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The Brando: Green paradise
Published on April, 23rd 2021
Beloved by Marlon Brando who discovered it in 1962 while shooting “Mutiny on the Bounty”, Tetiaroa is one of the islands of the atoll located in French Polynesia, about 30 miles from Tahiti. Here lies The brando, a beautiful resort that combines luxury with the care for environmental sustainability.
Rock: Every Cover Tells a Story
Published on March, 11th 2021
On it’s 40th anniversary Taschen reissued the history of rock through record covers, from the most famous to the ultra rare ones.
The great beauty, a view from the top
Published on February, 15th 2021
“Italy from above” is an evocative photographic volume proposing an aerial journey over the Belpaese, revealing the great artistic and architectural heritage characterising its territory.
“It bags”, coveted objects of desire
Published on January, 28th 2021
“Bags: inside out” is the title of an exhibition held at Victoria and Albert Museum in London celebrating the world of “It bags” over a period of 500 years.
Woodnest, green paradise
Published on December, 29th 2020
The Helen & Hard architecture firm has designed Woodnest a series of small tree houses that offer breath-taking views of the nature surrounding Odda, Norway.
De Rosso, the playful side of design
Published on December, 14th 2020
De Rosso presents a Limited Edition signed by 5 creative talents who through pop quotes and references to the design style of Alchimia and Memphis retrace the history of this company, leader of laminate furnishings for over 30 years.
David Adjaye and Aston Martin, an exciting synergy
Published on November, 23rd 2020
An unprecedented collaboration that led to the creation of 5 luxury apartments in the elegant skyscraper 130 William in New York involved the famous car company Aston Martin and the visionary architect Sir David Adjaye.
Women in fashion according to Norman Parkinson
Published on November, 9th 2020
Photographers Norman Parkinson, Milton Greene, Terence Donovan, Terry O'Neill and Jerry Schatzberg changed the way of portraying women in fashion in the years between 1948 and 1968. An exhibition tells us about it.
Luxury over time
Published on October, 26th 2020
How has the concept of luxury changed during the various eras? The exhibition “Luxes”, in progress at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, tells us about it.
Sacco, the informal lounge chair
Published on September, 21st 2020
Icon of Italian design, a symbol of freedom, imagination and a must-have for over 50 years, the “Sacco” lounge chair was recently awarded the ADI Compasso d'Oro award for product career.
A Stopover at the lighthouse
Published on September, 1st 2020
Located in a small fishing village in the province of Syracuse, the gateway to the Noto Valley, the Faro di Brucoli (Sicilian Luxury Lighthouse) was recently renovated and transformed into an elegant resort.
Digital architectural utopia
Published on August, 10th 2020
A volume titled “Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture” collects the works of 40 digital designers and 3D artists that have realized utopian architectural structures and interiors, remembering us how designers never have to stop experiencing.
Mario Testino celebrates the irresistible Italian appeal
Published on July, 24th 2020
A thick photography volume titled “Ciao. Omaggio all’Italia” celebrates Italian style and creativity. Its author is Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, who states that his passion for fashion derives right from the Belpaese.
iSphere, like in a science-fiction film
Published on July, 3rd 2020
Characterized by an aesthetics that looks back at the comics of the 50’ and the sci-fi cinema, iSphere is a transparent, spherical face shield created by art collective Plastique Fantastique.
Christo’s last intuition
Published on June, 24th 2020
Deceased last May, Christo, the master of Land Art, had been working for years to the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Due to the pandemic, the work of art has been postponed until September 2021.
In Milan Fuorisalone becomes digital
Published on May, 27th 2020
Talks, interviews, product presentations, concerts, meetings with designers and manufacturers. Fuorisalone digital scheduled for mid June promises all this and much more.
Italy in Steve McCurry’s heart
Published on May, 4th 2020
American photographer Steve McCurry has created a video titled “Tribute to Italy” to express his true love to this beautiful country.
Electronic music between design, art and fashion
Published on March, 6th 2020
The London Design Museum dedicates an exhibition to electronic music exploring the links that this genre has had with art, design and fashion.
Architecture is female!
Published on March, 4th 2020
The women’s contribution to architecture is relevant as underlined in an interesting book edited by Jane Hall for Phaidon entitled "Breaking Ground - Architecture by women".
Arbre Blanc: a 17-story tree
Published on January, 7th 2020
Arbre Blanc -an original building whose shape is inspired by that of a tree- was recently inaugurated in Montpellier, the greenest city in France.
Ornament is not a crime
Published on January, 2nd 2020
The exhibition "What A Wonderful World" proposes an exciting and original journey through the centuries, to understand how much decorations and the ornaments tell about us and the world around us.
Milan in the legendary ‘60s
Published on December, 2nd 2019
An exhibition now open at Palazzo Morando in Milan celebrates the cultural and artistic effervescence of Lombardy’s main city during 1960s.
YSL: iconic Yves
Published on October, 14th 2019
The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris in its new layout underlines the close bond that the great French couturier had with the art world.
Balenciaga, between art and fashion
Published on August, 26th 2019
The Spanish art and culture have always been an important reference for designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Proof of that is the exhibition “Balenciaga and Spanish painting” now being held at National Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.
Mary Quant: the Swinging London Queen
Published on April, 29th 2019
The V&A in London dedicates a major exhibition to Mary Quant’s work. She was the inventor of the miniskirt, and significantly contributed, with her colourful and original clothes, to fashion innovation while favouring women's liberation
Kenneth Cobonpue: the forms of nature
Published on March, 29th 2019
It is the fascinating and flourishing nature that influences the works of Kenneth Cobonpue, a Filipino designer who creates handcrafted collections with natural fibres and materials
Architecture Flourishes in the Desert
Published on March, 25th 2019
A photographic book published by Phaidon entitled “Living in the desert” presents a selection of 50 homes designed in deserts around the world by architects, but also by artists
Christian Dior: Dreams to wear
Published on February, 25th 2019
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is dedicating a major retrospective exhibition to Christian Dior. Presenting a collection of 200 original clothes, accessories, photographs, magazines and illustrations. The link between the great French couturier and Great Britain is also at the centre of attention
Banksy: Street Writing
Published on December, 3rd 2018
Provocative, irreverent, sarcastic and political, Banksy's works are exhibited at the Mudec in Milan in an exhibition (which the artist has not authorized) entitled “The Art of Banksy. A Visual Protest”
Published on November, 26th 2018
Located in the Akihabara district, one of Tokyo's most hi-tech and trendy neighbourhoods, BnA Hotel offers five spacious rooms created by several artistic collectives.
Photography is Pop
Published on October, 15th 2018
Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia of Turin dedicates an exhibition to the influence that photography had on Pop Art. About 150 works exhibited, made by the most important representatives of the well-known movement
Fulvio Roiter, the Infinite Beauty
Published on July, 17th 2018
To Fulvio Roiter, great Italian photographer, La Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice is dedicating an interesting retrospective featuring over 200 iconic images spanning his entire career.
Les Machines de l’île, where Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci meet
Published on June, 25th 2018
Les Machines de l'île is an amusement park in Nantes that combines Jules Verne’s literary creativity with Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific genius.
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