The lasr few eyars required us to turn our attention inwards, towards the way we live in our most intimate space: our homes. Our houses became the main stage of all our activities and social interactions for a long time, which led us to reevaluate decor choices taken before the lockdown and deal with the blurred boundaries between spaces of leisure and of work.
As 2023 beggins, we worry less about the pandemic, but economic and environmental concerns persist. Our attention now turns outwards: trends highlight solutions capable of combining our needs for functionality and personal well-being with those of a more responsible and sustainable consumption and production.
Here are 3 interior design trends to keep an eye on in 2023:
Long-lasting furniture and recyclable material
The top trend that will continue in 2023? It is unquestionably sustainability.
The importance of sustainability will see more and more consumers move away from fast-furniture and invest in designs that can truly stand the test of time.
A piece of furniture made with durable components and which, at the same time, can be easily recycled at the end of its life cycle, will lead this trend.
Aluminum, the raw material used in all Atim’s production, is one of these materials: it gives durability and resistance to the mechanisms and, on top of that, it can be recycled indefinitely without losing its original characteristics.
Transformable furniture: optimize spaces and investments
This topic becomes even more urgent in large urban centres, where the high cost of living is strongly felt and where finding a spacious house or apartment requires a very high investment. In this context, the choice of transformable furniture will be a very strong trend in 2023, an ingenious solution to the space constraint that most of us face today.
Adding further functionality to home furnishings allows to respect each person’s lifestyle and to indulge in various activities in a simple and practical way.
Manufacturers, designers and architects interested in finding intelligent and surprising solutions to optimize the space and investment of their customers can check the wide range of furnishing systems from the Atim Trasformabili collection, pioneer in the sector.
Well-being lies in forms: curved furniture is back
When designing aany home interior, perhaps even more important than the aesthetics of the furniture are the sensations that they make us feel. A trend that has recently emerged and which will still conquer a lot of space in 2023 is furniture with curved shapes.
Even though curved furniture is far from new, it is becoming more and more popular due to the fact that it exudes a relaxing, calming and welcoming feeling due to the softness and organic looks of the curves.
Curved sofas are just one of many examples of this edgeless design trend that aims to create a relaxing environment that benefits mental and physical health.
The manufacture of rounded shapes requires very specific technology and know-how, in which Atim has invested heavily in recent years. We support large furniture manufacturers in the development of customized solutions for their most ambitious projects.
Keep an eye on these 3 design trends for 2023 and your interior design projects will surely be a success!
With over 25 years of experience in the creation of innovative solutions for the furniture industry, Atim offers one-of-a-kind products and services for furniture manufacturers, architects and interior designers. For more information or to request a quotation, contact us!
As we approach the end of 2022 it is inevitable to take a moment to take stock of what was lived and built during the last year.
First of all, I would like to thank all the customers and partners who believe in our product and offer it in different parts of the world. I also thank, in a special way, our collaborators who contribute every day to the growth of Atim with their work and are the engine that keeps our company alive.
The achievements of 2022
2022 has been a year of great challenges and changes.
After its acquisition in 2020, we concluded the transfer of Pm Aluproject to its new headquarters in Settimo Milanese and on November 1st we completed its merger with Atim. We are now, officially, a single company and a single team.
Speaking of teams, this year we welcomed with great pleasure and joy new salesmen and new distributors who will support us in many national and international territories, bringing Atim solutions to markets that did not yet know us. We have also welcomed several new workers who joined the company, increasing our team with their skills.
With great satisfaction we achieved an extraordinary result in terms of turnover, which grew by more than 15% compared to 2021. We continued to expand our production capacity, with the renewal of our warehouses, and to invest in our production line. These are proofs of Atim’s great solidity, especially in the difficult economic and political scenarios that not only our sector, but all of Europe and many other markets are currently facing.
Prospects for 2023
Speaking of issues that are closer to us, the main challenge we’ll face next year is the integration of new workers into our production departments. Italy is facing a major social problem and we realize that the lack of personnel could make industrial development in our country difficult not only in 2023, but in the years to come.
Finally, on a more personal note: I consider Christmas a very special time. It’s not just a day on the calendar, but it has always represented a state of mind, in which the child in me magically awakens.
Even though I’m no longer a kid, I always write my letter to Santa Claus with the wishes that I would like to see come true in the coming year. For 2023, I wish for Atim to receive these gifts:
- – Going back to living in a peaceful world and returning to our dear old normality;
- – Consolidate the extraordinary goals achieved in the last two-year period;
- – Having the possibility of hiring other personnel, who’ll help us to do better and to do more;
- – Continue our investment path to computerize and automate processes;
- – Making a secret dream of mine come true (which I will only reveal next year… 😊)
I wish you Happy Holidays and a peaceful start to 2023!
