Fruit Exhibition: Independent Art Book Fair

Fruit Exhibition, the international market for independent paper and digital art publishing, will be back in Bologna from 1 to 3 February 2019

Schizoid Personality Disorder, Silvia Tempia Valenta

Fruit Exhibition (Bologna, Palazzo Isolani, 1-3 February 2019) is artists’ books, catalogues, graphic design projects, paper goods, zines and much more! The event, now in its seventh edition, is open to the public and will be held in the ancient palace overlooking Piazza Santo Stefano, one of the city’s most important places.

FOX Craft, Modular Bauhaus

100 independent Italian and international publishers, among the best of all, will take part in it and the focus for 2019 is on humor. Because, to deal with culture in Italy today, a good dose of humor is needed as well as colors and a bit of lightheartedness. The common mental association culture = seriousness (i.e. boredom) must be overcome, with irony and the ability to surprise.

Donald, Diego Bonci

This year’s new feature at Fruit Exhibition is the FIP – Fruit Indie Publishing Award, promoted with the historic Favini paper factory and aimed at selecting the best prototypes of art books, independent editorial projects and zines. Entering the competition is free and it is open to all the artists and publishers who will submit, in digital format, an unpublished editorial project focused on humor by 15 March 2019. Fruit Exhibition is a project by Crudo organizzazione di eventi (with the support of Comune di Bologna and Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna). [LB]

BOLO paper

Ditre Italia: Style and Comfort Night and Day

The sofas, beds and furnishing accessories by Ditre create coordinated spaces that meet contemporary style and wellbeing needs

Evans sofa bed, daytime setting

Exclusive objects in which sartorial details become a design choice, high quality products with a unique style, coordinated and enveloping living proposals: these are the characteristics of Ditre Italia sofas, beds, armchairs and furnishing accessories, designed to enhance contemporary comfort.

Here the Evans sofa bed (Ditre Italia) is open, night setting

And the Ditre Italia flagship store, located in a historic building in the heart of Milan, at Via Carducci 38, presents the creations of the Veneto-based company on a large, bright stage. Among them is Evans, the sofa designed by Guido Rosati that becomes a bed, available also in the corner version.

Another possible arrangement of the Evans sofa

Refined taste and high craftsmanship distinguish the new sofa collections Althon and Nevyll, for which designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have chosen natural leather and fine fabrics to create fixed and modular solutions.

Attention to detail, sartorial style and careful study in the combination of materials, fabrics and leathers can be seen in the Kanaha beds (The Relax Collection), designed by Daniele Lo Scalzo Moscheri, who wanted to reinterpret the style of the great masters of design.

Kanaha bed, particular, Ditre Italia

The company entrusted Stefano Spessotto with the design of Aulos, the series of accessories with transparent glass tops and metal legs arranged in an asymmetrical way.

Aulos coffee tables, Ditre Italia

Very elegant in the dual front-back colored version, St. Tropez is the armchair by Ditre dedicated to relaxation, thanks to its comfortable, slightly oversized seat. Sober, but never banal colors give personality to soft furniture and accessories such as the Scratch rug, which, when combined, offer harmony and functionality. Text Giulia Bruno]

Fruit Exhibition: editoria d'arte indipendente

A Bologna, dall'1 al 3 febbraio 2019, torna Fruit Exhibition il market internazionale dell'editoria d'arte indipendente, cartacea e online

Schizoid Personality Disorder, Silvia Tempia Valenta

Fruit Exhibition (Bologna, Palazzo Isolani, 1-3 febbraio 2019) è libri d'artista, cataloghi, progetti grafici, cartotecnica, zine e molto di più! L'evento, aperto al pubblico, è alla settima edizione e quest'anno si tiene nell'antico palazzo che si affaccia su Piazza Santo Stefano, uno dei cuori della città.

FOX Craft, Modular Bauhaus

In mostra 100 editori indipendenti, italiani e stranieri, tra i migliori in assoluto e il focus per il 2019 punta allo humor. Proprio perché per occuparsi di cultura oggi in Italia ce n'è anche molto bisogno, insieme ai colori e a un po' di leggerezza. Va superata l'associazione mentale fissa: cultura = serietà (leggi noia), e va fatto con ironia e capacità di sorprendere.

Donald, Diego Bonci

Novità di quest'anno per Fruit Exhibition è il premio FIP – Fruit Indie Publishing, promosso con la storica cartiera Favini, e rivolto a selezionare i migliori prototipi di libro artistico, progetti editoriali indipendenti e zines. Il concorso è gratuito e rivolto a tutti gli artisti e editori che presenteranno entro il 15 marzo 2019 un progetto editoriale inedito, in formato digitale, che indaghi il tema dello humor. Fruit Exhibition è un progetto di Crudo, organizzazione di eventi (con il sostegno del Comune di Bologna e di Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna). [LB]


The multi-family chalet designed by Studio Oikos in Chamonix combines stone and wood, interiors and exteriors, giving a contemporary take on traditional Alpine homes

Oikos, a renowned Milan-based architecture studio, has designed Casa RDG: a striking multi-family chalet in perfect harmony with the breathtaking panorama offered by Mont Blanc, which, with its traditional mountain architectural style, recalls old Haute-Savoie farmhouses.

