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Venice

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
Warby Parker, Venice
Though the Venice boardwalk may once have been the place to see the eclectic beach town, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become the go-to destination for shopping and eating, making it the perfect location for Warby Parker’s first free-standing shop...
CULTURE
Art or Sound at Fondazione Prada
Ca' Corner della Regina is a majestic Venetian palazzo overlooking Canal Grande, built between 1723 and 1728 by Domenico Rossi. At the end of 2010 Fondazione Prada began a restoration process on the historic building while also breathing new life...
FOOD
Gjelina
The stereotype that is the Venice local—surfers, skaters and artists—seems somehow out of place at Gjelina. Although it's those same locals who were the restaurant's first customers when it opened back in 2008—and now food enthusiasts from all over...
CULTURE
The Encyclopedic Palace at Venice Biennale
Since 1998, the Venice Biennale of Art and Architecture is no longer a traditional exhibition of national artists, but is instead a real international showcase where the single invited countries are accompanied by a main exhibit, which has a different...
CULTURE
Danaë by Vadim Zakharov
Greek mythology is the inspiration for the Russian Pavilion at this year's 55th Venice Art Biennale, which is seen in "Danaë"—a provocative installation conceived by conceptual artist Vadim Zakharov and curated by Udo Kittelman, under the supervision...
DESIGN
Indoek Wax Kit
As stores like Saturdays Surf and Pilgrim Surf + Supply continue to influence the once conventional retail market, the carefree attitude and simple surf style has filtered down to other aspects of design culture as well. Case in point, the Indoek...
DESIGN
Torre David / Gran Horizonte
Torre David is an abandoned 45-story skyscraper located in Caracas, Venezuela. After the death of the developer in 1993 and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy a year later, the office tower was almost complete, but the construction was suddenly...
CULTURE
The Beautiful Cliché
Italian photographer Renato D'Agostin creates haunting black-and-white portraits that capture a city's essence in serenely abstract form. The budding lensman began shooting these fragmented narratives in 2001, and has since published two books...
DESIGN
Negozio Olivetti
Widely recognized for their Ettore Sottsass-designed Valentine typewriter, one of Olivetti's less celebrated design accomplishments is the company's Venice showroom and store. Architect Carlo Scarpa spent two years conceiving the space with a focus...
TRAVEL
The Bauer Hotel and Il Palazzo
In a place like Venice where nearly everything in the city has been featured in a postcard, the Bauer Hotel and Palazzo stand out for their surprising design, which I recently had the pleasure of exploring. Built in the '40s, the linear and austere...
CULTURE
Ragnar Kjartansson
Daring newcomer Ragnar Kjartansson made his first major splash in the art industry when he became the youngest Icelandic artist at the Venice Biennale. There Kjartonsson made "The End (Venice)," a six month performance piece, both homage and satire...
CULTURE
Héctor Zamora: Sciame di Dirigibili
The installation "Sciame di Dirigibili" by Mexico-born, Brazilian resident Héctor Zamora is jump-starting the exciting kickoff of the six-month-long 53rd Venice Biennale, offering us a glimpse at what will have festival-goers remembering...
CULTURE
Swoon: Swimming Cities of Serenissima Fundraiser
Swimming Cities of Serenissima, international street and installation artist Swoon's floating art project, is the kind of undertaking that puts it in the creative ranks of other optimistically adventurous events like Burning Man. With a mission...
CULTURE
Venice Biennale 2007
The 52nd Biennale di Venezia opened to the public this week and runs until 27 November 2007. I was in Venice for the vernissage, which takes place a few days before the official opening. During that time Venice is filled with curators, artists...
CULTURE
Judi Harvest
New York-based artist Judi Harvest's work constantly looks to the illuminated cosmos for inspiration. Her upcoming September installation at Venice's famed Caffé Florian, Venetian Satellite, will be similar in form and aesthetic functionality...
CULTURE
Pimp My Doll
Pimp My Doll is a plushie exhibition taking place in Venice, Italy from 24 March (launch event at 7pm) to 21 April 2006. In addition to the majority of French artists, there will also be artists from all around the globe participating. Exploring the...