It is a very old but modern material that is able to constantly evolve, to assume new forms and functions by addressing the technological and environmental challenges that man faces: glass, which is celebrated as 2022 as the international year. of the UN. An element that in design has seen a privileged travel companion with case stories of absolute excellence and with Italy at the forefront. An example of this is Tonelli Design, which for over 40 years has been producing glass furniture accessories, including bookshelves, sideboards, tables, lamps, mirrors and much more in collaboration with international designers.
“On the occasion of this celebration – says Michele Gasperini, founder and manager of Tonelli Design – it seemed appropriate to us to make a vademecum with the story, the secrets and the specialness of this incredible material that is so fundamental to the development of Made in Italy … also convey a message of sustainability.From its aesthetic qualities to those of health, from green DNA to reliability to projects and furniture, a cube with infinite sides of potential.A common thread that combines design and experience in the name of a universal design that now more than ever must unite peoples and ideologies’.
But what does this vademecum contain? “To simplify – explains Gasperini – we have organized the document by dividing it into sections to emphasize the strengths of this material, which in our production district (Marche) means jobs.” Here then is point by point vademecum.
-The quality of glass: environment and health. It is difficult to summarize the qualities of this material. First of all, it is sustainable as it is completely recyclable; healthy as it is made up of natural ingredients and is considered by the US Food and Drug Administration as the only safe material for contact with food. It is easy to clean and sterilize, especially not insignificant in times of pandemics, it is odorless and inert: When lightning strikes the sand, Mother Nature creates the glass. When the glass breaks, it eventually returns to the ground instead of sitting in a landfill.
-Design with glass – What do you need to know? Transparency, compactness and structural homogeneity, total chemical and biological inertia, impermeability to liquids, gases, vapors and microorganisms, immutability over time, sterilizability and perfect ecological compatibility thanks to the possibility of recycling an infinite number of times. These are the unusual inherent properties of glass that have no design-specific application limits.
– The technique. Working with glass is an art, a savoir faire, which, despite industrialization, has not lost its poetry. From cutting to grinding, from drilling to hardening, through stratification, the processes that lead to a piece of glass to become a piece of furniture are many and inherent in the history of the Pesaro district, and who see Tonelli Design as an interpreter who respects the past and projected towards the future.
-Aesthetics and technique. Gloss, color, elegance are just some of the hallmarks of this material that the greatest designers and architects in the world have made for their own. In vademecum, a journey through the hidden folds of glass that analyze the manufacturing techniques and their applications in furniture and in everyday life. From the dough to the cut, from digital printing to layering, the details make the difference.
– A little history. The known history of glass begins in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. and then continues with the Phoenicians evolving up to the modern age. A journey that vademecum repeats, integrating it with the tradition of the Pesaro district, which was fundamental to the development of this sector in Italy.
Tonelli consumes about 200 tons of flat glass every year, of which almost 10 tons are waste derived from scrap processing. To avoid waste and at the same time respect the environment, Tonelli has sought and found a solution. Kristal Fusion Technology is a manufacturing process that comes from designer Paolo Lomazzi’s idea of giving new life to production waste glass.
It is an innovative production technique that sees blending of glass with other elements, including resin, and generates a new recycled, organic, resistant, transparent and highly creative material. Its multifaceted nature allows it to indulge in numerous interpretations with a modern and always sophisticated taste, also through the use of color.
In fact, Crystal Fusion can be rejected chromatically thanks to its glass base, which guarantees a molecular structure that resembles liquids and is thus malleable. An example of this is the Il Paese delle Meraviglie collection, which recycles 100% of the waste, gives new life and confirms how design is creation.
“Glass lights up the senses. It is beautiful and iconic and creates emotional connections with consumers through touch, sight and sound. Doing well feels good, and the health and environmental benefits of glass inspire brands and families to choose glass products, he concludes.