Brooks Brothers Outfits to Get Back to Work

Brooks Brothers, America’s oldest clothing brand, with elegance and a modern twist has outfitted many US Presidents and is ready to dress international businessmen with the fall 2018 collection

Being part of the history of fashion and lifestyle for two centuries, Brooks Brothers has outfitted almost all the Presidents of the United States and in 2018 celebrates its 200th anniversary.

An emblem of tradition and innovation from the beginning, it has been the first company to offer ready-made clothes, to invent the button-down shirt (1896) and the non-iron shirt, to spread the use of fabrics such as madras and seersucker.

Since the opening of a small family haberdashery in New York City in 1818 by Henry Sands Brooks, the growth of the brand has been unstoppable and it has become a global brand combining formal wear and functional comfort.

Characterized by a classic and timeless elegance with a modern twist, the brand is distributed in over 280 stores in the United States – including the historic first shop on the corner of Catherine Street and Cherry Street in New York – and more than 700 stores in 45 countries all over the world. [Text Barbara Tassara – Photo courtesy of Brooks Brothers]

Thonet Editions for the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus

Thonet revives the tradition of the Bauhaus with a limited series of the iconic S 533 F by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reinterpreted by Marcel Besau and Eva Marguerre

The two versions of the S533 F chair reinterpreted by Besau-Marguerre for Thonet

Since September 2018, Thonet has made available 100 anthracite and 100 soft rose specimens of the famous S 533 F by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Besau and Marguerre, Hamburg-based designers, have respected the ‘less is more’ motto so dear to the German architect who gave the chair its oscillating characteristic, replacing the overlaying tubes of Mart Stam’s cantilever chair without rear legs (1926) with a wide arch.

Some history: Thonet pieces of furniture achieved success in 1859, with the chair no. 14, today no. 214, and 50 million specimens sold, the first to be industrially produced, thanks to the innovative bending technology of solid beech wood.

S 43 chair, designed by Mart Stam

At the dawning of design: The use of tubular steel and the collaboration with famous architects, such as Mart Stam, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Pérriand, A. Guyot, made it possible to design absolutely innovative furniture for the Thirties, products that are timeless and are still proposed by the Frankenberg-based company.

Thonet All Seasons Collection

With other special editions, Thonet, the iconic company in the history of international design, re-proposes some Bauhaus classics: the Classic in Colours collection adds amazing colors to the frames of Mart Stam’s S 43, the S 411 lounge chair, the S 32 and S 64 chairs by Marcel Breuer, the B 9 and B 97 side tables.

S 35 from the Pure Materials line by Thonet

The Pure Materials line is based on natural materials, wood finishes treated with oil and leather, revisiting the classics in tubular steel. Thonet has also conceived a collection suitable for outdoors and all times of the year with Thonet All Seasons, characterized by a protective coating and a special technology used to treat the materials of the cantilever chairs and the side tables redesigned (2016) by Miriam Püttner of the Thonet Design Team. [Text Giulia Bruno]

Liventia and WiWell: Two Bright and Healthy Ideas!

Grass blades used as optical fiber: here are the lamps that sanitize the air in the rooms and walk-in closets

Designed and produced by WippyIdea, Liventia can be defined as a Made in Italy project of excellence. Designed and produced in Italy, it has a modern and plain design, characterized by a handmade marble base that incorporates and displays the grass collected from river Livenza, which, acting as optical fiber, is able to convey the light through the entire structure.


Presented at Inhabits, the Fuorisalone 2018 event organized by Design Diffusion, Liventia by WippyIdea turned out to be a winning innovation.

The lamp, as explained by Lucio Tomasella, Marketing Director at WippyIdea, performs a sterilization and sanitation function and harnesses the UV light technology that, together with a titanium dioxide gel, purifies the air.

In addition to sterilizing all objects in the immediate vicinity, the onyx base acts as an induction charger, allowing you to recharge mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The project, which has been a huge success, was financed through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.


Following the success of Liventia, as Tomasella confirms, WippyIdea has decided to launch WiWell, a minimal light panel that, besides illuminating the walk-in closet, will perform an antimicrobial and anti-mold action thanks to the strong oxidation caused by the nanotechnology and the light, which will allow it to remove pollutants, fumes and unpleasant smells from clothes. [Text Giuseppe D’Orsi]

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'Unico e Ripetibile': Mass Production and Art on Show

In Milan at Palazzo della Triennale, Massimo De Carlo’s collections shed light on graphics and design, art and industry

Alighiero Boetti, 'Attirare l’attenzione', 1989. [Ph. Alessandro Zambianchi. Courtesy M. De Carlo, Milan/ London/ Hong Kong]

The over 100 pieces on show for 'Unico e Ripetibile. Arte e Industria nelle collezioni di Massimo De Carlo', exhibition running from 12 September to 7 October 2018 at Palazzo della Triennale in Milan, come from all over the world.

