Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …

Marcel Wanders Designs Home Fragrance Objects + Signature Scents For Alessi

A new category for the renowned Italian firm begins with five collaborative aromas

In the midst of Milan Design Week, Italy’s charming, prestigious design house Alessi unveiled the unexpected: a line of home fragrances with objects to match. They are far from the first design brand to enter this sensory sector, but rarely have others approached it in this manner. “We think that fragrance is part of interior design. It becomes part of the experience of the home,” …

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni’s Epic, Ingenious “100×100” Exhibition

100 designers celebrate 100 years of Achille Castiglioni, with special gifts

Achille Castiglioni liked to play with objects. One of the greatest passions of the Italian master was collecting pieces of ordinary and anonymous design, objects without brand or precise author. Some of them became the inspiration for his own designs, while some were just a way to get in touch with the ingenuity and skills of unknown but bright minds. The shrine of that attitude …