GUM, the pomade 26 August 2014

Milan | GUM Salon

GUM: likely the coolest and certainly the most original hair salon in Milan, in trend-setting Ticinese neighbourhood just south of centre. This is where Stefano Terzuolo started up on his own after 15 years' experience with top international brands and a penchant for ... More

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The new wing of the botanical garden 12 August 2014

Padua | The Botanical Gardens

The oldest botanical garden in the world has had a makeover. Just a little nipping and tucking for the historical parts of the University of Padua's revered Orto Botanico, established 1545. The real transformation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site takes ... More

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Green 959 5 August 2014

Monguzzo | 959

Paolo Ferrari still carries a bag he made over 25 years ago while studying industrial design in Milan. As a sort of talisman. It was one of the items he came up with for a re-design project entailing the use ... More

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The Corner Townhouse 31 July 2014

Rome | The Corner

What news from Rome? The Corner Townhouse, that's what. Not just a hotel with food, or even a restaurant doing B&B, but a contemporary hospitality setup that has just about everything. To wit, 11 very smart rooms, a bistrot and ... More

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Marco and Antea 25 July 2014

Bagheria | Marco Herbertson

Q&A. We fired a few  questions at Marco Herbertson, creator of some of the most original designs on fabric this century and founder of Kinloch. Half Italian, half Scottish and still in his twenties, he lost his heart to a Renaissance woman of Sicilian ... More

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Guilty 20 July 2014

Milan | Guilty

The most conspicuous cabin cruiser in the Mediterranean boasts an Italian pedigree. It belongs to Greek Cypriot industrialist and manic art collector Dakis Joannou, who commissioned the design from Milan-based Ivana Porfiri.  It's the custom paint job that appears so preposterous - until you realize ... More

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Junk island 15 July 2014

Vicenza | Marillina Fortuna

Marillina Fortuna, like many of us, accumulates junk. Unlike most of us, she then makes good use of it. She makes art. Beachcombing was irresistable to her long before she began assembling the detritus she'd gathered. She just liked those various ... More

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Franceschetta 58 10 July 2014

Modena | Franceschetta 58

Low-cost Massimo Bottura? Well, sort of. Modena has an affordable alternative to his super-exclusive Osteria Francescana, 3 Michelin stars and one of the world's top 5 restaurants. It's called Franceschetta 58 and everything on the menu costs €8.50. Always in the avant-garde of Italian gastronomy, Bottura found ... More

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Suite 70 5 July 2014

Reggio Calabria | Suite 70

Probably the coolest B&B in Reggio Calabria, if not in the whole region, is Suite 70. And it's handily situated right on the city's main drag, one block from the seafront promenade and beach and two blocks from the Museum ... More

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The Bell lamp and more ... 30 June 2014

Milan | Discipline

Design brand Discipline got a mention here a few months back as outfitter of Milan's Pisacco restaurant, still a showcase for some of its signature furniture and lighting. It just shows the two enterprises share a predilection for warm, vibrant interiors replete with natural materials. ... More

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