The house is decorated with old untreated solid wood from exterior to interior walls, from floor to furniture, which perfectly harmonizes with granite details and two large fireplaces. Wood and stone are combined in every room, including the bathroom, which features Vero countertop washbasins by Duravit that perfectly integrate in this space.

The lower ground floor and the large glass façades of the living room draw the surrounding natural environment into the house almost blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. Naturalness and essentiality blend with the modern design of drop chandeliers and stainless-steel elements in the kitchen.

[Text Carlotta Russo/Photo ©Studio_Oikos]

Florence: Home TexStyle, the Fair Dedicated to High-Quality Textiles

Home TexStyle, the new fair for home and nautical textiles, revamps a high-quality Made in Italy sector in Florence

Firenze Home TexStyle (organized by Firenze Fiera in collaboration with Acropoli Srl of Bologna), held at the Fortezza da Basso from 2 to 4 February 2019, is an important event that fills a gap in the Italian trade scene displaying the excellence of the Italian textile sector.

Linen, tablecloths, curtains, carpets, textile publishing and nautical textiles will occupy the 3,300 sq m Padiglione Cavaniglia: a space of great charm, history and technology, where exhibiting companies will present the latest moods, the new styles and the latest trends as well as new and original combinations to an audience of increasingly demanding buyers, professionals and operators in search of new proposals and creative suggestions.

The mission of the fair, in conjunction with the 12th edition of Immagine Italia & Co., preview of underwear and lingerie collections (promoted and organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Pistoia), is to become the Italian reference point for textiles declined across all sectors – household linen, furnishing and nautical textiles – showing the vitality of the Italian approach, the high quality of craftsmanship, the importance of tradition and the originality of Italian talents. [Text Chiara Sgreccia]

The Rooms of Rome and Caviar Kaspia at palazzo rhinoceros

Palazzo rhinoceros in Rome, restored by Jean Nouvel for Fondazione Alda Fendi – Esperimenti, is a new destination dedicated to art connoisseurs and hospitality

Foto ©Ateliers-Jean-Nouvel

palazzo rhinoceros, inaugurated on October 11th, 2018, is a multipurpose space obtained from a historic building of the 17th century (between the Arch of Janus and the area of the Roman Forum) that hosts Fondazione Alda Fendi – Esperimenti, the twenty-four apartments of The Rooms of Rome and the elegant Caviar Kaspia Roma restaurant.

The apartments designed by Jean Nouvel and commissioned by Kike Sarasola – President and Founder of Room Mate group – are intended for short or long stays. They are spread over three floors of palazzo rhinoceros and offer their guests an authentic holistic art experience where architecture and culture live in harmony establishing a dialogue between history and modernity.

The upper floor of palazzo rhinoceros hosts Caviar Kaspia Roma, a restaurant with three panoramic terraces that, in addition to breathtaking views of the monuments of Rome, offers, thanks to chef Giovanni Giammarino’s versatile cuisine, an original blend of Russian, French and Italian tastes. [Text Arianna Callocchia]

Terrace of the Caviar Kaspia restaurant at palazzo rhinoceros (Photo AJN)

#Youngtalents and 'adaptable living'

Room for Milk is a multidisciplinary studio that focuses on flexibility and personalization. Through this concept, individuals have the ability to accessorize and influence, thus making it their own.

Adaptable Living’ is a concept that shows how allowing the individual to customize their furnishings around their own lifestyle, creates a new connection to one's own furniture and creating a comfortable living.

Flap Mirrors

Flexibility and personalization as the key features of ‘Pivot’: the shelves can be positioned into a straight position; catty corner to match the angle of the walls; or simply become a partition. The main frame allows it to function as a clothes hanger, or simply as a personal home gallery where photos can be displayed inside the frame.

{%CAPTION%}‘Light Cradle’ is a lighting fixture with features inspired by the comforting nature of the baby cradle and rocking stool. A simple gesture drawn transversally, mimicking a single stroke of a brush creates a sensation of openness in the spatial framework with balance. It is produced with the help of the latest 3D-pipe bending technology allowing for precise adjustments. [Text A.M.]

Light Cradles


Milan: Charles Fréger’s Photographs at Armani/Silos

Giorgio Armani hosts Fabula, Charles Fréger’s exhibition, along with his 2019 menswear collections at the theater in the Milan headquarters

Poster of the Fabula exhibition, photographs by Charles Fréger at Armani Silos, Milan, 2019

The pictures by photographer Charles Fréger that make up ‘Fabula’, presented during Milan Men’s Fashion Week (11-14 January 2019), will be on show until 24 March 2019 at Armani/Silos (via Bergognone 40, Milano).

