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PAOLO FERRARINI

Paolo Ferrarini

VENICE BIENNALE
VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2017
VENICE
ITALY
ART FAIRS
ART FESTIVALS
ART
ART EXHIBITIONS
EXHIBITIONS
Venice Biennale 2017: Thematic Highlights
Anticipation takes hold before we head to Venice for the Biennale Arte, as we consider (and wonder about) what topics will emerge. It's easy to experience the Biennale, now in its 57th iteration, as if you've never seen art before. Curator Christine...
DESIGN
INTERIOR DESIGN
ARCHITECTURE
ITALY
MILAN
BOOKS
ENTRYWAYS OF MILAN
INGRESSI DI MILANO
Karl Kolbitz's "Entryways of Milan: Ingressi di Milano"
Over the centuries, Milan's style has been defined by its geographical position and illustrious history. The Italian city lies on a plain, equidistant from the sea and the mountains, and its climate is colder than Mediterranean Italy. Of course, French...
STUDIOPEPE
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2017
BRERA DESIGN APARTMENT
INTERIOR DESIGN
DESIGN
DECORATING
INTERIOR DECORATING
MILAN
EXHIBITIONS
Milan Design Week 2017: Studiopepe's "The Visit"
How do we offer access and exclusivity through design at the same time? How do we maintain intimacy in the age of social media? These are questions that seem to have yielded one of our favorite projects at Milan Design Week this year; "The Visit...
DESIGN AWARDS
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2017
MILAN
ITALY
AWARDS
MILANO DESIGN AWARD
Milano Design Award 2017: Winning Installations
Each year, after visiting Milan Design Week, everybody wants to discuss their own list of favorites. A few years ago Elita had the idea of turning the gatherings of designers and friends that used to happen at Valentina Ventrelli’s home into a real...
JOSEPH GRIMA
SPACE CAVIAR
BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN SAINT-ETIENNE
PLAYER PIANOS
GROUP SHOWS
CURATORS
EXIBITIONS
ART EXHIBITIONS
TECHNOLOGY
KURT VONNEGUT
Interview: Curator Joseph Grima of Space Caviar
"Player Piano: A Subjective Atlas of a Landscape of Labour" was one of the most cerebral, engaging exhibitions we saw at this year's 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne. It was the final exhibition in the exploration of the Cité du Design...
ART
ITALY
EXHIBITIONS
MILAN
ITALIAN
ARTISTS
MOVIES
WES ANDERSON
EXHIBITS
PRADA
EXHIBITION OPENINGS
Fondazione Prada, Milan
With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the...
SAINT-ETIENNE DESIGN BIENNALE
DESIGN FESTIVALS
BIENNALE
FRANCE
SAINT-ETIENNE
TECHNOLOGY
INSTALLATIONS
ART
DESIGN
Highlights From Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne
Located in the south east of France, the coal mining city of Saint-Etienne launched the Biennale Internationale Design 20 years ago. The 10th iteration recently opened (and will run through early April). Within, one will find an exploration of the...
DEAR DATA
DRAWINGS
POSTCARDS
GIORGIA LUPI
MOMA
BOOKS
ART BOOKS
STEFANIE POSAVEC
DATA VISUALIZATION
Dear Data Postcard Project
"Dear Data," an “analog data drawing project” founded and conducted by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, is essentially a personal data visualization correspondence exchange between the aforementioned artists, illustrated by hand on postcards...
HOTELS
ACCOMMODATION
ITALY
FLORENCE
STUDIODO
MATTEO BARONI
PALAZZO STROZZI
MODERN DESIGN
AI WEIWEI
Hotel Milu, Florence
Florence tends to be synonymous with art, but oftentimes we think of ancient palazzos, classic paintings and iconic sculptures. The city, however also has a vibrant contemporary side, driven by fashion, art and food. Hotel Milu, a new boutique property...
MIKA
TV
TELEVISION
DESIGN
SET DESIGN
COLLABORATIONS
STUDIO JOB
ITALY
JOB SMEETS
MILAN
Interview: Mika and Studio Job
Pop star Mika's visual world is notoriously imaginative and bright, poetic and surreal. Unsurprisingly, his forthcoming TV show, “Stasera CasaMika,” boasts a set that truly embodies this wild, joyful universe. For this, Mika teamed up with Belgian...
SHOES
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
STUDIO VISIT
INTERVIEWS
SHOE DESIGN
FASHION DESIGN
FASHION
LOUBOUTIN WORLD
SHOEPEAKS
Interview: Christian Louboutin
Being in Christian Louboutin’s Paris studio is overwhelming. We meet Monsieur Christian Louboutin in his museum-like studio (like a tiny Louvre, which, coincidently, is just a few blocks away) for an exclusive preview of ShoePeaks, his latest (and...
FOOD
APPLIANCES
TECH
SUSTAINABILITY
KITCHENS
HOMEWARE
GRUNDIG
COOKING
INNOVATION
Grundig and the Future of Food, Design and Interaction
When it comes to designing and engineering household appliances, one of the most significant issues is energy and water consumption. But the waste of other precious resources (like food) is also the driving force behind Grundig's most recent projects...
