Art + Design

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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Good solid wood

Cantù | Riva 1920

Another artisanal success story, that of the Riva family of Cantù. From the small joinery workshop started by grandfather Riva in 1920, they've expanded into a thriving furniture company ahead of the game in design and materials, without ever compromising ... More

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Raro Design with inlay

Naples | Raro Design

It may not be Italy's design capital, but Naples certainly has its fair share of creative talent. Take a look at the Raro Design shop, for example, in the old-money district of Chiaia. It's just brimming with colourful, contemporary, homegrown ideas for interiors. As befits a ... More

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Fanciulla, non accettare i miei fiori, 1992

Foligno | Luciano Fabro

I've been gushing about art in general quite a lot recently, what with Arte Fiera and all, but here's something much more specific: an exhibition of drawings by Luciano Fabro in Foligno. No sculptures at all. None of those wonderfully solid, physical ... More

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Opposite Jewel

Casteggio | Opposite Jewels

Shells were Antonello Malfa's first love. He started out a dozen or so years ago as designer and crafter of singular rings fashioned from what he calls gifts from the deep. From that first, inspirational wave-worn specimen found on a ... 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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70s modernist Turin

Turin | IN Residence

Trawling for an alternative place to stay in Turin recently, Du Parc Suites beckoned. A stone's throw from the city's favourite public park - Parco del Valentino - on the west bank of the River Po, just about everything about this ... More

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Art at the Fair

Bologna | Arte Fiera 2014 #1

I'm off to the Fair, this very afternoon! Need to be packing within the hour, in fact. What would you wear to Italy's biggest vernissage? Arte Fiera 2014 opens to the public in Bologna tomorrow under the artistic direction of Claudio ... More

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Sartoria Vico fw 2013

Milan | The Triangle

No, this has nothing to do with mysterious disappearances; rather, it has everything to do with appearance. Il Triangolo is one rather special piece in a classy collection tendered by a small Milanese knitwear brand. Sartoria Vico prides itself on fusing fashion and ... More

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It's that Moka Express again! Kamo! from ODI 2012

Venice | Design In The Making

The designer-as-producer trend is destined to grow. As economic conditions shift and spectacular new technologies become affordable, more and more designers are taking back the means of production. Which may be why 258 of them from 4 continents applied to ... More

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Sediments, Sentiments (Figures of Speech) 2007

Milan | Allora & Calzadilla

The sound of music, the pure, clear notes of well-trained female voices echoing out through the portal. That - rather than the magnificent 17th-century architecture - was what drew me into Palazzo Cusani last week as I was strolling along Via ... More

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Giorgio Bonomi on the cover and poster

Perugia | The Lonely Body

Ok, so we're all photographers nowadays and everyone's turning their digital gadgets around to click at arm's length. Still, there are photographers and photographers, and an unmissable exhibition in Perugia reveals the awesome variety of contemporary artistic-photographic self-portraiture. Entitled Il Corpo ... More

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