Dual Citizen

Like most people, I always catch myself saying, ‘if only I had more time on my hands’.  In the holistic sense of the meaning, this kind of challenge would only be counteracted by cutting back on the amount of hours I work, which would not seem like a practical solution, or let’s be honest a fun

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Sensation

If only we were currently swimming in the fresh blue waters in the heart of Italy right now.   Alas the fantasy it is not so, and as the reality of mountains of editing from my latest shoot (which I cannot wait to show you my lovely friends) literally ‘sinks’ in I can only dream

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Pierre Augustin Rose

  Pierre Augustin Rose’s showroom images have been floating around my feed for sometime now, the intriguing yet simple design furnisher has made its way to the top of my to furnishing wish list. This collection has been described as timeless aestheticism, with very clean lines and finishes of uncompromising demand… And that it is.

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Fountains jet water over entrance to Foster + Partners’ sunken Apple store in Milan

In Milan the latest Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store features a dramatic water feature in an update on the traditional Italian piazza. Sunk into the square, the steps down to the store form an amphitheatre with the curtain of water providing a backdrop. The eight-metre high glass walls contain a water feature that was, according

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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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Porthole To A Reading Room

Studio Strato has created the ultimate reading nook in a one-bedroom apartment in Rome. Fit with day bed, large french windows and accessible exclusively via porthole, this is a renovation for book lovers everywhere.
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Marco Ortalli’s Concrete Spectacular: Casa RBS

On the northern edge of Italy, in the historic center of Erba, Marco Ortalli has designed an angular concrete home: ‘Casa RBS’.
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Inside The Pavilions At This Year’s Venice Architecture Biennale

The theme for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is ‘Freespace’, a neologism that was read in vastly different ways by the curators of national pavilions. For Germany, it was an opportunity for reflection on the wall which once divided the nation. In ‘Unbuilding Walls’ they looked at not only the inner German wall but also […]

Venice Film Festival With Vogue Australia

It only feels like yesterday but last September during a run of perfect italian autumn days, I was lucky enough to attend the Venice Film Festival as a guest of the beautiful Jaeger-LeCoultre. An invitation to travel to a dream city for an adventure such as this was of course accepted with endless amounts of grateful enthusiasm…

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Unbuilding Walls: The German Pavilion At The Venice Biennale

This year marks a strange moment of historical symmetry for Berlin — the inner German border that divided the East from the West (1961-1989) has now been down for as long as it stood. It seems pertinent timing then for ‘Unbuilding Walls’, the German Pa…

Sunday Sanctuary: Union

Familiar to the union of old and new, ancient and modern this Sunday Sanctuary dates back to the 17th century. An old oil mill in Soglinao Cavour, a small village in the province of Lecce, Italy. The raw spirit of the home is still intact where ancient stone floors, walls are arches speak. The old

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Travel Guide: 3 Days In Venice

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve drifted off into a day dream and found myself wandering through the streets of Venice… Venice has always been right at the top of my list, but somehow I’ve never quite made it. … When I was a little girl my grandparents returned from a cruise through

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Pedevilla Architects Completes A Cooking Showroom At Bad Schörgau

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has completed a brand new cooking academy showroom for Bad Schörgau, a hotel in northeast Italy.
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Zaha Hadid Architects completes twisted Generali Tower in Milan

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a twisted tower that soars 170 metres above Milan, making it the third tallest building in the city. The international architecture firm’s recently completed Generali Tower is one of three skyscrapers being built at the CityLife development on the previous site of Milan’s trade fair grounds. Nicknamed Lo Storto, or, The Twisted One, Zaha Hadid Architects’

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Milan “will benefit from Brexit” as the city grows in confidence and status, say designers and critics

Milan is becoming a major cultural destination that could attract creative businesses away from London, according to leading figures in the city for its design week. Margriet Vollenberg, the Dutch curator behind the city’s Ventura Centrale and Venture Future exhibitions, said Milan was becoming a “world city”. “Brexit is an opportunity for Milan,” she said,

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Pedevilla Architects lines cookery school with perforated timber panels

Wooden surfaces perforated with a pattern of intersecting circles decorate this cookery school and showroom at a spa in South Tyrol. Local studio Pedevilla Architects designed the new building as part of the Bad Schörgau spa and hotel complex. It is located on a site on the banks of the Talfer river, where natural springs have

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Gabled tombs sit within serene courtyards at Italian cemetery

Mirco Simonato Architetto has added white-walled courtyards and simple gabled tombs to a cemetery in Megliadino San Vitale, northern Italy. The local architecture studio was employed by the council to discretely redesign the burial ground to create a place for quiet contemplation. As part of the brief the architects changed the layout of the cemetery, which sits surrounded

