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Changi, the airport of wonders
Published on January, 13th 2020
The Jewel, a 200-meter-wide glass dome that houses a rainforest and an artificial waterfall makes Singapore's Changi International Airport an increasingly attractive location.
A classic by Shiro Kuramata in Limited Edition
Published on January, 9th 2020
After almost 40 years from his birth, a new limited edition version of “Sofa with arms” by Shiro Kuramata. A must have for all design addicts.
Leonard Cohen’s Last dance
Published on December, 16th 2019
Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album, curated by his son Adam in collaboration with a large group of famous performers, is released as “Thanks for the dance”.
Standard London: charming vintage
Published on December, 5th 2019
The Standard Hotel, a well-known American hospitality chain, arrives in London where it has recently inaugurated a new vintage-style hotel in a former brutalist building from the 1970’s.
“Sculptures to inhabit” by Massimiliano Fuksas
Published on November, 29th 2019
Within the Is Molas Resort in Pula, located on the south coast of Sardinia, Massimiliano Fuksas has designed four elegant villas built with local stone and wood and equipped with energy-saving systems.
Bethan Laura Wood, all my colors
Published on November, 25th 2019
An eccentric look and a great ability to experiment with shapes and colors. British designer Bethan Laura Wood innovates the world of design without fear of challenging tradition.
Rankin’s world in Milan
Published on November, 11th 2019
The 29 Arts In Progress gallery in Milan dedicates the first Italian solo exhibition to the famous British photographer Rankin. On display his iconic celebrity portraits, from Jude Law to Ewan McGregor, from Blondie to Monica Bellucci, as well as some of his more conceptual works.
Oceanix city: a floating future
Published on October, 31st 2019
Oceanix city is a floating city, a project that looks towards the future designed to cope with the risk of floods and rising waters.
Hana Karim: precious craftsmanship
Published on October, 28th 2019
After years of making precious ceramic jewels the Slovenian ceramist, Hana Karim, daughter of two artists, has created a collection of household items characterized by fascinating colors.
The Lunar Landscapes by Stefano De Rosa
Published on October, 24th 2019
An exhibition, dedicated to the astrophotographer Stefano De Rosa, is held at the Xerjoff Gallery in Turin celebrating the bewitching beauty of the Moon.
Published on October, 7th 2019
California in the late 1960’s portrayed by photographer Dennis Stock, between hippy counter-culture, demonstrators, concerts, bikers and surfers.
Interior Beauty around the world
Published on September, 26th 2019
A trip around the world in search of the most beautiful and fascinating apartments. “Interiors - The Greatest Rooms of the Century” a selection of 400 apartments, made by the most famous interior designers.
Dream world Design
Published on September, 16th 2019
Surrealism has had an influence on design since the 1920’s. The exhibition “Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today” held at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein demonstrates it.
The fairy-tale universe of Tim Walker at the V&A Museum in London
Published on September, 9th 2019
The V&A Museum of London dedicates a rich retrospective to Tim Walker, whose images dedicated to the world of fashion and Hollywood stars evoke a fairy-tale universe.
The bright side of the Moon at the Grand Palais
Published on July, 18th 2019
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, the Grand Palais in Paris dedicates an exhibition to the Moon highlighting the great charm it has always had on mankind.
Nino Migliori: neorealist experimenter
Published on July, 8th 2019
40 images of Nino Migliori -one of the most appreciated Italian photographers- are on display at the Astino Abbey in Bergamo in an exhibition entitled “Nino Migliori - Forme del vero”
Night Fever: dancing days
Published on July, 2nd 2019
The exhibition “Night Fever” held at Prato's Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center, analyzes the phenomenon of clubbing through night clubs, designed by internationally renowned architects and interior designers.
Tour Triangle: vertical Paris
Published on June, 28th 2019
Almost half a century after the construction of the Tour de Montparnasse, a new building will change the Parisian skyline: this is the Tour Triangle designed by the architectural firm Herzog et de Meuron.
Rock’n’roll at the MET
Published on June, 24th 2019
The MET in New York retraces the history of rock’n’roll through the instruments that made it great, in an exhibition entitled “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll”
Joali: heavenly relax
Published on June, 21st 2019
The Joali resort, located on Muravandhoo Island in northern Maldives, on the Raa Atoll, is made up of 73 luxurious villas and private residences that offer maximum comfort surrounded by breath-taking nature.
