The decision to partner with research centres and universities, such as Unicam, IUAV, Parsons School and Domus Academy, to experiment with new concepts, materials and cutting-edge technologies has always been integral to TM Italia’s philosophy. The R&D team develops innovative projects in terms of ergonomics, functionality, automation, accessibility and environmental sustainability, looking to the future and developing new visions and ways of conceiving the kitchen space.
The contents of the LAB research projects represent a wealth of knowledge and a methodological culture that the company transfers to each kitchen project.
The innovation of the LAB concepts can be tailored to the entire range of products in the catalogue. Thus the LAB becomes the core of corporate research, on the topics of technical and technological innovation, on home automation, on materials, on environmental sustainability.
TM Italia is also the leader of the “Green Cycle Design“, a highly innovative project that for the first time in the interior furnishings sector involves the use of a bio paint containing an active ingredient that allows the degradation of odorous molecules and to neutralize all the smells typically generated in a kitchen environment. This active ingredient, completely bio-compatible and not harmful to the body, is activated with the circulation of air and also reduces the presence of microorganisms present in the air, improving its quality in domestic environments.
TM Italia has also supported two editions of the master’s degree in Ecodesign of the University of Camerino, within which the Oready project was developed, entirely dedicated to environmental sustainability.
TM Italia was the leader in the HDOMO 2.0: Human-based Domotics 2.0 project, aimed at creating an intelligent kitchen, equipped with smart systems that can facilitate accessibility and simple daily actions for elderly or people with the physically disabled. The project was donated to the new spinal unit of the Torrette hospital in Ancona, where it is installed as an aid to the rehabilitation of patients with reduced mobility resulting from spinal injuries. It also constitutes a valuable alpha laboratory for the collection of fundamental information for the fine-tuning of inclusive design projects.
In the development of new projects and in the integration of the product collection, TM Italia has been always keen to the enhancement of talents, through continuous scouting and know-how transfer with each project team. In 2018 a collection of three new concepts was presented, developed with the designers Ruadelpapavero, Marco Taietta, Bernhardt & Vella. All having design great experience, but made their debut in the kitchen sector together with TM Italia with very important results. The historic collaboration with the young creative team of Ruadelpapavero, which started in 2012 with FX Carbon, followed in 2016 by Miuccia and matured in 2018 with the Rua project awarded with the ADI Design Index 2019 and finalist for the Compasso d’Oro ADI 2020.