Factory Visit

What is Reductionism?
“Reductionism is about taking away excess in design,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, and the Range Rover Velar, the brand’s newest vehicle, delivers on that maxim. From its debut at the London Design Museum to our first...
Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin's Aurelien Production Facility
Tuscany's international renown stems from its nature and art—the beauty of the hills and the enduring magic of the Renaissance. The crafts of the region are also very well known—leather in particular. But most people are unaware of the level of sophistication...
Bvlgari's New Manifattura
We spent two days at Bvlgari’s new state-of-the-art Manifattura—the most significant jewelry making workshop in Europe—located between Milan and Turin in Valenza, one of Italy’s largest and most historical gold-making capitals. On a property once owned...
Inside the Uniquely Norwegian Home of Jarlsberg Cheese
Year after year, Norway consistently tops “Best of” lists in a wide variety of categories. From healthcare to education, the fjord-laden Nordic nation of just over five million people often scores top honors thanks to rich natural resources and...
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...
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...
What do David Bowie and a sporty varsity jacket have in common? Roots. In 1987 America's Libraries tapped the music icon and reputed reader to pose for a literacy campaign, and Bowie was shown reading in a signature Roots jacket. But a look through...
We were recently invited by lighting specialists Lasvit to visit their production sites in Nový Bor, a small town north of Prague in the Czech Republic. We visited two different plants, met designers Maurizio Galante and Arik Levy, and previewed...