Innovation has always been a core value of our company, but now we can say that Atim is officially an Innovation Champion!
After being a finalist in the 12th edition of Confindustria‘s Enterprise Innovation Award 2021, Atim received the National Award for Innovation “Award of Awards” XII Edition 2022, coordinated by the COTEC Foundation under the concession of the President of the Republic. Stefano Del Prete, founder and CEO of Atim, together with Stefano Piccardo, Production Manager, were present on the last 28 June at the solemn ceremony in Rome to represent the company and receive the award.
The “Prize of Prizes” is awarded annually to Italian companies that have distinguished themselves for the originality of the innovations they have developed regarding their products, processes and business models. But its twelfth edition had was even more special: the prize decided to select companies “that contributed to restarting Italy’s economy after the pandemic”. Only five were the Small and Medium Enterprises in the Industry and Services sector to receive this award. Among them, our Atim.
Made in Italy genius
Atim was awarded for “its constant commitment to the development of innovation in the company, which made it be recognized by the main players in the sector as a synonym of ‘Made in Italy’ genius“.
Several factors contributed to this recognition: the Trasformabili furniture solutions, a line of products which are in constant evolution and expansion; the lean and reactive management model, which regularly studies and adopts new technologies for our production processes; and creative solutions at the service of the various stakeholders – specifically the inauguration of We2You in the midst of the pandemic, which made it possible to maintain the effectiveness of personal meetings with partners and customers around the world even during lockdowns.
“Innovation in Atim has always been the engine that has allowed us not only to overcome difficulties and unexpected events, but to make our company a reference partner for the main players in the furniture sector. Being officially recognized as ‘Innovation Champions’ rewards the commitment of our entire team. Now, with even more motivation, we will continue to create new technologies and solutions for the sector, contributing to the creation of living environments that increase the well-being of people all around the world ”, commented CEO Stefano Del Prete on the occasion of the award.
*** The National Prize for Innovation “Prize of Prizes” is coordinated by the COTEC Foundation with the concession of the President of the Republic. The award ceremony of the 12th edition 2022 took place on Tuesday 28 June in the CNR conference hall with the presence of the Minister of University and Research Maria Cristina Messa, the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition Vittorio Colao, the Minister for the Public Administration Renato Brunetta and the President of COTEC Foundation Luigi Nicolais.
The available space of a house or apartment is extremely important to make us feel comfortable but, paradoxically, today it is what is missing the most: real estate spaces are reduced every day, replaced by small rooms where people have to live and to which they have to adapt their activities.
You may be wondering “how to optimize domestic environments and obtain extra space?”
The answer is to incorporate Transformable solutions into the furniture.
Solutions to optimize space in the kitchen
Let’s start with the Oplà Top system, which occupies only the space of a drawer compartment. By extracting and lifting Oplà Top, with a very simple movement, the mechanism is positioned at the height of the kitchen top, increasing the space available for food preparation or to create a small extra table where people can have a snack.
Another very useful transformable mechanism is Cocktail, ideal for small apartments, where having a table or countertop for breakfast normally requires people to sacrifice a lot of the space available. With Cocktail you can create a table ranging from 450mm to 1200mm in width and which can accommodate up to 2 people. With this furnishing solution, the space of the apartment remains fully available, according to the needs of each activity of the day.
There are other mechanisms, created especially to extend the top of linear counters, islands and peninsulas. An example is Corner, which allows you to extend the corner of the kitchen counter, creating the perfect place to sit comfortably at the table and enjoy a good meal.
How to make the best use of space in a small house
It is worth emphasizing that the Transformable mechanisms are not limited to kitchen furnishings. We can apply them in the bathroom, in the bedroom, in the living room, in the laundry area… the possibilities are endless: it all depends on your needs and creativity!
Desk is an excellent example: it is a flap opening system for the door of a wardrobe or bookcase. With Desk you create a comfortable and resistant desk, capable of withstanding up to 20kg – enough to serve as a changing table for babies in the first months of life.
To conclude this list of ideas for the home, there is the Prua pull-out and space-saving ironing board. Prua can be incorporated into a closet cabinet, a bathroom drawer or in the laundry area according to preference. Thanks to a light and resistant aluminum system, Prua remains hidden, but available and easily accessible when needed.
When designing the interiors of a house or apartment, it is not enough just to think about maximizing space: it is also necessary to take into account the needs of the customer. For furniture professionals and individuals looking for particularly modern and functional solutions, the Atim transformable mechanisms are an excellent option and a guarantee for the creation of unique, versatile and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
For those furniture manufacturers and designers keen to solve problems, exciting times lie ahead.
