"Lezioni Americane. Sei proposte per il prossimo millennio" is a book taken from a series of lectures that Italo Calvino prepared in 1985 in view of six lectures to be held at Harvard University as part of the prestigious "Poetry Lectures" in honor of Charles Eliot Norton. Lightness, Exactness Multiplicity. Three of his six lectures are exactly the...

With their skill they have enchanted a Sardinian, the Alghero designer Antonio Marras, who for his showroom in Milan in Via Cola di Rienzo, wanted a scenic fountain 15 meters long and 4 meters high, with 100 goldfish and sentinel statues, totemic figures inspired by the Sardinian territory. The materials? Strictly ferrous, but thanks to skilled han...

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...

In 2019 at the Salone del Mobile was presented Pinocchio, a Murano blown glass vase with the strong features of the well-known character of Carlo Collodi, created by Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti for Internoitaliano. It is a tribute to one of the most representative icons of the Italian spirit in the world that has its strong point in the nose,...

Cesare Colombo (aka, Joe), whose death marks 50 years this year, was one of the great Italian geniuses of the second half of the twentieth century, although Wikipedia insists on defining him as "simply" an architect and designer. Someone has rightly called him the James Dean of Italian design for his life, short but intense (he died of cardiac arre...

Excluding computers and smartphones, which are now actually indispensable, there are other things that we find ourselves using every day - and often without paying too much attention to them - that writer and journalist Luigi Pintor defines as "timeless objects": scissors, buttons, shoelaces. And then there are the hangers (also known as "crutches"...

Who doesn't remember those ‘70s rooms wallpapered with geometric patterns, between delicate and faded, almost afraid to be noticed? Then all of a sudden you come across the wallpaper collection by Murals Wallpaper that transforms the stylized motifs of the most famous building on the Manhattan skyline, the Chrysler Building, into patterns. Or you c...

There is a lot of talk about borderline forms of expression, and in particular about contaminations between art and design. Piero Figura, Apulian by birth (from Brindisi to be exact) and Milanese by adoption, is one of the people who best interpret this desire to mix things up, not to conform to a predefined language, trying instead to wander in di...

If we were in normal times, in the afternoon we would be strolling through the galleries of Italian cities visiting the open exhibitions of the week and immersing ourselves in the somewhat artificial and decadent glam of openings and vernissages. But we have to stay at home and we put ourselves in the hands of the internet in an attempt to absorb o...

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...