Fanciulla, non accettare i miei fiori, 1992
3 March 2014

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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One of the Fountain frogs 27 February 2014

Rome | Quartiere Coppedè

Any off-piste architectural exploration of Rome has to include the weird and whimsical neighbourhood which centres on Piazza Mincio, out past Villa Borghese. Though not really a quarter at all, more a sort of residential compound, it's known as Quartiere Coppedè ... More

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Reflections on the Plessi Museum 20 February 2014

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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Looks inviting 17 February 2014

Milan | Drogheria Plinio

A clear-cut philosophy is what they call it: food as experience, culture and the pleasure of good company. No arguing with that, or even with the less philosophical aspects of Drogheria Plinio. Open from 8 till late, the grocery-with-cuisine serves continental-style breakfasts and ... More

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Society home textiles 13 February 2014

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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70s modernist Turin 10 February 2014

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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KOOK details 6 February 2014

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
3 February 2014

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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Generator Venice café 30 January 2014

Venice | Generator Hostel

Italy's on the Generator map, and the hippest hostel in the boot is in Venice. The radical urban accomodation group, now comprising 8 concept hostels in 7 of Europe's hottest city destinations, has opened a predicatably super-stylish super-hostel in what was once a ... More

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An Italian Theory 2014 27 January 2014

Milan | An Italian Theory

Presenting our latest video, The Sound of Made in Italy for Artigiano Contemporaneo, at Pitti Uomo, I took a stroll around the stands and stumbled upon this seriously cool new brand of bags (mainly but not only), IMHO one of the most exciting on show ... More

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Art at the Fair
23 January 2014

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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