ARCHITECTURE
BIENNALE
VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016
DESIGN
HOUSING
PUBLIC SPACES
VENICE
NORMAN FOSTER
SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
KENGO KUMA
DRONEPORTS
SUSTAINABILITY
CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
ALEJANDRO ARAVENA
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Reporting from the Front
Over 100 tons of perfectly ordered rubble is what greets visitors to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. It's not a provocation, but rather a statement, in perfect harmony with this year's theme: "Reporting from...
TAILORING
MAURO RAVIZZA KRIEGER
FASHION
CLOTHES
PAL ZILERI
ITALIAN DESIGNERS
MENSWEAR
SUITS
MADE IN ITALY
ITALY
ITALIAN SUITS
Pal Zileri and The Future of Tailoring
What is the difference between tailored and factory menswear? Often we consider these two categories as distant or even conflicting. However, there are many who actually know how to combine these both, companies that use industrial processes to...
UNIT KITCHEN
CESAR
GARCIA CUMINI
KITCHENS
INTERIOR DESIGN
ITALIAN DESIGN
Design Studio Garcia Cumini On Their Cesar Unit Kitchen
The design of kitchens for the last 20 years seems to have focused primarily on two styles reflecting two opposite poles: classical or country versus contemporary or industrial. It's become very difficult today to find real alternatives, contemporary...
CLOCKS
WALL CLOCKS
ALESSI
DANIEL LIBESKIND
COLLABORATIONS
DECOR
HOME DECOR
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
Daniel Libeskind + Alessi's Time Maze Wall Clock
Undoubtedly a huge name in architecture and design, Polish-American Daniel Libeskind is responsible for designing Berlin's Jewish Museum and NYC's World Trade Center—among so much more. One of his most recent and (as always) striking creations...
DESIGN
COLLABORATIONS
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
INTERVIEWS
ALESSI
STUDIO JOB
CLOCKS
DECOR
Studio Job + Alessi's Comtoise Clock
Best known for their unique creative approach that merges art and design, Studio Job's creations are oftentimes easily recognized. The two Flemish designers leading the studio (Job Smets and Nynke Tynagel) have a knack for using plenty of symbols...
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
MILANO DESIGN AWARD
DESIGN AWARDS
AWARDS
INSTALLATIONS
IMMERSIVE
Milano Design Award 2016: Winning Installations
Now in its sixth year, the Milan Design Award has become one of the most anticipated moments of Milan Design Week. Dedicated to the most interesting installations of the week, the award (whose physical prize is a sculpture of a little horse, the...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016
DESIGNERS
DESIGN FAIRS
IMMERSIVE
INSTALLATIONS
COS
COLLABORATIONS
SUO FUJIMOTO
SALONE DE MOBILE
Milan Design Week 2016: Interview with Sou Fujimoto
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto (perhaps best-known for his Serpentine Gallery Pavilion) joined forces with Swedish fashion retailer COS for Salone de Mobile during this year's Milan Design Week 2016. The result is quite spectacular. The installation...
COLLABORATIONS
SUNGLASSES
CLEMENCE SEILLES
OXYDO
ACCESSORIES
FASHION
EYEWEAR
STATEMENT ACCESSORIES
OXYDO + Clémence Seilles Sunglasses
Italian eyewear brand OXYDO has joined forces with French artist Clémence Seilles for a super-daring and brightly colored collection of sunglasses. The OXYDO Lab SS16 collection features six styles—simple in shapes but extreme in colors and materials...
EYEWEAR
GLASSES
SUNGLASSES
MILAN
MIDO EYEWEAR SHOW
TRADE SHOWS
TRADE FAIRS
EVENTS
FAIRS
ITALY
DESIGN
Mido Eyewear Show 2016
While you might not have heard of it, Italy's Mido Eyewear Show is the leading event for eyewear professionals. It's an exhibition during which major international brands present their new styles and innovations for prescription specs and sunglasses...
FABRICS
TEXTILES
ATTIRE
APPAREL
MENSWEAR
ITALIAN
ITALY
FACTORY VISIT
Factory Visit: Cotonificio Albini, Albino
Visiting the Albini Group—a glorious Italian enterprise that specializes in fabrics for shirting—is an experience of contrast. It's a facility that feels futuristic, while remaining in the tradition of its deep history. It's a busy, mechanical factory...
STREET SIGNS
SIGNS OF ITALY
ITALY
HISTORIC SIGNS
TYPOGRAPHY
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Signs of Italy: A Book Exploring 200 Years of Outdoor Lettering
The true understanding of Italian life only happens in the squares where people love to meet and share, eat and drink—all while observing what happens around them. It’s not a stereotype, but Italy and its many contradictions, its grand beauty and...
ART
STREET ART
PARIS
FRENCH
FRANCE
ARTISTS
Le Sonneur's Love Letters
"I am at your door, almost in your home. I play with these limits and I begin a gentle intrusion," Le Sonneur tells us. Rather than the beginning of a psychological thriller, these words seem to be proof that street art can be poetic. The anonymous...
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
SHOES
FOOTWEAR
FASHION
STUDIO VISIT
FACTORY VISIT
ITALY
NAPLES
Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin
Since setting up his eponymous label in 1991, French designer Christian Louboutin's shoes have become synonymous with power, prestige and class thanks to their sexy, edgy design and extreme creativity. Lesser known is the fact that Louboutin produces...
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