A product has value and dignity if it expresses the spirit of its time, the culture of its time. Since 1970 all the realizations of San Lorenzo can express trends and sentiments of the present and foreshadow its change.
Know-how and technology with expressive language are the basis of design.
San Lorenzo recognizes “design” as partner of the existing culture and makes the silver/design duo evident.
The creator-executor relationship is clearly explained by Tobia Scarpa when he ironically describes his drawing as “meta-design” using an untranslatable italian word-play between “meta” and “metà”, the Italian word that means “half”; half pencil lines and half dialogues, dialectics with an interlocutor that explains, understands and is understood.
That’s why each new project with Tobia Scarpa is a new fantastic beginning. PAN999, combining Pure Silver and Iron, represents another important and innovative milestone too, both in technology field and for its significant benefits to health and wellbeing.
The names that are given to things reveal the mood of their creation: “Intelijencia, dame el nombre exacto de las cosas!...Que mi palabra sea la cosa misma, creada por mi alma nuevamente…” (Juan Ramon Jiménez).
written by Ciro Cacchione
Pure Silver and Pure Iron
PAN999 is a collection of cooking utensils realized by electrochemical deposit of Pure Silver on Pure Iron made by electroforming.
The galvanic coating of Silver on Iron has a minimum thickness of 50 micron and a surface hardness well over that of a Silver metal laminate (sheet).
Metallic pure silver deposited on pure iron has permanent bactericidal properties.
Pure iron is hardened with a permanent anticorrosion treatment.
Sulfidation (blackening) of the Silver surface during cooking is fully normal and to be expected. It occurs without any negative effect on health and on food quality. Sulfidation is a consequence on the properties of certain food-products, such as onions, shallots, leeks, garlic, tomatoes, aubergines and eggs. The sulfidation of the Silver surface has no influence on the use of PAN999 and it can be periodically removed with totally non toxic White of Spain (purified clay).
PAN999 does not contain: Copper, Aluminum, Nickel, Chromium, Cadmium, Lead, Paint, Resin, PFOA non-stick coating.
These elements are commonly used in cooking utensils supply in the market. As documented by the vast scientific literature on the subject, these elements are dangerous for the human organism, with negative effects that appear over time.
Cooking with Pure Silver is beneficial, because it is bactericidal (with a permanent antibiotic function), fungicidal and virucidal (only Pure Silver has virucidal properties).
The bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal action of Pure Silver has no negative effects on the human organism. The release of Silver during cooking is insignificant in relation to toxicology.
Pure Silver is the best heat-conducting metal, conducts heat uniformly without wasting energy.
Pure Iron optimizes the heat distribution making it constant and uniform and thus the cooking process becomes faster.
PAN999 allows cooking at low temperature therefore:
PAN999 avoids the harmful phenomenon of cracking-oil: oils and fats (vegetables and animals) do not exceed their maximum tolerable temperature during the cooking process.
PAN999 preserves the organoleptic properties of foods, the nutrional values of foods and the anti-oxidant qualities of foods.
PAN999 avoids hot spots that can burn the food and permits long-lasting preservation of cooked foods.
PAN999 has been patented internationally by San Lorenzo srl.(Patent n. 0001413049)
Authors: Pietro Luigi Cavallotti, Professor Emeritus of Metal Science, CMIC Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy andCiro Cacchione President, San Lorenzo.
Nature of Desire
The ability to return to virgin and true shapes.
We begin again to talk about the familiarity of beauty and maybe not just about that.
Beauty that dig into mystery, like a dangerous and charming adventure which refers to tradition.
New inventors always work on the emotion of time and they go above that,on the real and fantastic capability to create something which was never seen before.
New inventors always start over experimenting from scratch and taking comfort in nature.
They never stop in front of anything.
And this is their main and contagious peculiarity.
It is a happy moment when we look at something that has the ability to attract us.
We need what attracts us.
And it is already needed because it strikes at our hearts.
PAN999 will come back talking about the poetry of the drawing and the matter, when they join they intensify each other.
written by Sergio Calatroni
San Lorenzo was born in Milan in 1970 with the express purpose of renewing the expressive language of Silver, according to the Design principles.
The history of manufacturing silver objects has been renewed by San Lorenzo which integrates the traditional skills of the silversmith with technology borrowed from applications outside its world and introduces an unusual way of looking at silver: that of the architects-designers who are asked to create silver things, giving preference to the nature of the material but recalling formal conventions.
San Lorenzo is a pioneer in hunches and the ways in which these are revealed: precise, structural, design-oriented decisions. The dual concept silver-design is obvious, demonstrating the silver excellence beyond its already known areas until the cooking utensils. A corporate culture based on design.
The combination of technique, form and function, the series of logical steps with which form is determined, the rejection of stylistic clichés, research, knowledge of tradition, the careful preparation of prototypes, designs which will never be realized: these are all different aspects of the great adventure which allows the creation of objects fit to represent our age.
In fruitful collaboration with the manufacturer, the designer, on the basis of his aesthetic ideals, is both the interpreter of the “sign of the times” and the protagonist of this change; he weighs up the problems and suggests possible solutions according to the function of the public demand, then he conditions the maker and is, in his turn, conditioned, in a constructively dialectical relationship.
Since the early nineties San Lorenzo is the only silversmith in the world to produce objects for practical use in pure silver (999/°°°).
A wide range of San Lorenzo products is permanently part of collections in the most important European and American museums.