became a busy market in which many artisan enterprises blossomed during the Middle Ages. Items for daily domestic use were crafted in glassworks and brought to Empoli by Valdelsa glass makers, which is the source of typical Empoli glass production. Between the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century, this artisan activity became a glass industry: large glass making plants were founded and the volume of production rocketed along with Tuscan wine making. Beginning with flasks, then demijohns and extending to other items of glass for domestic use or for the display of wines, straw-covered glass was extremely popular in Empoli and the surrounding towns. The flask industry has since been replaced by the more competitive industry of mechanical cables and manufacturers of packaging containers (bottles, flacons, jars etc.) in white glass.
Architecture in Apricena Stone (page 52)
In many quarters it is believed that our quarrying operations are the second most important for quality of the material mined. Others rate our reality as No. 3, after the historical sites of Carrara and Verona. Special awards for the utilisation of stone as an architectural material have been assigned over the years at both Carrara and Verona. We are convinced that the time has come to do the same for our district. The invitation would be extended to all Italian and foreign designers and we would seek the involvement of professional and trade associations, commercial institutes, universities, companies and operators in this sector. The award, to be defined from the economic point of view, would be assigned to the best works created with our materials, for indoor or exterior use, for public areas, as a token of esteem for those - whether companies or operators - have succeeded in exalting the quality of Apricena Marble and Stone. Everyone should be invited to start collecting data, information on works, stories, episodes and the like, to link up to a
past which represents our future. All this should gradually evolve into a Centre of Studies and Research on the local quarrying reality. The starting conditions are all set, including awareness of the significance of this initiative on the part of entrepreneurs. Everything seems "naturally" ready for the advent of the New Course to be followed for the development of the sector.
Textiles and colours (page 56)
Textiles that remind one of tapestries, the striking decorative tradition known as “painting with coloured threads”. In the case of Donata Calvaruso, these textiles are more like sculptures. The pieces are entirely made out of the material itself and are constructed by hand: hands taking the place of chisel and hammer in creating the volume. And volume is the key to Donata’s piece, which can be described as unique and three-dimensional. This textile/sculpture is born from the happy discordance between means and results: we expect a decorative object, and we are given an entire world of interweaving threads surrounding us and leading us along a journey. Manual ability, which quite understandably incites the marvel of one admiring a tapestry, takes second place. These suggestions arise from an equilibrium in this complete world, where the linearity of the thread takes the form of surfaces and hollows and the colours and materials are arranged to form a natural landscape.
Kamaleonte Furnishing system (page 60)
Easy to assemble and easy to transport, space-saving, convenient price, great graphic and aesthetic appearance, rapid image updating: these are the main advantages of the foldable modular systems. These structures have become popular because they are practical and functional at exhibitions and fairs. The company Facile is certainly the most reliable
point of reference in this field, since it has developed, more than anyone else, skills related with these systems, continuing to study new solutions and opportunities. If, until a short while ago, these systems were known and appreciated for their ease-of-use and simple installation, today Facile has introduced a definite innovation, designing and creating proper stands of hundreds of square metres that are every bit as good in terms of solidity as stands set up using non-foldable systems. Kamaleonte is a perfect, technologicallyadvanced display system, ideally suited for product and service presentation, and at the same time an extremely valid tool to get across ideas, concepts, information. It is a foldable, modular structure made of aluminium and hence very light-weight and easy to carry thanks to a handy bag or cylinder shaped container. The system can be assembled, and disassembled, in just a few seconds and with no effort at all. The panels can be hooked onto the structure very easily and are perfectly aligned, providing graphic continuity. Kamaleonte, the natural evolution of the Facile system, offers the extra advantage of "magnetic" panels that can be hooked onto the structure, making assembly and disassembly operations even simpler. Kamaleonte is a system to create without imposing limits to imagination; a system to exhibit and communicate abolishing all space, time and graphical limits. Indeed, it is the modular folding system that offers the widest opportunity of installation, from simple display stand to the most complete stand. The system's basic unit is the square panel: structures of different sizes can be obtained by combining several square panels in the desired configuration. All panels can be decorated as a function of specific needs. The system comes with a wide range of accessories, including: aluminium trays painted white, folding counters, spotlights with lamp, and a new system for the back-lighting of photographic images. The structures and accessories are easy to transport in convenient nylon bags or rigid containers that are both elegant and solid.
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