Lapalma’s success has been achieved step by step throughout the years. No overnight success stories here – just hard work and passion in equal measure.
For thirty years, the company has shown talent, tenacity, know-how and above all inexhaustible enthusiasm, expertly combining metal with wood, leather and fabrics to create timeless pieces of furniture with clean fluid lines. The company’s story begins in the 1980s, when founders the Marcato brothers decided to go into business on their own. Their initial idea developed rapidly and Lapalma was established soon after, showing from the outset a preference for natural, recyclable materials. Following investments in machinery, Lapalma took advantage of the availability of new materials to develop a wide range of products for the contract market, which quickly demonstrated the brand’s appeal, attracting buyers on major projects worldwide for hotels, shops, museums and airports.
Lapalma’s blend of good design and aesthetic appeal produces furniture with a strong personality and has seen contributions from designers of international renown (as of 2013, Lapalma’s art director is Francesco Rota). The brand’s success has also been recognized with a number of awards, including the Good Design award, the FX International Interior Design Award and the Design Plus award. The firm’s consistent design approach is also evident in the elegant, up-to-date and functional interiors as well as in the sober modern lines of its new headquarters in Cadoneghe, close to Padua.
Today, Lapalma looks towards the future with the same unchanged enthusiasm. The genuine Italian nature of its products is stronger than ever, with its emphasis on craftsmanship and designs that appeal to the senses – the cornerstones of Italian design and production. It has brought in new fabrics, padding, leathers, and colour palettes and developed variations on individual product lines, building a diversified portfolio to accommodate products which are suited to the contract market, but can also cross over into other areas such as the home, outdoor and light office segments. Forward-thinking and true to its convictions, Lapalma is ready to take on new challenges, opportunities and markets.
Hee Welling (born 1974) attended The University of Art and Design, Helsinki, and has a master degree in furniture design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
He established his studio in Copenhagen in 2003 and works today in the fields of furniture, interior, lighting and industrial design. The studio collaborates with leading national and international manufacturers and the products have been exhibited at fairs and museums worldwide.
Hee has received the BoBedre design award (Denmark), the Good Design Award (USA), scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation and has been nominated as Danish designer of the year in 2013 and 2014, by Danish magazines Bolig Magasinet, Costume Living and BoBedre. He is also ranked on Architonic’s list of most popular designers – Top 200 designers 2015.
Hee Welling products have been used in different international interiors, including the Oslo opera house, the Australian parliament, Amazon’s head office, Danish national television, the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Beats by Dre head office and the Danish parliament.
Hee has been design tutor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and The Danish Institute for Study abroad (DIS).
Besides his own studio, he is also partner in the design studio Welling / Ludvik, alongside Icelandic designer Gudmundur Ludvik. The collaboration began in 2010 and since then, the duo has created furniture and industrial design products for several national and international companies.