What do Italian Cars have that American Automakers just don’t get? We had some experts weigh in on the differences between American cars and their Italian counterparts. Xtreme Xperience is a supercar driving experience that boasted one of the first Corvette C7 Stingrays available to the public. Yet its customers choose Lamborghinis and Ferraris ove...

The promotion of design through nationality is an established tradition. There have been great exhibitions stemming from critical viewpoints (one of the most recent ones, at the Design Museum of London, stating that “Designed in California is the new Made in Italy “). And the country-based groupages are very much alive at the Design Weeks around th...

From Montclair to Montechiaro: Discovering Italy in the Local Architecture, June 9, 2019, 2-5 pm at the Van Vleck House and Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair) RSVP here. Montclair’s transformation, from a bucolic country retreat known for its clean air and apple orchards into one of the first and finest commuter suburbs of Manhattan, is due t...

illycaffè presents the new illy Art Collection designed by Olimpia Zagnoli, globally recognized Italian illustrator known for her colorful, minimalist and retro graphic art, an homage to futurism and the Beatles. The iconic illy cups, designed by Matteo Thun in 1991, continue to be a canvas for artists to share their creativity to the world.   In t...

Up until the 1930’s, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) – on an industrial level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII...

FCA group vehicles came away with two key victories at the ninth annual Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) "Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz" convertible and panoramic sunroof competition. With sunny skies and perfect temperatures at the event, the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio won the Panoramic Utility Vehicle award and the 20...

Italy’s first design museum just made its debut—and it’s about time. Launched during Salone del Mobile last month and located on the ground floor of the La Triennale di Milano, the Triennale Museo del Design Italiano has a permanent collection of 1,600 pieces. To mark the opening, architect Joseph Grima, the director of the new museum, curated its...

The Renaissance master's designs for a 'rational' city in northern Italy were never built – but they contain plenty of inspiration for urban planners today, writes architect Alessandro Melis. The word “genius” is universally associated with the name of Leonardo da Vinci – a true Renaissance man, he embodied scientific spirit, artistic talent and hu...

Fantini USA is calling for entries from designers and developers who are “inspired by water and passionate about Italian design” for its third annual Fantini Design Awards, which recognize excellence in kitchen and bath design in North America. All entries must be submitted no later than July 9, 2019. To qualify, entries need to be either a complet...

Italian-born developer Ugo Colombo is the man behind Miami’s tallest condo tower, Brickell Flatiron. The 736-foot-high tower is also the tallest condominium south of New York City. Mr. Colombo, 58, began investing in Downtown Brickell—now a bustling urban center—in the 1990s, starting with the Bristol Tower and later the Santa Maria Tower. Since th...