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Fully rotating house built in Italian countryside

Architect Roberto Rossi has completed a house in northern Italy that can rotate 360 degrees. Balanced on a central pillar, the octagonal house can be mechanically rotated in both directions to give its owner varied views. The rotation is also used to direct the house’s solar panels towards the sun. “The ability of the house to rotate was

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Vatican City’s first Venice Biennale pavilion to feature chapels by Foster, Souto de Moura and more

The Vatican City will make its debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year, by building a series of chapels by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Teronobu Fujimori. Curated by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co, the Holy See Pavilion will feature 10 chapels, designed by prolific architects from around the world. The other participating

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OMA adds white concrete gallery tower to Fondazione Prada art centre in Milan

OMA has added another building to its Fondazione Prada complex in Milan, a white concrete tower that will showcase a collection of contemporary art. Torre is the last of three new buildings that Rem Koolhaas’ firm has added to the former distillery compound where the Fondazione Prada art centre is located, in Largo Isarco, southern Milan. Koolhaas and colleagues Chris van

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Piuarch transforms abandoned aircraft factory into Gucci’s Milan headquarters

Italian office Piuarch has converted a former aircraft manufacturing facility in Milan into fashion brand Gucci’s new headquarters, adding a glazed tower wrapped in metal sunscreens to the rows of the brick-clad hangars. The complex of warehouse buildings close to the city’s Linate airport was originally completed in 1915 to house the final assembly plant

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Creature Comforts

Just out of shot there was a curious crowd assembling… Tourists and Venetians alike walking along the canal wondering what kind of creature was creeping along their walkway, or perhaps they were asking themselves why that person was acting in such a way? Well, there may be no particular rhyme or reason for this behaviour […]

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Monochrome Masterpieces: The Fire Stations Of Italy

Pedevilla Architects have designed two minimalist, monochromatic, functionalist fire stations in Italy — one casting a golden glow across the mountains in Vierschac, South Tyrol, the other, a rose-tinted building, warming the snowy landscape of Taufers…

Stazzo d’Aldia House By Altromodoarchitetcts

Sardinian architecture is characterized by its relationship with the Mediterranean landscape and the building techniques of the traditional rural structures of the island known as “lo stazzo.”  The Stazzo d’Aldia House by Altromodoarchitects takes its …

Concrete machinery depot by Deamicisarchitetti is submerged in a hillside at La Raia estate

This shed for storing heavy machinery at an estate in Italy’s Piedmont region is cut into a hillside and sheltered beneath a concrete overhang that swoops upwards to follow the site’s topography. The machinery depot designed by Milanese architecture studio Deamicisarchitetti is located on the estate of La Raia – a biodynamic farm and winery

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Milan City Guide

The Italian culture is one of generosity but it’s never been quite so apparent as it was to me in Milan.

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Shiseido Spa Milan

I had a deep cleansing facial at the Shiseido Spa Milan before leaving for London.

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Hotel Magna Pars Suites Milano

A light bright hotel that combines beautiful Italian design with elegant fragrances.

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Pinecone-shaped treehouse in the Dolomites allows visitors to sleep under the stars

A circular skylight in the tip of this pinecone-shaped treehouse by architect Claudio Beltrame in the Italian Alps allows the occupant to gaze up into the starry sky at night. The structure located in the town of Ugovizza in the Dolomites is available as a holiday let. Italian architect Claudio Beltrame created the treehouse in the shape of a

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David Chipperfield to restore historic palace on Venice’s Piazza San Marco

British architect David Chipperfield is to carry out major restoration works on the Procuratie Vecchie on Venice’s Piazza San Marco, which will see the palace opened to the public for the first time in 500 years. Due to be completed in 2020, the project will be a multi-million pound undertaking for its owners, the Italian insurance company the

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Richard Meier’s Cittadella Bridge separates traffic and pedestrians as they cross an Italian river

American architect Richard Meier has completed an arching single-span bridge across a river in the Italian city of Alessandria, which provides lanes for traffic and pedestrians separated by a central void. The 185-metre-long Cittadella Bridge connecting the city in northwest Italy with the 18th-century citadel on the opposite bank of the Tanaro River is the

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Milan City Break Style

Early in September I headed out to Milan for a few days. I had mixed expectations about this particular Italian city but came back with plans to return.
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Italian holiday home by 35a Studio features pointed roof and bare concrete interior

This holiday home in the Valverde region of northern Italy features deep square windows, bare concrete interiors and a roof that rises up towards steeply pointed corners. House R is located in the village of Casa D’Agosto and was designed by Monza-based 35a Studio for a Milanese couple who wanted a place to escape from the city. The

