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TRAVEL
Brooks England Dalston Knapsack
For nearly 150 years Brooks England has supplied the cycling community with hand-hammered, heirloom-quality leather saddles. In recent years however, a new enthusiasm for growth has pushed the brand to introduce numerous new bag collections and...
DESIGN
Seven Designers of the Future at La Rinascente
Each year during Milan Design week, SaloneSatellite is the area of Salone del Mobile devoted to emerging designers and schools. This is one of the true hot-spots—the place to find the future of industrial and furniture design. For the second year...
DESIGN
Maserati Centennial Gathering
Often times, the stories behind companies are something worth knowing, in particular when they talk about passion, intuition, genius, downfalls, and comebacks—and especially when each step is is punctuated with victories. Maserati was born in 1914...
DESIGN
Venice in a Bottle
Venice, Italy is a truly iconic city and, even though it's a multi-faceted place, it's oftentimes portrayed as a little stereotyped or clichéd—all gondolas and glass. In an effort to show the city's ever-evolving identity and culture, a group of...
DESIGN
The Signs of Italy: Grafica della Strada
It's something of a rarity for a designer with such a storied career as NYC-based Louise Fili to trace the foundations of her career back to one single memory. The 2014 AIGA Medal-winner and self-described Italophile's career in book design and food...
STYLE
Unbreakable Sunglasses by Italia Independent
Ideal for those accident-prone amongst us, the I-Ultra sunglasses from Italia Independent are made entirely of rubber, save for the high-quality lenses of course. The malleable frames can be bent in essentially any direction without breaking, making...
STYLE
Olivier Langhendries' Capsule Collection
Olivier Langhendries is an artist, florist, performer and fashion model. His red hair and long beard have made him a recognizable figure over the web and Italian television, for which he arranges flowers on-air during a popular sports show. Langhendries...
DESIGN
Celebrating the History and Future of Knitwear, Maglifico!
Knitwear has always been a field of experimentation in fashion. Adopted by true pioneers like Coco Chanel and Azzedine Alaïa, it continues to evolve and intrigue thanks to brands like Missoni and Kenzo. True innovation of knitwear manifests because...
CULTURE
Beyond Exercise: The Technogym Approach
Gym equipment might not be the first thing to evoke philosophical ideas of happiness, community wellness or indeed overall life satisfaction. However, Technogym isn't your average fitness company and their mission statement extends well beyond the...
TRAVEL
Castelfalfi's Picchio Reale Project, Tuscany
When artist and designer Adolfo Pistolesi heard that the new Castelfalfi project—whose mission is to breathe new life into an 800-year-old village in Tuscany, Italy—was in need of local shops on their expansive estate, he decided to embark upon a...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth Florence: Food + Drink
There's no shortage of tips for Italy's wildly popular Tuscan capital, but with so many tourist offerings pumping through the historic town of Florence, it's easy to end up eating a subpar pizza near the steps of the illustrious Duomo. Venturing into...
DESIGN
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe and S63 AMG Coupe
Designed for crossing continents at top speeds in high style, the Grand Tourer class of automobile is, in many ways, the true mark of a manufacturer's ability. Hitting the optimal balance between a finely considered aesthetic, an interior that is...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
by Davis Adams “Carbon fiber is a very expensive material. It’s strong. It’s lightweight. And, it’s beautiful,” explains Gaulberto Ranieri, head of communications for Chrysler Group, in a thick Italian accent. “Our new car is at least half the price...
CULTURE
Interview: Le Dictateur's Federico Pepe
Federico Pepe is a slightly peculiar figure in Italy's arts and cultural landscape. Advertiser, artist, graphic designer, video-maker, typographer—over the years his hybrid interests have seen him collaborate with celebrated artists like Maurizio...
DESIGN
10 Corso Como: A to Z
With its exposed spine and fabric cover, Rizzoli's "10 Corso Como: A to Z" hints at the artistic and engaging content that waits just beyond its painterly cover. A celebratory monograph of the famed Milanese shopping and dining complex, the book...
CULTURE
Highlights from the 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d’Este
The oldest running Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d’Este brings the most rare classic cars to an intimate lawn alongside the western shore of Lake Como. This year included younger favorites like the retro futuristic 1969 Abarth 2000 Scorpione and the...
DESIGN
Phaidon's Monograph on Ettore Sottsass
As the mastermind behind vibrant, eccentric furniture—not to mention the iconic Olivetti ‘Valentine’ typewriter—Italy's Ettore Sottsass established himself as one of the most important contributors to the Postmodernist movement. This famed founder...
CULTURE
Gehard Demetz: The Invocation
Gehard Demetz could perhaps be called a modern-day Geppetto—but instead of woodcarving puppets with curiously growing noses, he creates lifelike limewood sculptures of children that captivate as much as they unsettle. Each child holds a special object...
DESIGN
Scatto Italiano
Cycling holds a very significant place in the heart of Italian culture and design. From the annual Giro d'Italia race (that sends a rushing stream of neon spandex and carbon fiber through the countryside) to "Bicycle Thieves" (aka "The Bicycle Thief...
CULTURE
Intuizione Ploc
During Milan Design Week, visitors are faced with an overwhelming array of options of events and showcases, but many won't bother with the Interni guide (which lists all the official events) and they'll go rogue, taking home some of the best tales...
FOOD-DRINK
Fichimori Chilled Red Wine
We're now a few years deep into rosé resurgence, and though some may think it's the perfect fit for every sunny afternoon and moonlight dinner, there are other options in the chilled wine market—including reds. When we recently tried Fichimori Salento...
DESIGN
Casamania 2014 Highlights
Italy's Casamania really understands the value of presenting a comprehensive brand aesthetic across all avenues—including products and media. We recently saw the latest collection of handsome home furnishings at Salone del Mobile during Milan Design...
DESIGN
Something Good
While the "Made in Italy" moniker may not mean quite what it used to, Italian design is still alive and well. And, thanks to forward-thinking design groups like Something Good, it's becoming more responsive to reoccurring themes in contemporary...
CULTURE
Leonardo Magnani: The Voyage 2014
In his four years traveling the globe, Charles Darwin filled notebook upon notebook of observations and experiences—enough source material for the scientist to pen "On the Origin of Species." Now, Florentine artist Leonardo Magnani hopes to retrace...
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