printing and engraving

Cartoleria dei Fratelli Bonvini in Milan: handwriting is beautiful

Cartoleria e Tipografia dei Fratelli Bonvini, in Milan, is a place where everyone feels the urge to put pen to paper. Even people who...

Genius unnoticed – the Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum in Parcines

The Typewriter Museum in Parcines, Alto Adige, is named after Peter Mitterhofer, a woodworker and carpenter as well as a ventriloquist, musician, and inventor....

Alma Charta: art, virtue, and perfect balance

In the Alma Charta atelier, the famous Latin proverb “In medio stat virtus” (“virtue stands in the middle”) is not just a moral teaching, prompting...

Antica Legatoria Viali, a factory of unique pieces

Since 1891, Viterbo’s Antica Legatoria Viali has taken care of objects that Francesco Petrarca once said, “give us deep joy, talk with us, advise...

Betterpress: the fine print about fine printing

by Costanza Ognibeni Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Rome’s Piazzale della Radio, between ‘rione’ Ostiense and the popular Marconi area, there...

Alberto Tallone Editore, beauty and truth

From the beginning, Alberto Tallone Editore embraced Charles Péguy’s maxim, “A book’s true beauty is in the manuscript, without illustrations, the beauty of its...

Tipografia Bagnoli in Pieve di Cento

Tipografia Bagnoli is a piece of last century’s printing history. The shop opened its doors in Pieve di Cento, a town in the province of...

Giorgio Upiglio, engraver, printer and publisher

Milan-born engraver and printer, Giorgio Upiglio, worked with many famous artists. He handled works by De Chirico, Adami, Baj, Calder, Del Pezzo, Duchamp, Giacometti,...

Tipoteca Italiana, words in time

A visit to Carnuda’s Tipoteca Italiana, in the province of Treviso, is a journey in a world of symbols, signs and tools that were...

Alessandra Spigai’s words

Trieste-based designer, Alessandra Spigai summons up forgotten type and gives it energy, puts it back in use, treats it like a living thing, because...

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Rococo luxury at the Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th...

Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

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...