Artistic director Edoardo Bonaspetti presents selected works (such as Alighiero Boetti’s embroidered lettering, ceramics of the Weimar Republic, AG Fronzoni’s posters) to make visitors reflect on the relationships between new disciplines and production systems through the culture of the 20th century. The set-up is by Matilde Cassani.

Alighiero Boetti, 'Far quadrare tutto', 1979. [Ph. Alessandro Zambianchi. Courtesy M. De Carlo, Milan/ London/ Hong Kong]

Alighero Boetti used to create works that brought together ancient Afghan artisanal techniques and reflections on authorship. The exhibition shows a selection of works collected by De Carlo during thirty years of passionate research.

Ceramics of the Weimar Republic, dish, Wächtersbacher Steingutfabrik, from 1928/29 to 1935

The first historical example of mass production and art is represented by the ceramics produced in Weimar before WWII, decorated using stencils and spray-painting.

Ceramics of the Weimar Republic, cake plate, Steingutfabrik Grünstadt AG, around 1930

The result of the combination between Art Deco aesthetics and mechanical labor, the ceramics of the Weimar Republic became expression of the fertile and very famous Bauhaus movement also in abstract decorations.

Poster ‘Corsi di formazione per insegnanti’, 1980

AG Fronzoni (Angiolo Giuseppe Fronzoni), Italian graphic designer, industrial designer and teacher, flawlessly used color to show how excess means waste from an aesthetic, moral and ethic point of view. [Text Giulia Bruno]

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#Youngtalents: Beckmans College of Design

The collaboration between the Beckmans College of Design and six leading Swedish companies allowed the students to realize their ideas and produce a prototype

The 6 prototypes produced by the students with the collaboration of some Swedish companies

Beckmans College of Design shows design collaborations with six of Sweden's foremost furniture producers – Blå Station, Gärsnäs, Johanson Design, Källemo, Massproductions and Materia. 12 final-year students in Product Design have in teams of two collaborated with one each of these companies. The companies have generously shared their time and expertise within materials and techniques and the student have collaborated closely with them to realize their ideas and to produce a prototype. The result is shown in the ‘Hear Us Out’ exhibition, with six products.


Kolonn by Lisa Lindh and Klara Hedengren for Massproductions. Kolonn is an object that operates between sculptur and room and can both divide and create new spaces. It is the first piece of furniture ever to be entirely made out of cellulose fibers.


Vent by Sarah Hasselqvist and Melinda Urbansdotter for Johanson Design. The soft, voluminous, and playful shapes of Vent are inspirered by a rising dough as it swells out between different metal structures.


Kaj by Ida Björses and Celine Strömbäck for Blå Station experiments with balance and mirroring forms, symmetry and assymmetry seeking a construction that emphasizes each one of the materials wood, leather and metal. A piece of furniture that can be used as a hall furniture and a sideboard with both seating and a counter top.


Fortuna by Hanna Stenström and Jennie Adén for Materia. A large, organic piece of furniture inspired by the shape of a fortune cookie and emphasizing Materia’s expertise in needlework.


The stool-series Fransson by Anna Herrmann and Lisa Jonsson for Gärsnäs. A stackable stool in which the materials pine, beech-wood, and walnut combined with leather and textile give the stools different expressions. The skilled craftsmen and engineers of Gärsnäs, with their absolute feeling for craft skills and quality, have inspired the students.


The shelf Arbor by Madeleine Nelson and Frida Pettersson for Källemo. The shelf is a practical item of furniture that can house a varied content as well as function on its own as a sculpture with an architectonic expanding expression. The materials birch wood and iron, are both taken from Källemo’s library of materials.

[Annamaria Maffina] /

The Strengths of Ambiente 2019

Ambiente will be in Frankfurt from 8 to 12 February 2019 after the success of the latest edition and India will be the partner country

A picture of the Dining area, Ambiente 2018 [Photo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH/Petra Welzel]
Ambiente, the world’s leading trade fair of the immenseconsumer goods industry, exhibits its incredible variety of products divided into three macro sections: Dining (kitchen, table and houseware); Living (design furnishings); Giving (gift ideas).

Ambiente is the yardstick of consumer goods trends and the meeting point for international manufacturers and buyers: going to Ambiente in Frankfurt is the same as traveling around the world of consumer goods in 5 days.

