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ETHER: the doorway of the future

Changes in social behavior and habitation patterns, together with technological developments, have led to a new tradition in the appearance of the door as a physical object, transforming it within the context of new values where design becomes the fundamental and mindful interpreter. The door is one of those objects that has endured the longest over time. It is the quintessential intermediary object: able to establish the passage between Architecture and Interior.

ETHER, designed by Marco Piva for Lualdi, is an innovative door system equipped with an advanced door jamb: the vertical block, which accommodates an interface developed by Microdevice, an Italian company specializing in building automation & control systems, is fully incorporated and hidden within the door system.
The design thus becomes the tool that makes it possible to establish the connection with the public, offering an experience that is out of the ordinary.
A vision of the future that combines the know-how of Lualdi with the most advanced technologies, making them the key elements of uniquely designed creations.

The system incorporates an intelligent, highly-customizable interface with multiple commands that is able to evolve and adapt to the needs of the end user: it is configured through a simple data connection.

9 JUNE 2022

Aesthetics and technology

ETHER is functional, cutting-edge, intelligent and interactive: an activator that integrates a series of functions and enables the various building management systems to communicate with each other. The impact in terms of sustainability is also significant: it is possible to control household power consumption and so optimize energy use. From an architectural point of view, these “technological doors” allow the various spaces to be divided in a new way according to a continuous and enveloping perspective; the systems control is implemented on site in a way that is simple, effective and above all innovative. This revolutionary plant system radically changes the appearance of the electrical panel.

Right from the early stages of the design process, ETHER integrates with the construction system of load-bearing walls and partitions and with electrical and home automation systems through a simple plug-in to be connected at the time of installation.

The system is characterized not only by the fact that it enables user maintenance to be completely autonomous, but above all because the product functions can be totally customized.

 

Applications

This technologically innovative product lends itself to numerous applications. Each version is designed with a set of finishes and accessories. Different functions can be found in a single object: from basic controls – such as switching off and on – to communication, alarm, monitoring and air sanitation systems, which are much more structured.

 

ETHER can connect to any control system: all its functions can be monitored remotely and can be controlled 24 hours a day directly from a smartphone.

The Ether system can also be combined with dry walling specifically designed to integrate with the technology of the product, and can be applied both in newbuilds and in energy efficiency retrofits. For the launch of this collection, this solution is presented in collaboration with Saint-Gobain as technical partner.

The Saint-Gobain solution integrates ETHER into high-performance thermal and acoustic comfort systems that meet high standards of environmental sustainability.

ETHER is designed to be installed in historical/monumental contexts as a command bar that can be applied to stand-alone walls.

  • ETHER can connect to any control system: all its functions can be monitored remotely and can be controlled 24 hours a day directly from a smartphone.

    The Ether system can also be combined with dry walling specifically designed to integrate with the technology of the product, and can be applied both in newbuilds and in energy efficiency retrofits. For the launch of this collection, this solution is presented in collaboration with Saint-Gobain as technical partner.

    The Saint-Gobain solution integrates ETHER into high-performance thermal and acoustic comfort systems that meet high standards of environmental sustainability.

    ETHER is designed to be installed in historical/monumental contexts as a command bar that can be applied to stand-alone walls.

Finishes and accessories

Marco Piva and Lualdi have developed three versions with three different uses for the launch of ETHER. Each version comes with a package of finishes and accessories designed for a certain function type. The combinations of materials – wood, glass and aluminum – are specific to the different uses of the system.

The iconic combinations reveal a rich and harmonious program of aesthetic and material solutions, as is the custom with Lualdi products.

 

RESIDENTIAL
Door in light oak Thermowood
Door jambs in black aluminum
Vertical block in iron grey glass

WELLNESS
Door in iron grey back lacquered glass
Door jambs in brushed aluminum
Vertical block in black glass

OFFICE
Door in matt calce grey lacquer
Door jambs in brushed aluminum
Vertical block in matt calce grey glass

Photos from the event

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