Alfonso Bialetti’s espresso machine was originally a symbol of modernism and empire during Mussolini’s heyday. But its engagingly simple operation and distinctive design have become the epitome of Italian style
In Milan next week, the architect is launching Double Zero, a luxurious dining chair that will be the forerunner to a whole series. For our current issue, we travelled to the Italian brand's factory in Udine to watch him put final touches to his design
It's been a hectic year for the Italian designer. A solo show in Glasgow, new pieces for major brands and curatorial endeavours in London and Milan have revealed him to be not just one of the design world's most prolific operators, but also one of its most original thinkers
Faye Toogood, Issey Miyake, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Coop Himmelb(l)au and Vivienne Westwood are among those who have designed outfits for an exhibition in Milan that speculates about the kind of jobs that we might eventually do
This collection of essays and interviews sheds much-needed light on an era of radical sociopolitical change, says Steve Parnell.
The sleek mahogany yachts made by Italian boatyard Riva in its 1950s and 60s heyday are a high watermark in the relationship between art and luxury. But the world of ostentatious status symbols continues to court that of high culture – and vice versa. Charles Holland made a visit to Riva's base for Icon's August issue.