Milan’s “Made in Steel”

There is a very interesting event going on in Milan these days. In parallel to the 2015 International Exposition, Milan is hosting the Made in Steel exhibition. If you are involved in the steel business it is a great opportunity to promote your products and learn on the latest news about steel and its industry.

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According to the website of the fair, Made in Steel is both an industry and international event organized for the first time in 2005. It is a series of conferences and exhibitions all about steel. Here is how the official website of the event describes the fair’s aim and mise en scène.

A combination that expresses the two souls that co-exist within this event, which consists of a perfect balance between business and information, relationships and knowledge. (from madeinsteel.it)

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If you are in Milan or close by and you do not want to miss the chance to find out more about steel, its industry and market, you still have today and tomorrow  to attend Made in Steel. Don’t miss the opportunity!

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This is the location of the fair.

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Riace Warriors: No EXPO!

Until few weeks ago it seemed that the 2015 Milan Expo would have hosted the two famous bronze sculptures known as Riace Warriors. Unfortunately, the tourists coming from all over the world to visit this year’s edition of the Universal Exposition will not have the chance to admire these incredible pieces of art dubbed Bronzi di Riace. Some maintained that the two metal statues would have represented an added value for the exhibition, perfectly fitting with the healthy nutrition theme inspiring the 2015 Expo. Indeed the bronzes are the symbol of bodily vigor and muscle elasticity.

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However, because of logistical issues the Riace Warriors will stay at the Magna Grecia National Museum of Reggio Calabria, in the southern of Italy. Indeed, after having gone through a delicate process of restoration between 2009 and 2011, the sculptures are today exhibited to the public inside a micro-climate room, and displayed on top of an anti-seismic  platform made of Carrara marbled.

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You may wonder why here at Shanghai Metal Corporation we care so much about the Bronzi di Riace. First, because of their incredible story. These two metal statues were found in the Ionian Sea in 1972, 300 meters away from the coast of Riace, a tiny village close to Reggio Calabria. According to the analysis, the statues were probability made in Athens around 450 BC and then shipped to Rome. But the boat that was carrying them sank. The sculptures were then found interred under 8 meters of sand. Second, the statues are made of bronze and today after restoration their greatest splendor is again available to visitors. So if you plan to go to Italy for the 2015 Expo do not forget to book a flight for Reggio Calabria to see these amazing pieces of metal art.

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Take you time and come visiting our website. Did you know that Shanghai Metal Corporation provides you with a great selection of metals?  Aluminum: it can be use for various applications. (Check out our aluminium tube/pipe, widely used for transportation.)  Copper: it can be use for various applications. (Check out our superior quality copper foils) But also steel and so on. Great quality and competitive prices are our guidelines in order to satisfy clients from all over the world. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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Metals & Co – more than a table

Today Shanghai Metal Corporation wants to take you again to one of the well-known capitals of fashion and design in the world: Milan. We have already mentioned the Italian city for hosting the upcoming 2015 EXPO, but this new article deals with the major Italian event for interior design: SaloneDelMobile.

“The Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector. An invaluable tool for the industry as well as an ongoing, quite extraordinary promotional vehicle. The Salone made its first appearance in 1961, designed to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market, and it has continued to do so impeccably, ensuring that the quality of Italian furniture is known to all four corners of the earth, and continues so to do, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world.” (from http://salonemilano.it/en-us)

Among the furniture presented, here is a selection of unique tables featuring metals and several material such as wood, glass and crystal. Because the metal goes with everything!! Take a look!

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Euclide di Domitalia. Wodden top plus a support structure made of painted  bent sheets steel.


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Notorius di Marioni. The brass work structure and the oval top recall the 40s’ atmospheres.


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B 110 di Dale Italia. Lacquered iron legs support an antique oak flat surface recovered by old Italian roofs.


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Argo di Mara Srl. A folding table with chromed metal conical legs, featuring lockable wheels.


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Hystrix by Cattelan Italia. An innovative table made of glass and painted iron.


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  Status by Calligaris. An essential combination of wood and metal.


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Memo di Lema. A linear assembly of fine wood and lacquered aluminum.


Take you time and come visiting our website. Did you know that Shanghai Metal Corporation provides you with a great selection of metals?  You can for instance take a look at our aluminum department products. Do you need aluminium foils? We have them! Or maybe you are looking for aluminum sheet plate? We can help you! Not just aluminium, but also copper, steel and so on. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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The Tree of Life – Milan 2015 Expo Steel Symbol

We have already discussed about the upcoming 2015 Expo taking place in Milan, Italy, in less than two months. As you know is a very important event, not just for the European peninsula, but also for all the participant countries willing to promote their products. This year’s theme is “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. It will be very difficult for Italy to beat the success of the Chinese 2010 Expo edition, although the theme seems very interesting. If you visited Shanghai during the Universal Exposition or after 2010, you have probably visited the Chinese pavilion. Indeed, this great piece of architectural art has been the main symbol of the Shanghainese exhibition and it has rapidly became one of the main tourist attractions of the city.