Omakase Restaurant, refined design with a surprise menu
Published on June, 17th 2019
The Omakase is a new restaurant in Shanghai characterized by an extremely refined Interior design curated by the Shanghai Hip-hop Design Team and where the chef decides what one should eat.
Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Visions
Published on June, 11th 2019
The Mudec museum in Milan hosts “Roy Lichtenstein: Multiple Visions” an exhibition that, with 100 works, pays homage to the great master of American Pop art.
Hollywood Stars’ Mansions, Between Luxury, Elegance and Excesses
Published on May, 27th 2019
What do Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Gary Cooper and Leonardo Di Caprio have in common? Simple, they all have chosen Southern California as a location to build their villas. A book entitled “Hollywood Modern. Houses of the Stars” unveils some of these luxurious residences.
Verner Panton, the “Bad Boy” of Scandinavian Design
Published on May, 24th 2019
A monograph published by Phaidon celebrates Verner Panton who with his work has revolutionized the proverbial essentiality of Scandinavian design by creating objects considered to be true icons of design.
Barry Feinstein: sixty years among the stars
Published on May, 20th 2019
In La Spezia is now taking place the first Italian retrospective dedicated to Barry Feinstein, American photographer who captured the big names of Hollywood of 1950s and the most important performers of 60s and 70s.
Alfred Hitchcock: Backstage Shivers
Published on May, 10th 2019
The masterpieces directed by Alfred Hitchcock for Universal Pictures are celebrated through an exhibition in Pisa, showcasing a collection of images shot on the sets and backstage of films ranging from Psycho to Rear Window, from The Birds to Vertigo
InterContinental Wonderland: Underground Luxury
Published on May, 6th 2019
The InterContinental Wonderland, which has recently opened not far from Shanghai, is the first hotel in the world to have been built below ground level
TWA Hotel: back to the future
Published on April, 26th 2019
After years, the TWA Flight Center of the JFK airport in New York designed in 1962 by Eero Saarinen, re-opens transformed in a charming and comfortable hotel
David Bailey: from London’s east end to the world
Published on April, 23rd 2019
A precious limited edition retrospective published by Taschen, gathering David Bailey’s photographic production presenting portraits of celebrities such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jean Shrimpton, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Catherine Deneuve
Paris changes its colors to “Rouge”
Published on April, 18th 2019
“Rouge. Art et utopie au pays des Soviets” is the exhibition dedicated to the Soviet art after October 1917 Revolution being held at the Grand Palais in Paris, presenting the artworks from Vladimir Maïakovski, Alexandre Rodtchenko, Alexandre Deïneka and Youri Pimenov
Kartell: plastic art
Published on April, 16th 2019
Kartell, a symbol of Italian design, celebrates it’s 70th anniversary with an exhibition entitled “The art side of Kartell”, which focuses on the company’s connection with the artistic world
New York City Reveals Its Interiors
Published on April, 11th 2019
A journey inside the most glamorous NYC’s interiors with “New York Splendor: The City's Most Memorable Rooms”, a volume published by Rizzoli and edited by Wendy Moonan
A Tulip for London
Published on April, 4th 2019
The Foster + Partners studio designed The Tulip. London's new skyscraper, which should be inaugurated in 2025, with a design that aims to reflect the spirit of London as a progressive and forward-thinking city
Ernst Haas: Hollywood Stars in the Desert
Published on April, 1st 2019
Ernst Haas was the stage photographer for “The Misfits”, a film directed by John Houston starring three Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. An exhibition taking place in Bologna makes us relive the atmosphere of the set
Marianne Brandt and Helmut Schulze: shapes that defy time
Published on March, 22nd 2019
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Alessi re-edited a collection of objects designed by Marianne Brandt and Helmut Schulze, well-known exponents of the legendary German design school
Wuxi Show Theater: An Architectural Forest
Published on March, 18th 2019
Designed by Steven Chilton Architects, the Wuxi Show Theatre concept was inspired by the largest bamboo forest in China. Organic forms that celebrate the greatness of nature
Published on March, 15th 2019
Marianne Faithfull, the well-known 60’s icon, releases “Negative Capability” a very profound album, filled with moving and soft sounds
The “Architettura Sussurrante” by Alessandro Mendini
Published on March, 12th 2019
“Architettura sussurrante”, has been republished. An album that Alessandro Mendini, who passed away recently, had made with a group of musicians and artists in 1983. An excellent way to remember him by making one of his less known projects available again
Surfing on the Art world
Published on February, 28th 2019
Sport pays tribute to the great art, through a collection of surfboards decorated with paintings ranging from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. The authors of the project are the French art gallery Boom-art and the brand UWL
Published on February, 21st 2019
Located to the west of Russia's capital city, Moscow's new Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye district, a smart city designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which integrates technology and nature
Soho House: a Club for Creative Minds
Published on February, 19th 2019
Bringing people together, networking and high level hospitality is what guarantees Soho House to be an internationally widespread club project
1968, Creativity Rules
Published on December, 6th 2018
Throughout 1968 creative industries such as those of Fashion, design, art, graphics, and communication, have been strongly innovated. An exhibition, taking place in Parma, illustrates how.
