BLACKFIN celebrates 50 years with inauguration of new "Black Shelter" 

October 19, 2021

The Italian eyewear producer Blackfin has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special event on 13th October, at the company's headquarters in Taibon Agordino. The event, which was also a celebration for the inauguration of the company's new Black Shelter headquarters, was attended by representatives from the local and regional authorities, Blackfin's skilled artisans, employees, VIP guests, press and friends of the company.
In addition to Nicola Del Din, CEO, and Giancarlo Recchia, CFO, also participating in the ceremony was Maria Luisa Pramaor who, in 1971, had the courage to open a small artisan eyewear finishing workshop, setting in motion what today is a firmly-established local business with turnover forecast to reach 12 million euro by the end of 2021.
“Today, we are celebrating madness,” said Del Din, in a presentation at the event, “the madness many credited us with for deciding to build our headquarters here, on this spot, and the madness of Giancarlo for deciding to believe in this company that, in the opinion of many, seemed on the brink of financial ruin.” Recchia echoed those sentiments, “Even with the initial difficulties, our enthusiasm never failed; we looked for it even in the smallest daily activities in order to then share it with all of our staff. Staff, I say, and not ‘’employees’ because I have always believed that we, as owners/employers, are dependent on their work. We are specifically committed to continuing in this direction with the same passion and enthusiasm that have always been our trademark. Today, these 50 years and this new headquarters are not a milestone but rather mark the strengthening of a company that is valuable to the local economy and the point of departure for an exciting new challenge focused on excellence – a word that is often applied to us, that we feel we deserve and that we are proud of.”

The new Black Shelter headquarters extends the original building, which was renovated in 2016. Today, it houses over 100 employees, between offices and production, where everything is done in-house, more than doubling the production area to cope with market demand. The building itself is described as a "true green facility", the first in the Veneto region to be certified as a Casa Clima Work & Life structure, certified to meet the three pillars of sustainability – ecological, economic and socio-cultural – in other words, workplace wellbeing.

The Black Shelter design by Anidride Design architects Nicola De Pellegrini and Giovanni Bez, symbolizes the desire to create an architectural workplace that becomes the best setting in which to continue the company’s journey of excellence. The design concept responds to the tiny footprint available by building upwards, constructing a 5-story building that merges with the existing structure - an architectural and historical continuum that takes into account evolution, as "an extension of the company’s manufacturing genetics".

The special guest at the event was Paolo Nespoli, the famous ESA astronaut and friend of Blackfin. Nespoli engaged attendees in an exciting account of his personal experience of outer space, expressed through the concepts and values he associates with the history of Blackfin – the determination to achieve one’s objectives despite difficulties, a sensitivity to and respect for the environment and for the planet in general, the value of Italian excellence that he represents and to which the company constantly aspires. And, lastly, the working relationship between Blackfin and Paolo Nespoli – Blackfin crafted the frames used in orbit for scientific tests on his last mission to the International Space Station in 2017.

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