Italian Design

Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Brief history of Ettore Sottass and his Designs Italy has always been front and center in design; be it cars, fashion, architecture, or furnishings, Italian designers are innovative and on the cutting edge of what's hip and couture. So it was in 1981 in Milan, when a group of designers revealed a collection of home furnishings called "Memphis". Tired of the stark, dull, basic black themes so common in traditional minimalist design, this group sought to break the rules with color, shape, and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
      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.   Capodimonte porcelain. Ph. ©Depositphoto.com/al1962   The ancient tradition of porcelain production dates back to the 13th century in Europe. This delicate art only became known in Europe
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII fighter planes. After the war ended, they didn’t know how to further use this equipment so Mr. Piaggio
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fractal Art Image details: My fractal creations are classified and numbered in limited series to be printed out on request. Cibachromea support are used to fully keep the brightness of colors and various formats are available. Cost depends on size. The masters are DIA 24x36 with a 1200 dpi pixel density, coming from TIFF RGB MAC images. All prints come with a certificate of authenticity.     Future projects:     Fractal art Fractal flames are under development (
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 made famous due to its style and quality. The only way to make sure you're getting the real thing is to buy la ceramica di Vietri, and know what you're looking for when you do.   Here are some
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 designed have been destroyed.   Carlo Mollino desk 1949 Scrivania Cavour Mollino was ‘a man of many parts’. Handsome, dashing and dangerous, he raced cars, piloted airplanes and skied. He took
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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 which they thought would bring them luck in the after-world. Their graves glittered with gold and colorful gems, such as rubies and emeralds. No expense was spared for their journeys into the after-
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 owner, Alberto, even revels in his failures, according to an article in Fast Company. He holds his meetings with designers surrounded by his flops in Alessi’s private museum to remind him about the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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.   Gio Ponti's early career: He graduated in the year 1921, having interrupted his studies during World War I. But instead of using his architectural degree, he chose to work as an art director for the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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, for Sapper has made his home in Italy, and it is there that his dramatic, sculpted designs have made the most impact. Born in Munich in 1932, Sapper is a renaissance man. He has studied
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 ceramics' rich history and tradition, not to mention the specialized system used to produce it, Vietri's ceramics really are in a class of their own. The process and the result are both deeply rooted
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 most difficult thing in the world". His simple yet absolutely brilliant designs testify to this belief. Born in Milan, 6th October,1920, Magistretti started off in his architect father's footsteps