Night and day: sparkling 1930’s
Published on November, 22nd 2018
“Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs” is the title of an exhibition held in London presenting the elegance and aesthetic taste of the 30’s
Hudson Yards: NYC’s umpteenth metamorphosis
Published on November, 19th 2018
The works of the Hudson Yards continue, a major urban regeneration project in NYC. The opening of The Vessel, an impressive sculpture building designed by the architect Thomas Heatherwick, is scheduled for next March.
30 years without Jean-Michel Basquiat
Published on November, 8th 2018
Exhibitions, films and musicals celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat- Andy Warhol’s apprentice and great artist from New York- who passed away 30 years ago
Published on November, 5th 2018
Luca Guadagnino has directed a remake of Suspiria, the cult movie by Dario Argento, and the lead singer of Radiohead, Thom Yorke, is composing the film's score.
Feltri’s new life
Published on October, 23rd 2018
Cassina, in collaboration with Calvin Klein, re-launched Feltri, a cult armchair designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1987
Published on October, 10th 2018
A rich illustrated volume that analyzes the theme of utopia in the architectural field, presenting over fifty unbuilt buildings
McQueen, rebel genius
Published on September, 24th 2018
A harmoniously full of emotion storytelling is what “McQueen” documentary dedicated to the great British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is offering us
Gio Ponti, inventor of modernity
Published on September, 13th 2018
The long professional path of Gio Ponti, great Milanese architect and designer, is retraced in an exhibition being held at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. 500 pieces to tell the story of a designer who felt modern yet not revolutionary
Arles: Capital of Photography
Published on September, 6th 2018
With about 30 scheduled exhibitions, Les Rencontres de la photographie of Arles offer the best of international photography, between homages to great masters and “scouting” of young emerging photographers
Markus Benesch, Design’s “Curious boy”
Published on August, 29th 2018
The German designer Markus Benesch celebrates the playful side of design with the collection “Play” created for the brand Curious Boy
Rooftop Cinema Club: heavenly visions
Published on August, 2nd 2018
Relive the excitement of viewing the great cult classics or discovering the talent of young emerging film directors underneath a starry sky on the top of a skyscraper. This is what Rooftop Cinema Club is about, a new initiative which is achieving a resounding success
Travels Through Hospitality
Published on July, 23rd 2018
Through the presentation of 100 hotels around the world “The Monocle Guide to Hotels, Inns and Hideaways” illustrates the rules for thoughtful hospitality.
The Pink Zebra pays homage to Wes Anderson
Published on July, 9th 2018
Designed by Renasa studio in New Delhi, The Pink Zebra restaurant pays homage to the surreal vein of the Oscar-winning American director Wes Anderson.
Salvatore Ferragamo, walking in Hollywood
Published on June, 18th 2018
An exhibition calls to mind Hollywood’s Roaring 20’s - a period of time - which Salvatore Ferragamo and many other Italian creative minds contributed to making it so great.
The “Raw pop” of Altreforme
Published on June, 8th 2018
To celebrate 10 years of activity Altreforme has produced “Raw & Rainbow”, a limited edition collection that covers the aluminium with a pop aura.
Fondazione Prada: a tower with six floors dedicated to art
Published on May, 24th 2018
The “Torre” of Fondazione Prada was recently inaugurated in Milan, hosting an interesting selection of contemporary works of art
Disco days are back!
Published on May, 3rd 2018
The festive world of nightclubs enters our homes with the collection “Disco Gufram” by three attention-grabbing creative studios: Ggsv, Rotganzen and Atelier Biagetti
A book entitled “La civilization des odeurs” analyzes the revolution of the sense of smell
Published on April, 23rd 2018
The scholar Robert Muchembled reconstructs Europe’s history, between 16th and 18th centuries, through the diffusion of perfume and the revolution of the sense of smell.