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The Chinese pavillion is a 63 meters high structure inspired by the most important element of the building tradition of China: the dougong system dating back over 2000 years. It consists of wooden beams embedded in overlapping layers on a base of columns. (from IlGiornaledell’Architettura)

But what about Milan? What will be the symbol of the next Expo made in Italy? The Tree of Life. It came to light in early March, erected in the center of the Expo Lake Arena. According to L’Eco di Bergamo,  the project of  the tree was inspired both by the mosaic of the Otranto Cathedral and the floor of Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, of which is a 3D version. Its creator, Marco Balich, explained that the tree is a symbol common to “all cultures, from the Bible to Avatar”.

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The tree has a steel structure made of 150 tons of metal, around which a wooden part was built (90 tons of wood), which will then be adorned with several plants and lights. This 35 meters high installation of steel and wood (and 45 meters of diameter) will be the highest structure of the 2015 Expo. Moreover, the tree will host one show per hour admired by 3000 people each time sitting on the arena built around the Expo lake.

In sum, the symbol of the upcoming Milan Expo 2015 is made of steel. A futuristic steel tree!

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The Many Architectural Applications of Shipping Containers vol.12

Shipping Container architecture is getting branded as the synonym of affordable housing and sustainable living. Containers are a really low-cost and durable material that has caught the attention of designers and architects worldwide. Shipping containers can also be easily modified. They can be stacked, flipped or welded together in different angles. This 12th chapter of container architecture will present the current extremes of container buildings.

The simplest container houses can be built by using only one container. For instance an Australian firm Nova Deko Modular has presented one of their stylish micro-homes in Milan. Their single-container prefabricated house is a compact and space saving solution that optimizes all the space-use inside a 40 ft shipping container.(via Inhabitat)

Atelier Workshop’s Port-a-Bach is a shipping container micro-home on wheels. The house is designed to be easily moved to different locations and to accommodate two adults and two children.(via Inhabitat)

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What might be the maximum amount of containers one could use for a single building? These examples will lead to the answer.

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Detroit’s The Power of Green Housing Development will upcycle 93 shipping containers to build the multi-family home complex shown in the picture above. This four-floor house of flats will have 20 residences of one to three bedroom solutions.(via Inhabitat)

The complex that New York-based architecture firm LOT-EK is designing in Taiwan, will consist of 1,620 shipping containers. Recycled containers will be the main material for Taichung city’s Cultural Center that will hold art shows and screen films among many other cultural activities.(via Inhabitat)

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How to improve the taste of tap water

The taste of tap water isn’t as good as it used to be. The water pollution is one of the most serious problems in the world. More countries don’t have drinkable water so many of people just started to buy bottles of water in shops. BUT! Don’t forget that you can improve the taste of tap water and purify it at home by yourselves, you just need some copper.

We drink water every day and drinking safe water is extremely important for our health. Specific amounts of lead, arsenic or radioactive particles may lead to illness and even to death. There are few methods of purifying water and I will introduce you the way using copper.

Copper-zinc method

This water filtration technology (sold under name KDF) uses granules of  copper and zinc allow to purify water. These copper and zinc molecules are like different poles on a battery. Certain water contaminants are drawn toward the zinc while others are drawn toward copper. Chemical reactions are releasing ozone and other particles which can kill bacteria and organisms but it can’t remove organic contaminants and pesticides. It can effectively removes metals and chlorine.

Crystal and copper purifying water

Still vessels by Formafantasma

Studio Formafantasma has created a collection of engraved crystal and copper vessels with charcoal to purify and serve water. Activation of charcoal perforates it with tiny holes, increases its surface area and removes impurities from water.

Still vessels by Formafantasma

Designers made these vessels of these materials because they wanted to make from water purification a daily routine.  Patterns engraved into the crystal represent a microscopic view of bacteria found in rivers in 19th century. This collection was a part of an exhibition in Milan.

So what do you think? It is modern, original, useful and can make your water tasty or as designers describe it “the most humble and fundamental of all drinks”.

Still vessels by Formafantasma

Still vessels by Formafantasma

 Still vessels by Formafantasma

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Credits : dezeen.com, formafantasma.com, drdavidwilliams.com, googleimages