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Minotti in Shenzhen, China’s City of the future

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China has recently laid out its plans for the Greater Bay Area. These plans are designed to guide the future development of the 70 million-strong economic region surrounding Hong Kong.  This immense terrirorial economy, composed of Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou and Shenzhen  currently produces 37% of China’s exports.

The Hong Kong – Zhulai – Macao Bridge, pictured above, was inaugurated in October 2018.  It is a crucial component that unifies the vast infrastructure network of the Greater Bay Area.

While Hong Kong, according to the Greater Bay Area Plan, will maintain its status as a finance and trade centre, Shenzhen is intended to become a vital technology hub and one of the prominent Special Economic Zones. These Zones essentially act as liberal economic environments, which promote innovation and development.

Special Economic Zones (SEZ) were first launched in 1980 by the Chinese government. At that time Shenzhen was a small fishing village of 30’000 inhabitants. Today Shenzhen is  a metropolis with a population of 12 million, which produces China’s fourth highest GDP income after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Based on a well-conceived strategy of city governance and controlled development, Shenzhen has become an enormous success story as the first of China’s Special Economic Zones.

Shenzhen is prominent today as an incubator hub for high-tech and similar companies. It also plays a very important role as a test bed for future developments in the Greater Bay Area.

“We are in the midst of vast and promising developments, which have grown out of China’s Greater Bay Area plans”  commented Mr Antonio Marelli, adding “The vast Shenzhen metropolis has now emerged as one of our key targets for product sales in China”.

A new Minotti sales location opens in China, in the handsome seaside city of Xiamen

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2019 will mark a pivotal year in Minotti’s worldwide expansion, with the completion of a series of new showrooms in Asia, in the wake of the continuing demand for our products in this region.

Xiamen is about the same economic size as Singapore and Hong Kong. The city has produced a nominal yearly output of 2.2 trillion yuan in 2017. It is among one of the leading ten commercial and industrial cities in China. Its economy grows at a yearly rate of 12%.  The city’s consumption of furniture is currently forecasted to expand by 3% yearly.

Pictured here is a glimpse of Minotti’s elegant new Xiamen flagship showroom, which  offers an enticing space for Minotti products .

We believe that we will achieve a positive development of Minotti’s business in Xiamen, last not least through the commitment and competence of our valued local business partners.

The Sukeno’s Minotti Court Showroom in Tokyo reopens after a major refurbishment

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The complete remake of the Sukeno’s Court Showroom has led to an exquisite new display environment in Tokyo, where Minotti pieces can shine.  The new, spacious atmosphere leaves an excellent impression on visitors, prospects and clients.

Generous indoors and outdoors display spaces, for placing the recent elements of the Minotti repertoire, generate a fresh atmosphere that delights Sukeno’s customers.

The refined lighting systems, both indoors and outdoors, enhance each object’s shape, function and character.

 

 

 

A new Minotti showroom opens in Hanoi / Vietnam

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Vietnam has recently emerged as one of Asia’s top trading nations and as a strong attractor of foreign direct investment.  The country is also very successful as an exporter. Its economy grew by 7 % in the past year.

Vietnam has also become a regional diplomatic power that has developed a series of important international relationships.

Minotti products for Vietnam are manufactured entirely in Italy. This makes it straightforward for us to manage our design and production processes, to react promptly to client requirements from Vietnam and to ensure the impeccable delivery of our products.

Our buyers in Vietnam appreciate the excellence and elegance of Minotti products. As sales continue to show healthy signs of  growth, we will no doubt develop further business opportunities in this country.

We are very pleased to be in the capital of Vietnam, close to the banks of the mythical Red River. We look forward to many fruitful years of work with our partners here in Hanoi, in one of the most fascinating and proud capital cities in the world.

The opening of Minotti’s new Showroom in the Singapore Raffles Hotel Arcade is imminent

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Lying only 600m from the center of Singapore, the renowned Raffles Hotel Arcade will host Minotti’s local showroom from early 2019 onwards. All the extensive restructuring work on Minotti’s new location has been successfully completed.

Situated in a luxurious, tree-fringed setting and boasting a unique standard of comfort and opulence, the Raffles itself is currently undergoing extensive renovation work. It is expected that the Hotel facilities will reopen, at the latest, in mid 2019.

The city of Xi’an in China is soon to host a Minotti showroom

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Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, is a historically very significant city in China’s central-western interior. It has, in recent times, undergone an incredibly successful transformation of its economy towards high-technology research, development and production.

The Xi’an region is one of the most important in the history of China, both as the capital of several ruling dynasties and as a market and trade center.

Beyond its agricultural riches, Xi’an was, in past times, a crucial commercial connector of China to the Western lands and to India. In historic times, silk went westward and wool, gold and silver went east.

Significant government investments, aimed at stimulating future wealth in the advanced services sectors, have been very successful in Xi’an.

