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The Color Library at the Orsoni Glassworks

Orsoni is a dive into color, in a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of hues ready to spark a twinkle in your eye. This historical Venice glassworks...

Italian Stories: Maria Josè and Giuseppe, a connection to Renaissance

Our father Marcello and uncle Vincenzo opened our workshop in 1939, and later passed it on to their children and grandchildren. We like to...

Italian Stories: Iacopo, the interior decorator

I started my business in 1999, driven by a desire I have always felt to touch and experiment with materials. At first I opened...

“Fatto in Italia”: eight centuries of “Made in Italy” in one exhibition

Until July 10th, the Sale delle Arti of Turin’s Palace of Venaria will host “Fatto in Italia. Dal Medioevo al Made in Italy”, an exhibition...

Bologna’s Bottega Prata: the art of wrought iron

The Bottega Prata in Bologna is a magical, sparkling smithy where a number of wrought iron masterpieces were and still are created, contributing to...

Bottega d’arte Bartolozzi e Maioli: the excellence of traditional craftsmanship

Right after the end of the Second World War, Fiorenzo Bartolozzi and Giuseppe Maioli were summoned to Montecassino and asked to renovate the wooden...

The great little things in Ub, Florence

Georges Bernanos once wrote, “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace”. The people behind Ub, in Florence, agree. Their space is alive with small...

Passamanerie Massia: the frills that helped make history

Passamanerie Massia played an active role in the Italian Wars of Independence (1848-1866) that led to the country’s unification: cords, braids, tassels, and fringes...

Fortuny, fabrics to remember

Marcel Proust mentions Mariano Fortuny – founder of the homonymous fabric company in Venice – in his novel “Within a Budding Grove”, volume two...

Segnomaterico, Turin

Fausto Cutrera, the creator of Turin’s “Segnomaterico”, hunts for abandoned furniture and furnishings; he remakes, assembles, and decorates them with refined taste, in order...

ALECCI AND DI PAOLA, DESIGNERS

Designers Fabio Maria Alecci and Walter Di Paola have their studio in Rione Monti, in Rome, where daily inspiration is provided by the sounds...

Vetrate d’Arte Giuliani

In the atelier of the Vetrate d’Arte Giuliani, the knowledgeable hands of craftsmen make glass with the same grace of musicians playing their instruments....

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Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...