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AP House By GGA Gardini Gibertini Architects

Designed by GGA Gardini Gibertini Architects, this single family house bears witness to the rebirth of an ancient rural hamlet situated on top of one of the highest hills in Urbino, Italy.
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Florence to adopt Stefano Boeri’s “anti-terror” planters proposal

Stefano Boeri’s proposal to use trees and planters to protect against terror attacks instead of “ugly” military-style barriers is to be implemented in Florence, mayor Dario Nardella has announced. The Italian architect voiced his concerns about the negative impact of the barriers being installed in European cities following the recent vehicle-led terror attacks in Barcelona, London, Nice and

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Rural Italian residence combines traditional stone exterior with contemporary details

Italian studio GGA Architects has transformed the site of an old hilltop settlement in the country’s Marche region into a contemporary house comprising stone structures perched on a pigmented concrete plinth. AP House is situated on top of one of the highest hills in the area around the ancient walled city of Urbino, in the

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Pedevilla Architects adds angular blackened-larch extension to hotel in South Tyrol

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has completed an extension to a traditional Alpine hotel, comprising a monolithic blackened-timber volume with windows that jut from the walls and roof to optimise mountain views. Pedevilla Architects developed the six-storey extension for the Bühelwirt hotel, which is situated in the Ahrntal commune of northern Italy, just three kilometres from the Klausberg ski area.

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Florence Travel Story

Florence Travel Story Jiawa wears: Hunting World NYC 2 Way Draw String & Mini Duffle Bags; Kurt wears: Hunting World NYC Carry All Bag I wonder if the secret to Florence’s enduring beauty, its undisturbed Renaissance architecture, and its tiny cobbled streets that so far escaped the threat of urbanisation, owes partly to the fact that, apart from a particular week twice a year, it’s often overlooked as an Italian destination. But that one week, how everything changes. The showings, the parties, and the throngs of competitively well dressed men that overflow the terraces of Caffé Gilli, where cocktails and candy are served side by side. That it was Pitti Uomo once again (or simply ‘Pitti’, as affectionately know by the regular crowd) is obvious from the diminishing taxi availability and even more than usual sightings of coats worn as capes in the vicinity of Santa Maria Novella station. You may be forgiven for assuming that Pitti is a men’s street style event, rather than a men’s fashion industry trade show. It certainly does seem to the outsider that more people have come all over the world for the former rather than the latter. While all this will make a fascinating gander for […]

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Plasma Studio’s copper-clad apartment block has huge windows facing the Dolomites

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to wake up to views of the Dolomites at this complex of copper-clad holiday apartments in northern Italy by Plasma Studio. Architecture practice Plasma Studio designed the two-storey apartment block to provide six holiday homes accompanying an existing holiday residence. The two structures are joined by a single-storey volume, which hosts a communal area. Called Villa

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Carlo Ratti to transform Italian military barracks into open-source architecture laboratory

Architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans to transform a former 19th-century military complex in Turin, Italy, into a campus where students, workers and makers can set up their own labs and studios. Carlo Ratti Associati will transform the 20,000 square-metre Caserma Lamarmora barracks into “a testing ground for an open-source approach to architecture”. Using the barracks’ modular structure as a base, the Italian firm wants to open the building up

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Burano

After arriving in Venice and dropping off our luggage at LaGare Hotel in Murano, we spend the morning hours in Burano. We made hundreds of pictures here and I’m sure… Read More

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to Rome by train

Instead of doing the typical Summer holiday (rd. spending a week at the beach, sipping cocktails) we decided to visit three of Italy’s most popular and prettiest cities. I think… Read More

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All four seasons coexist in Milan garden proposed by Carlo Ratti

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans for a covered garden in Milan, which would use climate-control technology to allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter at any time of year. Carlo Ratti Associati designed The Garden of the Four Seasons to offer city-dwellers a closer glimpse of nature’s cycles. Summer, winter, autumn and spring are represented by four

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Drone footage captures Zaha Hadid’s mountaintop museum in South Tyrol

This video shot by drone captures the late Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, which is half buried into the peak of an Alpine mountain in Italy. The footage offers a drone’s eye view of the large volumes of the museum, which appear to burst through the rockface of Mount Kronplatz at 2,275 metres above sea level. Dezeen commissioned videographer Alaïa Fonk to

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Vertically sliding walls open Bergmeisterwolf’s Italian villa extension to the garden

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has completed an extension to a house on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda, featuring glazed walls that disappear into the ground to open the living area up to the garden. The client for the project – an economist from Vienna – wanted an addition that would add value to and improve

