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Italian Design

Italian Design
Image courtesy of Artemide.

Valentina Dalla Costa, a design journalist based in Milan, gives an insight to the contemporary design and architecture scene in Italy.


Her work has been published in several publications including Casa Vogue, La Stampa, Design Diffusion News Magazine and more. She also writes books for design companies like Scavolini, edited by Skira. In 2013, she has founded the UNSEEN, through which you can discover Milan's hidden arts, design, architectural and other cultural gems.



Boat mirrors

The designer from Paris, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez honors Toulouse with an unusual collection of mirrors: instead of common frames, shiny waterproof fabrics, and colours referring to nautical clothing encircle these mirrors that can be more than three meters in height. Designed for the Galeries des Glaces exhibition at the Galeries Lafayette, the collection is placed on the staircase at the grand entrance of the luxurious department store.




Image courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Fastrez.




Image courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Fastrez.



An optical device

When it has been officially presented during the last Salone del Mobile in Milan both to the press and the audience, it has been welcomed as one of the best lamps of the year. Another evidence of this success is the recent award won by Empatia, designed for Artemide by Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Paola Arianello. It won the Wallpaper* Design Award 2014 for the Best Transparency category, an award that has now reached its 10th edition and is recognised by the London magazine to people, ideas, places and projects contributing to give vitality to the magazine during the previous year. Empatia deserves this award for its essence, which encloses in one single object advanced LED technology and at the same time a great handcraft tradition thanks to the use of Venetian glass-blowing. Furthermore, it expresses a great proportion among shapes: subtle densities and transparencies giving back a glass which reflects and efficiently diffuses light, nevertheless without glaring. Named an optical device by Artemide, it is available in support, wall, hanging and floor versions.




Image courtesy of Artemide.




Valentina dalla Costa.



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