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Naples | Martin Parr

Not the best time of year to visit the Amalfi Coast, perhaps, so why not stay in town (Naples, naturally), wander down to the Riviera di Chiaia, and see what Martin Parr made of it at the height of summer? In a solo exhibition, the great British photographer takes a pitilessly close look at tourists and how they choose to ...

Favara | Farm Cultural Park

Favara, only a few kilometres inland from the incredible Valley of the Temples, is in danger of stealing the limelight in Agrigento province and perhaps much farther afield. The oldest part of the town, a white-painted kasbah known as the Sette Cortili (seven courtyards) is a vibrant and across-the-board cultural hub of contemporary art exhibitions and permanent installations, urban gardens, artists' residences, creative ...

Bologna | David Lynch

David Lynch: The Factory Photographs is the matter-of-fact title of a must-see exhibition that's just opened in Bologna. Best known as a filmmaker - director of both mainstream and surrealist successes like cult classic Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Mulholland Drive (2001) and the TV series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), and awarded the Leone d'oro for a lifetime's achievement at the 2006 Venice ...

Milan | GUM Salon

GUM: likely the coolest and certainly the most original hair salon in Milan, in trend-setting Ticinese neighbourhood just south of centre. This is where Stefano Terzuolo started up on his own after 15 years' experience with top international brands and a penchant for northern European styles in music and fashion as well as hairdressing. Now he directs a permanent team of six ...

Monguzzo | 959

Paolo Ferrari still carries a bag he made over 25 years ago while studying industrial design in Milan. As a sort of talisman. It was one of the items he came up with for a re-design project entailing the use of materials on their way to a landfill. He opted for the seatbelts of scrapped cars, and recycled them in ...

Vicenza | Marillina Fortuna

Marillina Fortuna, like many of us, accumulates junk. Unlike most of us, she then makes good use of it. She makes art. Beachcombing was irresistable to her long before she began assembling the detritus she'd gathered. She just liked those various jaded materials washed up on the shore, their bleached colours and rounded shapes. Now she sees them not just ...

Milan | Discipline

Design brand Discipline got a mention here a few months back as outfitter of Milan's Pisacco restaurant, still a showcase for some of its signature furniture and lighting. It just shows the two enterprises share a predilection for warm, vibrant interiors replete with natural materials. See the beautiful clean lines of their Bell Lamps by Sybylle Stoeckli, lightweight Drifted stools in wood and cork by Lars Beller Fjetland, functional Day&Night tables by ...

Monza | Atypical

Now here's a heartwarming tale of young artisanal spirit with a compelling vintage slant - even if skateboarding isn't your chosen sport, art form or mode of transport. Atypical is the brand, the name of a three-dude enterprise set up a couple of years ago in Monza. The trio in question: Nicolò Formenti, Alessandro Mitola and Andrea Pinca. They got together as kids, ...

Vicenza | Origin Passion & Beliefs

If you'd rather not miss Europe's biggest temporary indie fashion store, you'll need to be in Vicenza on May 11th. The window of opportunity opens for just one day, but it's the culmination of a 4-day event during which 100 young designers selected from all over the globe meet up with buyers from traditional fashion houses and super-suppliers to parade their ...

Albissola Marina | Casa Mazzotti

Ceramiche Mazzotti is a pottery in the little coastal town of Albissola Marina, about 30 km west of Genoa. One of many, because Albissola has a long and proud artistic ceramics tradition. Mazzotti, though, has one up on the others: a famous son who became a prime mover in Italian Futurism. Tullio Mazzotti, known as Tullio d'Albisola in the art world, was born at the turn of the ...

San Vito dei Normanni | ExFadda

As deeper southern regions go, Apulia is often deemed the exception: more outward looking and more resourceful. Well, take a look at what's going on in the vast expanses of an old winery in a small town near Brindisi. Frankly and with all due respect, San Vito dei Normanni, barely 20,000 souls, had few claims to fame before an impressive ...

Milan | Design Week 2014

Design Week in Milan kicks off today! Six days of furnishing frenzy irrefutably bigger and better than ever, and that covers both the mainstream trade fair at its regular Rho Exhibition Centre venue and the cutting-edge design events and temporary spaces of the Fuorisalone in Brera, Zona Tortona, Ventura Lambrate and indeed all over town. Up in Rho this year, there's something new. Ok, ...
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