Embracing the past

Archiplan Studio’s mandate was to restore a small apartment in a Renaissance Palazzo in Mantua, Italy. The apartment was filled with fragmented traces of the past including fragments of 16th-century frescoes. Not daunted by the mission, the founders of Archiplan, Diego Cisi and Stefano Gorni Silvestrini, opted to embrace the old and inject in the new. The result is spectacular. Instead of competing, the two styles complement each other in a spectacular way. The contemporary style cohabits happily with the layers of history.

The effect is sleek, restful and refined.

Photography Davide Galli






Queen of Neoprene

When writing a feature on a Yad Cheri partner, we always ask what in their view, does a hand symbolize? Rosanna Contadini founder of Neò is no exception and her response was spontaneous « the hand symbolizes the work done by Neò ».

A little over 10 years ago Rosanna discovered Neoprene, a lightweight plastic fiber in a hardware store and intrigued by the texture, challenged herself into knitting the yarn which thus produced her first item, a handbag.

Neoprene, commonly used for gaskets or competitive swimming wetsuits, was to become her signature material. Waterproof and corrosion resistant yet velvety, smooth and soft to the touch, Rosanna transforms the yarn into an elegant and contemporary home and women’s accessories collection entirely made in Italy.

Sourcing the best Italian material, Neò produces high-end baskets, handbags, cushions, and jewelry which are knitted, crocheted, woven or plaited.

The Neoprene Queen explains that for her,  the ultimate expression of creativity is the hand.  Her production is handcrafted by a team of women based in Rome. « We have a group of women hand knitters and knotters who turn the yarn into decorative accessories. These women work from their homes. »

Read more https://www.yadcheri.com/rosanna-contadini





Dash, Turin – the latest lounge bar experience

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In the heart of Turin, a new restaurant has opened its doors in an abandoned printing house. A 70es style inspired space  where steel meets concrete, architect Fabio Fantolino has succeeded in mixing these different materials and combining intimate areas with larger busier surfaces. source : yellowtrace.com





The Floating Piers

Three kilometres of saffron-coloured pathways temporarily connect the shore of Italy’s Lake Iseo to islands at its centre in this installation by Bulgarian artist Christo. For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 (weather permitting) – Italy’s Lake Iseo is being reimagined. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.

Zaha Hadid’s spectacular MMM Corones Museum

Located the summit plateau of Plan de Corones in the Italian Alps, the sixth and final museum dedicated to the career of Reinhold Messner has been been completed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Named ‘MMM Corones’, the institution, which is now open to the public, explores the discipline of mountain climbing through a unique collection of photographs and various items collected by Messner during his lifetime as an explorer. Messner is acclaimed for making the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. source . design boom




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Elio Fiorucci, designer and retailer, 1935-2015
A star has faded. Fusing the transgressive style of Swinging London with his own take on Pop Art, Elio Fiorucci created a global clothing empire. He was inspired by street fashion, art, food, design.
He opened his first store in 1967 in Milan at the centre of the city’s San Babila district.

source : Obituary FT




Light Art inside medieval architecture Castel Del Monte, Andria

Castel del Monte is the first Italian monument to be the set of the virtual art installation by the artist Miguel Chevalier.
For this installation, Chevalier was inspired by the Italian tradition of the mosaic, an ancestor of the digital pixels; the pixels in the projections get altered according to the music creating shapes and movements which react with the movements of the visitors walking over the installation.


JK PLACE, Rome Italy has won best urban hotel award 2014

It took hotelier Ori Kafri eight years to find the perfect spot to launch his third project. A new hotel in Rome now follows his successful openings in Florence and Capri, and is a stone’s throw from the Spanish steps in a 19th-century building in what used to be the University of Rome. Florentine architect Michele Bonan has outfitted the 30 sumptuous guestrooms with grand canopied rosewood beds, wood-panelled walls and opulent Italian marble bathrooms.
Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/travel-directory/italy/rome/hotels/jk-place/45#8SEZA6uzqd8PZC8J.99






Fur Staircase, at Lo Scarabeo sotto la Foglia, 1969 Malo, Italy

Created for Giobatta Meneguzzo in 1969, the “Beetle under the Leaf” house was a collaboration between owner and architect, with Gio Ponti working on it for free in return for Meneguzzo’s total trust and investment. The interiors were designed by Nanda Vigo, and extend from this sumptuous spiral staircase, with matching fur-clad sofa set, to textured, white surfaces and glass walls that sectioned off the space – the ideal, serene setting for Meneguzzo’s extensive art collection. While this is on the extreme end of the adventurous interiors spectrum, this unusual design’s victory in the Lovers vote is a happy nod to the notion that homes needn’t be all about practicality – although it’s hard to find any downside to an eternally cosy descent down the stairs. source : anothermag.com


Amazing space : Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, Milan





Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci have joined forces to create Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, the latest addition to Milan’s fertile restaurant scene, housed in a defunct sawmill acquired by Solci’s grandparents in the 1930s. The soaring structure’s brick and raw cement bones give the space a pared back, industrial look – a foil for the otherwise super-polished dining experience. Designed by Solci, the interior features two long cross-configuration tables that seat 65 in a communal arrangement, plus antique chandeliers, Richard Ginori tableware and Cappellini chairs (including Jasper Morrison’s ‘Tate Colour’ and AG Fronzoni’s ‘Fronzoni 1964’). Pieces by Ron Arad and Ross Lovegrove – part of Solci’s personal collection – animate the indoor space as well as the garden. The food is top tier, but wrung of the pretension that swirls around Cracco’s other Milanese establishment. Here, the mood is cool, and there is just as much reason to come for an excellent aperetif or dopocena as there is for the delicious dinners.

via http://www.wallpaper.com/travel/july-travel-news-editors-picks/7687#cIgxeGqQ70A2GD8w.99

Once again another example of Italian elegance.