Björk, a handsome brasserie in Aosta, Italy, opened just over a year ago by a fashion entrepreneur Giuliana Rosset. Combining the food with design, the restaurant claims to be the first authentic Swedish cuisine outlet in Italy. Who would’ve thought there was a marker for this, no? Björk sits quietly in the Italian Alps in a convenient spot between some of the best ski resorts of Switzerland and France. Shocking – why would anyone want to visit a place like this? Seriously. Yuck.
Harbour Attic Apartment designed by Gosplan Architects is a compact holiday dwelling sitting above an old fisherman’s harbour in Genoa, Italy.
I don’t know about you but the thought of living inside a glass house seems just a little bit daunting. A person’s home is a sanctuary – a place where you can cut loose, be yourself, and… you know, walk around in your undies goddamit. On the other hand, there would be a few benefits to living in a glass house – seemingly endless spaces; no need to paint the walls, hang wallpaper or artwork as surrounding nature would ‘design’ all the interiors. Pretty neat idea, huh?
Austrian designer Arthur Arbesser took over the private home of architect Luca Cipelletti for the debut of his A/W 2014 collection during Milan Fashion Week, set against a killer collection of Modernist art. The apartment windows overlook the high-rise skyline of what the fashion designer refers to as “industrial Milan.”
Alessandro and Francesco Mendini of Atelier Mendini, in collaboration with Studiopepe, recently opened the doors of their new two-storey Milanese gallery Fragile. Forget neutral spaces with toned-down style, and brace yourself for loads of personality and character – the pieces on show are linked in an unconventional way, becoming the main part of the exhibition as a developer of style and ideas. An innovative and active design hub, the showroom aims to produce a whole retail concept characterised by irony and strong personality that matches Fragile’s precious collection of historic design pieces.
Italian based communication research centre Fabrica recently launched ‘Extra-Ordinary Gallery’, a collection of ordinary objects designed by a team of Fabrica’s multicultural designers and entirely made by hand in Italy. Daily rituals made special through attention to detail. The formal simplicity, shapes and materials of these objects become a tribute to the beauty of basic and small pleasures in life.