creating two autonomous but integrated spaces.

Camera da letto Appartamento LAGO Noema

Using N.O.W. wardrobes, they created a vestibule in the darker area opposite, a kind of filter that leads to an alcove flooded with light where one can relax, suspended in a Fluttua bed.

Armadi Appartamento LAGO Noema

The decision to furnish a small flat, instead of one of the Noema complex’s larger ones, was both a challenge and a dare, demonstrating that LAGO design, modular by nature, can create elegant, original settings in any kind of space.


Città Invisibili Kids Village, a lesson in creativity from children

Working with children is a journey through the freest forms of creativity, devoid of useless superstructures and a constant source of unexpected stimulus. We got proof of this at the two workshops – Saturday, 5 October and Saturday, 12 October – that we organised at Casa su Misura, the Padua furniture fair, inside the Città Invisibili Kids Village, a special area reserved for children and their parents.

Kids Village

In this space, the children got to look through enchanting books, listen to stories, participate in creative workshops, draw and read with their parents, who in turn had the chance to get advice about what and how to read to their children and how to design a room specially for kids.

Libri infanzia

During the workshops, which were called ‘La città diseducativa’ (literally, ‘the city of setting a bad example’), the LAGO Personal Kid Designer and the Città Invisibili workshop leader guided the children through the planning of a very special house, filled with dream rooms and secret spaces.

It was interesting to discover the places where children like to hide themselves at home, what their favourite room is and how they would change the furnishings if they could. These workshops helped us better understand their needs, the colours and materials they like best and which kinds of environments make them feel safe.

The most fun thing was to see them interacting with our furniture, while they read, coloured and played.

Their creativity was expressed with complete freedom … and just a few crayons were all it took to transform two Air Wildwood benches into blank sheets for their names, flowers and dreams.


A restyle that we liked so much that we decided to display the benches, together with their ‘dream house’, in our Art Waiting Room.

Panche Air Wildwood

Vietnamese coffee: slow and relaxed

For Italians, coffee is the object of national pride, but we are not the only ones unrestrained in its use, and nor are we the only ones who know how to make it. Unexpectedly, last night at the Appartamento Milan Brera, thanks to a lesson in Vietnamese coffee by friends from the RuNam Cafè, we discovered that Vietnam also has a coffee tradition, and it is no less intense than the Italian one.

RuNam cafè

And we learned many interesting things, like the fact that since 2012 Vietnam has been the main exporter of Robusta coffee, and even topped Brazil, more focused on the Arabica blend. And that coffee is the second commodity in the world, after oil.

But that this that surprised us the most is the ritual of Vietnamese coffee, which, a little like tea for the Japanese, is prepared and enjoyed slowly, very slowly. For that matter, RuNam is an expression that mean Ru – stream, litany, lifeline – and Nam – Vietnamese spirit – and perfectly expresses the Vietnamese philosophy according to which enjoyment of coffee requires a comfortable setting, good conversation and above all time, since the little cup fills up one drop at a time.

Mr Khanh

Mr Khanh, the owner of RuNam Cafè, explained to us that, like in Italy, coffee is the main drink in his country. A culture that was lost after the Vietnam War and is now re-emerging. His aim is in fact to reappropriate this tradition.

What do you need for a Vietnamese coffee? It takes very little, really: 25 g ground coffee (around two and a half teaspoons), boiling water, a Vietnamese filter, a measuring cup, a large container for keeping the coffee hot, a few coffee cups (since coffee is best enjoyed in company) and a pretty tray for serving it.

But you also need a lot of time. This is how it is done:

cerimonia caffè

1_Prepare the filter and maintain the coffee cup at the desired temperature

Put both the filter and the cup in the large container, pour boiling water through the filter, to clean everything thoroughly, and let the water drain. At this point, pour 25 g of ground coffee into the filter and gently shake to evenly distribute the coffee.

