In 1944, Wilton Carlyle Dinges founded the Electrical Machine and Equipment Company (Emeco) in Hanover Pennsylvania utilizing the skills of local craftsman. During WWII the U.S government gave him a big assignment, make chairs that could withstand water, salt air and sailors. Make chairs lightweight and make them strong, build them for a lifetime. Aluminum was the obvious choice, engineered for practical purposes, designed by real people.
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.
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.
Since the year of its founding in 2002, Slide has been a leading company of outdoor and indoor decoration, lighting design for contract, events and residential areas. Its success is due to its founder, Giò Colonna Romano: his fancy fantasy matches perfectly with his thirty-year know-how in the processing of plastic resins. As a demiurge, Slide creates colourful design objects: starting from a humble material as polyethylene, Slide elevates it to refine high quality design and elegant art objects. The present and the future of Slide is the constantly research for innovation. Slide is always looking for new materials, as the introduction of soft and rigid polyurethane, and it is looking for new shapes, thanks to the collaboration with some of the most famous designers of the world, as Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Stefano Giovannoni, Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid and Marc Sadler. The first success was the production of luminous bar furniture, which can be the protagonists of unforgettable events and contract that do not want to be unnoticed. Slide constantly grows up in different products and sectors: we acquire and develop the Design of Love collection, we create rental service of furniture, and we look for beauty, with the Slide Art branch. Between artisanship and innovation.