Influential Renaissance-era architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzo was on the regular payroll of Cosimo de' Medici. This led to some of the best-known architectural work in Italy. One of Michelozzo's best-known accomplishments was a result of Medici commissions, with rival architect Brunelleschi losing out. Palazzo Medici Riccardi (pictured...

Johns Hopkins University has hired Italian architect Renzo Piano to design a building for its Homewood campus in Baltimore that will “reinvent the ancient Athenian agora for the 21st Century.” Hopkins commissioned the Renzo Piano Building Workshop of Genoa, Italy, to design a home for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute, an interdiscipl...

There is a something momentous happening within the curved and shrouded walls of Ferrari’s new Centro Stile (which sounds better than “design center,” its English translation). Historically the brand outsourced its interior and exterior design to celebrated companies like Pininfarina, Vignale and Zagato while it focused on the engines and platforms...

When: Thursday, October 4, 6:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - A reception will follow. The history of the birth of an icon, the Borsalino hat. From the factory where it was conceived in a small Italian town, to the glamorous world of Hollywood. Starring Robert Redford, Richard Bohringer, Piero Tosi, Deborah Nadoolman. This doc...

Italy is a land full of art and history: every place has a story to tell and is witness and mirror of the flow of time and of people’s actions. Therefore, landscapes are a reminder of the history that took place in them and they tell us a lot about the past and the present. Have you ever asked yourself why are there royal palaces in Turin? Or, why...

Il lifestyle italiano non è fatto solo di moda, arte, cibo, vino, design e mobili. Nel paniere dei prodotti che disegnano lo stile di vita e il “buon vivere” tricolore, da valorizzare e promuovere all'estero, ora prenota un posto d’onore il sigaro Toscano, marchio d’eccellenza del made in Italy forte di 200 anni di storia, posizionamento premium e...

Vincent Tropepe Fashions (VTF) made their debut at Brooklyn Borough Hall in Brooklyn, New York recently. Vincent Tropepe known as an award winning chef veered into fashion after a project presenting itself to him to design chef footwear, when Tropepe evolved the project into more mainstream footwear for everyone as well as designing handbags, walle...

For the vast majority of us, the love of the automobile starts long before obtaining a license to drive them -- and for the vast majority of that group, not long after figuring out this whole breathing on our own thing. Cars evoke an unmatchable mix of positive emotions. Their alluring beauty, sonorous sound and roller-coaster-ride excitement combi...

Two of Salvatore and Maria Castronovo’s children were exceptionally talented musicians – Sam played the violin and Rose played and taught piano. So, it was only natural that the parents wanted Frances to follow in her sibling’s musical footsteps. But she had other ideas. She wanted to design fashions and open a dress shop. With $750 in seed money,...

Last August, when Gabriele Monti was co-curating the “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971-2001”exhibition in Milan, his first port of call was a 19th-century former hosiery factory. The building in Reggio Emilia, a small city about two hours’ drive southeast of Milan, is rarely visited by outsiders and almost never discussed, even by f...