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Austerity - Edible Furniture for Times of Crisis | Lanzavecchia + Wai

Austerity – Edible Furniture for Times of Crisis | Lanzavecchia + Wai

Recipes for design in hard times       The international economic crisis that has hit over the past few years has brought numerous challenges to the world of design and the balance between form and function. As we feel the pinch in our pocketbooks, we start to question whether elegance and decoration are necessary...
Circle Clock | Studio Kuadra x Progetti

Circle Clock | Studio Kuadra x Progetti

  Flowers bring green into your home, but once they’re in a vase they don’t last very long. Thanks to the Circle Clock, a natural moss clock made by Studio Kuadra for Progetti, now dry leaves and wilted petals aren’t the only way to have a nature provide a visual reminder of time’s passing. Crafted...
Try on WAW like our grannies made them

Try on WAW like our grannies made them

Made in Italy t-shirts, tank tops, and sweatshirts     Most of us probably don’t see any connection between Italian grannies and graphic T-shirts, but young Italian brand WAW like our grannies made them might just change that.     Tired of the standard middle-of-the-road T-shirt fare that focuses on image and social connections over...
Sophia Loren | Vintage Italian Movie Talent

Sophia Loren | Vintage Italian Movie Talent

Italy’s screen icon     With a curvaceous figure, dark doe-like eyes and a beautiful mane of wavy auburn hair, Sophia Loren quickly became a symbol of Italian elegance, sophistication and sex appeal in the 1950s and 1960s.       Born in Rome in 1934 to a single mother, Sofia Villani Scilicone was raised in...
Nuvola di Luce and Peak LED Lighting | Natevo by Flou

Nuvola di Luce and Peak LED Lighting | Natevo by Flou

  Flou is one of Italy’s iconic design brands, but with Natevo, its new brand based on the crowd-sourcing model that’s been so popular recently, it’s hoping to shine a new light on the concept of design. The idea is to incorporate residential lighting into furniture pieces in order to create dramatic and spectacular effects...
New Yorkers | Daniele Testa

New Yorkers | Daniele Testa

Street portraits     When young Italian photographer Daniele Testa started going up to strangers on the streets of New York and asking to take their portrait, he had a wider cultural project in mind. What, he wondered, goes through a person’s mind when they are photographed by someone they have never met before?  ...
Wooden Letter Shelves | WE archdesign

Wooden Letter Shelves | WE archdesign

  If you love something in your home, there’s an easy way to share your passion: just spell it out!  Giulia Bortolotti and Lucio Leone, young Italian architects currently based in New York, have created multi-purpose wooden letters that bring a uniquely personalized design solution to home storage. From A to Z these wooden letters...
Balancerie | Marianna Milione and Xiaowei Yu

Balancerie | Marianna Milione and Xiaowei Yu

A scaled back kitchen tool With no electric components, Balancerie is an innovative, but at the same time old-fashioned, kitchen scale. Just as in your grandmother’s kitchen, this scale uses a simple balancing system as the basis for measurements.  By taking away the electronic gadgetry, Italian designer Marianna Milione and Xiaowei Yu want to bring...
Poppins Bench | Alessandra Baldereschi

Poppins Bench | Alessandra Baldereschi

  Is it a sofa or is it a bench? Full of color and fanciful personality, Alessandra Baldereschi’s Poppins plays on the traditional throw pillow to offer a hybrid design that will make you look twice before you take a seat. Working with the illusory potential of color contrasts and geometric shapes, the Italian designer...
Risotto alla milanese | Vintage Italian Risotto

Risotto alla milanese | Vintage Italian Risotto

Milan’s saffron risotto With its bright golden hue, deceptively minimal ingredients and creamy texture, Risotto alla milanese (risotto milanese style) is one of the most famous dishes in Lombardy’s culinary tradition. Traditionally made with saffron, grana padana cheese and bone marrow, today this golden delicacy is an iconic dish, but one with a debatable history based...
Never Without a Smile | Interview with Illustrator Elena Xausa

Never Without a Smile | Interview with Illustrator Elena Xausa

Visit Elena Xausa’s online portfolio and you might notice something strange: her logo is moving. The hand-drawn set of slightly squinty googly eyes looks from side to side and blinks, as though happily contemplating the world beyond the computer. It’s the perfect introduction to a young Italian artist who is colorful, sweet but crazy, and...
Color Propaganda | A New Italian Movement in Streetwear

Color Propaganda | A New Italian Movement in Streetwear

Propogating Italian streetwear with personality As the name suggests, Color Propaganda doesn’t just see itself as a clothing brand, but as part of a larger cultural movement. It’s no surprise then, that behind the brand are two young Italians with eclectic backgrounds that encompass the arts, streetwear and the party scene in northern Italy.  ...