Natuzzi to support refugee project
Upholstery manufacturer Natuzzi is to support a refuge project backed by Sharon Stone and Betty Williams.
Italy’s largest furniture producer will be central to the building of a refugee centre backed by the actress and Nobel Prize winner by providing processed timber for its construction.
Abitazione per la Pace, designed by design studio Cucinella, is a low-cost, residential ecohouse inspired by the wings of a butterfly. It will be built in Scanzano Jonico, Matera in southern Italy housing three refuge families, and may become an example to be repeated in areas that have taken in refugees.
‘Being hospitable does not only mean making their home harmonious and comfortable, something to which we contribute every day with our work and our passion, says Pasquale Natuzzi, Natuzzi founder. ‘Being hospitable also means rolling up your sleeves to defend the universal right to shelter, when people are fleeing wars and famine. This is why Natuzzi supports the Fondazione Città della Pace.’
Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairwoman of the World Centre of Compassion for Children, founded City of Peace for Children in the Region of Basilicata Foundation to create an alterative use for what had been designated as a site for storing radioactive material. So far it has helped with the integration of 110 refugees and asylum seekers in the area.