Casa Vallonia kicks off its first edition in Italy
On 21 and 22 June 2022, the first edition of Casa Wallonia arrived in Italy, a prestigious event that aims to embrace cultural, design, academic, economic and tourist themes at the same time, thus becoming a true showcase for the Walloon Region.
The event is organised by the Walloon Agency for Exports and Foreign Investments, in collaboration with Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Wallonie Belgique Tourisme and the Belgian Embassy in Italy. Platform architecture and design took an active part in the event, selecting 25 Italian design studios that confronted Valloni companies, thus promoting an international exchange of ideas in order to stimulate new and profitable business activities.
The appointment in Milan, in the splendid setting of Le Village in Corso di Porta Romana, has been an opportunity to present Wallonia not only as an ideal destination in Belgium for foreign investors and tourism operators, but also as a partner of excellence in international trade, academic and cultural collaborations.
Casa Wallonia is an event born in 2019 in Spain, conceived by AWEx in Madrid; after the second Spanish edition that took place in November 2021, the event arrives in Italy. Taking place every two years, it will be itinerant in the main Italian cities.
As its name suggests, Casa Vallonia aims to be a home; a place where guests can exchange, relate and learn more about the region that welcomes them.
The companies present at Casa Vallonia are:
AP COLLECTION LA POLTRONA PELOUCHE – AP Each seat is a unique piece and can be covered with 50 to 300 hand-sewn plush toys. Original and entirely handmade in Belgium, AP’s unique products give new life to vintage furniture. https://apcollection.be/
URIVABO INNOVATIVE SANITARY CONCEPT – Eco-dens Concept The system combines a washbasin and urinal in a single element to optimise the space dedicated to men’s toilets. UriVabo allows, and indeed encourages, handwashing immediately after using the urinal. The compact sanitary is characterised by an important quality: water saving. In fact, it uses handwashing water to flush the urinal. https://www.urivabo.be
GRAMITHERM® THERMO-INSULATING PANELS BASED ON VEGETABLE FIBRES – Gramitherm Europe SA GRAMITHERM EUROPE SA produces GRAMITHERM®, a thermal insulation solution based on grass. A unique, globally patented technology, Gramitherm® is a zero-waste, low-energy embedded process designed for circular economy and energy efficiency. Gramitherm® is perfect for insulation in all kinds of projects. www.gramitherm.eu
RS COLLECTION HANDMADE NATURAL CARPETS – BAUSOL Bausol, the Walloon handicraft company that weaves up to 100 % natural, handmade, made-to-measure and customised carpets in designs. Contemporary carpets are knotted, braided or made in capitonné style to achieve more innovative and daring designs. www.bausol.com
ARCHISTORY STONE LEAF UPHOLSTERY, ECO INSULATION FOAM, ALLO FIBRE CARPETS AND STONE LEAF LAMPS ARCHIistory presents some of its flagship products such as Flystone natural stone leaf, Armacell 100% recycled PET foam for structural and insulation applications or their exclusive allo fibre carpets and finally their beautiful aluminium lamps. www.archistorybelgium.com
MELLOW RESPONSIBLE AND SELF-SUFFICIENT MODULAR LIVING SPACES – BWATT BWatt is a start-up company that developed the Mellow product. It is a modular, flexible and sustainable construction that is industrially produced without glue and can be self-sufficient in terms of energy and water (i.e. no connection is required). www.mellow.land
DE POORTERE HIGH-QUALITY CARPETS, CARPETS AND RUGS – Louis De Poortere Louis De Poortere manufactures wilton woven carpets and jacquard carpets in flat weave cotton chenille. At Casa Vallonia, Louis de Poortere presents the new sustainable developments in the Rugs 2022 collection and in particular the ‘Structuré’ collections. https://www.louisdepoortere.be/
The architectural firms involved in the initiative are: