Author Archives: Laura Traldi

About Laura Traldi

I am a journalist at D la Repubblica. I also have a blog about #design that sometimes makes people talk. Visit

The viewpoint that makes sense

The first time I saw an artwork by  Felice Varini was a few years ago when he re-arranged the Fendi space in Milan, during the Fuori Salone, with an optical graphic that crossed the whole building. On May 16th, the … Continue reading

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Social housing with a twist

A beautiful project of social architecture that provides also an intelligent use of collective spaces comes from Paris where, in the 18th arrondissement, architects Christophe Ouhayoun and Nicolas Ziesel (aka Koz) have given new life to an derelict building. Located … Continue reading

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Vintage can be scary. Here’s why

After this Salone – that doubtlessly has been a great success – I feel a funny aftertaste. I have seen many beautiful things (and I will talk about them in the months to come). Yet I could not do without … Continue reading

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All you knit is love!

ENGLISH TEXT There is no doubt that knitting is a passion for an ever increasing number of people. Men, women, childen: it seems that hardly anyone resists to the temptation of the creativity that can stem from a simple ball … Continue reading

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Design in the garden (or on the balcony)

The Milan Design Week starts in a few days and you will soon see my selection on events “not to miss” on and on DCasa (on the newstands in Italy with Repubblica on April 6th).  But amongst chic showrooms … Continue reading

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Ania and Maciej’s non performance

If, during the Design Week in Milan, you happen to see Ania Rosinke and Maciej Chmara stay still and wait. Their presence means that you are about to assist to the transformation of a normal road into a piazza in … Continue reading

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Gardening in Rome

We have had enough with the winter! Still one month to go before the Spring but the good news for outdoor lovers already start coming in. The guys behind the diffused gardening project Zappata Romana have just announced the re-start … Continue reading

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Fancy a tartan bike?

Low cost solutions with a high visual impact: we love them. Especially these days. Bike enthusiasts will certainly appreciate Fix Your Bike, the new decorative kit that allows you to customize your bycicle without damaging the oridinal varnish. It’s a … Continue reading

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I’m replacing the blond bimbo…

Normal people, “impefect” environments, irony and a flavour for travel. The new Dedon catalogue transforms the way of communicating outdoor furniture. It was high time someone did.

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Design, ducks and other inflatables

If design was engineering,  B&B Italia  would be the Nasa. So I was obviously excited and curious when I got to the production site of the historical Italian brand in Novedrate, North of Milan. Looking at its futuristic structures it’s … Continue reading

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