Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani has big plans for Madison Avenue. The Armani Group and SL Green, New York’s largest commercial property owner, announced plans to redevelop the Giorgio Armani flagship on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The 16,000-sq.-ft. store is located in a 97,000-sq.-ft. building at 760 Madison Ave. The building will be complet...

“The animator is an artist who could have been an actor but, being very shy, decided to work behind the scenes.” Says Mitja Rabar, the 40 years old Italian animator, whose shyness was balanced out by a great artistic talent and a passion for drawing and animation.  I meet Mitja,  who is from Trieste and currently the only Italian animator working f...

In its 26th year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition challenges architects and designers to create outstanding works through the use of Italian ceramics and porcelain tile. A well known building material, ceramic and tile usage can be found through out architecture's historical timeline. As modern technology and advancement in building material...

When it comes to intervening on a natural territory, every single decision must be taken in harmony with the surroundings, in-sink with the rhythms and materials of nature. Maybe this is what Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo, research architects at the Mountain Architect Institute of Turin, had in mind when together with Leapfactory designed a lodge...

Snaidero USA the exclusive distributor of Snaidero’s made-in-Italy luxury kitchen cabinets in the Americas has named Alberto Snaidero as its new CEO, succeeding his father Dario Snaidero, who is also the company’s founder and President. The move comes as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary and the milestones achieved in those four decades –...

Buongiorno from Italy, where I just made my first visit to the VicenzaOro show (still running through Jan. 23!). Thanks to the Italian Exhibition Group, I was fortunate enough to be part of an international hosted press delegation, and I don’t think it’s the prosecco talking when I say that this show is fantasticoin every way. (But let’s not discou...

The Cisitalia 202 Spyder Mille Miglia, an influential Italian sports car, will be on view at Magazzino Italian Art (2700 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY 10516) through March 31, 2019. The model on display was selected for its aesthetic excellence and technical innovation that transformed postwar automobile design. The model remains the best example of an...

The iconic FIAT 500, symbol of Italy’s post war economic renaissance, became part of MoMA’s permanent collection last year, but 2019 brings even more lustre to the tiny Italian four-wheels, as it will be one of the centrepieces of The Value of Good Design exhibition. The kermess will take place from the 10th of February to the 27th of May and will...

Orange-hued marble and pebble-dashed stone provide the setting for displays of leather handbags, clutches and purses in this boutique in Miami, which was designed by American studio Aranda\Lasch.  Aranda\Lasch outfitted the Miami Valextra store to reference the heritage and craftsmanship of the luxury leather label, which was founded in Milan in 19...

This pink-hued Italian villa outside the small town of Diso in Salento was once a tobacco warehouse – and it retains its industrial proportions. Architect Raffaele Centonze revived the 1930s structure for an Italian diplomat and his Vietnamese wife last year, and Il Tabacchificio retains its working heritage as part of its adaptive reuse. Metal and...