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The Lambretta, from Lombardy to India and all around the world

Enter the crackling Lambretta, the wonderful scooter that, with the Vespa, changed the lives of so many generations of Italians in the second half...

Children’s furniture made to play and grow

Bruno Munari claimed, “a well-designed environment helps children grow and learn to be independent adults”. Amongst other things, the great Milanese designer imagined furniture...

“Algol”, an absolute prototype

Here is the Algol television set, designed by the famous Zanuso-Sapper duo. Now part of the Architecture and Design collection of New York’s MoMA, it...

“The Portable Red” Valentine: take 1968 with you

The Valentine typewriter, “The Portable Red”, was manufactured by Olivetti on designs by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) in the iconic year 1968. Poet Giovanni Giudici...

Fabrics and carpets by Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti’s creativity was limitless: over his long artistic career, the great Milanese architect and designer created designs and decorations even for textiles, fabrics...

Grillo, a revolutionary phone

In 1966, when Siemens launched the Grillo telephone – a masterpiece by the famous industrial design duo Marco Zanuso and Richard Supper – many...

Mazzucotelli, and love for wrought iron

Apparently, the great wrought iron artist/craftsman Alessandro Mazzucotelli (1865-1938) once claimed: “Iron should be treated like a woman: he seems hard and terrible, but...

Gio Ponti’s timeless watches

Gio Ponti’s “Orologi per Boselli” are evidence that “Only through time time is conquered”, as American poet Thomas Stearns Eliot once wrote. Ponti designed these...

Brionvega TS 502, the cubic power of radio

The TS 502 is an unusual, portable transistor radio designed by Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper in 1962, and launched two years later by...

The rules and chance of Ora X

Ora X by Bruno Munari (1907-1998) is a “chromatic variation” clock presented in 1945 and re-launched in 1963 by historical Italian design brand Danese. It...

The edgy beauty of the Olivetti Diaspron 82

While he was designing the Diaspron 82 typewriter (1959), architect Marcello Nizzoli was also building the parish of the Sacred Heart in Canton Vesco,...

Italian chairs by Augusto Bozzi

Augusto Bozzi (1924-1982) indissolubly tied his name to the Saporiti brand when he started designing chairs and armchairs for the Lombard company in the...

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The Great War Museum: history at high altitude

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloOn the top of the Marmolada, at 3,000 meters of altitude, you’ll find the Marmolada Great War...

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli: neo-gothic inspiration

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli is located in Sassari’s central Piazza d’Italia. It was built by will of Giuseppe Giordano Apostoli in 1877, in...

Move To The Top takes you to the roof of the Dolomites

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle Nebiolo On 4 July 2020, the cableway to Malga Ciapèla will re-open. Its short,...

Tenute La Montina, the realm of Franciacorta

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloTenute La Montina is located in Monticelli Brusati (BS), in the north-east of Franciacorta, next to an ample...