Mille Miglia, a race of classic, vintage, and priceless motor cars

Enzo Ferrari called Mille Miglia the most beautiful race in the world and a unique travelling museum with its convoy of priceless classic and vintage Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Maseratis, Ferraris racing through the rolling Tuscan hills. Read the full tale here #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 20%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px... Read More

Brilliant reviews for The Life Negroni

A book I recently co-authored has been receiving some wonderful reviews from the press since its publication a few months ago, and the reviews keep coming in! The Life Negroni, designed by Spinach, is a project purely from the heart, straddling the world of spirits and mixology, of art and design, of style and fashion, of history, people and places… even cars. Thank you to all the critics out there from design and architecture magazines,... Read More

Pininfarina on material and colour trends in car design

Materials, and colour and trim will increasingly occupy a more central role in automotive design. We catch up with Fabio Filippini, chief creative officer at Pininfarina, who shares his thoughts on the growing trends in this area and explores how his team at the Italian design consultancy are navigating the future of the interior. How would you define the current major material, and colour and trim trends? The trend is in offering more variety... Read More

Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness

‘I am a stickler for detail who loves uncertainty,’ wrote Piero Fornasetti. The quote opens Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness, a glimpse into the life of this popular Italian artist and a delicious book in looks, feel and subject that begs to be opened, and the content devoured. Fornasetti (1913-1988) was a painter, draughtsman, engraver, decorator and designer. Above all he was a purveyor of imagination, of poetry, something that he introduced... Read More

Italian Futurism 1909-1944

Italy was a relatively new country at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was barely 30 years old – the industrial north and traditional farming communities in the south had little in common. This was the Italy Benito Mussolini grew up in. It was also where the avant-garde Futurist movement was born. The Italian Futurists worshiped modernity. They admired industry, speed, technology, planes and automobiles. ‘We declare that... Read More

Modena’s Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari

There is something fantastically Fellini-esque about this documentary of Enzo Ferrari’s account for his love of his birthplace Modena where a new Ferrari museum opened this weekend. Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari celebrates the life and work of the founder of the Italian supercar maker and features some of the marque’s most iconic cars. Love or loath cars, many of these are simply beautiful objects of desire. Designed by architects Jan Kaplický... Read More

Flos, Cocksedge, BMW poetic light installation

It is almost the incidentals that make this light installation a little bit special. A creative venture involving a trio with very different skills, Sestoseno is a fusion of LED technology and design, and ultimately a celebration of light. Italian light maker Flos, German car designer Adrian van Hooydonk and British product designer Paul Cocksedge worked closely to create this light installation as part of the Salone del Mobile in Milan. #gallery-7... Read More

Book review: The Furniture of Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino (1905-73), the maverick Italian designer, created site specific and commissioned pieces that are considered works of art – a 1948 table sold for around $4m at an auction recently setting a world record for a piece of twentieth-century furniture. #gallery-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-8 img { border:... Read More