It is not easy to talk about the work of Lorenzo Palmeri – architect, designer, musician, author and teacher. The man who got a phone call from Lou Reed who said “I’m in love with your guitar”. An exhibition in Luxembourg now tries to illustrate Palmeri’s multi-disciplinary approach.
The Fab Cities that meet for their Summit in Paris today promise to transform cities into centers for local production and global connection. The Fab Lab in Barcelona explains why this is not a utopia but a possible, citizen-focused future
Designer Carlo Contin has turned his name into a brand: Carlo & Contin. An independent Italian design label that stems from the designer’s two souls: an experimental and and entrepreneurial one.
Biodesign is the 21st century equivalent of interfaces, virtual worlds and videogames: the discipline that makes it possible to create new responsive design solutions by manipulating organisms such as plants, bacteria and cells, as well as to envisage new living creatures through Dna manipulation.
A new economy, based on creativity, is emerging in the south of the Mediterranean: it stems from design thinking, and it is bringing well-being and empowerment, especially to women. The story of Creative Mediterranean, a design project of UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Agency, in which Italy has a lead role (text written with Giuliana Zoppis)
A week end visit in Athens with Costas Voyatzis, aka Mr Yatzer, to discover the Greek capital’s contemporary twist.
Short movies, shots made with the optical counter and a book. With “Maestrie” by Gianluca Vassallo Foscarini glorifies the value of labour and crafts in design with a quasi-political gesture.
Like a good book, a well thought out museum can become a milestone in our lives. Some considerations on the design museum that I would like: in Milan, at the Triennale.
If I were an Italian design professional, I would look carefully around and count, one by one, the objects that I could inject with goodness: boilers, orthopedic and medical items, gates, intercoms, traffic lights, coatings for industrial warehouses, sidewalks, boilers… And I would see how much work there is to do.
The exhibition Giro Giro Tondo – Design For Kids at the Triennale Design Museum is a hymn to “how we were” from which it is difficult to disentangle. As it often happens (unfortunately) when it comes to Italian design.