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Davide Groppi ‘lights up’ the dishes of the Osteria Francescana – the world’s third-best restaurant.

In the last months, the Italian designer Davide Groppi has carried out various lighting projects for restaurants. Amongst them is the Osteria Francescana in Modena (Italy) which was just ranked the third best restaurant in the world by the British magazine ‘Restaurant.’ This experience led him to create a series of designs that, in his own words, will ‘light up a plate’. […]


Delta 2013 Awards: 47 products compete for Design of the Year – Vote for your favourite!

Juan Benavente, David Cutcliffe, Tito Favaro, Anita García, Clara del Portillo, Alessandro Rancati and Lluís Sallés made up the expert committee for the Delta 2013 Awards. They selected 47 entries from this edition to form part of the FADexpo – the Best Design of the Year and they will also choose the prizewinners, to be be […]


Hidalgo–Hartmann designs an austere and hermetic home in Montfullà, Girona.

Situated in Montfullà (Girona, Catalunya), this family home was designed by the Barcelona-based architecture studio Hidalgo – Hartmann. The horizontal plot is elevated above a pair of large taluses, and much like a watchtower it affords fantastic views of the agricultural plains that sweep to the cities of Salt and Girona. It is an exceptional site that […]


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MADtastic! Fresh Design From Madrid, the latest product design from the Spanish capital.

A selection of the best product design that has been designed or produced in Madrid was exhibited during the Milan Furniture Fair 2013 at Instituto Cervantes. MADtastic! was organised by Di_mad, the Istituto Europeo di Design and the magazine Neo2. The show was curated by Javier Abio, design editor of Neo2, and the design freelance journalist Tachy Mora, regular […]


Relaxed yet decisive – Benedetta Tagliabue responds to your questions.

Here are the answers from the Q&A with Benedetta Tagliabue, director of estudio EMBT – whom she founded in the 1990s with her then partner the late Enric Miralles – one the most prestigious architects in Spain. She has just launched her first piece of furniture; the Tina chair chair for Expormim. This occasion has afforded us the […]


Sandra Tarruella updates the concept of the traditional bakery with her designs for the L’Obrador chain.

The L’Obrador chain of bakeries proves that traditional craft and cutting edge interior design are by no means mutually exclusive. The latest bakery to open, located in Sabadell, takes up where the others have left off under the stewardship of the Sandra Tarruella design studio. The design approach accommodates the entire elaboration process and sampling of […]


Cantina Patrón Lunares – a homage to Palma’s old fishermen’s district.

Montepío del Arrabal, a century-old mutual society in Palma de Mallorca has been transformed into a cantina that revives the spirit of the old fishing district of Santa Catalina and one of its most illustrious residents  –  Patrón (Captain) Lunares. As part of a drive to recuperate old values, his grandson Javier Bonet has given a […]


Patricia Urquiola and Budri turn bad to good with Earthquake 5.9.

On May 29 2012, the Northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna woke up to an earthquake of the magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter Scale. The epicentre was situated close to Mirandola, and HQ of Budri, and Italian company that for fifty years, has specialised in inlay floors made of marble and other natural stones. The Milan-based Spanish […]


Do you know We speak to Bradford Shellhammer – co-founder of the biggest design shop in the world.

This is the first year has been seen in Milan, but that’s not such a strange thing if you take into account that this giant portal of online design retail was only founded two years ago in New York. Now its an internet phenomenon, with 12 million members, and a trip to Milan was called for Tom Dixon […]


The Mercer Barcelona, a grand new hotel by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.

The Mercer Hotels Group has just opened the Mercer Barcelona in the city’s Barri Gòtic. The project represents an important recovery of Barcelona’s ancient heritage, as the building’s structure incorporates part of the old Roman Wall along with remains dating from the 1st century. The project was carried out by the architect Rafael Moneo over a four […]


Perrier-Jouët celebrates the start of the spring with an Enchanting Tree by Tord Boontje.

Tord Boontje likes flowers. The delicacy from nature has always been a major source of inspiration for this Dutch designer who has recently introduced a luxury champagne service based on a tree for the Cuveé Belle Epoque label of the French house Perrier-Jouët, founded in 1811. Moreover, this prestigious champagne producer, with a recognizable floral […]


#iSaloni 2013 Novelties Catalogue: Living Divani, impeccable aesthetic.

A resolute character and feelings of lightness, a new pragmatism and a flash of eccentricity. These are the new traits of Living Divani’s 2013 collection, which expands to include articles with a multiform look and a multiple identity, generating a new “family” of furniture with a playful spirit; furniture to be reinvented each day, giving free rein to […]


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