If 2021 taught us to explore the potential of every corner of our homes, 2022 promises to consolidate the trends that make domestic spaces increasingly versatile.
The growing concern for well-being and the right balance between dedication to work and one’s mental health will be the main protagonists this year. Therefore, solutions that expand the spaces and make them more versatile become the most sought after by those who want to create a home that welcomes, in the same place, the different needs of its inhabitants.
If you are planning your home, or are simply looking for inspiration to give your home a new look in 2022, here are our tips:
Islands with sliding tops that help delimiting, without limiting, open spaces
Solutions such as the Twice and Twice Top systems allow you to use both sides of the kitchen island according to the needs of each moment: pull the top towards the kitchen when you engage on culinary activities or simply slide it towards the living room when you want to have a table available to study, work, or make a video call that does not feature the kitchen as background.
Other solutions, such as Top 33 and Sestante, help to keep the space organized: when closed, these tops completely or partially cover the worktop and hob, thus helping to keep the house visually cleaner and tidier.
Retractable desks help establish when the working day is over
Pull-out desks or folding desks are effective solutions to officially declare when the working hours are over. In a few moments it is possible to store the entire workstation in a wardrobe, on a shelf or even in a drawer, transforming the same space into a reading or meditation corner where you can take care of your health and well-being.
Let the sunshine in and enjoy the most of natural light at home
The power that sunlight has on our mood, health and well-being is indisputable. So use and abuse of solutions that allow light to circulate more easily through the different rooms, such as sliding glass doors.
Speaking of glass, renovations to use outdoor spaces even during the coldest months have grown a lot in 2021 and should continue in 2022. How about having lunch on a nice table on the veranda all year round?
Consult our catalog of aluminum extendable tables, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and choose the model that’s right for you.
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Create, optimize, update, transform. Innovation is essential to keep up with market demands and to offer the best solutions not only in terms of products and services, but also of processes. It is an essential condition for any company that intends to reach excellence.
On 3 December the importance of innovation was celebrated with the ceremony of the XII Edition of the Enterprise Award for Innovation. The initiative, promoted by Confindustria, the Italian Quality Award Association (APQI) and the Giuseppina Mai Foundation, selects the Italian companies deemed capable of strengthening their competitive skills by leveraging the innovation achieved not only on their product and process, but as a whole on their business organization and company culture.
We participated for the first time this year and already Atim was chosen as a Finalist among 12 companies from all over Italy selected in 2021.
Receiving this award, especially in the year in which Atim celebrates its first 25 years, shows us that we are heading towards the right direction. We implement new solutions not only in the furnishing systems we create, but we do everything possible to feed the innovative attitude in every aspect of our company: in the active engagement of staff, in the implementation of the latest 4.0 production technologies, in optimizating the use of raw materials and sustainable energy resources, in the creation of omnichanel services, such as the recent We2You, to bring us closer to our customers all over the world.
The Enterprise Award for Innovation promoted by Confindustria is the first in Europe to have adopted the parameters of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and participates, for the Industry and Services category, in the Premio dei Premi, a recognition established by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers mandated by the President of the Republic, whose ceremony will take place in 2022.
Farsightedness, ambition, creativity: principles that have marked the history of these first 25 years of our company. History we share with you: after all, if we celebrate today it is above all thanks to the trust that our partners and clients have had in us, the space we’ve created for an honest and open collaboration, as well as to the challenges we have undertaken together.
In this short video, our founder and CEO, Stefano Del Prete, talks about the key elements for the success and continuous growth of Atim over the years:
We are proud to have given our contribution to the furniture sector, bringing design and innovation to the homes of many people around the world. But this is just the beginning!
We intend to continue doing it, with the same enthusiasm and for a long time to come.
Stay tuned and let’s keep building the future of furniture design.
SICAM 2021 turned out to be a nice surprise. The presence of so many visitors at our stand confirmed once again the ability that our sector has to reignite, to innovate, to do its best to create solutions that solve even the most complex projects.
We strongly believe that combining our ideas and skills is the key to success. We2You was born from this conviction: an opportunity to participate in exclusive personal meetings in Atim’s showroom without leaving your own office. A new service we presented at the exhibition and which you can discover here.
We also presented a new line of aluminum extendable tables, with different finishes, openings and designs, about which we will give you more details in the coming months.
The Atim Trasformabili could not be left out of the event, especially now, when the use we make of our domestic and work spaces has been completely re-evaluated.
