Italian Design

Vietri Ceramics: An Overview
Friday, June 24TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Ceramic tiles from Vietri sul mare decorating the walls of the village. Ph. ©Depositphoto.com/Vercingetorige Despite countless attempts at imitation by others, ceramics from Vietri (le ceramiche di Vietri) have proven themselves to be so unique that they can't be duplicated. Thanks to the...
The Trademark of Vietri Ceramics
Thursday, June 16TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Vietri Ceramics. Ph. ©Depositphoto.com/vercingetorige   Vietri ceramics are so exclusive and in demand that, unfortunately, there are many examples of forgeries and copies of the real thing. While Vietri is not the only place in Italy to produce ceramics they do manufacture a type...
Capodimonte Porcelain
Wednesday, June 15TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
      Capodimonte is a small area of Naples situated near the park of the same name. Lost in the upper part of the town, Capodimonte became famous thanks to local craftsmen who have handed down the how-tos of Capodimonte porcelain production through generations.  ...
The Beauty of Italian Charm Jewelry
Monday, June 13TH, 2011 by
  Keira Knightley loves hers, Oprah also wears one, and they are not the only celebrities who wear them. If you wear an Italian charm bracelet you will be entirely on trend.   Charm jewelry dates back to ancient times. Egyptian pharaohs used to be buried with expensive gold necklaces...
Designer Gio Ponti
Thursday, February 18TH, 2010 by
Italian Designer: Gio Ponti A man of many talents, Gio Ponti's name is one of the first to come to mind when speaking of Italian designers. Born in 1891 in Milan, Ponti spent his childhood in the Italian capital, and enrolled himself in an architecture degree at the Politecnico Milano.  ...
Italian Designer: Vico Magistretti
Saturday, October 24TH, 2009 by
Italian Designer: Vico Magistretti   In the hall of fame of Italian designers, Vico Magistretti has immortalised himself through his innovative, timeless, intuitive designs. Magistretti often said "La semplicita' e' la cosa piu' difficile del mondo". Translated, it reads, "Simplicity is...
The Evolution of Italian Design
Thursday, July 16TH, 2009 by
Italian Design: Leaders in Form and Function Up until the 1930's, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) - on an industrial...
Italian Designer Carlo Mollino
Tuesday, July 07TH, 2009 by
The Dazzling Designer: Carlo Mollino An original Carlo Mollino table sold for millions at Christie’s recently. His pieces are highly prized by collectors, and new retrospectives of his work are opening soon in New York and London. Yet he was regarded as an eccentric and many of the buildings he...
Alessi Design
Friday, December 12TH, 2008 by
Alessi: Joyful and Playful Design   Italians only keep beautiful and useful things in their homes, an Italian friend once told me. Perhaps that’s why most of them swear by Alessi, the famous Italian design company. Alessi rates design very highly, even placing it above profitability. The...
Italian Designer Richard Sapper
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by
Richard Sapper: German by Birth, Italian by Design German born designer Richard Sapper is a man of few words - he rarely talks about his work, preferring to let his projects speak for themselves. Speak they do - in an international language laced with German aesthetic and Italian style,...

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