Architecture | Contemporary

From Jain-Studio Mumbai ©Francesca Molteni

Milan | Design Week 2014

Design Week in Milan kicks off today! Six days of furnishing frenzy irrefutably bigger and better than ever, and that covers both the mainstream trade fair at its regular Rho Exhibition Centre venue and the cutting-edge design events and temporary spaces of the ... More

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BariCentrale of the future

Bari | BariCentrale by Fuksas

It could be a long wait before anything actually happens, down in Bari, but they do have a plan. A masterplan, in fact, to reconnect the parts of a city divided by the railway, masterfully drawn up by none less ... More

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Reflections on the Plessi Museum

Brenner Pass | Plessi Museum

A new motorway service station opened a few weeks ago on the A22, or Autostrada del Brennero, otherwise known as the Brennerautobahn (they're bilingual up there in the South Tyrol). No common-or-garden Autogrill, this one, but a futuristic structure designed by the ... More

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KOOK details

Rome | KOOK

KOOK osteria and pizzeria in the swanky Olgiata district of Rome is, from an interior design point of view, the work of Mohamed Keilani and Luca Gasparini, otherwise known as Noses Architects.  What they'd achieved when the restaurant opened something over a year ago is a contemporary, loft-like ambiance ... More

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The exhibition at MAST

Bologna | Arte Fiera 2014 #2

Still reeling from those three intense days at Arte Fiera, a huge success. Around 8000 people turned up just for the vernissage, and it felt like I met every single one of them. The overall attendance figure at BolognaFiere was almost 50,000, way ... More

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The way forward?

Fontanellato | The Labyrinth

When Franco Maria Ricci finally left the helm of his extraordinary publishing house, he told the readers of FMR magazine, quoting Voltaire, 'Laissez-moi cultiver mon jardin.' And he has, spectacularly. What he's created is a monumental maze, far and away the ... More

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The contemporary extension

Lonate Ceppino | Worldly Wisdom

Every town should have a comely library. Curiously named Lonate Ceppino, a few kilometres south of Varese, now has a remarkable one in a former chapel. The Lombard municipality with fewer than 5000 inhabitants had already made the deconsecrated Oratorio San Michele its ... More

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Ready to work at MSGM

Milan | MSGM HQ

Given the exuberance of Milanese fashion brand MSGM, its new HQ in the Porta Romana district was never going to be an ordinary sort of place. Massimo Giorgetti, MSGM's creator and designer, supplied the intuition and teamed up with architect Fabio Ferrillo to ... More

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Ceresio7, the décor

Milan | Eating at Dsquared2

Ok, so there's nothing b-side about the ultimate, uptown, rooftop restaurant just opened in Milan by Dsquared2  twins Dean and Dan Caten, but the launch did make such a splash - not least in the matching pools - during Fashion Week. It was always part of ... More

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Casa Mollino, photo by  A. Bartos

Turin | Casa Mollino

An apartment in Via Napione, close to the riverbank, is a potent if partial testimony to the life and works of one of Italy's most influential and eccentric 20th-century designers - though he never actually lived there. Carlo Mollino, born in ... More

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On its way into the old harbour

Genoa | Tip of the Iceberg

Summer 2013 saw an amazing addition to the already awesome aqarium in Genoa, one of the largest in Europe and pride of the Ligurian port city. It's a new floating cetaceans pavilion - a dolphin tank for the uninitated - and it ... More

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Ancient stonework at Torre di Moravola

Montone | Torre di Moravola

When architect Christopher Chong and partner Seonaid Mackenzie came across a 12th-century watchtower perched on a mountain ridge in Umbria, it was roofless and dilapidated. Still they bought it and then painstakingly, over six years, made it first safe, then habitable and finally transformed it ... More

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