Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Endangered 5000 year old ancient practice of making silk from mollusc slime

Friday, January 15th, 2016

“Haste doesn’t live here,” says one sign on the door. Another inside says “Nothing in this room is for sale.” An Italian woman named Chiara Vigo is the last living master of the ancient textile tradition of spinning “baysuss” or silk produced from the fibres exuded by a giant mediterranean mollusc. The craft is referenced in the holy books of more than one religion and is said to go back 5000 years.

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10,000 yellow construction helmets lined up outside Milan Stock Exchange

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Via designboom. In a “day of anger,” unemployed construction workers hit by Italy’s recession stage brilliant protest outside Milan’s Stock Exchange. For more photos see link.

 

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Citroen Kar-a-Sutra

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Living room on wheels designed by Italian designer Mario Bellini in 1972 as a collaboration for Citroen and Pirelli. It’s a combination conversation pit/sleeping area. It was introduced to the US later that year in a show at MoMA – Italy: The New Domestic Landscape.

We’re so bloody sombre now.

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Interview with radical Italian design firm Poltronova on RoLu

Monday, July 12th, 2010

There’s a superb 5-part interview with radical Italian design company Poltronova on the thoughtful design blog RoLu. We’re currently at Part 4 and I’m looking forward to part five. Read parts one, two, three and four here. And see this related post on Wary Meyers.

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Artists and architects for Sawaya & Moroni

Friday, February 5th, 2010

The Italian design firm Sawaya & Moroni often commissions new furniture pieces by guest designers who are primarily artists or architects. Many design firms follow this strategy, but for some reason most of the really original design commissions come out of Sawaya & Moroni. I’m not sure why. I’m not a fan of all their work (especially the Zaha Hadid benches), but they take chances.

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Rita Pavone, “Il geghegè”

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rita Pavone.

Thanks, Kay.

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