Stefano Del Prete
Trasformabili in Brazil: Atim and Givi Mobili bring innovative furnishing solutions to the Brazilian market
We are committed to bringing to the whole world furniture solutions that allow people to transform their spaces according to their needs and lifestyles. Solutions that increase their comfort, that facilitate carrying out the most varied activities and that make the time they spend at home or at their work environment more enjoyable.
Arriving in Brazil is part of a plan to expand the presence of the Trasformabili Atim around the world, specifically with the aim of reaching more South American and Latin American customers. “We want to reach furniture manufacturers, furniture artisans and customers with our solutions, created to increase functionality and improve the use of living spaces according to the activities that each person carries out throughout the day. The strong experience of Givi Mobili in the sector has confirmed that they are the right partners to bring the Trasformabili line to Brazil ”, explains Vanessa Moretti, commercial manager of Atim.
The kick-off in Brazil
The Trasformabili were officially presented to the Brazilian market during the last ForMóbile, the international fair which is a reference for the furniture and wood industry. With a stand equipped with many different solutions for sliding tops, worktop extensions and retractable tables, Givi Mobili has captured the interest of visitors in search of innovative, design and highest quality Made in Italy products.
Now the whole Brazilian market can easily have access to Atim furnishing solutions to optimize spaces or simply make them surprising with all-aluminum systems, chosen by the main players in the furniture sector all over the world.
If you are an architect, designer or furniture manufacturer with projects in Brazil, contact Givi Mobili to learn about the advantages of the Atim Trasformabili line.
How to create the perfect office space and work better from home? We collaborated with Redfin to put together a list of great tips and tricks.
If you work from home, you know how important it is to have a dedicated office space. Having an area that’s clear from clutter, organized, and calming can help lower stress and boost productivity during the workday. However, some apartment-dwellers find it challenging to find the space to create an office in their unit.
To help you find some apartment office ideas, Redfin put together a list that’ll inspire you to create a stylish and productive workspace – even if you’re low on square footage. Whether you’re renting an apartment in New York or a condo in Seattle, you’re sure to find a way to incorporate an office space into your apartment.
1. Create a dedicated office space
Make sure you have a dedicated space for your office to separate your work mindset from your home mindset. If you start every day with your laptop at your kitchen table, move to your couch, and finish up emails in your bedroom, you won’t have a place to get away from work. We recommend a desk or workspace, no matter how big or small, where you can fully focus on your day job, so you can leave that work behind at the end of your day.
2. Utilize closet space
If you have a small rental home, don’t worry – big home office dreams can still happen in small spaces. “Hook” your next client as you set up shop in your coat closet. Add a drop-down desk, some lighting, and shelves, and hang those coats on hooks by the door.
Closets aren’t just for clothes anymore. Save space and build a desk, shelves, or whatever else your home office needs inside your closet. This way, it’s hidden away when you have guests, but you’d be surprised how much you can build inside a closet. Paint it a fun color and leave the doors open – you’ll get tons of compliments.
3. Keep your space clutter-free
For ultimate productivity, always keep your desk and work area clean and free of dust and clutter. Arrange your work area efficiently by keeping items you use frequently like your printer, phone, inbox, and working files within easy reach. Personalize your home office space by adding a few family photos and plants, but don’t go overboard as your goal is to keep your work area professional, orderly, and clutter-free.
4. Maximize your office storage with a tall bookshelf
Add decorative storage boxes to hold printer paper and supplies, a desktop file box for important papers, and an inbox for incoming papers. This frees up your desk (or dining table) for work and helps create a system for handling paper in your home.
5. Choose simple decor
When designing an office space in your apartment, consider placing your desk in front of or by a window. This maximizes productivity and improves focus. While it might be tempting to fill this space with all manner of mementos and knickknacks, sometimes these items can compete with our attention and create unnecessary clutter. Instead, furnish your office space with a single inspiring quote, air-purifying plants, and an oil diffuser to reduce stress.
6. Invest in ergonomic equipment
Comfort is important and ergonomics is equally as important. Spend a little extra on ergonomics; a good chair that has your back, a combination of an ergonomic keyboard and mouse (even when using your laptop), and a standing desk are all great investments. And as a productivity hack, get a second monitor — it’s worth its cost.
7. Choose multi-functional furniture
It’s rare for people to have enough space to reserve an entire extra room to be an office. The trick? Furniture that transforms or hides what’s inside.