Italiana: thirty years of Italian style on show at the Palazzo Reale in Milan
Published on April, 13th 2018
“Italiana. Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971-2001” is the title of an exhibition that traces the great creative genius that Italian fashion has been able to express by imposing its style all around the world
“Genesis”, a photographic exhibition by Salgado on show at La Venaria Reale – A hymn to the beauty of our planet
Published on April, 9th 2018
“Genesis”, a photographic exhibition by Sebastião Salgado on show at La Venaria Reale including exceptional images of the most remote corners of our planet
Federico Fellini’s Fulgor Cinema in Rimini reopens
Published on March, 26th 2018
“Living a dream is like making a movie,” said Federico Fellini. And the reopening of the Fulgor cinema in Rimini, a place intimately linked to the great Italian director, is a dream come true.
“Looking for Oum Kulthum” – Oum Kulthum, Immortal Myth
Published on March, 19th 2018
She was called "The Mother of Arabs", "The Star of the East", "The Nightingale of the Nile", or simply "Il Sit" that is "The Lady".
“Ocean Liners: Speed & Style”: cruising with glamour
Published on March, 2nd 2018
The Normandie in New York 1935-39. Collection French Lines.
“Ocean Liners: Speed & Style”, an exhibition taking place in London proposes a plunge into the past, taking you on a journey through the golden age of travel, when ocean liners were the only transport crossing the ocean; all in pursuit of revealing the true luxury and glamour behind them
Award-winning 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, incarnation of the Art Deco spirit
Published on February, 22nd 2018
A 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, vehicle designed by Jean Bugatti in 1936, was named the winner of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award
Vespa, an icon of Italian design
Published on January, 26th 2018
A large exhibition dedicated to the Vespa, one of the most recognized symbols of Italian design, is taking place at the MACIST museum in Biella
Rome, an Eternal Charm
Published on January, 18th 2018
A charming photographic portrait of Rome brings together images from the 1840’s to the present day all highlighting the extraordinary beauty of Italy’s Capital
David Bowie: The Alien Who Loved Berlin
Published on January, 10th 2018
Above: image from Taschen’s book “David Bowie - The man who fell to earth”.
While an 11CD box set entitled “A New Career In A New Town” (1977-1982) that retraces Bowie’s years in Berlin has been recently released and an exhibition entitled “David Bowie is”, will soon open in New York (March 2, 2018), Taschen dedicates a photographic book to the famous English artist that re-proposes the story of “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, movie in which David Bowie played the leading role.
Tattoo Art: a scene in continuous evolution
Published on January, 10th 2018
Tattoo art is a very ancient form of art; its origins date back to the dawn of times.
Pompeii dialogues with the present
Published on December, 27th 2017
Pompeii’s remains dialogue with contemporary art in an exhibition at the Madre in Naples.
The Rolling Stones On Air
Published on December, 22nd 2017
There are some people who think that the Rolling Stones are still the greatest rock and roll band on the planet and others who consider them as a group of sprightly elders who still have fun strumming their old hits on different stages around the world.
The Extraordinary Designer Couple
Published on December, 4th 2017
The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein/Basel (Charles- Eames-Straße 2), dedicates four exhibitions that will be open to visitors until February 25th, 2018 to Charles and Ray Eames, who are counted among the most important designers of the 20th century.
Backstage with Almodovar
Published on November, 22nd 2017
In almost 40 years of career, Pedro Almodovar has sounded out in a surrealistic, ironic, but also dramatic way, the universes of desire, passion and identity.
Must-attend event: The Grand Ball of La Venaria Reale
Published on November, 16th 2017
A major cultural charity event that will allow a selected number of young debutantes accompanied by Cadets of the Naval Academy in Livorno to live an unforgettable experience.
Good design challenges time
Published on October, 23rd 2017
Nowadays design often loses track of the functional needs of an object, in favor of (at times) a useless aesthetic overload, which aims at provoking astonishment.
Che Guevara.Tu Y todos
Published on October, 23rd 2017
Must- visit Exhibition: Che Guevara. Tu y todos
A man who gave his life for freedom and justice, a perfume that celebrates strong and self-conscious personalities
Radical design on the table
Published on October, 23rd 2017
Among these is the special edition of a Centerpiece designed in 1990 for Alessi
A new museum for Gaudì
Published on September, 22nd 2017
Good news for the numerous admirers of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudì (1852-1926), the greatest exponent of the Catalan modernism.
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