The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced 2013 as the "Year of Italian Culture" in the United States. Atlanta arts institutions have joined in the celebration and will host events throughout the Fall that highlight everything from Italian music to Renaissance and Baroque images of Rome to Italy's best exports, wine and design. Harmonie Univ...

by Rory Jurnecka  The annual Concorso Italiano show is the largest Italian-focused event during the entire Monterey Car Week. While you'll see Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos and Maseratis at nearly every other event during the week, at Concorso Italiano, it's nothing but these cars and their Italian cousins. CI is also home to absolute e...

by Isabel Wilkinson   A few years ago, the Italian-American jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno realized something about Italy: that many of the country's traditional craftsmen were closing up shop. Established local artisans — keepers of centuries-old techniques — were losing out in the globalized digital marketplace.   They were bein...

Milanese design and Venetian tradition blend in jewelry of Murano blown glass made by Antares jeweller Fulvia Notari. Twenty six years ago, Fulvia, an architect from Milan, moved to near Venice, fell in love with Murano glass and decided to create "wearable objects".   With love and time she came to know the characteristics of the 'glass mat...

by Kimberly Diggs   In celebration of its 12th anniversary, Culinary Connection at The Shops at Legacy will feature a personal appearance by master Italian artisan Alessandro Taddei, creator of Vietri's Old St. Nick collection. The event will be held at the store, 7201 Bishop Road Suite E10, from 4-8 p.m. Sunday.   Vietri is Amer...

"Please, don't call it just a design firm," says Continuum founder Gianfranco Zaccai as we walk through open space offices, labs and workshops for prototype making, peppered with sleek displays showcasing never-seen-before products complete with an explanation of what they are. "They all do, you all do... journalists usually have a hard time graspi...

by Giovanna Mancini   This year could be an important one for Italian furniture exports, which should grow by 5% taking a step back towards pre-crisis levels.    The conditions are just right: the strengthening of the dollar against the euro, driving sales not just in the United States, but also in the many other international ma...

Lazzoni, the international maker of sleek, contemporary furniture for cosmopolitan apartments and homes, announced today the grand opening of its flagship store in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. Highlights of the collection include beds with hidden storage compartments and sofas with easily adjustable backs that can be converted into beds.  ...

Certo, nascere la notte di Natale da un papà falegname e una mamma di nome Maria, "morire" a 33 anni e poi resuscitare, non prendere mai moglie e vivere "spiritualmente" in un vero e proprio paradiso, può aiutare.   Emanuele lo sa e ci scherza sopra: "Sono molto religioso, come la mia famiglia del resto. Però credo molto alle coincidenze. Se...

By Mauro Battocchi   It's San Francisco Design Week and today Italy continues its design dance in the limelight with the opening of an exhibition of the great Vico Magistretti's work at the Italian Cultural Institute (814 Montgomery Street) at 6:30PM.   The exhibition, made possible by the Fondazione Studio Museo Vico Magistretti in M...