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.
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.
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!
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.
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 […]
New York City-based photographer Alessandro Zuek Simonetti was born in Italy and grew up parallel to the urban street cultures of the early 90s. His own distinct photographic language reflects his deep interest in young niche cultures. Quite often, each project stretches beyond the photographic medium, which serves as a sign of his maturing expression […]
This necklace has been handmade in Italy by Paola Volpi. No longer are zips merely a functioning necessity for apparel, this unique necklace has been created from original gold zippers and thick transparent acrylic threading.
These rings are handmade in Italy by Ashanti Raffaele Cinzio and come in a set of three, shaped flat and polished in a brushed finish. One sterling silver, one yellow bronze and one rose bronze. The rings individually measure 2mm height on the thin side and raise gradually around the ring to a height of […]
Revive that vintage sixties look with a pair of Italian gold square aviator frames by Silver Lining Opticians. These babies are available in two lens types: slick sunglasses or clear lenses for that ultra smooth, hot nerd look. The optical boutique also stock more than 6,000 never-worn vintage frames, including 500 one-of-a-kind shades by Persol, […]
Officially, Avec is first and foremost a wine bar. Yet, a few minutes in this vibrant, energetic Chicago-based space and it’s quickly evident that it’s so much more. Set in a long, narrow honey-colored room wrapped in cedar and hickory, with five communal tables and red oak seating, the atmosphere is loud and boisterous, filled with lively conversation and music to match. Within this James Beard Award Winning designed room, rustic cuisine, charcuterie, and cheese from the Mediterranean regions of Southern France, Portugal, Italy, and Spain are served as small and large plates.
Italy is one of those places where every town, village, and city claims to have the best restaurant in the country. And while the majority of eateries are knockout, I’m pretty confident that despite all the grandiose claims, one of the best restaurants is hidden in the deep south in Puglia, at an unassuming ten-table family-run joint. Yet, at Antichi Sapori, it is not this quaintness that wows you, appealing as it is, but it is the food that is fall-off-your-chair unreal at this tiny spot. Everything here is fresh, local, handmade, still warm, just picked, first-pressed, or perfectly ripe.
Many years ago, the Italian designer Fupete and I collaborated on an issue of the magazine I was editing at the time, STU, his intricate art direction giving space and life to the cacophony of illustrations and photography bursting from its pages. The guy is one hell of an art director, and a brilliant designer as well, his latest work revealing his well-developed sense of shape and texture, which meshes seamlessly with his subtle use of color gradients.
I just came back from teaching a week-long illustration workshop in Venice, Italy. After finish up the class each evening, the students and I often ran to our favourite gelateria in town, Nico.