At the same time, the metropolis has retained important elements of its precious historic heritage, such as the pavilion towers and the ancient wall around the city’s old urban center. In this context we should not forget Xi’an’s famed terracotta warriors, a collection of thousands of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The warriors were buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

 

 

Minotti’s 2018 collection reaches showrooms in Asia

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Debuted at this year’s Milan Salone, Minotti’s latest collection is now also being  distributed to the company’s Asian showrooms.

The new collection, designed in an intense collaboration between architect Rodolfo Dordoni and four internationally renowned furniture designers, is a culmination of brilliant planning concepts, matchless elegance and highest quality materials.

Pieces on display at the Minotti showrooms are on sale off the floor. But clients may, according to their preferences, also  commission custom finished items, based on current catalog designs, fabrics and finishes.

Mr Antonio Marelli, the Minotti Resident Area Manager for Asia, says “We are very hopeful that this new collection will prove to be a good next step in the continuing development of Minotti products”  adding “… it is, of course, experience, competence and creativity that lead us as we respond to today’s growing comfort and elegance trends in Asia”.

The publication of the 2018 Minotti collection has been released

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The book that illustrates Minotti’s 2018 collection, presented at  this year’s Milan Salone, is now available and can be obtained from your local Minotti agent.

The content of this publication presents the most recent Minotti products, as they were elegantly set up, over a surface of 2000 sqm, by renowned architect Rodolfo Dordoni, at this year’s Milan Salone trade show.

Minotti has been recognized many times for its outstanding product design. This year, a talented crop of international furniture designers: Nendo, Marcio Kogan and Christophe Delcourt, under the leadership of Rodolfo Dordoni, all with an immense savoir faire and experience, created the Minotti masterpieces that make up this year’s splendid collection.

A Minotti showroom will soon open in Xiamen, China

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Xiamen is a particularly beautiful and liveable city on the southeast coast of China. It faces the Kinmen Islands and lies opposite Taiwan and the Penghu Islands across the Taiwan Straits.

Xiamen happens to be one of the most competitive cities in  China and one of the country’s first Special Economic Zones.

Today, Xiamen boasts a modern port facility with one of the most frequently visited international cruise terminals in China.

The main development, production and services activities in Xiamen include electronics, computers, machinery, shipping, logistics and research as well as finance and commerce.

Xiamen is the largest producer and exporter of tungsten products in the world, the largest producer of hearing aids and hearing equipment in the Asia-Pacific region and a leading exporter of computer equipment. The city is also an important centre of information and materials technology,  environmental science, biological and pharmaceutical research as well as  marine technology.

 

The Minotti showroom in Xiamen is currently being set up and will be opening shortly.

Product Update for the 2018 Minotti Collection – 09/07/2018

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The following is a summary of the most recent Product Update announcements relevant to the Minotti 2018 Collection.

Detailed Product Updates are distributed by Minotti Headquarters.

1. ALEXANDER

1.1. A new headrest element is available.

2. GRANVILLE

2.1. Two new cushion elements are available: Central element (103 cm) and Chaise Longue element (110 cm)

3. RUSSELL

3.1. Bergère and Armchair

The total height of the armrest and the seat of the revolving versions have been standardized to the heights of the fixed  versions.

In addition, the height of the footrest combined with the Bergère and the swivel chair has also been standardized to the footrest of the fixed version.

4. WAVES

The two tables with dimensions  116.5 x 60 x 35 cm are now coded as COD A and COD B to distinguish them by the shape of the lower shelf.

5. OLIVER

The total height of the lounge table has been increased from 61.5 to 66 cm

6. DAN

The tables with round tops, diameter 160, 180 and 200 cm, in the open-pore opaque lacquered ebony finish now have a top consisting of three triangular wedge elements.

7. LOU

Bar and night container: the lower surface of the folding table of the bar and night containers is no longer coated with a mirror steel plate but has a partially recessed mirror (5 mm in view).

8. DEBBETS IPANEMA

The indication “VISCOSA LYOCELL” has been removed from the technical specification of the carpet, since the type of LYOCELL used is 100% LYOCELL.

9. BLANCHE

The maximum wattage for the BLANCHE lamps is 20W  for each single lamp holder.

10. QUADRADO

The height of the seat cushions has been standardized so that all elements reach the same height.

11. TOSHIMA

The composition of this indoors fabric has been changed as follows: VI 37% CO 29% PC 14% LI 10% PL 8% WO 2%

12. KABUKI

This indoor fabric is available only with limitations.

The descriptive text now reads:

KABUKI fabric is only available for the following models of the 2018 collection: RUSSELL, ALBERT and ILE. KABUKI fabric is also available for prior collections, for seats using traditional canons of classic upholstery, that is, using simple stitching and respecting the vertical direction of the fabric.