Our new ceramic-steel whiteboard

Whiteboards have a life cycle, too. As you can see here, over time small scratches accumulate in the most used areas, with the result that the writing becomes difficult to remove, and the ink of the markers accumulates: the board becomes almost impossible to clean.DSCN1590

 

Therefore the board must be regularly changedwith the best that the market offers. Nowadays it looks like the best is the CeramicSteel surface board, very advanced technologically, scratch-resistant, environmentally safe and ecologically sensible.

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As they say, CeramicSteel is an innovation that essentially melds the sleek beauty of porcelain and locks it in steel. This process guarantees a beautiful and reliable uniformity across all contours, including edges. PolyVision CeramicSteel technology is complex and exacting. Here is a quick snapshot of the process:

  • Heated at a range of 1292° – 1652° F (700° – 900° C), powdered glass melts, flows and hardens
  • The resulting powder is then fired and fused onto the metal sheet/coil
  • Finally, a smooth, durable, abrasion-resistant surface is made.ceramicsteel-testing

PolyVision e3 CeramicSteel is 99.9% recyclable and the only globally Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM surface of its kind. It is safe and clean, and emits no harmful chemicals into the environment.

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Quite impressive, isnt’it? Tomorrow, the road test. We’ll keep you updated !

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Scuola Toscana in Japan again!

Later than usual we were in Japan also this year; still a bit jet-lagged and after 2 hrs of Shinkansen from Tokyo, I was excited to present Scuola Toscana at the KCC Kobe Shimbun Bunka Center

Every year we try to find something new to present our courses: this year, thanks to Gerda and Gabriele brilliant idea, I presented a quiz about Florence; seven questions, ranging from very easy to almost impossible, and for every answer there was a small presentation of a “special course” at Scuola Toscana (art history course, fashion and design course, Florence discovery course, Internship course, wine and cooking course)

Given that two students finished on a tie, there was the suplementary final question (“guess: how old is the director ?”) to award the first prize (a bottle of Chianti…) The answer remained confidential, of course !

Last but not least, some further information about the school and Tuscan fingerfood for all the participants

… many thanks to Eri Nawate (Accademia della cultura italiana) who made it possible, and Minae Okada for the translation and organisation in Kobe !

Scuola Toscana 2.0: the new reception desk

For everyone who is not at Scuola Toscana these days, the new desk has arrived, and it looks like this. Given the general dimensions of the school, it looks quite imposing, very white, a Moby Dick among the desks.

… you could even land a small airplane on it…

italian language and design

Just to let you have an idea about the things we do at our course of Italian language for fashion and design (courtesy of our teacher Manuela and her student Hiromi…)