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Though we don’t like to toot our own horn, we can’t help but share this news with you – in May, Elica was ranked first in the list of best places to work in all of Europe for 2011.
We are delighted because this award applies to the most important value in which we have always believed: our people. We have long directed our efforts to our people through attention to their well-being and through the development of talents, accomplished by putting them in the best possible conditions in which to work and to cultivate growth.
We were also recognized in December as the best place to work in Italy for 2011, additionally receiving first place in the special category, Inspiring, for all of the activities we organize for our people. For example, we have the Elica Life program, a group of initiatives created to improve quality of life, both within and outside the company as well as E-Straordinario, which trains employees through art.
This post is a big thank you to all those who “live” the Elica space each day with professionalism and involvement.
Essen, Germany, 14th March 2011 – The Skin cooker hood, designed by Elica Design Center chief Fabrizio Crisà, has received the “red dot award: product design 2011”, the much-coveted international recognition awarded on the basis of a project’s high level of quality.
The result of ongoing Elica research into functionality together with studies relating to form and innovative materials, Skin, after a careful examination carried out on the product, was picked out by a jury of international experts from various fields for its features of functionality, ergonomics, respect for the environment, durability and design Skin, in fact, is a cooker hood devised, through the application of cutting-edge technology, to guarantee maximum airflow and lighting performance.
Developed in full respect of ergonomic principles, its sloping body liberates the user’s gestuality and vision around the worktop during food preparation. The centre of the steel or glass round-cornered frontal panel features a large, high-performance filtration surface of micro-perforated steel, easy to remove and wash, making maintenance simplicity itself.
The control interface, echoing the look of a Seventies radio set, is composed of two circular elements (airflow intensity and dimmer illumination) positioned on the side of the frontal panel. Turning with a tuning effect, they employ user-friendly icons that offer a concrete approach in terms of usability.
The chrome-finished lighting, placed centrally above the filter, pivots so that the LED illumination can be pointed in any direction:
towards the cooktop or worktop, or even towards the ceiling, making Skin a truly multifunctional object.
And these are the features which has brought Skin one of the most important recognitions in world design, the "red dot award", created in 1955 with the aim ofhighlighting the exceptional qualities of designers and producers.
Skin, together with the other products that received the award, will be presented at an official ceremony in July at the Red Dot museum in Zollverein, Essen, in Germany.Skin, like all Elica products, brings together those key elements that make the Italian way of making things so outstanding: creativity, product detail, quality and elegance.
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