Tattoos from a painter’s perspective by Rudy Fritsch

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By Andrew Fingerhut in New Art on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Rudy Fritsch is an accomplished visual artist who also creates incredible tattoos. A natural-born illustrator and painter, Fritsch has been tattooing since 1992. His body of work demonstrates how a talented visual artist can successfully hone their approach to suit multiple mediums without sacrificing quality or originality. He can create a precise, architectural piece and […]

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Retromania: a new book by Simon Reynolds

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Products on Wednesday 23 January 2013

In 2011, Simon Reynolds published an amazing book called Retromania in which he argued that modern society is more obsessed with exploring, repurposing, collage-ing and adoring the recent past than any other society before it. In 1909, the Italian Futurists decided everything made more than five minutes ago needed to be insulted as passe and […]

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The story behind the Temples of Damanhur

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By David Leeflang in Architecture on Tuesday 27 November 2012

The year was 1977, and Oberto Airaudi (who prefers the name ‘Falco’) and a small band of merry men began digging in the valley of Valchiusella, in northern Italy. The plan was to build a series of nine ornate temples, over five levels and 100 feet below the surface, later dubbed the Temples of Damanhur. The temple designs came from visions Falco (who, by the way, didn’t record Rock Me Amadeus) had experienced from a young age of a past life, a world of beauty in an advanced civilisation. Hmmm, I wonder what kind of mushrooms grow on the foothills of the Alps?

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La Canzone del Mare in Capri, Italy

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By Phoebe Greenacre in Cool Travel on Wednesday 10 October 2012

On my quest to seek out the ultimate beach spots around the globe, I stumbled upon La Canzone del Mare on a recent trip to Isle of Capri. You could say that La Canzone del Mare is the equivalent of Icebergs in Bondi. Well, almost. Situated in Maria Piccola, the bathing establishment is the perfect spot to spend a summer’s day. We found this place by accident when we exploring Capri during a day trip from Positano – approximately a 30 minute boat ride.

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Portraits made from string by Pamela Campagna

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Pamela Campagna is a graphic designer from Italy who has come up with a series of portraits that is truly innovative. Mainly consisting of threads and nails, her works are a symbolic expression for the networks she has created with the motifs they display – mainly of people she knows, like friends and family.

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Intelligence in Lifestyle Magazine spreads

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By Christy Hill in New Design on Tuesday 21 February 2012

Back in the day, Edward Tufte was one of the few inspiring information designers, but these days there is an endless array of talent. Intelligence in Lifestyle Magazine out of Italy has some really amazing spreads that are certainly worth taking a look at. They are art directed by Francesco Franchi and are quite stunning in their complexity and simplicity.

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MYO Swimwear: luxury brand of men’s resort wear

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Tuesday 15 November 2011

We’re not usually into labels that tell us that they’re designed to be worn ‘at the most exclusive beaches and hotspots of the summer’ but Myo are based in Como, Italy, so we’ll excuse them. Started earlier this year by brothers David and William Fattal, Myo is a new luxury brand of men’s resort wear that wouldn’t look out of place on Jude Law’s character in The Talented Mr Ripley.

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Illustrated map of Italy and its wines

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By Antoine Corbineau in New Illustration on Tuesday 14 June 2011

This large and very detailed illustrated map of Italy and its wines for Carniato Europe is by French artist, Antoine Corbineau.

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Tie-ups plastic belts

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By Serena in New Products on Friday 11 March 2011

Italian-made Tie-ups is the first belt to be wholly realized in fine plastics: resistant, flexible and with a minimal and versatile design. Tie-ups is an accessory adding a note of freshness and innovation to any clothing style, and is ecological, recyclable, and waterproof.

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The European Ibex of the Diga del Cingino dam

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 December 2010

Look closely at the walls of the Diga del Cingino dam in Italy, at the small brown dots that line the grainy surface. They are European Ibex and they live in these remarkable gravity defying surrounds, eating the moss and lichen and licking the salt off the dam wall.

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Permanent Food: magazine made from other magazines

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By Lamia Larkin in New Products on Wednesday 1 December 2010

I first saw Permanent Food magazine while I was in Santa Monica furniture shopping. I walked into the store looking for a new desk but ended up sitting on a overpriced couch flipping through Permanent Food instead.

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Brixen Public Library in Italy

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By Gerry Mak in Architecture on Monday 22 November 2010

If I could read Italian and I were living northern Italy, I’d hang out a bunch in this beautiful and futuristic library designed by Aquili Alberg Architects.

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Love Padlocks

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By Clare Hillier in New Trends on Tuesday 7 September 2010

Sweethearts around the world are fixing padlocks to fences and public monuments as a sign of their eternal love. This tradition is said to have originated during the 1960s when Italian soldiers began sticking their wardrobe padlocks to Florence’s Ponte Vecchio bridge. Ah. There’s nothing like a public proclamation of wild, crazy love to warm your heart!

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Milk vending machine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Tuesday 4 May 2010

Drinking your daily milk quota just got a whole lot more fun with the milk vending machine. Latte crudo alla spina, as they are known in Italy, are small huts dispensing fresh, unpasteurized milk on tap. So popular are they, you can now find over a thousand milk huts spotted across the boot.

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La Molina chocolates

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By Michelle Wilding in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 7 April 2010

How’s this for an everyday box of chocolates? Designed by Riccardo Fattore, the packaging of new wave Italian chocolatiers La Molina is just as wonderful as the product itself. This forty-piece praline box contains a delicious selection of handmade dark, milk and white pralines in a luxurious mix of pistachio, orange, walnut, passionfruit and gianduja […]

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