Highlights From the Inaugural EDIT Napoli

An exciting contemporary design fair set inside a Gothic-era church and monastery

The inaugural EDIT Napoli design fair differentiates itself through a unique focus on editions. Taking place at the San Domenico Maggiore (an 800-year-old complex of cloisters) in Naples, the event is not a place for prototypes, experiments or art pieces, rather it’s a destination for all types of visitors to acquire completed objects—whether they’re an industry insider or not. Founder/director Emilia Petruccelli and curator Domitilla …

Art-Filled Chapter Roma Hotel, Rome

Accommodation that blends history with contemporary design at every turn

In Rome‘s historic district of Regola—a neighborhood where one can still breathe a deeply authentic Roman atmosphere—contemporary art galleries and traditional restaurants exist side by side. The 16th century Galleria Spada sits next to the nightlife of Campo de’ Fiori, and the once walled Jewish ghetto rises next to new restaurants. It’s here that the 42-room Chapter Roma hotel recently opened its doors. Inside a …

Venice Biennale 2019: Darkness + Light

From doppelgängers to robots and holograms, some of the shadowy works on show

This year’s theme for the 58th International Art Exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale, “May you live in interesting times,” is oftentimes purported to be translated from a traditional Chinese curse—wherein a phrase that sounds like a blessing is actually said ironically. It makes sense that many artists involved in the show (curated by Ralph Rugoff) offered dark, bleak and downright strange works. Many pieces (films …