Ambiente 2018, Point of Experience [Photo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH /Pietro Sutera]
The final results

of the February 2018 edition show an enormous success: 4,441 exhibitors from 89 countries received a record number of visitors and buyers from 168 countries. As to the international aspect, it must be highlighted that 80% exhibitors were not from Germany. The top ten visitor nations after Germany were Italy, China, France, the United States, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Korea and Switzerland.

Ambiente 2018, Country Partner Olanda, mostra Do Dutch [Photo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH /Pietro Sutera]

If the partnercountry in February 2018 was the Netherlands, for Ambiente 2019 it will be India, the eighth country appointed to perform this important role and the second, after Japan, representing Asia. India, a ‘continent’ characterized by incomparable diversity and artisanal traditions, already present with a very high number of exhibitors, will present itself with a special show next winter.

Ambiente 2018, spazio Talents [Photo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH /Pietro Sutera]
In addition to the exhibition organized by the partner country, there will be two areas dedicated to young talents:

Talents, emerging designers working in the fields of tableware and interior design (the deadline for the designers willing to submit their application is 4 October 2018), and Next, the section dedicated to creative startups (deadline: 15 October). Solutions is the initiative that displays the most innovative kitchen and household appliances as to functionality and design; in this case, companies are invited to submit their application by 19 November 2018. The deadline to apply for an entry in the Ethical Style Guide is 8 November and 15 November 2018 for the Contract Business Guide with HoReCa. And we are all looking forward to discovering the Trends 2019 by the Ambiente Academy. [LB]


Miu Miu of the Prada Group Opens in China

The Prada Group inaugurates two Miu Miu stores in the prestigious SKP mall in Xi'an, a luxury retail leader in China

Strengthening its partnership with SKP, a luxury retail leader in China, the Prada Group opens two Miu Miu stores, the contemporary womenswear line. The first shop hosts clothes, accessories, bags and footwear collections of the current season that have been presented on the international catwalks.

The second store is entirely dedicated to accessories, displayed on marble counters and small round sofas.

The SKP mall redesigned by Sybarite London, located in the center of the former capital of China and the country’s oldest city, Xi’an, is a reference point for shopping covering a surface of 2.5 million square meters and offering an unrivalled immersive experience. Sybarite designed it in such a way as to adapt it to the environment, with a layered honeycomb façade inspired by Moorish architecture.

With the opening of the prestigious SKP mall in Xi'an, the Prada Group inaugurates seven new stores: three for Prada, two for Miu Miu and two for Church's. The distinctive features of the brands characterize the atmosphere of the interiors, the furnishings and the display areas of fashion items. On the occasion of the opening of the mall, Prada also presented the pop-up project ‘Prada Silver Line’, an itinerant railway station with products especially chosen for each stop of the journey of this original installation. [Text Barbara Tassara – Pictures of Miu Miu stores, SKP Mall, Xi'an, Photo courtesy of Prada Group]

Preview: Kortrijk Biennale Interieur 2018

The Belgian event turns 50 and in the second half of October 2018 it will present top design brands, themed exhibitions and the beginning of the Interieur Festival

Interieur Kortrijk 2018 logo

Save the date: from 18 to 22 October 2018, Kortrijk, Belgium, will host the Biennale Interieur in which the best design brands of the world will take part.

This year is particularly important since it marks the 50th anniversary of the Biennale. Among the most important exhibitors we can mention Flos, cc-tapis, Fritz Hansen and Hem, and prestigious designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and Barber & Osgerby. In total, over 200 brands will participate, with products ranging from the kitchen to the bathroom, from textiles to carpets, but also lighting design, furniture and technology.

The event will host also lectures and themed exhibitions such as

Scenography, designed by Studio Verter, is a central space that characterizes the overall layout of the event: a sort of ideal city where you can find the typical architectural elements of any city, such as a fountain, some statues and a kiosk.

Layout of Scenography, Interieur Kortrijk 2018

The floor is yours, a space dedicated to emerging designers and firms such as Atelier Piraat, Bultin, Concealed Studio from Canada and Antikapratika from Germany.

Interieur Awards is another interesting platform that awards and presents new ideas by young designers to an audience of professionals that could be interested in them.

Spaces’ presents three young architecture firms that were given the opportunity to design the concept of a café, including the interior layout and the coordinated image related to the food & beverage offering.

A vintage picture of the first edition of Interieur Kortrijk, 1968

The event will be accompanied by Interieur Festival, in the city until 4 November 2018, in an extraordinary location, i.e. the former AZ Groeninge Sint-Maarten hospital. [Valentina Dalla Costa]