Click here to see the latest arrivals of the Trasformabili line, such as Blade, a multifunction cutting board system, and here to discover the thousand applications that make our Trasformabili protagonists in all spaces: kitchen, living room, laundry, study, home office, bathroom, bedroom, office, shops, etc.
We thank all those who managed to come and, for those who couldn’t be there, here’s a special video that might interest you.
We look forward to meeting you at our showroom with We2You as soon as possible, wherever you are!
From the sea to the mountains, from the countryside to the woods, from North to South: our team recommends some of the most fascinating places in Italy to discover the wonders of the peninsula
August is the month par excellence for holidays in Italy, a time to relax and enjoy the Italian wonders that allow the most diverse trips, without even having to face long transfers. There are many interesting places for those who love history, gastronomy, art or nature – which makes it difficult to choose only one place to go…
Proud to bring the Italian spirit to the world, we asked our team for some advice on the most beautiful places to visit at the peninsula. And here is the result: dreamy places for all tastes!
A boat ride to the Grotta delle Tre Porte
The sea is an instrinsic part of the Italian soul. How could it not be? Italy has over 8,000 kilometers of coastline and an innate maritime vocation. So it is from the sea that our first indication arrives (thanks Sebastiano and Antonella for the advice!): Salento. More specifically, the caves in Santa Maria di Leuca, at the furthest point of the heel of the boot, from where you can observe the meeting of two seas: the Ionian and the Adriatic.
The Santa Maria di Leuca is perhaps the most famous and the most photographed of the caves of Leuca. In addition to its impressive magnitude and the crystalline waters that invite you to take a dip, the cave is also the cradle of important archaeological discoveries that tell the evolution of the Italian territory over the millennia.
A refreshing bath at the Capelli di Venus Falls
The Capelli di Venus waterfalls form a particularly relaxing spectacle: the rumor and beauty of the water flowing between the leaves of Maidenhair fern attached to the rock and then forming natural pools act are quite soothing. In addition, the waterfalls are located within the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park, in Campania, where there is no shortage of activities and attractions. There are trails for trekking lovers, picnic areas for an outdoor lunch and suggestive historical structures, such as a Norman bridge made of stone and old water mills.
Slow travel in the Marche hills
A good compromise between coast and hinterland, the Marche region does not disappoint! Indication of Renzo, who was born there and who continues to choose it for his holidays. It’s easy to understand why: from the beaches of the Conero Riviera to the endless hills, from fortified cities to churches built into the rock, from cultural itineraries to nature walks, there are many attractions in a single destination.
Perhaps the best way to capture these landscapes is to do it slowly: how about discovering them by bike or on foot? There are itineraries of several days in the Marche hills. One of the most evocative is probably the Path of the Terre Mutate, which runs through municipalities hit by a big earthquake in 2009, telling first hand the phases of their reconstruction.
Breathe the mountain air
The Dolomites are perhaps the most impressive fraction of the Alps. An ideal place for a holiday that includes both adrenaline-pumping sports activities and family walks at high altitude. So much so that his region has been chosen by 3 of our collaborators – thanks Giorgia, Alessandra and Stefano!
One of the most popular destinations in recent years is the enchanting Lake Braies. It looks like a fairytale place: located at 1,496 meters above sea level, it is surrounded by fir forests and majestic mountains, including the Twelve Apostles and the Croda del Becco. It is breathtakingly beautiful, with turquoise-green waters and wooden boats that seem almost suspended on the surface.
And here’s a plus: while you’re there, try to participate in one of the Sounds of the Dolomites shows, a festival that takes place during the summer and combines the symphonies of music with those of nature.
Unforgettable sunsets at Giglio
Finally, we could not forget to mention the breathtaking summer sunsets. We move to Tuscany, to the Giglio Island, to tell you about one of the most impressive sunsets in all of Italy, indicated by Drielle.
While enjoying a drink at the Baia del Sole, let your eyes marvel at the immensity of the Tyrrhenian Sea with its crystal clear waters and deep blue tones. Notice how the sky quickly gains yellow, orange, rosy and red shades as the sun sets on the horizon and reveals the coasts of Corsica in the distance. Framing the scenery, on one side there’s the Island of Monte Cristo and, on the other, the Island of Elba. A show that will remain engraved forever in your memories.
We admit that it was quite hard to select only these 5 wonders of the Italian territory, but we hope you liked them.
We would also like to know which are your favorites: in your opinion, what is the most beautiful place for holidays in Italy? Leave your suggestion in the comments below.
