Florence has it all: history,
culture, art and food. The medieval centro
storico is crammed full of imposing Romanesque palazzos, ornate churches clad in green and white marble, historic piazzas, cobbled streets, and beautiful
bridges. The city’s museums house some of the most extensive Renaissance art
and sculpture collections in the world.
In honor of Escapes month, I'm sharing these beautiful photographs by Jessica Backhaus of one of my favorite areas: Burano and Venice. The images are remarkable because Jessica Backhaus has managed to
take original photos of familiar, highly photographed areas.
You know how going on holiday is relaxing and refreshing, but sometimes also opens up a whole new can of worms? Since visiting Puglia in southern Italy with my sister earlier this month, I have a new compulsion, and it involves obsessively researching every masseria in existence, and planning a fantasy/someday trip that somehow hits them all. As you can imagine, this takes up much of my time (and quite a chunk of my future earnings, I'd reckon).
Prisoners can teach us a lot about small space living. A group of inmates at a high-security facility in Italy helped create the Freedom Room, a room the size of the average prison cell, into a modular, multi-functional living area.
A sneak preview of the soaring space for EDIT by Design Junction 2013 in Milan.
Next month, I'll be packing my camera and laptop and heading to Milan for one of the biggest weeks of the year for international design. Designers, retailers, manufacturers and (very lucky) press people will be heading to the Fiera for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. But those in the know will also be heading to La Pelota on Via Palermo, for a fresh take on what's next - Design Junction's festival within a festival, EDIT.
There's a breath of fresh air coming to two apartment towers in Milan. The Bosco Verticale are buildings that have staggered concrete platforms along the facade for planting vegetation that will help with dust & CO2, as well as support micro-ecosystems. The addition of the 730 trees, 11,000 ground-cover plants, and 5,000 shrubs that will green the building has begun, with the whole project finished later this year.
The fourth largest cathedral in the world, the Duomo di Milano took 600 years to complete, but age and lack of budget are threatening its 135 impressive spires. The management is campaigning for private donations, and while any amount is welcome toward their €25 million goal, a sum of €100,000 gets your name engraved in marble under a spire.
Using tile to add interest to a space is nothing new, but at this years Cersaie, I noted many examples of tiles that had a decorative bent based less on color or strong visual pattern, but rather on high texture and a certain rough-hewn chic.
For years, it has seemed that for something to be considered very modern or contemporary, it should be hard-edged. Crisp, sharp angles and straight lines were the norm. This year at Cersaie, while there is still plenty of beautiful, more angular sinks, toilets, bidets and mirrors for the bath to be found, the truly fashion-forward form factor is round, curvy, smooth and circular.