Frieze London

Contributor: Annagreta Panconesi
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On our never-ending hunt for the hottest out-and-about styles, our special correspondent Annagreta Panconesi spent an afternoon at the 11th edition of the Frieze Art Fair in London, soaking in some fantastic art and enjoying the cultural atmosphere. Hushed tones and silent reflections infused Frieze London with quiet awe. The bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke gently encased artwork from 30 countries and over 150 of the world’s leading galleries. We were also excited to find out that among this year’s sponsors was fashion powerhouse Alexander McQueen. Jonathan...

The New School Made in Italy

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Professor Pierluigi Spadolini began the study of industrial design at the University of Florence in 1954. At that time, the school had already trained many Italian designers who, to this day, continue to work in some of the most prestigious companies in our country. In 2009 construction of a new Design Campus began using the most innovative eco-sustainable technology. The design campus opened in 2012 in Calenzano, 5000 Sq m. dedicated to design including teaching rooms and laboratories. On the ground floor is the main lecture hall which can seat...

Planet Paper

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Joyanne Horscroft and Julie Wilkinson come from another planet. Passion for work, patience, and attention to detail are the main features of their world. Even though very young, they can already name among their clients Gucci, Fabriano Boutique, Vogue Accessory, Vogue Gioiello, British Airways, Armando Testa to list only a few. Based in Milan and London, amazing paper sculptures are the product of their expertise. What is fascinating in their art is that, although paper sculpture is not a typical tradition in the Western culture, Julie and Joy fill their...

Fragranze 2012

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The many facets of perfume, in Florence From Friday, September 14 through 16, at the Stazione Leopolda, Pitti Immagine presents the 10th Fragranze, the international fair-event, a window open onto the world of olfactory culture, bringing to Florence the best of artistic perfume-making. The stars of the show are the most exclusive essences, of the highest quality and craftsmanship, and body care products, in addition to specialty goods and sophisticated accessories, by the best world-famous brands. Timeless perfumes and fragrances, created by tradition, the fruit of ongoing research on unique...

Luxury and fashion

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A tribute to the history of costume by three Florentine museums The history of costume, art and high fashion collecting. These are the ingredients of Lusso e moda. Percorsi insoliti at the Bardini, Horne and Stibbert museums, a journey through the world of the art of weaving and clothing, over five centuries of history, a unique insight into the evolution of costume, from Renaissance trimming to twentieth-century haute couture. Showing at the Stibbert Museum is the exhibition A teenager into fashion. The Giovanna Ferragamo collections from the sixties to the...

Madame Pompom

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To design a pink poodle it is necessary to have a big sense of humour! This is just one of the qualities Myra Klose, a fashion designer with 14 years of experience in the industry, possesses as in 2010 she invented a new way of being creative. Myra lives and works in Berlin where we met at the DMY – the international design festival. Using only the best wool of Italian quality, and paying great attention to the details of each handiwork she realizes, Myra collaborates with a team of...

The perfect microcosm

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Maremma. Complete relax in a paradise countryside The uncontaminated nature, the thick green forests make way to a crystal clean sea and to long beaches; thus the beauty of nature and its variety are the strengths of this Tuscan microcosm. Nature, art, and the exclusive resorts which were opened recently, here it is a small vade mecum for an ideal weekend. You can start from Il Puntone, an hamlet of Scarlino, located in the Follonica gulf: here the regular customers stop for a drink in Marina di Scarlino, a touristic...

Small trip around “bistecca”

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All the best places to go, in Florence and surroundings The Chianina supplies the best cuts for the bistecca alla Fiorentina. The classic version, cooked red-hot on the grill, or perhaps on a lava rock, seeing as recent health sanctions do not always consent the use of a live fire to all restaurants. Tasty and succulent, in fact, charred on the outside and cooked little, and still red on the inside. So long as the tenderizing process has been followed correctly, at least fifteen days (there are those who say...

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