2_Expand the coffee

Pour boiling water into the cup and put the filter, full of coffee, above the cup in order to help the coffee
in the filter expand. Pour 25 ml of boiling water in the filter, slowing and with a circular movement to help prevent clumps and make any clumps that do form dissolve immediately. Cover the filter and keep cover for 40-45 seconds, until all of the water is absorbed.

3_Press and filter the coffee

After about 45 seconds, the coffee will have expanded to fill about 3/4 of the filter. Use the regulator to gently press the coffee grounds until a small amount of water comes out of the regulator. Pour the water into the cup. Put the filter in an empty cup and very slowly add 70 ml of boiling water in a circular movement. After a few seconds, raise the regulator and pull it back and replace the cover. The coffee will begin to filter into the cup and will be ready after between 5 and 6 minutes. Once the coffee is ready, clean the filter. Move the filter to the small bowl and pour hot water over it, in order to keep it hot until it is time to make the next cup of coffee. Serve the coffee on a tray, not forgetting sugar, condensed milk, ice, biscuits and whatever else you like with your coffee.

It is a long, fascinating process that inspires us to take life slowly, savouring every moment and tasting it thoroughly.

Opening: Appartamento LAGO Rimini

The 14th Appartamento LAGO will open on Sunday, 6 October, in Rimini.

The house is at Via Ortaggi 9, and could not be otherwise (in Italian, ‘ortaggi’ means ‘vegetables’), seeing that the tenant, Giuliano, is a chef by trade and his wife, Enrica, is a catering manager.

giuliano tenant rimini

Giuliano’s kitchen gathers all of the flavours and aromas of Romagna, both land and sea: Cervia salt, olive oils from the Rimini hills, fresh fish from the Rimini waters, Mora Romagnola pork, Valmarecchia beef and typical local cheeses.

The Appartamento LAGO Rimini is in Borgo San Giuliano, an old fishermen’s quarter located near the centre, to which it is connected by the Ponte di Tiberio, where Via Emilia starts. 

Appartamento LAGO Rimini

The plan for the house, developed by the architect Barbara Vannucci, speaks of this marina soul. Inside the house, in fact, one finds references to the spatial concept of boats, which have secret space-saving hatches, and so the Appartamento has hidden spaces, like the opening on the step of the staircase, which hides the vacuum cleaner, or spaces that can change function according to need, like the space under the stair that becomes a laundry.

The Appartamento develops around the needs of the five people who live there: Enrica, Giuliano and their three children, Alessandro, Alice and Alberto. The 140 square metres accommodate ten rooms: the entrance/living area, the kitchen, the TV room, three bathrooms and four bedrooms. When the grandparents stop for the night, the living area transforms into a bedroom.

Appartamento LAGO Rimini

The inauguration will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 6 October, and there is a rich calendar of events lined up for the evening. The theatrical improvisation company On The Fly will perform “Storie del mare”, an homage to Borgo San Giuliano, while jazz music will enliven the external courtyard and living area.

On the same evening, a few steps from the Appartamento, at Corso D’Augusto 212, the Lagostore
Rimini will host, in honour of the occasion, a few events including a workshop, led by Giuliano, where participants will learn how to make the traditional ‘Ciambella romagnola’.

Discover all of the events!

Lagostore Rimini

Lagostore Rimini

Giovanni Casellato, from architecture to craftmanship

Today we meet Giovanni Casellato, LAGO maker and author of Filodolce Collection (LAGO Objects), a series of objects made by him, shaping an iron wire that forms its core.

Giovanni Casellato

“The iron is a dirt and heavy material, difficult to work. This is what attracts me the most and it has become my challenge”.

Coming from a family that has been smiths for two generations, after graduating in Architecture Giovanni leaves the career go and became a craftman. In the video below he tells us his life choice and his passion for iron. Enjoy!

From 2nd to 5th October you can have a look to the collection and to other products by LAGO at MADE Expo, Hall 7, Booth C1 D10 “This is my Listone Giordano & partners”.

MADE Expo 2013