Here is the list of our favorite titles, meant to inspire you during the Summer holidays
If design is your job or your passion, these are books for you to read, to keep at hand or to add to your collection. We have selected a few titles to inspire you during the summer, but which will surely find a place in your library as a design enthusiast.
*Some of these books may be available only in Italian
25 ways to drive a nail, by Enzo Mari
“I am convinced that designing corresponds to a deep human drive, such as the survival instinct, hunger, sex. We are a species that wants to change its environment“. Thus Enzo Mari opens his autobiography. In addition to collecting the main moments of the life and career of this Italian design guru, the book is a true artistic and architectural manifesto that makes us reflect on contemporary civilization.
Enzo Mari is probably the most brilliant and innovative Italian designer of the twentieth century. Growing up in pre-war Milan, he lived in poverty for a long time before starting his artistic career at the Brera Academy in the post-war period. In the years of the economic boom he revolutionized the concept of design, creating what he himself calls a democratic utopia: designing and producing beautiful and useful objects for ordinary people, hitherto excluded from an art considered luxury.
Very difficult to say, by Ettore Sottsass
A collection of unpublished texts and letters that reconstruct the universe of the brilliant architect Ettore Sottsass. An invitation to travel with him to the places he has visited, but also inside his mind: “Communists, Africans and navigators”, “The ceramics of darkness”, “The impassive containers”, “Due to the delayed arrival of the aircraft”,“The ritual to make a Sumerian house”. The titles Sottsass chose for his texts could be enough to illustrate his world.
In this book, Sottsass speaks of his loves, of his profession, of the restless world in which he found himself. But in the meantime he travels – to Greece, India, Egypt -, designs, experiments, photographs, each time moving, as if it were the first, in a delightfully eccentric way.
The living house. Repairing spaces, learning to build, by Andrea Staid
An irresistible title for all those who believe that the home is more than just a place where we carry out our daily activities but, above all, is a physical place that represents what gives meaning to our life.
The book seeks the profound meaning of living, from the Peruvian Andes to the Indian mountains, passing through Vietnam and Mongolia. The living house combines anthropology and personal experience, travel and ethnography and invites us to rethink our way of imagining ourselves in space.
Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move, by Rebecca Roke
With this book, Rebecca Roke celebrates mobile architecture in all its forms, presenting a taxonomy of nomadic, portable and moving structures of all shapes and species.
The book lists a very rich and entertaining repertoire of all the possible types of structures that can be moved and transported: homes built for life on the go in deserts, oceans, on the beach, in the woods, in the mountains and in the city; to be moved with cars, bicycles, skis, motorcycles, tractors, mules, sledges, even with hands and feet. For lovers of transformable furniture and the infinity of applications it allows, this is definitely a book that triggers the imagination.
Big Book of Design, edited by Andrea Branzi
An ideal book to follow the creative path of the great masters of Design, from the 1920s to today: from Giò Ponti to Philippe Starck, from Ettore Sottsass to the Castiglioni brothers. Composed of essays that tell the story of each designer, it provides the main interpretations of their work.
An atlas of the objects also illustrates some of their most famous objects, through short cards, drawings and photographs. The intention is to offer accurate disclosure, intended for anyone interested in learning about design, be it a student, professional or simply a lover and enthusiast, offering basic information but also guidance for any further information.
Did you like this list? Did you already know these books? Would you like to add some other to the selection?
Leave us a message in the comments of this post… and enjoy your reading!
A traveling house offers all the comfort, freedom and safety. Lately the number of vanlife supporters has increased exponentialy, boosting the continuous research of the sector for furniture that make spaces even more practical and comfortable.
Caravan, camper and motorhome trips were among the most popular forms of vacation in summer 2020. According to a survey conducted by Erwin Hymer Group in Europe, the sector has seen a 20% increase compared to 2019 and almost half of the vacationers who were on the road on a four-wheeled home were new to this kind of travel. The trend promises to be reconfirmed in 2021 and to continue to grow in the coming years: Germany, for example, has just recorded the best half-year in its history regarding the sale of caravans and motorhomes. There were around 63,000 new registrations from January to July 2021 in agreement with the CIVD (the German Association for the Caravan Industry).
The health security measures dictated by the pandemic certainly gave it a great boost, but it is also true that it was not the only one: the vanlife style has been gaining more and more supporters around the world for a while. People who want a roving and independent holiday, dedicated to discovering the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the area with the utmost comfort.