*Reproduction of “The new furniture transformers – why components drive the mechanisms for change“, by Preston Furniture Solutions. Click on the link to read the original article.
Interior design is changing, fast-moving from open-plan living to multi-functional spaces, with consumers increasingly seeking flexible kitchen, dining, and living room furniture.
What started off as a mere design trend, has been catapulted to the top of the agenda by a global pandemic that could never have been predicted. However, it’s certain that the rise in numbers working from home will increase the demand for manufacturers to produce furniture that can adapt to our changing needs.
For any manufacturer already juggling with supply chain, production, and staffing issues, developing a new product range may seem like a tall order, but now is the ideal time to keep up with social change and anticipate future demand. For those furniture manufacturers and designers keen to solve problems, exciting times lie ahead.
Furniture design must reflect our “new normal”
According to a report by academics at Cardiff and Southampton universities, nine in 10 workers who have worked from home during lockdown would like to continue in some form. In the Understanding Society Covid-19 Study, more than 40% felt that they had been more productive at home. From an employer’s perspective, having more productive staff, away from the office, could see considerable cost savings.
This opens the door to furniture manufacturers to increase sales, just so long as they introduce ranges that reflect our new normal.
Which means homes will have to work harder. Furniture will need to adapt, and at the click of a finger. We need cabinets that turn into conference tables, drawers that reveal hot desks, doors that slide to divide and unite living spaces. Whilst square footage may be at a premium, the creative use of space can make the most of every inch available and it’s here that growth potential exists. What designers need right now, are the mechanisms for change.
And that is, simply, having the best hardware solutions. The best designs are rarely produced in isolation. Somewhere along the line, additional expertise will turn an idea into a product, a concept into reality.
The mechanisms for change
When the iconic Mini was designed in answer to a post-war fuel crisis, it was Alec Issigonis, who was tasked with creating a lightweight compact car for the mass market. Whilst this petite car soon represented the very best of Great British design, one of the most innovative aspects was the suspension, which was designed by someone else. Without the expertise of engineer Alex Moulton, it’s likely that the Mini would never have secured its place in the automobile hall of fame. And if Alex hadn’t come from a family that had founded the Moulton rubber company, chances are that he would never have thought of introducing rubber to the cone spring.
So, what does this have to do with furniture manufacturing?
That’s pretty simple – to create innovative, flexible furniture and storage solutions that transform the experience of our homes, every furniture manufacturer will need perfectly engineered, ingenious hardware mechanisms. Without these, an idea will never ever be more than a concept.
Problems and designers equal solutions. Solutions and collaboration equal innovation. It’s these simple formulas that create the breeding ground for design ingenuity.
This isn’t designing for trends, adding new finishes, layouts, and colours. Today’s furniture manufacturers are designing with real purpose, to revolutionise the experience of every customer, by significantly improving the way in which we use our homes. For kitchen and furniture manufacturers, now is the time to engineer a new future, to seek out the expertise in components that will create designs that meet the needs of a new period in society. Let’s call these the mechanisms for change.
“The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” – Charles Eames
We can’t be certain of the future, but adaptability, the ability to transform the way in which we live, is the key component of a new future. And, just like the Mini and second world war, it will be design and engineering that lead the way.
Creative ideas for decorating the kids’ bedroom
Furnishing the children’s bedroom can seem like a real challenge, especially when there isn’t much space available. Children need a special room created especially for them, where they can sleep, play, explore, express their creativity and use their energy.
It doesn’t matter if you have a lot space or almost no space at all at your disposal, the important thing is to choose furniture and decorative elements that stimulate the exploration of the environment as an educational practice for kids.
Here are some ideas to better decorate your children’s room:
How to organize the children’s room?
Surprise: here’s a table!
Insert a nice table in one of the compartments of the bedroom closet. This solution not only makes the most of the available space and helps keep the environment organized, but also becomes an element of discovery for the child.
Two in one: desk and bookcase at the same time
Why limit yourself to a single solution when you can use the same furniture in different ways? Homework, for example, is a folding desk applied to the wardrobe. It serves not only as a support surface for doing homework, but also as a door to the cabinet, inside which children can place all their school materials and toys.
Changing table or extra desk?
Another tip is to choose furniture solutions that adapt to the different stages of children’s growth. The same piece of furniture that acts as a changing table when you have a baby at home can later become a dressing table or a study corner.
Creating children’s rooms can be fun, even in limited spaces. All it takes are a bit of creativity and the right furniture solutions.
Let us know which of these ideas inspired you the most!