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Warehouse-Inspired Lamp with Metallic Interior

Referencing warehouse lighting, Botega by Enrico Zanolla is a hanging lamp with a bowl-like shape and a metallic interior. The industrially-inspired design is made of ceramic, plastic, and cord. The outside comes in white or black and the inside comes in white, gold, or copper. Whatever color scheme one chooses, the cord matches the exterior for a traditional, monochrome look. Designed for use with LEDs, the suspended lamp is sustainable ...

Desk Accessories Inspired by Italian Monuments

Andrea Rekalidis designed this range of desk accessories, SOUVENIR, for the Italian company BOZU. Referencing important Italian monuments, the collection includes a Colosseum box, a Leaning Tower of Pisa pen holder, a Milan Cathedral paperclip stand, a Mole Antonelliana magnet and paperweight, and a Pantheon pencil sharpener. Made of ceramic and glazed in white, the series alludes to the past while exhibiting contemporary style. Each of the souvenirs is a ...

The One & The Many

The One and The Many is a feature documentary that takes viewers inside the world of Italian prison theatre. Directed by the New York filmmaker Inaya Graciana Yusuf, the film follows theatre director and playwright Armando Punzo and a jailhouse theatre troupe, Compagnia della Fortezza. One of the oldest of its kind, the troupe is made up of inmates at Volterra, a maximum security prison in Italy. Follow the film ...

Frida Collection by Zanocchi & Starke

Zanocchi & Starke is a young Italian-Brazilian design studio based in Turin. Their latest collection, Frida, includes a stool and a side table. The series is demountable, making the pieces customizable, highly versatile, and easy to assemble, move, and store. The Frida side tables are each held together by a bright red butterfly screw, visible underneath the tabletop. When unscrewed, the design reveals its simple construction: two nesting leg pieces ...

Italian Designs Play Upon the Notion of Time

Created by Sovrappensiero Design Studio for Incipit Lab, this trio of designs plays upon the notion of time. The Roll is calendar that hangs on a beech wood spool. The oversize design comes in earthy colors of green, blue, and taupe. Artico, on the other hand, is a set of two ceramic containers, one finished in black and the other in white. The origami-esque decoration atop the dish reflects on ...

Italian Handbag Reimagined as Furniture

Italian company Riva1920 designed the this unusual stool, dubbed Mondana Bag, in the form of a handbag, complete with straps. Made of of solid cedar wood, the seat is naturally finished and outfitted with leather and what looks like brass hardware. The design is playful in reference but simple in material, balancing conceptualism with versatility.

Bell Clock by Alessandro Zambelli

Designed by Alessandro Zambelli for Diamantini&Domeniconi, DINN is a classical wall clock that plays a note of music on the hour. The minimalist design features a circular face made of lacquered MDF and hands crafted from anthracite-coloured aluminum. The mallet-shaped hour hand strikes the shiny golden bell with a “DINN.” Made with Niccolò Paganini’s “La Campanella” in mind, the bright design is fit for grand concert halls and homes alike. ...

The Meaning of Copper Wires for Project Brazil

Presented at this year’s Design Weekend São Paulo, Project Brazil is a collaborative installation and workshop by three Milan-based studios: Analogia Project, Giorgio Bonaguro, and Marco Guazzini. The art display draws inspiration from “gatos,” here meaning stolen power or “unofficial, and often illegal, electrical connections made in order to get electrical power from legal official electricity sources in favelas.” In São Paulo specifically, people without the means to buy electricity ...

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.