For those who still think of recreational vehicles (RVs) as a symbol of a hippy era or an icon of the 1980’s, it suffices to say that some motorhomes can actually be compared to yachts, both for the organization of their spaces and for their high quality finishes. Some luxury models, such as the Morelo Grand Empire, presented at the last Dusseldorf Caravan Salon, can exceed a cost of 600,000 euros, for example.
Ultimately, holidays on a caravan or motorhome are more than a simple alternative to the anti-COVID precautions. It’s an actual travel philosophy.
The RV sector in Italy
Tecnoform, Italian company specialized in designing furniture for high-end recreational and nautical vehicles, is constantly looking for innovative and high quality solutions, able to surprise and satisfy even the most demanding customers.
So it recently signed a collaboration with Atim for the creation of furnishing solutions that make the interiors of motorhomes even more versatile, using the space in a practical and intelligent way for to the different activities that people may carry out during the day.
“Our furnishings shape the RV interiors making them seem more spacious, modular and easily transformable. Whether using the vehicle to travel or to work, our goal is to enable a unique experience. This is why we have entered into this strategic partnership with Atim, integrating their ingenious sliding and folding mechanisms to our production, thus creating a furniture capable of making RV environments more dynamic and, at the same time, aesthetically satisfying”, explains Renzo Kerkoc, CEO of Tecnoform .
“I nostri arredi modellano gli interni facendoli sembrare più spaziosi, modulari e facilmente trasformabili. Sia che si utilizzi il veicolo per viaggiare o lavorare, il nostro obiettivo è consentire un’esperienza unica. Per questo abbiamo stretto questa partnership strategica con Atim, integrando i loro ingegnosi meccanismi scorrevoli e pieghevoli alla nostra produzione, creando così un arredamento in grado di rendere gli ambienti più dinamici e, al contempo, esteticamente appaganti”, spiega Renzo Kerkoc, CEO di Tecnoform.
The partnership will bring to Tecnoform’s furnishing solutions the technology of Atim transformable furniture hardware, specially adapted to the characteristics of RVs: the ease of use and the stability of the mechanisms, the lightness of the aluminum guides and the safety of their locking systems guarantee the safety and usability of the furniture even when the vehicle is in motion.
“It doesn’t always happen that we find partners who fully share our values, our desire to create, innovate and transform. But, when it happens, the feeling is truly unique. This makes me believe that many surprising solutions will come from this collaboration, the benefits of which will be indisputably experienced by those who will later enjoy the comfort of a real traveling luxury home ”, adds Stefano Del Prete, CEO of Atim.
Exclusive interview with the border collie Kobe Del Pre, Atim’s Wellness and Entertainment Director, about the positive impact that having a pet in the company brings to everyone’s mood and productivity.
If you thought that the presence of pets in the office was a fad, you were wrong…
The pandemic has made it clear how much these faithful companions contribute to our well-being: from 2019 to 2020, there was an increase of over 15% in adoptions of dogs and cats in Italy alone. Data from ENPA (Italian National Animal Protection Agency) show that a total of 17,600 pets found a new home during the pandemic, while the Coop 2020 Report informs that 3.5 million Italians have taken a pet during the lockdown or soon after.
Their empathic capacity, their energy and their reassuring power have been for many almost a remedy without side effects against the little daily anxieties triggered by the pandemic. Now that the whole country is gradually experimenting with more flexible forms of work, their presence in the office can bring indisputable benefits.
Stimulated by the Take your Dog to Work Day, which is celebrated on June 26, we wanted to explore the topic with someone who know it well: in an exclusive interview, Kobe Del Pre, Atim’s Director of Wellness and Entertainment, talked to us about his role in the company and the positive impact that the presence of pets, like him, can have in the workplace.
Kobe at work
What are your main duties at Atim?
My main task is to promote moments of serenity, carefree and joy. Since I arrived in the company I have implemented small breaks that require humans to take a few minutes off to play with me in the garden, to take me to pee or to walk around the sheds. These pauses are useful to regain contact with the outside world, to detach their focus from work for a bit and to promote a balance between moments of productivity and relaxation.
What is a typical day for you at the company?
As soon as I arrive , I greet everyone with my morning enthusiasm! Then I go up to Stefano Del Prete’s office. We have a very close relationship. I spend a lot of time with him and advise him on how to manage the priorities of the day, especially in times of great stress. Then I go to my personl kennel, from where I watch collaborators and transporters as they come and go. Many often come to greet me and this makes me very happy. My tasks change according to the day: making people chase me while I run with a ball in my mouth, checking the quality of the soil by digging holes in the garden, being caressed by the guys of the office or the production site…
In your opinion, what was the main perceived benefit of your presence in the office?
