Category Archives: Materials

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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De Vecchi’s silver dreams

This is a place where it takes a day to make a jug. Here, metals get heated up with a manual torch and gauging the correct time for the exposure requires an expertise that only time can provide. Welcome in … Continue reading

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Astrid Krogh’s tech fabrics (with a soft touch)

Danish designer Astrid Krogh has been working with light and fabrics for many years. She has made power generating curtains, wooden tapistries with interwoven fibreoptics, neon sculptures and installations. Her work, that marries technology with a soft, craftmanship-based design approach, … Continue reading

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From the hands of those who cannot see

A small, simple object for the home that gathers together not only the passion for a natural material such as wood but also the desire to give creative space to those who are gifted with a talent and decide not … Continue reading

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SOS crafts: why showing what we are good at will save the made in Italy

Those who follow my blog have by now figured out that I have a soft spot for manual knowhow. This is not only a metter of liking something but also of understanding that only by promoting and re-evaluating the professionality … Continue reading

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Matteo Ragni, from design to art direction: the challenges

Photo: Max Rommel A couple of days ago, Alpi, a group dealing with wood and also actively engaged in its sustainable production, has announced that it has apponted designer Matteo Ragni, as its new artistic director. In this … Continue reading

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Giulio Iacchetti: harmonious differences

Like an Italian piazza. The arts de la table collection by Giulio Iacchetti for Vhernier De Vecchi, introduced at Maison Objet, echoed the pretenceless essence of many places that are stunning in their effortless simplicity. As it often happens in … Continue reading

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Lightness above all

There is no shame is saying that Nendo’s work ( is always the most poetic and interesting around. The Japanese group, led by Oki Sato, next to its wide production for top brands, seems to almost miraculously manage to find … Continue reading

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Injection-moulded concrete. LucidiPevere’s latest idea for Kristalia (we will see it in Koln in January)

After the experimentations that brought them to the development of the beautiful Aplomb lamp for Foscarini (, Italian duo LucidiPevere ( renews now its love for concrete. But forget about the raw look, the surfaces stuck up together and the … Continue reading

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