Factory Visit: Italian Faucet-Maker Fantini

Production and headquarters on the shore of Lake Orta

Located not far from Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta is perhaps the least internationally known of Northern Italy’s lakes. But it’s here—in the small village of Pella, directly on the lake’s shore—that the Fantini company can be found. The lake is intrinsic to the company, and its employees. Fantini has been making faucets, showers and accessories here since 1947 and is deeply rooted in the …

Celebrating Achille Castiglioni’s Design Legacy in Milan

Iconic and previously unseen creations on show at Palazzo della Triennale

One hundred years after his birth, the city of Milan is paying tribute to Achille Castiglioni, one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, with the exhibition A Castiglioni at Palazzo della Triennale. Stefano Boeri, the new President of La Triennale, introduced the exhibition saying, “It is not a retrospective, but a dialogue,” referring to an approach that shows the masters’ work through the eyes of …

Our Exclusive Look at Ferrari’s New Centro Stile and the Monza SP1 and SP2

Design Chief Flavio Manzoni offered us access to Ferrari's secret world

There is a something momentous happening within the curved and shrouded walls of Ferrari’s new Centro Stile (which sounds better than “design center,” its English translation). Historically the brand outsourced its interior and exterior design to celebrated companies like Pininfarina, Vignale and Zagato while it focused on the engines and platforms it knew best, but ten years ago it brought on Design Chief Flavio Manzoni …