Story of an ecological and performing material that looks to the future
“Today is tomorrow”: this is the motto of Filippi 1971, a company with 50 years of history located in the Imagna Valley, in the province of Bergamo. Three generations at work, a forge of new ideas always accompanied by their realization, in line with the spirit of this territory that is unique in Italy for its history, applied research and integrated industrial system.
Enthusiasm and foresight can be felt since the first generation represented by Ernesto Filippi with his wife Vittoria, and then continue with their sons Gino and Salvatore, still active today, and the four grandchildren, Francesca, Guido, Roberto and Viola.
It is from this family passion and long experience, from the ability to look to the future and concretely express the needs of the time that VittEr® was born, a new generation compact laminate highly performing and ecological, whose name pays homage to the founders Vittoria and Ernesto, today a symbol of the company vision and the starting point for numerous projects.
“For us the territory has always been the force of attraction to which we remain faithful, an attraction that has stimulated us to go out into the world, preserving our essential values. For example, sustainability, today fundamental and irreplaceable in every design and production activity, is our bread and butter. My grandfather Ernesto had recognized, in the recovery of waste from the processing of beech elements in the early 1980s, a great economic opportunity to obtain another product, which was then very much in demand on the market, the curtain rails. We have been leaders in this sector for more than 15 years and it all started with a concept of reuse”, says Francesca Filippi, VittEr Design® Project Manager.
In this sort of “ante litteram” circular economy, Filippi 1971 intercepted the theme of our years, sustainability; it is from an intuition inside the company, not solicited by the market but by a strategic vision, that VittEr® was born.
VittEr® is a compact surface with zero formaldehyde emissions, customizable with digital printing, wear-resistant, water-repellent and fireproof (class B-s2, d0) characteristics. It is suitable for direct contact with food and very easy to maintain. Last but not least, it is an active surface because, thanks to the production process with silver ions, it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
A completely recyclable and renewable multilayer material, produced with cellulose-based papers from an FSC® certified supply chain, without resins, additional glues and plastic derivatives.
A totally green product that is part, as Salvatore Filippi, CEO Filippi 1971, “of a recovery project, called “Dorvem”, in which the remains of primary and secondary productions are conferred, in a program of circularity of use, for the production of new agglomerated panels, mainly intended for outdoor use“.
VittEr® is made with a few and precise processing steps, processes that are the result of a meticulous research, which focuses on an unprecedented combination of temperature, pressure and the use of a single raw material, FSC® certified paper.
Furthermore, VittEr® is distinguished by its being “all color”: each layer that composes it, from the core to the surface, is colored and customizable in several shades and in thickness, for a final effect that goes beyond the usual laminate appearance to embrace the look of the solid materials.
This exclusive compact laminate therefore represents the new chapter in the history of Filippi 1971: it is the material that has given way to a new path, to original visions and unexplored territories.
Its characteristics have made it an innovative material for the world of furniture, ideal in domestic applications, from the bathroom to the kitchen to the living room to the outdoors, and in public, work and recreational environments.
Following this path, Filippi 1971 has founded VittEr Design®, a brand shaped with the intention of enhancing and giving maximum expression to this material in the world of design and furniture.
The project, with the initial art direction of the architects Basaglia + Rota Nodari, also designer of the first furniture collection of POP & Déco, was selected as a “business project” by ADI DESIGN INDEX 2021.
The great potential of VittEr® is available for architects and interior designers who can also count on its total customization starting from the thickness (from 2mm up to 30 mm), from digital printing to the 3D processing: it is here that V-Art has born, an idea that is based on the concept of algorithmic art, created by specific mathematical calculations, from which custom-made 3D paintings and decorative panels take shape.
The current VittEr® colors are ten, each of which combined with the name of a place with the power of evoking colors and emotions: the new Cyclades Blue, presented at Fuorisalone Milan 2022, and Madrid Red, Sicily Orange, Rio Yellow, Dublin Green, Dubai Beige, Milan Grey, London Grey, Volcano Black, Cortina White.