The UP Junior – A Stylish and Fun Children’s Chair

The timeless UP5 armchair is an icon of Italian design. Well, the adult UP5 has now given birth to the children’s chair, the bright red UP Junior, a scaled down version of the UP5. Interior designers looking for original items for interior design projects which include children’s rooms might like to suggest the UP Junior […]

Italian Design is not Genius, It’s Genetic.

For this installment of my Interviews with designers, I will be chatting with Elisa Cirulli, an Italian interior designer based in the UK. Elisa’s work, as you will discover, has been nominated for an award. Paolo: Elisa, briefly describe your design background and career? Elisa: My passion for design goes all the way back to my childhood when I […]

Inspired by the Colors of Tuscany: Alessandro Bonaccorsi


For this week’s Italian design article, I interviewed Italian graphic designer and illustrator, Alessandro Bonaccorsi whose work takes inspiration from the colors of  Tuscany. As well as talking about his work, Alessandro also provides some insight into what it is like to work as an illustrator in Italy. Paolo Feroleto:  Hi Alessandro, please tell us something about […]

Italian Design Icons: Bruno Munari

In this edition of my series on Italy’s Design Icons, I’m going to tell you about that creative force which was the late Italian designer, artist and writer Bruno Munari (1907-1998) whose influence is still very much in evidence today. Munari combined many disciplines and was considered a visionary in many of them.  Working in graphic […]

Goodbye To Sergio Pininfarina, Creator of Legends

Sergio Pininfarina

On Tuesday, Sergio Pininfarina passed away at his home in Turin at the age of 85.  Pininfarina leaves an outstanding legacy of design classics which have brought beauty and style to the technical brawn of Italy’s major car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Fiat.  His famous trademark “F” stamp can also be seen […]

Curiosity Kills Cats, but Makes Designers Rich

In this instalment of my series of interviews with Italian designers, Italy’s Chronicles’ design writer Paolo Feroleto had a chat with Debora Manetti of the Florence based Kmzero Design Positive which has worked with clients like Condé Nast, Wired Italia, Vogue. Paolo: Hi Debora, can you briefly describe your studio? What kind of work do […]

Italian Design Icons: Vico Magistretti

One of the highlights of my visit to Milan for the Design Week was the opportunity to visit the studio of legendary Italian designer Vico Magistretti. Since he passed away, his studio has been kept almost exactly as he left it.  Original prototypes made from objects found in his studio sit alongside many sketches and […]

Review: Milan’s Design Week 2012 – Part Two

For the second part of my look at the Milan Design week and Salone del Mobile, I wanted to show you the work of some of the younger designers whose creations were on show at the satellite events. The bigger events and brands have had their share of exposure, so I don’t really feel an […]

Review: Milan’s Design Week Fair 2012 – Part One

The Cube

Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile home furnishings exhibition and the accompanying design fair continues to grow each year giving visitors an abundance of choice and events to choose from. It takes a fair amount of virtually military planning when deciding what to see and what’s OK to miss out on – which can happen as […]