At the outset of his career in Genoa, Germano Celant was cited by colleagues as a critic on his way to becoming a major curator and art historian. This was in 1967. Anyone familiar with this eager 27-year-old writer understood Celant as an ambitious critic, a polemical critic, who in addition to writing regularly for the art and design magazine, Ma...

On September 9th, the winners of Italy’s most important design prize, the XXVI Compasso d’Oro Award, were announced in the brand new spaces of the ADI Design Museum in Milan (remember? We talked about that here).   For the ones who are not familiar with industrial design, the Compasso d’Oro is an important award that is assigned by the Industrial D...

Standing at a glowing furnace on a boat at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, Matteo Tagliapietra blows glass in a mesmerizing demonstration of centuries-old Murano glassmaking. The world-famous brand might take pride of place in the souvenir shops that pepper the alleyways in the Italian lagoon city, but 70 percent of the glass...

It’s a little-known fact that the hinterlands north of Milan host a rich textile culture. From Como’s famed silk producers to the colorful knits that spill from the Missoni factory in Varese, the uppermost stretches of Lombardy are home to a wealth of woven wonders. Leading the pack is Frette, the luxury linens brand founded in 1860 in Monza, just...

In 1971, the Italian company Gufram launched a new product called ‘Pratone’ – a bright green block of wavy plastic fronds, large enough to sit among, should you so choose. Designed by an avant-garde collective of artists and architects based in Turin, called Studio 65, it is quite simply a lunatic pop art proposition for a sofa. And to me, unbeatab...

Andy Warhol. Robert Rauschenberg. Jasper Johns. William S. Burroughs. John Giorno, the poet and performance artist, slept with them all. These romantic connections were sometimes ‘transcendent’ (Giorno’s words), of a piece with his lifelong commitment to Buddhism; sometimes, he found himself awed by the personality of the great artist. But it was a...

Beauty and ingenuity. Italy is loved and admired for the many structures and monuments that sets it apart from the rest of the world. Our artists and craftsmen made history, they laid down the foundation of aesthetics and technique. Our paintings and sculptures became the canon, the path and the model to follow. Enchanting landscapes — as painted b...

When you talk about Italy around the world, many are the images that come to mind and fill the speeches of the interlocutors; Italy is one of the most famous and beautiful countries in the world, its fame has often influenced the style, traditions and cultures of other countries, just think of the habits related to food such as pizza or the pleasur...

What would happen if the most famous bottle in the world meets three creative minds? #DesignConnection, of course. Design Connection is a special project commissioned by Campari where its famous conical Campari Soda bottle has been reinterpreted in design objects by three young designers: Serena Confalonieri, Matteo Agati e Agustina Bottoni. Before...

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce recently signed an agreement with Centro Estero of the Piemonte Region to launch a new project – “Made in Piemonte Luxury & Design”. The initiative will take place from September 21st till September 25th, 2020 and it aims to assist furniture manufacturing companies located in the Piedmont region (Northern Italy...