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1h. in Murano

During our trip in Venice, we slept in Hotel LaGare, which is located in Murano. A small island between Venice and Burano and known for its glass making. If you… Read More

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36h. in Venice

Our ten-day-long trip kicked off in Venice. I’ve been in town only once before, when I was about twelve years old. I didn’t remember much of it, so it was… Read More

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Ditta Artigianale

What started as a competition representing Italy in the coffee world, ended in an established coffeebrand. After winning the award, barista Francesco Sanapo wanted to do something more for his… Read More

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La Ménagère

La Ménagère is a flowershop, restaurant and coffeehouse in one, located close to the Duomo. It’s so pretty! Our favorite place to have breakfast. They have great coffee and the… Read More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes first phase of high-speed rail station in Naples

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the first section of a new high-speed train station on the outskirts of southern Italian city Naples, which is set to open this weekend. Napoli-Afragola High Speed Train Station was conceived as a bridge, with the concourse elevated above the train tracks. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) envisions that it will be

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Monolithic concrete house by Bergmeisterwolf emerges from an Alpine hillside

This bunker-like house in South Tyrol by local studio Bergmeisterwolf features an angular cutout that shelters a balcony overlooking the nearby valley. The house is situated next to a farmhouse occupied by the owner’s parents on a sloping site near the village of Neustift and close to the border with Austria. The building rises above

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Bergmeisterwolf reinterprets the traditional log cabin with Twisted House apartments

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has applied vernacular log cladding to this group of holiday apartments, which extend around a courtyard in the Italian alps. Contained within angular volumes, the Twisted House apartments were designed for a hillside site in South Tyrol, close to Bergmeisterwolf’s studio in the town of Brixen. Five accommodation units are contained within a

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Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into Tyrolean hillside

A three-storey house made entirely of concrete has been set into the steep slope of the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol by local architect Andreas Gruber. The mountainous setting in northern Italy came with a number of restrictions and regulations, which called for an innovative design that was sympathetic to its Alpine surroundings. “The special climatic conditions in

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Trio of broken arches house ossuaries in northern Italian cemetery

CN10 Architetti has built a trio of white concrete and marble funerary arches with space to host ossuaries and cinerary urns for a cemetery in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. CN10 Architetti formed the arches from six separate pieces, which are arranged in pairs to create a processional pathway for visitors to walk through the 75-square-metre mausoleum. The curved concrete

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Cities are “deeply tragic” says Rem Koolhaas

Architects have lost control of city design according to Rem Koolhaas, who says the gap between the profession’s rhetoric and the reality is wider in Italy than anywhere else. Speaking at a conference during Milan design week, the OMA founder said that Italy was “tortured” by this situation. “The architecture profession thought not so long ago that it knew how

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MAD and Stefano Boeri propose crinkled towers and vertical forests for Milan’s disused railway yards

MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Mecanoo are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across Milan, creating high-density housing and swaths of greenery. Milanese practice Cino Zucchi Architetti and Barcelona studio EMBT Miralles Tagliabue also developed ideas to reinvigorate the seven disused railway yards. The five proposals emerged from a workshop held in December 2016, which invited architects to reimagine

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Glass walls frame vineyard views from Modostudio’s mountain retreat

An abundance of gridded glazing aims to make the most of the spectacular views over Italy’s Adige Valley from this secluded mountain cabin by Modostudio. Italian architects Modostudio designed the 141-square-metre Mountain Retreat for a site close to Bozen in the Alps of South Tyrol. The two-storey dwelling features an inverted pitched roof. It also abuts an old stone

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BIG wins contest for San Pellegrino bottling factory in Italy

Bjarke Ingels has been announced the winner of a competition to design a new headquarters and bottling plant for the soft drinks company San Pellegrino in northern Italy. BIG was announced the winner of the San Pellegrino Flagship Factory contest at an event held in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan earlier

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Retractable “scallop shell” roof could be built over Verona’s Roman arena

The 2,000-year-old amphitheatre in Verona, Italy, could be transformed into an indoor stadium with this competition-winning proposal by German firms GMP and SBP. Architecture office GMP and engineering firm SBP won an international contest seeking ideas for a roof over the Roman arena, which was built in the first century but is still in use today as a major opera

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Three blackened-wood huts cantilever from mountain restaurant by Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak

A trio of glass-fronted gables project from this mountain restaurant that architects Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak have designed for skiers in the South Tyrolean Dolomites. Italian architects Pichler and Mikolajcak designed the Oberholz Mountain Hut restaurant for the Oberholz ski resort. Set on a small mound, it has its own direct connection to the ski slope. Located at 2000 metres in

