Italy is a country with over 7500km (4723 miles) of coastline. It’s no surprise that it has some serious shipping pedigree. With ferry connections to Italy, Albania, Greece and even Barcelona, Spain, Italy’s relationship with the sea is strong. In the past, Italy’s heritage was around its massive boatbuilding ports: boats that would make up hardy f...

For centuries, museums have taken their architectural cues from Renaissance palaces. The Louvre inhabits a Paris building that once served as an actual palace. And the concept remains embedded in the Beaux Arts architecture of so many museums, as well as their names — including the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. San Francisco’s ornate Pala...

Dear Friends of Italian Innovators, on June 24, 2022, I had the honor of being the closing speaker at the Superyacht Design Festival, organized in Milan by the Boat International Media Company. My presentation, entitled The Italian Way. What Makes Italian Design Unique?, explored the cultural elements that lie behind the success of contemporary Ita...

The new episode of Italian Innovators is a fascinating conversation on Italian jewelry with Alberto Milani (entrepreneur & creator of the jewelry & lifestyle luxury brand Alberto Milani "a love affair with Italy", president of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of New York, and co-founder of Piazza Italia Market in New York City). We explored th...

Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the racing division of the Italian manufacturer, has just dropped a video featuring a mean looking Huracan. The video features a rear spoiler, exhaust pipe and some cryptic captions like ‘RacingRedefined’, ‘Lamborghini’ and ‘HuracanEVO’. This is clear as the video says ‘Squadra Corse’ the car will be used in the Super Tro...

Bertazzoni, the six-generation, family-owned Italian manufacturer of award-winning appliances, has opened its first Casa Bertazzoni experience center in the United States. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Design District, the space reflects the principle that Bertazzoni is an experiential brand that enables today’s kitchens to create persona...

Even though Shakespeare's Mercutio said that "dreams are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy", everyone has dreamt of a "house of wonders": a villa, perhaps perched on soft green hills, in a bucolic and unspoilt countryside, or caressed by the breeze and scents of the Mediterranean maquis with a spectacular sea view. An...

It all began in 1968. Ferrari had sent Pininfarina two chassis of the 25 built for the type approval of the Ferrari 512 S. The chassis had remained unsold, and were sent to Turin to be used to develop a couple of prototypes for a possible future production. One was handed over to Filippo Sapino, my colleague from the style team who at the time was...

Iconic Italian design brand Alessi is celebrating its centennial with an exhibition titled, Alessi 100-001, curated as an exploration of the company's past, present and future. Staged inside Milan's Galleria Manzoni, the exhibition is creatively separated into two segments, as indicated by the name Alessi 100-001: the 100 represents the company's p...

The Parmigiano Reggiano Design Challenge 2022 is a competition inviting professional designers and design students to submit products at the intersection of food and design. This is the second year that the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium presented this event with the support of iconic Italian design brand Alessi Inc., and in collaboration with Kart...