VELA, the family of seats designed by the Lievore Altherr Molina studio, is the winner of the 24th ADI (Industrial Design Association) Compasso d’Oro with the following statement: “Compasso d’Oro for a research resulting in an elegant product, light, technological and solid integrating brilliantly ergonomics and aesthetic”.
The award ceremony took place on June 14th at Palazzo Isimbardi in Milan, the same date that saw the inauguration of the exhibition bringing together the 237 products candidate for the Award.
VELA is a powerful expression of Tecno’s thinking, always inspired by rationalistic design represented in its most elegant and discreet form.
The clean, essential line, with no visible mechanical elements, conceals sophisticated “responsive” technology that allows it to adapt its position automatically according to the weight of the user. Vela, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality, is suitable to blend into office environments, soft-contract and residential settings. The family proposes a vast range of models available with different bases, finishes and combinations of materials/fabrics for seat and backrest.
VELA will contribute to extending the heritage of the Fondazione ADI Collezione Compasso d’Oro (ADI Golden Compass Collection Foundation), recognised as “of exceptional artistic and historic interest” by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage, which since 1954 has collected the Italian design objects that have won the prestigious Award.
Tecno, founded in 1953, receives its fifth Compasso d’Oro with VELA. Previous Compassi include a Career award in 1988, for the cultural quality expressed in product systems and in graphics.
Tecno has blended design and innovation from the beginning, involving all stages of design, from the product to the interior, and wedded the requirements of representation, quality, comfort and functionality.
Its extensive historical collection includes products such as the P40 armchair and D70 divan, which were to become design icons.