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Nhow Milan

Milan, italian capital of fashion and design. ENG What a better accommodation to stop over while you are in town than a modern design hotel located in one of the… Read More

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Making the best of time when travelling

Making the best of time when travelling This editorial features: Cluse La Bohème classit watch in 38mm gold face and black stainless steel mesh band These the first weeks of 2017, I write to you, gloves and earmuffs at the ready, from a well-chilled Europe. My time piece choice of the moment, Cluse La Bohème with modern black stainless steel mesh band, befits perfectly the start of my fashion month travels from Pitti Uomo in Florence to Milano Moda Uomo (Milan Men’s Fashion Week). Stepping out bravely onto the road again leaves me facing the same licorice allsorts of delightful pleasures and trivial adversities that come with (at least my kind of) travel. Without fail, I set out with grand sweeping plans of doing all there is to do during a single trip. And therefore, I’m one for whom a regret for the misuse of time results in a different kind of morning-after-remorse altogether. But after many stress-filled trips of the past, fuelled by the fear of missing out, I am unfortunately no closer to the magical formula for making the best of travel time. However, there are three little strategies that I have come to trust to, if not save […]

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The Pyjama Traveler in Milan

The Pyjama Traveler in Milan Though to step out in one’s pyjamas is very un-Italian indeed. This editorial features: Silk Pyjama Shirt and Pant by Grana (use my code “JIAWAxGRANA” for 10% off, plus free shipping world wide) For a good many reasons, I always pack a pair (or two) of luxe silk pyjamas when I travel. On the one hand, it is for the simple practicality of sleeping with the softness of silk against the skin, and, on another – more supercilious – hand, to throw on for an impromptu photo-op in a luxurious interior, where a certain state of undress is warranted. Then, of course, there is the morning after the night before, where, in that very Italian way, the deliciously lengthy process of aperitif, dinner, and then drinks after (occasionally with a party in between) had progressed into the small hours, and one simply does not want to get dressed at all. However, the rub of it all is that, despite such elaborate evening activities, to step out in one’s pyjamas the next day, is very un-Italian indeed. The Milanese woman is closer to the patriarchal old world than many of their more progressive European counterparts (demonstrated also in […]

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Studio Fuksas suspends cloud-like auditorium inside Rome convention centre

Studio Fuksas has completed a convention centre and hotel complex in Rome, featuring an auditorium in a translucent fibreglass “cloud”, suspended within a huge glass box. According to the studio, which is led by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, the New Rome/EUR Convention Hall and Hotel is the largest building completed in the Italian capital in over

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Lorenzo Guzzini references Japanese tea houses with simple home in Italian alps

The pyramidal roof of this house near Italy’s Lake Como takes cues from traditional Japanese tea houses, and is slanted to allow low winter sun to reach the rustic interior. The property is situated on a small hillside plot surrounded by woodland on the edge of the village of Dizzasco, from which it overlooks a

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Glass-bottomed pool by NOA projects out from Alpine hotel

A glazed panel in the base of this cantilevered swimming pool by architecture studio NOA gives bathers dramatic views of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. NOA created the 25-metre-long pool for Hotel Hubertus, a holiday resort for skiers and hikers in the Italian province of South Tyrol. It is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain with impressive views of the surrounding Dolomites

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Call for entries to Experiential Beer Garden competition 2016

Dezeen promotion: entries are now open for architects and designers to submit ideas to transform a 16th-century Italian villa into a beer brewery. The Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has teamed up Unindustria – the Italian Association of Industrials – to create the Experiential Beer Garden for Italian brewery Villa Zarri. The competition invites applicants to suggest ways to transform the abandoned villa, located in the Emilian

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Holiday Blues

I was away quite a bit this summer and I loved every minute. I’m so lucky to live in London but to travel is a dream. And, I appreciate London all the more for having left it. Early in the summer we spent a weekend in Lucca, Italy and shot this classic look whilst there. I’m always mixing blue shirts […]

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Herzog & de Meuron completes gabled Feltrinelli Porta Volta building in Milan

A grid of glazing covers the long, gabled form of this Milan building designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to host a research centre and offices. The Feltrinelli Porta Volta building occupies a plot of land in the city’s Porta Volta district – named after a gate in the 16th-century walls that once surrounded the city. Its elongated and pointed volume is carved up

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The Applesauna By Noa* Network

noa* network of architecture built a sauna for the ‘Apfelhotel Torgglerhof’ in Northern Italy that melts with the nature it is surrounded by. Like the hotel’s name “Apfelhotel” which means ‘apple hotel’ in German, the guiding them…