Have you ever thought about pulling a whole workstation out of a bookshelf? Or keeping a whole table inside a standard drawer?
Transformable furniture is an amazing way to grant more versatility to any home environment. They are much more than space-saving: they’re a functional, smart, and elegant way to make our homes more resourceful and able to support our different daily activities.
8. Find the perfect location
When designing a home office in an apartment, consider the location carefully. Will you enjoy sitting in this space all day? Consider how you orient the desk for both comfort and productivity. And last but not least, don’t allow your home office to be the dumping ground for clutter. Clutter negatively affects your focus, making you less productive.
9. Personalize your space
Pick a statement item such as wallpaper, a unique light, or a fun piece of furniture, and build off of it!
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How to choose the right furniture for a small apartment? Here are some ideas, tips and advice on how to furnish small spaces. Find inspiration with many examples and photos of space-saving furniture solutions.
Light colors, adequate lighting and the application of mirrors certainly work well to make spaces feel wider, but it is furniture the key element to make rooms actually more spacious, functional and well organized.
The golden rule for furnishing a small house or a small apartment is to take advantage of every useful corner to make it highly functional, as well as aesthetically satisfying. Using space-saving furniture equipped with transformable solutions is the ideal solution to have a more versatile home, able to quickly change, transform and adapt to the dynamism of modern life.
Tips for furnishing small houses
Equip the walls with shelves and pull-out tables
Optimizing the spaces in the living area may seem like a challenge, but it’s actuallty quite simple with transformable furnishing solutions. You can easily pull-out a desk from a library compartment, for example: Oplà +39 adds an extra table that opens and closes with a simple movement, in order to engage or free space as needed.
Have an island with a sliding top at the open space
With little space available for the kitchen and living room, having an open space is often the preferred architectural solution in small appartments. The island becomes a great ally of aesthetics and functionality, acting as a separator between the two areas.
But what if it were also an aggregator? Sliding tops can totally or partially cover the surface of the island, allowing it to be used for both kitchen and living room activities. With a single movement, the island expands or becomes compact, adapting to the needs of the moment.
Solutions such as the Top33 can hide the induction or electric hob as well as the sink, which are revealed only when it’s time to prepare the meal and have a large table to enjoy the dishes. When dinner is over, just put the top back in its original position to free up the space, making the house more spacious, tidy and aesthetically pleasing.
Optimize the space in the kitchen
Expand the kitchen surfaces as needed
Kitchen surfaces never seem to be enough – even more so in small homes. The transformable furnishing solutions give more versatility to the kitchen at the same time as they optimize the available space.
You can use a standard drawer to store a pull-out top extension: Oplà Top positions itself flush with the top to increase the useful surface of the kitchen whenever it’s necessary. The system is also easy to clean and to put back in its drawer with a single movement.
Choose a space-saving pull-out table
A standard drawer compartment is enough to hide an entire table: thanks to surprising space-saving systems, such as the Lunch model by Atim, a table can be extracted from inside a drawer, useful for a quick snack or to place ingredients and utensils necessary for the preparation of food.
Innovate with multifunctional solutions in the kitchen
Maximize every space of the kitchen using multifunctional furnishing solutions, which make life much more practical.
Systems like Cook create a true chef’s corner, even if they only require the space of a standard drawer. Cook brings together 3 functions: cutlery holder, cutting board and snack table – with the addition of a convenient aluminum basket for collecting what has been cut and blend the ingredients.
Install glass sliding doors for extra light
In confined spaces, it is worth evaluating the advantages of sliding glass doors. Why? Because the sliding glass doors not only serve to divide spaces without cluttering, but also allow natural light to easily circulate among the different rooms. An illuminated environment increases the feeling of spaciousness of the house and directly affects the well-being of the inhabitants.
Atim sliding door mechanisms can add that right touch of design to the environment.
The right furniture to create a space-saving Home Office
How to create a space-saving home office
The Home Office has become the protagonist of interior design since remote working entered everyone’s lives. But is it possible to have an adequate Home Office in an apartment of a few square meters?
Of course it is! Once again the transformable furniture manages not only to create a dedicated workstation, but also to optimize the available space to welcome other activities after the workday is over.
There are plenty of solutions to design the ideal Home Office: from the most discreet, such as equipping a piece of furniture with fold-away or pull-out tables, to the most surprising, like hiding a complete workstation behind the door of a cabinet.
To furnish a modern kitchen, before even starting to select its materials, colors and appliances, the main concern should be the search for the best solutions to organize its space.
