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Adami Sciuss

Rovereto | Adami Sciuss

On assignment up in the Trentino last week, I found this crazy, beautiful shop deep in the old heart of Rovereto. It's called Adami Sciuss and most appropriately subtitled a different place. Primarily a shoe and clothing store, for both sexes, Adami Sciuss stocks excerpts ... More

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Ub in Florence

Florence | Ub

Located in a little street near San LorenzoUb is what the French would call une adresse incontournable for anyone passing through Florence. In the age of globalization when even tastes seem universal, it's a real treat to discover a store as original as this, packed ... 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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Society home textiles

Lecce | Epiphany / Society

Historic Lecce, you probably know, is a labyrinth of narrow streets packed with churches and monuments in its signature Baroque style, their façades congested with intricate carvings, the interiors brimming with hosts of heavenly figures. Still, I couldn't help but pull ... More

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Tricycle detail

Bologna | Manoteca

Elisa Cavani is a compulsive collector of other people's junk. Always has been, by her own admission. Even before she opened her Manoteca workshop in a little stone house surrounded by parkland and open country in a suburb of Bologna, she ... More

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Vintage through and through

Rome | No Place Like Home

We're back in Rome's Rione Monti, tucked between Via Cavour and Via Nazionale. Still retaining something of a genuine Roman working-class ambience, the area's now buzzing with artsy bars, clothing stores, galleries and markets as well as traditional restaurants, all frequented ... More

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ReLuxO Mele bookcase

Rovereto | ReLuxO

Another classy lesson in the 3 environmental Rs as far as furnishings go, this time from RWA_Architetti in Rovereto, up in the Trentino, specialists in green building with a portfolio of prestigious projects close to home and a foot in the door ... More

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Neckline detail at Salamastra

Gallipoli | Salty Baroque

TGI almost summer here. Our first weekend at the beach this year was with my good friend (and guardian travel angel, but that's a whole different story) Angela Calvo, and Co. An unforgettable weekend in Gallipoli, way down in the heel in ... More

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A suspended barrel chair from Sestini & Corti

Bettolle | Ageing Well

New seating from old barrels, an unique patio from reclaimed flags, even an entire contemporary Tuscan home from seasoned and salvaged materials: that's what Sestini & Corti do, zealously. Established 40-odd years ago in the hills outside Siena to supply superior ... More

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Le Papille eatery

Turin | Le Papille

When three smart and determined women get together to fulfil a dream, it's going to work. These particular three, Letizia, Rossella and Valentina, opened their Turin kitchen and shop with the aim of providing good cooking and healthy food, sustainably and affordably, in a laid-back, ... More

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Claudio Luti with daughter Lorenza and son Federico

Noviglio | The Culture of Plastics

The night before last I was at a party in Noviglio, just outside Milan, where the Luti family had invited a few people over to present a book: Kartell - The Culture of Plastics. Their book, given that the Lutis are Kartell, ... More

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Lexon watches at Mikiway

Rome | Mikiway Concept Store

If I happened to have a shop in Rome, it would definitely be a lot like Mikiway. Let me explain. Meet the people: the store is run by Angelo, a Roman gentleman of charm and distinction, and his fabulously creative Romanian wife of many years, Mihaela. ... More

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