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Ethical Architecture Project in Italy

“Update” is a series of ethical architecture workshops hosted by sa.und.sa architetti. Over the course of about a week, professionals and students work together to create projects that consider landscape, history, social connections, longevity, tradition, and renewal. One such project, “update#04 viewpoint,” can be found in Camigliano, Italy, nearby the San Michele Cave. The design is a small wooden rest shelter with an open, gabled roof. The simple structure overlooks ...

Casual Italian Slip-Ons

The Hans slip-on by Acne Studios is a minimalist shoe with a rubber basket sole and a 100% nylon upper. Made in Italy, the casual shoes are finely crafted and exudes style while guaranteeing comfort. Priced at $360, the slip-ons come in all-black or “Bomber Green.” The latter shimmers in green and features a tonal elastic lace band.

Geometric DNA Bench

Designed in collaboration between Deborah Mansur and Leonardo Rossano of True Design, the DNA Bench is a minimalist piece of furniture with a spiral shape. Each section is crafted from a single piece of plywood, adding to the sense of flow between pieces and the contradicting segmentation of the whole. Whether place in a home or a public venue, the geometric design is a sure conversation starter. However, smart alecks ...

Italian Lamp Inspired by Milk Bottles

Pestrin is a suspended lamp designed by Nicolò Zavagno and made in Italy. The name derives from a Venetian word for a place where people would traditionally go to buy milk. Inspired by the shape of milk bottles, the lamp has a curved porcelain form with a beech wooden stopper. The minimalist design hangs on a cord of white fabric. Available in white, gray, and orange, the lamp is a ...

Relitti Riletti Photo Series by Davide Virdis

Italian photographer Davide Virdis’s newest project, “Relitti riletti” (“Ruins re-read”) sees the artist playing anthropologist, capturing photographs of abandoned spaces in Florence, Sassari, Rome and Pontassieve. Virdis transforms the forsaken, vacant areas into light-flooded industrial landscapes, using his large format camera to inject life into that which history has forgotten. The artist juxtaposes uninhabitable spaces with signs of everyday activity – writing is scrawled on an asylum wall; a decrepit ...

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

New from Venier Customs, Tractor 02 is a custom build of a Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 750cc. The updated design features sport tires by Continental, a GPS-enabled speedometer, and an LSL headlight. Painted in two shades of gray and decorated with a gold stripe and logo, the shadowy build gleams in the light. See the bike from all angles on Vimeo.

Valstar x Comme de Garcon Parka

Part of an ongoing collaboration between fashion brands Valstar and COMME des GARÇON HOMME, this parka is a top-of-the-wishlist pick for fall and beyond. The Italian-made jacket boasts 100% cotton mini herringbone, fishtail construction, and a velcro storm collar. On the outside, the rain jacket is a versatile, sandy shade of green. Inside, the silk lining reimagines camo print in shiny, just-for-looks organic colors and shapes. Find the high-style outerwear ...

Vegetable-Shaped Cutting Board Designed in Italy

New from Italian designer Alessandra Baldereschi, the Vege-Table cutting board is not just another novelty kitchen product. The design is cut from premium wood and sized large enough to be functional. That it’s vegetable-shaped and brightly painted on the sides is only icing on the cake, err, dressing on the salad. Designed for Seletti, coming soon at GSelect $64.00

“Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa”

A major Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza is the subject of the eponymous title penned by Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino and released by Red Publishing. The Portuguese-language book contains a first-person narrative, told through interview, and delves into Siza’s views on project ethics and historical centers as well as life in Porto and his personal relationships in the art world. Illustrated with photographic portraits and 53 pencil and ink sketches ...

Modern Classic Chair Made of Marble and Wood

Why would anyone want a chair made of cold, hard marble? To look at, of course. This beautiful creation was conceived by RIVA 1920 and MGM/La Marmoteca. Resting on handsome nut wood legs, the seat is made of Carrera marble and curls at the ends, referencing Alvar Aalto’s iconic Paimio Chair. The smooth design contrasts the differing textures of the wood and marble while showcasing the grain and veins of ...