Up until the 1930’s, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) – on an industrial level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII...

FCA group vehicles came away with two key victories at the ninth annual Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) "Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz" convertible and panoramic sunroof competition. With sunny skies and perfect temperatures at the event, the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio won the Panoramic Utility Vehicle award and the 20...

Italy’s first design museum just made its debut—and it’s about time. Launched during Salone del Mobile last month and located on the ground floor of the La Triennale di Milano, the Triennale Museo del Design Italiano has a permanent collection of 1,600 pieces. To mark the opening, architect Joseph Grima, the director of the new museum, curated its...

The Renaissance master's designs for a 'rational' city in northern Italy were never built – but they contain plenty of inspiration for urban planners today, writes architect Alessandro Melis. The word “genius” is universally associated with the name of Leonardo da Vinci – a true Renaissance man, he embodied scientific spirit, artistic talent and hu...

Fantini USA is calling for entries from designers and developers who are “inspired by water and passionate about Italian design” for its third annual Fantini Design Awards, which recognize excellence in kitchen and bath design in North America. All entries must be submitted no later than July 9, 2019. To qualify, entries need to be either a complet...

Italian-born developer Ugo Colombo is the man behind Miami’s tallest condo tower, Brickell Flatiron. The 736-foot-high tower is also the tallest condominium south of New York City. Mr. Colombo, 58, began investing in Downtown Brickell—now a bustling urban center—in the 1990s, starting with the Bristol Tower and later the Santa Maria Tower. Since th...

Riguarda gli americani, però è sempre suggestivo immaginare l'ipotetico aspetto futuro di auto che portano nomi così prestigiosi come Alfa Romeo e Maserati. Il Gruppo FCA, sezione statunitense, ha organizzato un concorso di design per studenti delle scuole superiori americane. La competizione si chiama Drive for Design, il nome spiega tutto. La sfi...

As the field of science progressed throughout the Renaissance, it took an Italian, the first engineer, the famous Leonardo da Vinci, to think in concrete terms of an idea similar to that of modern era automobile. Then in 1769, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, a French engineer, invented the steam dray, a low, strong cart used for transporting heavy loads. Th...

Sara Ricciardi is a young designer, already recognised as one of the trailblazers of the Italian design. She was born in Benevento (Campania) where she grew up eating pomegranates and drawing on the walls: freedom characterised her childhood, as she recalls; freedom characterises her design, I add.  She completed her studies in Arts between three v...

Il 21 maggio dalle 10 alle 12 un gruppo di studenti americani che studiano italiano con il supporto dello IACE (Italian American Committee on education) andrà alla scoperta dei segreti della manualità, artigianalità, creatività e tecnologia del design italiano quale eccellenza nel mondo. L’iniziativa, durante la settimana del design a New York, è o...