photos by Alexia Biondi
 
 
This year I didn't attend the much anticipated Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2015, held in Milano, Italia from April 14-19.
My two children had the NY State Mathematics and ELA tests which caused a scheduling conflict and I let my "mommy side" win the battle.  During this international event Milano becomes a colorful and inspiring city, full of aperitifs, exhibitions and events which are listed day by day on the Fuorisalone guide.
Installation in one of the courtyards of the Universita' degli Studi di Milano. Photos by Alexia Biondi
 
 

Seven projects make the most of Italian Tiles

To recognize North American designers and architects for their use of tile sourced from the country's producers, the Italian Association of Ceramics and the Italian Trade Commission recently announced the winners of their 22nd annual Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. An international jury reviewed the projects in residential, commercial, and institutional categories.
Commercial Winner
RSP Architects, “Target Northern Campus,” Brooklyn Park, Minn.
For its new office space near Minneapolis, Target used Ceramiche Caesar’s Nera Trapezio and E.motions tiles, which emulate wood and stone, respectively, as well as Provenza’s Q-Stone collection for a 1,000-foot-long interior circulation path.
Photo by Lara Swimmer

For the full article go to
architectmagazine.com




 
 
The Scene at the AD Show this year was highlighted by beautiful and customizable  products.

A true design celebration!

The Scavolini new kitchen was stunning, with the Ceasarstone and italian butcher block countertop.

For more info www.scavolini.us

Chamaleon Concepts. Different materials to personalize the bathroom vanity. Interesting concept with endless possibilities. For more info www.chamaleonconcepts.com

 
 
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Piero Fornasetti
was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He lived most of life in Milan, attending the Brera Art Academy from 1930-32 when he was expelled for insubordination.
He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and I never stopped.”
                                           Piero Fornasetti , 10 November 1913 - 9 October 1988.


Wikipedia
Elle Décor - Inspired Reading
Elle Décor - Fornasetti Home

                                            

 
 
Check out this wonderful exhibition about Gio Ponti, Italian Architect and Designer, a key figure of  the 20th Century Creative scene.
Italian Cultural Institute in New York
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Friday, May 31, 2013

LIVING PONTI STYLE
Experiments in domestic living and architectural spaces in which to live and work.