While we wait for Italian Design Day, we are pleased to showcase the program organized by Milano Design Film Festival. 1891, 1917, 1935, 1983. These are the respective years of birth of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Tobia Scarpa and Antonio Aricò. The show organised by Milano Design Film Festival draws an ideal and real line for bringing some of...

It all starts with simple materials, like paper and chalk, or whatever else Mother Nature can offer, like leaves or flowers. Then comes pure creativity, the ability of making Beauty appear from almost nothing: an eternal wonder to our eyes. Then, at last, comes the emotion of seeing it all created, of witnessing the intense, magical moment when art...

Milan has long been considered the international capital of design thanks in large part to its Salone del Mobile design and furniture trade show, as well as to its history of local talents who have helped shape the world’s tastes. Now the city is further spotlighting its links with design through the opening of the ADI Design Museum Compasso d’Oro,...

Adrian Nivola remembers the long hours spent in the studio of his grandfather, Costantino Nivola, during the 1980s, watching the artist capture the warm embrace of a mother in a wood sculpture as the country singer Tammy Wynette crooned over the stereo. The music and the man came rushing back into focus earlier this year as he went to work on nearl...

Rome Historical Society, 200 Church St., will present Henry DiSpirito: Stonemason to Sculptor, a virtual program at facebook.com/romehistorical, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. Ashley Hopkins-Benton will discuss the life, art and experiences of DiSpirito in Utica. Henry DiSpirito (1898-1995) was an Italian immigrant who came to Utica in 1921 from Cas...

Fendi isn’t just serving up coffee at its new pop-up cafe: It’s also serving a bright jolt of energy. The Italian fashion house’s latest installation of Fendi Caffe recently opened across the street from its boutique in Miami’s Design District. The space will be in residence at OTL Restaurant through July 5. But its bold design will likely live on...

More than a hundred years ago, a Sardinian-born Italian army veteran named Renzo Frau took a liking to some furniture he had seen in England, and he had an idea: Why not remake it for the Italian market? Under Frau’s guidance, the chesterfield sofa’s brass studs, typical of British construction at the time, were replaced by gentle leather folds. Ev...

Antique ivory and tortoiseshell coin cabinets, huge neoclassical mirrors and nineteenth-century vases from the Trapani tradition, Liberty pieces, trumeau, baccarat crystals, cavet de liqueur, English cabinets and jewels. Then he, the design.  This is Mercanteinfiera à la carte, the appointment of Fiere di Parma first announced, then postponed, susp...

Rebecca Dayan, who plays Elsa Peretti in the new Halston docuseries, recently said that the free-spirited design legend “deserves her own show.” She’s not the only one to think that, judging by our social media feeds, yet there’s little precedent for such a project. The majority of recent fashion documentaries have been focused on male designers, m...

The Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti (1891-1979) is best known for his streamlined skyscraper the Pirelli Tower in Milan, Superleggera chairs and the Gran Madre di Dio cathedral in Taranto. But he also designed toilets, knives and forks; fitted out cruise liners and hotels; and co-founded architecture and design magazines. A new book titled...