Designing a business unit and creating the first ever responsive kitchen

Case Study


  • Paolo FESTA Tipic, Italy
  • Tommaso CORA Tipic, Italy
  • Lucilla FAZIO Tipic, Italy



responsive kitchen, LEAN methodologies


Is it possible to transform stone into a technological and innovative device?

The meeting with one of the main stone transformers in Europe produced the intention of a disruptive operation that could affect the strategy of the whole company. A contagious singularity.

By intertwining LEAN methodologies and the human-centric approach of design thinking, we mapped the value creation in the company activating a dialogue with the workers and the management, listening to people, asking for ambitions, discovering problems and the potential of production.

This qualitative and quantitative analysis conducted with a multidisciplinary approach by designers, architects and marketing strategists allowed us to define a new method. We used it to design a platform that could let all the players express their potential to the maximum.

This is how the group's research laboratory was born, with the aim of promoting the relationship between humans and stone through product innovation. With this goal, we coordinated the new team, developing technologies that would allow creating a more direct relationship between man and surface, making the stone reactive. The result was the first responsive kitchen ever.




How to Cite

FESTA , P. ., CORA , T. ., & FAZIO, L. (2019). Designing a business unit and creating the first ever responsive kitchen: Case Study. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 1702–1711.