Many do not know it, but petting an animal is by far one of the most powerful anti-stress gestures there are: what could be nicer than a furry cuddle in the middle of the working day, huh? Caressing a dog like me, or another animal, lowers the blood pressure and gives people a greater sense of relaxation. Then, with my enthusiasm, spontaneity and unique personality, I believe I have contributed to creating a fun environment, which promotes good humor and more interaction between the guys who work there. I’ve been a very good boy!
What would you say to other companies which are considering to become pet-friendly like Atim?
I’d say that, if they have an environment and a team that allows it, the advantages of having pet at work are many. Animals like me have an enormous ability to strengthen empathy, contribute to self-esteem and create a more relaxed work environment. Bringing more of us to the traditional work environment decreases stress levels, favors opportunities for meeting and dialogue, improves the general mood and also impact posivitely on productivity.
Exactly when the markets start to ignite again, virtually all raw materials have become almost unavailable and very expensive. The “everyting bubble” seems to have finally hit us and, for a transforming country like Italy, it is becoming a serious problem.
During the first months of COVID-19, companies canceled orders, waiting for the initial fright to pass and new security measures to be put into practice. In addition, with global lockdowns and paralyzations in all sectors, the extraction and production of raw materials also slowed down.
Once the acute phase of the pandemic ended, there was a rush not only to repurchase raw materials for production, but also the additional demand to replenish stocks. All this process has led to a global shortage of available raw materials and a consequent rise in prices.
For a broader overview of the current moment, it is also necessary to consider other factors: China and the United States’ fast recovery and rise in demand, the great post-pandemic economic plans, the energy transition, speculative activities and logistics issues – with the increase in shipping costs and unpredictable situations, such as the recent blockade of the Suez Canal and the new COVID outbreak which reduced the activities of the Yantian port to 30%.
The availability of aluminum
In this scenario, many Italian and European companies face difficulties to manage their procurement.
For Atim, which uses only aluminum from Italian producers, the second half of 2020 marked a constant and continuous increase in prices. The cost of aluminum has reached all-time highs since 2018 and the prices kept rising in the first quarter of 2021: + 18%, according to Finco.
It’s worth remembering that the EU produces only 25% of the primary aluminum needed for domestic demand. Thus, even though Italy is the second most important producer of the commodity in Europe, the demand from different markets and sectors is currently so high that aluminum is almost impossible to find.
What can we expect?
Last October the European Union created the Alliance for Raw Materials with the aim of making the continent self-sufficient. But it will still take years before we reach the first results of the newly established plans.
In the short term and with regard to aluminum, analysts’ opinions are divided: the less optimistic predict that its availability and the consequent increase in prices could become a structural issue if Europe doesn’t change its tax policies; the most optimistic believe that prices are destined to fall over the year due to the excess supply dictated by the Chinese production, which is growing rapidly.
Navigating this global economic Tsunami will require a great deal of dynamism and strategy, like never before. So far, in Atim we’ve been keeping our ship steady and on the right course.
We are proud to present Atim’s Code of Ethics!
It reaffirms one of our team’s fundamental principles: change begins due to the commitment of each one of us.
Ensuring the ethical and sustainable development of Atim is essential to create a positive chain impact, which goes far beyond the company itself. Our collaborators, all the people involved in the production chain we are part of, and even the environment we protect in the best possible way benefit from this.
Our Code of Ethics has 3 main pillars:
The People – each person’s work and contribution is a fundamental element for Atim’s development. Guaranteeing the best conditions to carry them out with full safety, health and respect is our prerogative.
The Environment – we monitor and keep up to date with the latest technologies and procedures to ensure that our activities have the minimum impact on the environment.
The Society – transparency is a sine qua non condition of work in Atim. We operate with the utmost fairness and in compliance with the law, doing our part to create an ever more just and inclusive society.
“To convene the principles that have always guided our company in a solid document allows us to be even more transparent with all those who are part of Atim’s world: collaborators, agents, suppliers, customers, even the final consumers who choose our solutions in over 50 countries. This Code of Ethics clearly expresses our values and how we try to help preserve the planet in the present and for the future. When each of us does their part, everyone benefits”, says Stefano Del Prete, founder and CEO of Atim.
We invite you to read the full document on this link: