Solari corp


A touch of Italian design for the new TWA Hotel at New York’s
JFK Airport

Solari's split-flap display brings Italian design to the US hub First lounge on 86th floor of the One World Trade Center opened while awaiting
the opening of the hotel
TWA Terminal

NEW YORK - At New York’s JFK Airport, the world's most anticipated hotel, the TWA Hotel, now has a touch of Italian design: set to open at the end of 2018, it has already become one of the most interesting attractions among the Big Apple’s must-see tourist destinations and among international design and architecture enthusiasts.

Italian design is already prominently featured in the TWA Lounge, which opened a few days ago on the 86th floor at One World Trade Center, with Solari’s split-flap displays. For over 50 years, these displays have been the finest expression of design when it comes to keeping time thanks to flip technology, allowing travellers to view departures and arrivals, with its distinctive flipping sound.

The display was manufactured in Italy in the oval shape typical of the works by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who designed the old 1962 TWA terminal that has remained unused since 2001, as it could no longer accommodate the ever-increasing number of passengers. The original display, designed by Italian architect Gino Valle, was enclosed by an oval shell designed by Saarinen, completely covered with white tiles made by the renowned mosaicists of the school of Spilimbergo, in the province of Pordenone: the structure was preserved and Solari is currently working on creating a new identical split-flap display.

The recently opened lounge allows JFK passengers to delve into the past: it has a deliberately vintage look, from the furnishings to flight attendant uniforms, but also merchandising and cigarettes, including the split-flap display by Solari. In the 1960s version, it was enclosed by an oval shell designed by Saarinen, completely covered with white tiles made by the renowned mosaicists of the school of Spilimbergo, in the province of Pordenone.

TWA Terminal
TWA Terminal

“With the opening of the Twa Hotel, Solari is, once again, a global leader, a classic symbol of travel time and an icon of Italian design,” Massimo Paniccia, president of Solari, comments. “In addition to being one of the busiest airports in the world and a business space, JFK will now become a travel destination in itself thanks to this hotel: Solari will also provide it with a touch of Italian design.”

It was essential for each detail of this project to be historically accurate, which is why Taylor Morse, CEO of MCR, the company that owns the future hotel, decided to visit Solari in Udine in person, together with Richard Southwick, Director of Historic Preservation, to verify the feasibility of the project. The company was able to find out about all the original 1960s projects to make sure that the two displays for the hotel’s lobby are exactly the same as the original ones.

Designed and created especially for travellers, Solari's flip clocks are used in homes and offices all around the world. Today, thanks to the Solari lineadesign project, the two cult models - the small table clock Cifra 3 and Dator 60, which also displays the day of the week and date - have been put back into production and can be purchased in Europe, the USA, Russia and Japan. Taking travelling time also to your home.

The opening of the TWA Hotel will be a landmark event for the USA, in fact leading U.S. magazines are already raving about it.



Here is a selection of international press reviews:

TRAVELNOSTOP - C’è un po’ di Italia nel nuovo TWA Hotel al JFK di New York
RADIO MONTE CARLO – New York: il bellissimo terminal TWA diventa un hotel di lusso
MESSAGGERO VENETO – Nel TWA hotel le storiche palette Solari
ALBERGATORI – Il Terminal TWA All’aeroporto JFK Di New York Sarà Convertito In Hotel Di Lusso
ANSA ViaggiArt – Lo storico terminal Twa al Jfk di New York diventa hotel di lusso 
EVENT REPORT - Lo storico terminal TWA dell'aeroporto JFK di New York riaprirà come albergo dove rivivere l'inizio dell'era dei jet
LATITUDES LIFE - A New York il terminal TWA diventa hotel di lusso
TTG Italia - Il terminal Twa del jfk di New York diventa un hotel

METROPOLIS MAGAZINE – New Exhibition Showcases the Futura TWA Hotel and the TWA’s Past
THE JAPAN NEWS – JFK Airport’s Iconic TWA terminal to get new life as $265 mil. Hotel
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST – Benjamin Moore Reveals Its 2018 Color of the Year
BUSINESS INSIDER – One of the most famous airport terminals in the world is about to become a swanky hotel 
BISNOW – This Airport Hotel Could Have You Hoping For A Flight Delay 
PRIVATE WEALTH – A Rooftop Pool Is Coming To Heart Of JFK Airport At TWA Hotel 
STUPIDDOPE – Renovations & Restorations! The TWA Hotel 
JEWISH VOICE – TWA Hotel with Rooftop Pool to Be Built Near JFK 
SCMP Luxury Hotels – JFK Airport’s TWA Hotel is about to get a rooftop pool 
UNTAPPED CITIES – In Photos: New TWA Lounge at NYC’s 1WTC 
TIMEOUT – Check out the sleek new TWA Hotel coming to JFK airport 
THE ATLANTIC – Jet-Age Chic + May Print Edition
USA TODAY – 25 must-see buildings in New York 
AIRSPACEMAG – The Airport Terminal So Beautiful It’s Reopening as Hotel 
GALERIE MAGAZINE – Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center Is Becoming a Hotel 
CONDE NAST TRAVELER – TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport: By the Numbers 
TAGES ANZEIGER - Ein neues Leben fur das TWA Flight Center
INCENTICE TRAVEL - NUYC & Company highlights New Yorls City's new, refresched and soon-to-launch hotels
DESTINATION TIPS - JFK's TWA Flight Center Will Become a Hotel
TOP HOTEL - Hotelmarkt in New York wachst am schmellsten
PIX 11 - Retro TWA Lounge at World Trade Center offers flight back to 1960s travel heyday
MEETINGS TODAY - Airport properties emphasize design, amenities and venues
CNN travel - Step back to the 1960s in New York's retro TWA Lounge
FLYGTORGET - Klassisk flyterminal blir hotell 
KARRY ON - Travel back to the 60s in JFK's retro hotel
CIRCA - Rebuilding the classic TWA Flight Center at JFK airport in VR 360
HOTEL BUSINESS - Taking Flight: MCR/Morse Development is transforming Saarinen's iconic terminal into TWA Hotel
NYC AVIATION - An Ode to the Observation Decks at JFK
SMART MEETINGS - Fasten Your Seatbelts: The TWA Lounge is Bringing Glamour Bacj to Flying
TRAVEL UPDATE - Did you know the TWA Flight Center at JFK will be a hotel?
METRO - TWA Hotel at JFK right on schedule, developers says
THE CULTURE TRIP - Iconic TWA Terminal at New York's JFK Airport Is Getting a Retro Restoration
ELLE RUSSIA - Отель в стиле 1960-х откроется в бывшем терминале TWA в Нью-Йорке
METRO AIRPORT NEWS - Less Than a Year After Groundbreaking, MCR & Morse Developement Top Out the TWA Hotel
AIRPORT WORLD -  Topping Out Ceremony held for New TWA Hotel at New York-JFK
HOTEL NEW RESOURCE - TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport Tops out
NEW YORK YIMBY - TWA Hotel at JFK Airport's Famed Eero Saarinen Terminal Tops Out
6SQFT - JFK's TWA Flight Center Hotel tops out, on track to open in 2019 with the world's largest hotel lobby
NY CURBED - TWA Hotel tops out behind Eero Saarinen's midcentury masterpiece
HOTEL BUSINESS - TWA Hotel at JFK Airport Celebrates Topping Out
DCC JOURNAL - A New Century - and a New Life

26 OCTOBER 2017


New life to the Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal, at JFK Airport

The under-construction TWA hotel

Built in 1962, the shapely building was designed by Eero Saarinen to usher in the Jet Age. Designated a New York City landmark in 1994 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, it has been unused for the last 14 years because it couldn’t fit modern aircraft.

Split flap display TWA Terminal

However, is going to be given a new life to the terminal —as an hotel. Due to its historic status, the building will be completely restored as it was back in 1962.

Splitflap display at TWA Terminal

One of the main features of the terminal is the split-flap display Solari designed by architect Gino Valle and enclosed into the unmistakable oval shell designed by Eero Saarinen, completely covered with white tiles made by the famous Italian mosaic school of Spilimbergo.

Today, the developers are working with Solari, to produce the flap board exactly as it was 54 years ago, using the authentic split-flap technology developed by Remigio Solari in the 50s.

For further information in regards to the under-construction hotel, below few articles:

USA Today, Galerie Magazine, AirSpace Magazine, The Atlantic, Untapped Cities, Archinect, The New York Times, etc. 

21 APRIL 2017


SOLARI for the 2nd Avenue Subway in New York City

Solaricorp is the supplier of the new TFT-LCD based passenger information displays to the New York City Transit Authority.

This technology has replaced the older LED based signs seen at many transit systems throughout the world. This new technology allow for video clips and safety messages to be played along with the traditional count down clock train information seen nearly throughout the transit system. Solaricorp supplied the signage for the recently opened 2nd Avenue Subway which is the newest subway line for the New York City Transit Authority.

2nd Avenue subway

This new line was proposed nearly a 100 years ago but due to various economic conditions over the years the project was restarted in earnest about 10 years ago.

The Second Avenue Subway reduces overcrowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue line, improving travel for both city and suburban commuters, and provides better access to mass transit for residents of the far East Side of Manhattan. The line is being built in phases; the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway provides service from 96th St. to 63rd St. as an extension of the Q Line train.

Phase 1 Benefits:

  • Serves approximately 200,000 daily riders;
  • Decreases crowding on the Lexington Avenue Line by as much as 13%, or 23,500 fewer riders on an average weekday;
  • Travel time reduced by 10 minutes or more for many riders traveling from the Upper East Side.

SOLARI DI UDINE. The Company of time since 1725

That of Solari is a story of generations, 300 years long: born in 1725 in Pesariis, a small town in the mountains of Carnia Friuli. A story of beauty, talent and creativity: it was 1956 when Remigio Solari invented the mechanical flip display system… and 10 years later Gino Valle created the new roller with horizontal leaves.Since then that roller is the stylistic characteristic of the company.

“The great power of Solari Udine - said Massimo Paniccia, CEO of Solari - is to have created a technology and a unmistakable design that, after 50 years, can still evoke emotions to people worldwide. I think that is the best recognition that a Company can receive. Indeed, Solari re-launched in production his historical clocks, in order to enter the houses of every passenger, bringing them a little bit of that emotion.

Today, you can purchase the iconical clocks Cifra 3 and Dator 60, via the all-new online store:

Solari di Udine is the time company: the time of a person, the time of a traveler and of large-scale transport, the time of intelligent cities, the time to serve the community and improve the quality of life.

With the design and production entirely Made in Italy, Solari continues to mark the history of time, industrial clock-making, information display systems for the public, the management of stay areas at the major international hubs.

Solari has currently installed about 3,000 systems of various types worldwide (airports, railways, motorways, public information etc.), which confirms its outright leadership position on the international market.

Is estimated that, with his systems installed worldwide, Solari moves 5 billions of people annually. SOLARI KEEPS THE WORLD MOVING!

SOLARI CORP. NY subsidiary of Solari

Solari Corp is part of the Solari Group; it is a wholly owned subsidiary of SOLARI DI UDINE SPA, established in 2005.

Solari operates inside the USA market since the early years of 60s, for example with the renowned split-flap display, supplied in 1962 for the TWA Terminal inside the JFK Airport of New York, or with the display systems for ABC New York during the American Presidential election in 1964 and 1968.

In January 1966 was established the Solari America Inc. (SAI), appointing Joseph Malady as chief of the Company; this is a demonstration of the culture of Solari, who believes in the power of local collaborators. For over 20 years, Solari America Inc. has worked in the market of Public transportation and of industrial clocks with clients such Port Authority, for the restoration of the public information display for Kansas City or Chicago Airports. In addition, Solari has achieved to be featured inside the Museum of Modern Art of New York, that has included the Cifra 3 - designed by Gino Valle with lettering by Massimo Vignellii - inside his permanent collection.

In 1982, after the Solari Udine’s Company restoration, Solari America subsidiary was closed, entrusting the activities to CDS, Company that was founded by an ex collaborator: Frank Klich, who was first a Technical Director and then an Operative Director. The partnership keep on with great rewards until the 2005, when Frank Klich decided to retire.

Whereupon Solari Udine founded Solari Corp, hiring the CDS’s collaborators to take care of the works into the American market, pursuing the historical spirit of the Company: be actively attended inside the local market. During the firsts years, the American Company worked to ensure the selling of the last technologies, and to keep high the customer care services for the historical clients such LIRR, New Jersey City Transit, Trimet, MTA, Metro North, MBTA Boston, etc.

Nowadays Solari Corp has a little production line, with American specialized operators. The Company strategy aims, in the next years, to strengthen Solari Corp, believing into the American market and into the local human resources.

For more detailed infos in regards to the recently opening of the 2nd Avenue Subway, follow the links below:



CBS New York / Second Avenue Subway To Open

Today / NYC's Second Avenue Subway Set To Open After Decades Of Delays

MTA info / Introducing the Second Avenue Subway



New York Times, ABC7 NY, MTA, NY Curbed, Il Post, etc.

21 APRIL 2017


Philadelphia: save the Solari boards

#savethesign: citizens, social media and news papers are defending the made-in-italy icon
split-flap display

Save the Solari boards. The US are defending the made-in-italy history. The citizens of Philadelphia are saying NO to the dismantling of the old split-flap display that stands into the 30th Street Station: the old analogic display have to make way to his newly digital version.


The departure boards, worldwide symbols of stations, were developed and produced by Solari Udine: Company specialized in Public Information systems. Solari patented during the 60s the split-flap system; In a few years this system became the actual icon of traveling and was adopted and used in every airport and train station, thanks to his unique and unmistakable sound. 


The technology changes quickly, and with it the Solari’s Innovation that like 50 years ago is projected to the future: but the Company remain faithful to his history and to the authenticity of his core. In the last years Solari has reproduced the sound and the perfect visualization of the letter that “flips” during the updating of the informations. One of the old split-flap display of Penn Station in New York is already been replaced by a digital one. 


The Solari boards are becoming a national case in the US, as much that the biggest newspapers and magazines such Wired, Smithsonian, The Washington Time and CBS wrote about it. Meanwhile was been created even an online petition on and the citizens are tweeting and creating Facebook groups to complain against Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, with an hashtag in common: #savethesign. 


One of the US journalists wrote about the Solari’s Displays that “Sounds can take us back in time, into kind of memory time travel”. 

“That’s exactly the great power of Solari Udine - said Massimo Paniccia, CEO of Solari - to have created a technology and a unmistakable design that, after 50 years, can still evoke emotions to people worldwide. I think that is the best recognition that a Company can receive. 

Indeed, Solari re-launched in production his historical clocks, in order to enter the houses of every passenger, bringing them a little bit of that emotion.”



Still today, indeed, Cifra 3 - the flip clock designed by Gino Valle and worldwide recognized as design icon of the 900s - is part of the permanent collection of MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, and of the Design Museum of London. It is still entirely produced in a fully artisanal way, without assembly line. From December will be available in Europe, USA, Russia and Japan even onto the online store:


Many Magazine and Journalists wrote about the news; following, the list of Articles and the links to in-depth:


Italian Press / La FollaSemi e IdeeAgi.itOggiarteil FriuliveneziagiuliaMessaggero VenetoUdine TodayDiario di UdineFriuli etc. 
Worldwide Press / Times LedgerInhabitatElleDecorArchinectTapIntoAtlasobscuraRunwayGirlNew York TimesWiredSmithsonianMetroPhillyPhilly BlogCityLabCBS PhillyPhillyVoiceWITFThe Washington TimesPRI etc. 

15 DECEMBER 2016


30th Street Station,
The Solari Board will soon
be replaced.


The famous Split-flap display that stands in the middle of the Philadelphia 30th Street Station, produced by Solari di Udine, will soon be replaced by a digital board. 


Many Journalists and Magazines wrote about this news, like Wired, SmithsonianMetro, Philly, Philly Blog, CityLab, CBS Philly, PhillyVoice, WITF, The Washington Times, PRI etc. 


The name and popularity of Solari comes from way back in 1725, the year in which the first document records the existence of the Fratelli Solari Company as an “Old and Prized Tower Clocking Industry”. From then on the company’s history is filled with many industrial successes. Believing in the power of an idea and transforming it into success: this is what the two brothers Fermo and Remigio Solari were able to achieve. They established their name worldwide in the fifties, bringing to prominence a company with great potential and bearer of innovative inventions, such as the split-flap system, which revolutionized standard methods of displaying time and information to the public, to the fore.

When the Solari brothers dynasty came to an end, the company management was in the hands of large industrial Groups. The the company property passed on to entrepreneur Dr. Massimo Paniccia who consequently made Solari today’s model of successful economics. 



The search for perfection, the desire to reach unique solutions, multi-year experience at the service of every requirement: Solari’s prestige has been founded on these values for almost three centuries. Solari installed over 3000 systems worldwide, by which they move over 5.5 billion people every year. 


When the CEO, Massimo Paniccia, had read all the articles and comments about the replacing of the flap board, was pleasantly surprised. “The best wish to the future of Our Company is that, in 40 or 50 years from now, someone in the world will be sad if one of the recently installed public information systems will be dismantled. This is our main focus and the reason of our choices; the search of perfection, both for the client and for the user. I recognize also the meaning and fascination of the displays and flip clocks, design icons throughout the world like the Cifra 3 (Ndr. part of the permanent collection of the London Science Museum, of the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York and, after November, of the Design Museum of London). Indeed, Solari re-launched in production his historical clocks, in order to enter the houses of every passenger.”


We collected, from Twitter, some comments expressed by the passengers:


People also started to share this amazing video, showing the details of the board and a slow-motion of the “clickety-clack” flaps.

You don't want that the Solari board will be replaced? A user created this petition that you can sign / via!




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TWA Terminal, JFK Airport
From an architecture icon
to a boutique hotel


If you have landed at JFK Airport in New York City, you’ve probably seen the Trans World Airlines (TWA) Terminal. Built in 1962, the shapely building was designed by Eero Saarinen to usher in the Jet Age. Designated a New York City landmark in 1994 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, it has been unused for the last 14 years because it couldn’t fit modern aircraft.

JFK Terminal

However, the terminal was going to be given a new life—as a boutique hotel. Due to its historic status, the building’s exterior will remain untouched, but the interior will be given a full makeover.


When renovated, the new 40,000 sqf. facility will have 505 guest rooms, a 10,000 sqf. observation deck, six restaurants, multiple bars (which the original terminal also housed), a fitness center, and conference space.

JFK Terminal

The building, with its distinctive design, has had its share of memorable pop culture moments. It was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Catch Me If You Can. It also was where the Beatles entered the US for the first time, in 1964.


One of the main features of the terminal is the split-flap display Solari designed by architect Gino Valle and enclosed into the unmistakable oval shell designed by Eero Saarinen, completely covered with white tiles made by the famous italian mosaic school of Spilimbergo.

JFK Terminal

In the same year, in 1962, the remote alpha numeric indicator  for airports and railway stations of Solari won the Golden Compass, the second after that of 1956 for the design of electro-mechanical clock digits snap, Cifra5

JFK Terminal, Detail


Terminal Detail

JFK Terminal


Split-flap Display Solari designed by architect Gino Valle

JFK Terminal


Waiting Lounge with Solari Split-Flap Display 

JFK Terminal


 1962 Advertising

JFK Terminal, 1962 advertising


2016 Advertising

JFK Terminal, 2016 advertising
JFK Terminal, 2016 advertising



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JFK Terminal
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