Armani/Silos, Milan

Over 250 photographs by Fréger, from individual to group portraits: the focus is on uniforms, theatre costumes, traditional masks and much more, and the leitmotiv is the sense of belonging expressed through clothes.

Photograph by Charles Fréger

The French artist explores the dress codes adopted by small and large groups, focusing on the outer layers – dresses, masks, accessories, details – used all over the world – Europe, Japan, Central and South America – highlighting the power of clothing as a mean of nonverbal communication.

Unwana, Rwanda 2005, photograph by Charles Fréger

As explained by Charles Fréger: “Exhibiting at the Armani/Silos is a chance to introduce my photographic series since 2000 in a very inspiring space. It feels like visualizing the works chapter by chapter, as if the sublime architecture of the Silos was giving the rhythm to the photographic exhibition. There’s a sensation of time and evolution, a conversation with the rooms, the grey concrete walls and the precise lighting giving the best possible echo to the color of my photographs. An echo which is also at stake between the Armani silhouettes gracefully displayed and the uniforms, costumes and masquerades unfolded in the photographs.”

“The vitality of color is what caught my eye first, drawing my attention to the work of Charles Fréger,” says Giorgio Armani. “That color, however, is no mere visual feat: it is a depiction of human energy. As a fashion designer, I know clothing is charged with a great symbolic meaning: Fréger constantly reminds us of that, scavenging the deepest aspects of dressing up as a way of communicating. I am very happy to host such an exhibition at Armani/Silos.” [Text Giorgia De Sanctis]

Fantasia 2008, foto di Charles Fréger


Oled R, the Rollable TV by LG

A 65-inch, 4K resolution TV that rolls down into its base, Oled R is a new product presented by LG Electronics at CES 2019

At Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show 2019, LG surprises us again.

In addition to presenting the world’s first capsule-based craft beer making machine, the South Korean giant draws our attention with Oled R, a TV that rolls like a sheet of paper disappearing into an elegant base.

Last year LG presented the rollable TV technology as a future possibility for its Oled panels, of which it is the sole manufacturer. That possibility has become real with LG Oled R, the new 65-inch and 4K resolution TV of the Signature line, available by end of 2019.

What’s the use of a product like this? Don’t think about it as a mere television, but as a design object that you can show with pride or hide whenever you like.

Oled R offers three viewing options. In addition to the classic TV mode when fully rolled up, there is The Hidden Zero View: the screen completely disappears into the base, allowing you to see what is generally hidden behind it and to place it wherever you like – even in front of a large window, not just before a wall. In this mode, it also acts as a sound bar compatible with mobile devices.

The last and perhaps the most creative option is The Horizon Line View, which allows this new LG TV to unleash its potential: it becomes an elongated screen offering 5 features – Music, Clock, Frame (for your pictures), Mood, and Home Dashboard.

The price has not been announced yet but it is very likely that, although it will not be a low-cost product, LG Oled R will be immediately a great success on the global market. [Text: Giuseppe D’Orsi]

At Maxxi 'L’Anello Mancante' by De Lucchi in HI-MACS®

'L'Anello Mancante' is an installation belonging to the ‘Nature’ cycle of Galleria Gian Ferrari: according to Michele De Lucchi it expresses the necessary relationships between opposite elements

In Rome, the site-specific installation 'L’Anello Mancante' (‘the missing link’) created by Michele De Lucchi with the innovative material HI-MACS®, can be visited until March 3rd, 2019 and belongs to the NATURE exhibition cycle in which various designers are invited to illustrate the relationship between nature and artifice, at Galleria Gian Ferrari, MAXXI Museum.

“A missing link – says Michele De Lucchi – is the element that joins the isolated parts of a broken, open chain. We often need this today. More and more links are needed that will connect the manifold ramifications of social, political, economic, cultural, and even moral relationships. But we also need other links that will actually physically connect the ideas of fullness and emptiness, of closed space and open space, of container and content.”

The result is an architecture allowing one to walk inside it, an open ring constructed from a tubular structure covered with a shell of over 800 shingles in HI-MACS® Alpine White that are slightly apart from one another.

Light comes from the outside, visitors look upwards and the LED lighting system gives the installation an ethereal aura, as ambiguous as the relation between inside and outside, public and private, light and shadow, hidden and unveiled. Inside the ring everything is magnified and sounds, step by step, become louder.

The material has proved to be fundamental for the project: HI-MACS® (solid surface) is resistant and easy to work with, makes joints invisible, is non-porous and easy to maintain, allowing for long-lasting aesthetic results.

The shingles are pure shapes that, thanks to the partial interaction with light, amplify the sense of three-dimensionality.

The LED system emphasizes and reflects the surfaces of the structure amplifying the 3D effect, creating a sensory journey that invites visitors to explore both the space and their emotions. [Text Arianna Callocchia and Chiara Sgreccia]

Preparatory sketches by Michele de Lucchi for the installation L’Anello Mancante at Maxxi, 2018