IN THE NAME OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
ITRE illuminates the spaces of MuMac, a fascinating journey through the history of the world’s most famous espresso coffee-making machines
There is a lot of ITRE brand division di FDV Group SpA in the new MuMac Museum designed by Valerio Cometti (V12 Design) and Paolo Balzanelli (Arkispazio) for the Cimbali Group. The new complex is located in Binasco, on the outskirts of Milan. An extremely modern project that transforms the old spare parts warehouse of the historical Italian company of coffee-making machines into a completely new structure with a strong identity. One of its main features is the double façade made of horizontal staves in curved metal painted in the typical Cimbali-red. The result is a sinuous composition that shines when the night falls, thanks to the light filtering through the interstices between one stave and another.
The presence of ITRE becomes tangible inside the Museum, in the sequence of spaces dedicated to the training activities, the sensorial tests and the business functions. Of course, the ultimate actor of this place is the history and evolution of the coffee machines, told through the vintage machines of the Maltoni Collection up to the ultra-advanced current models.
This unique journey through design and technology is also the stylistic hallmark of the ITRE brand. It’s possible to find this binomial in the selection made for the MuMac by Cometti and Balzanelli, both involved in the double role of architects of the structure and designers for ITRE of many lamps that now illuminate and “furnish” its interiors.
The first relevant sign is visible in the rigorously white context of the reception: a set of six ICON lamps hangs like an art installation above the welcome desk. Cometti has designed both ceiling and suspended versions of ICON, focusing on the timeless class of two absolute colours like black and white. The disarming power of simplicity.
The large cafeteria situated near the first exhibition room is illuminated by the SD401, SD402 and SD403 series of lamps with square section and rounded corners mounted in a circular housing unit. Available in a wide range of sources depending on the project requirements, they are technical and functional products that discretely “disappear” in the architectural space thanks to their very clean lines.
The surprising floor lamp by Cometti and Balzanelli in carbon fibre and heat-resistant glass is called KATANA like the Samurai sword from which it draws its inspiration. KATANA is a true jewel of design, based on only two elements in perfect balance. A jewel of technology as well, thanks to the electronic board integrated into the fixture body that emits and controls both light and sound. A version in black finishing creating a vivid contrast against the white walls is placed on the first floor of the building.
The RISE wall lamps have been conceived by Valerio Cometti as a tribute to the perfection of the circle. The light comes from a cut in the surface reminding us Lucio Fontana’s intuition – just a slit on the white metal of the fixture exhibited in the meeting room of the Museum like an artwork.
Finally, a discrete sign is also ZERO, a technological and minimal reissue of the ceiling lamp. In this case, Cometti has worked on thicknesses and dimensions, arriving at a really elegant solution for a typology of technical lighting fixtures not easy at all.