Italian Design

Design icon: the Strips sofa by Cini Boeri for Arflex

In today's post I want to talk about one of the most important Italian female architect and designer of the 20th century : Cini Boeri, who recently passed away in her city, Milan. Cini Boeri, born Maria Cristina Mariani Dameno, graduated from the Politecnico of Milan in 1951. A pupil of Gio Ponti, she began a long collaboration with Marco Zanuso and then started her own practice in 1963, ...

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“Stelo”, the single flower vase I designed for Hiro.

I am proud to present STELO, a single flower vase entirely designed by me and now produced and sold by the Italian company Hiro. Stelo is a vase with minimal and essential lines designed to support and enhance a single flower. The vase is reduced to its essentiality and almost disappears, it becomes a functional object to highlight the flower that becomes the real protagonist of the project. ...

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Gesture: the new rugs collection by cc-tapis

cc-tapis has launched Gesture, a new collection of rugss that explores the gesture as the root of artistic expression. I really love this new collection. cc-tapis involved five designers - Patricia Urquiola, Sabine Marcelis, Philippe Malouin, Mae Engelgeer and Yuri Himuro - who meditated on the meaning of gestures and studied how the simple movement of hands and tools can guide their creative ...

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Eclisse and Atollo: the two iconic lamps by Vico Magistretti

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Vico Magistretti, one of the most important architects and designers in the history of Italian design. Vico Magistretti, in his career, has won the Compasso D'Oro three times: the first in 1967 with the Eclisse lamp by Artemide, the second in 1979 with the Maralunga sofa by Cassina and the third, in the same year, for the Oluce Atollo lamp. And ...

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History of design: the Arco floor lamp by Achille Castiglioni

Today I want to officially inaugurate a new section of the blog that I will simply call "History of Design". The idea is to retrace the history of design through some of the iconic objects that have marked it. Do you like the idea? I decided to start from what I believe to be one of the most famous (and most copied) lamps in the world and an icon of the Made in Italy design: the Arco lamp by ...

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