Those who want to create a functional kitchen which is, at the same time, aesthetically elegant, can innovate by applying a sliding top, such as those proposed in Atim’s Trasformabili line. Among the different models available, the solutions surprise for their ease of use, great resistence and that evident touch of design.
Striking sliding tops for the open plan kitchen
The trend of the openspace kitchen, connected to the living room, puts the kitchen island as protagonist of the whole room. To facilitate its organization, cleaning and use, it’s possible to apply a sliding top that completely or partially covers the worktop.
When closed, Top 33 conceals the whole worktop, giving the kitchen a clean and modern design. The elegance of the top’s minimum thickness (only 33 mm) is combined with the aluminum guides that make up its sliding system, guaranteeing a 60kg load capacity.
But why stop at the worktop, when you can add a design top that embelishes also the side of the island? Flap creates a sliding snack counter. Thanks to its guides, recessed laterally and under the island top, it is possible to enjoy a convenient snack angle placed at the end of the cabinet.
The sliding top that extends the kitchen peninsula
Both enthusiasts and design professionals are increasingly falling in love with the peninsula at the kitchen. There are several good reasons for that: it is the right compromise between the linear kitchen and the kitchen island, it adapts to either larger or smaller rooms and it often proves to be the key solution to take advantage of the available space in the best possible way.
Also in this configuration, Trasformabili sliding top solutions are an ally to improve the use of space, combining practicality with the “wow” effect of a design kitchen. Breakfast Top, for example, extends the island, creating a snack corner or hiding the worktops at will.
One more thing to keep in mind: the top doesn’t have to necessarily slide linearly. Solutions such as Corner add a surprising effect to the kitchen especially for its diagonal movement.
How to apply the sliding top in the linear kitchen
Is it possible to have a sliding top in a linear kitchen? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, here’s the answer: yes, it’s possible to optimize even the top of a linear kitchen with a sliding mecchanism.
The different sizes of Atim’s Corner system allow the application of a top that slides diagonally.
This solution not only creates a comfortable snack corner in the kitchen, but also helps to expand the worktop when preparing meals.
To learn more about our solutions, download the catalog of the Trasformabili line or contact us for commercial information: email@example.com.
The rise in energy prices will cost the productive world an extra 17 billion euros in one year (an increase of + 600%) and will affect almost all sectors of the Italian industry. A situation that further weights down on the already compressed operating margins of Italian companies, which have been facing enormous difficulties in sourcing raw materials since 2020.
The scenario for Italian industrial production begins 2022 with great challenges ahead.
How rising energy prices shall slow growth in 2022
It is precisely the cost of energy that forces not only the Italian, but the European industry as a whole, to revise their growth estimates downwards. In fact, the forecasts released by the European Commission indicate that “growth deceleration has been more acute than expected particularly due to the recent surge in Covid infections, the increase in energy prices and the prolonged interruption of supplies’ procurement”.
In the recent report published by the Confindustria Study Center (CsC), the institution indicates how the rise in the price of gas was rapidly
reflected in the price of electricity in Italy, causing an exponential growth of energy costs for industrial companies: such costs are expected to reach € 37 billion in 2022, against € 8 billion in 2019.
CsC also points out that, to date, the actual impact of such increases has not yet emerged in the prices of Italian consumer goods, which indicate a sharp erosion on the operating margins of industrial companies. It underlines that, despite having raised their price lists, industries have not been able to fully transfer the increase in their production costs.
Forecasts and measures against the rise in energy prices
The good news for Italy, according to the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Paolo Gentiloni, is that economic growth could resume faster than previously imagined, thanks to the successful implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr). The European Commission expects that “supplies will normalize and that inflationary pressure will be contained” along the year. This would mean that the price increases, reflected throughout the whole Italian production chain, could be temporary, falling again in 2023.
Despite that forecast, however, the uncertainties and risks for the recovery remain quite high, “considerably aggravated by the geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe” between Russia and Ukraine, intrinsically linked to the supply of natural gas throughout Europe. Moreover, according to a World Bank analysis, mentioned in the CsC study, even under the most optimistic conditions, the gas supply should remain at high prices until the end of 2022, almost double compared to 2019.
After much pressure from all economic sectors in Italy, the government confirmed it’s intention to intervene to further reduce the bill costs. Prime Minister Mario Draghi has recently announced an upcoming Energy Decree, which is still being defined. The decree shall regard the Industry as well as other sectors of the Italian economy, but the actual reach and impact of the intervention will only be known when the available finantial funds are confirmed.
For now, the Energy Decree is expected to offer solutions that mitigate the increases in electricity and gas in order to accelerate the recovery and make the Italian industrial production more competitive at an international level.
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.