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The Fragiles Lamps | Davide Giulio Aquini

The Fragiles Lamps | Davide Giulio Aquini

Concrete and Stucco Lights     The word “fragile” comes from Latin (fragilis, frangere) and applies to objects that are brittle, weak, and require great care when handled. It would seem to be a surprise then that Italian designer Davide Giulio Aquini applies this adjective to a series of spherical sculptures made out of cement and stucco,...
ARPT Headquarters | Mario Cucinella Architects

ARPT Headquarters | Mario Cucinella Architects

Natural Cooling Building     What would an architect based in Bologna know about designing for the desert climes of North Africa?  Apparently, a lot. Mario Cucinella Architects, one of the foremost Italian architecture studios focused on sustainable design, has won the international competition for the design of the new headquarters of ARPT, the Algerian...
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...
Diogene | Renzo Piano x Vitra

Diogene | Renzo Piano x Vitra

  You might think you’re not high maintenance, but how much room would you need to feel comfortable in a living space? For Italy’s foremost living architect Renzo Piano, the answer is simple: 6  square meters or 80 square feet. That’s the size of Diogene, his new cabin built on the campus of German design...
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?  ...
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...
Living With Mario Bellini | Paul Barbera x Discipline Design

Living With Mario Bellini | Paul Barbera x Discipline Design

In the studio with a renowned Italian architect Discipline is one of the most exciting Italian design brands to come on the scene recently, which is why we’ve featured their products before. Their latest project, however, isn’t for your home, but for your computer screen. Living With is a video series that shares the life...
BamGoo | Sara Urasini

BamGoo | Sara Urasini

Bamboo bicycle solution Today, many of us see bicycles as a fun eco-friendly way to stay fit and get to work without worrying about traffic.  In other, words we think of bikes as an alternative to taking the bus or driving a car. The BamGoo project by Sara Urasini, winner of the International Bicycle Design...
Italian Street Artist Recap | April and May 2013

Italian Street Artist Recap | April and May 2013

Around the world with Pixel Pancho, Sten Lex and more… In April and May a lot of art has been going up around the world thanks to some of our favorite Italian street artists.   Pixel Pancho   Hailing from Turin, Italian street artist Pixel Pancho has brought his massive robots, inspired by 1950s sci-fi...
Smeg 500 Mini Fridge | Fiat x Smeg

Smeg 500 Mini Fridge | Fiat x Smeg

Food under the hood     When you think about Smeg, the Italian domestic appliances manufacturer and Fiat, the Italian automobile manufacturer, you might think they have nothing in common aside from the fact that they’re both Italian.  Well, the companies probably saw something we didn’t, because now the two have teamed up for an...
Ugiaj Milano Sunglasses | Angelo Piccioli and Irene Basili

Ugiaj Milano Sunglasses | Angelo Piccioli and Irene Basili

A new Italian sunglass concept     Lying on the beach on hot day you decide to cool off with a dip in the sea. You jump in only to realize, as you see them sink away, that you forgot to take off your sunglasses.  If you’ve ever wished for a pair of light, but...
Tortellino Chair | Barbi Bottazzo / Bicube Design Studio

Tortellino Chair | Barbi Bottazzo / Bicube Design Studio

We ♥ pasta     Plump, delicate and oh so delicious, when an authentic Italian tortellino is made correctly it can look so good that you might just want to dive into the dish and wrap yourself in the exquisite layers of pasta dough.  If you’ve ever felt that way then you’ll appreciate Barbi Bottazo’s latest...