Interior Design > Design Brands - FIAM ITALIA – The Culture of Glass
Passion, design, and research, along with the culture of glass, this noble and pure material represent the core values of FIAM company. Founded in 1973 by Vittorio Livi, the goal was to make glass a focal point in the world of design, adding value and prestige to this noble material.
Glass is made of silicon and carbonates, making it the most ecological material that exist, which can be recycled endless times. It is glacial and minimal, but at the same time elegant and technological. FIAM ITALIA saw its potential and embraced its full capacity, masterfully handcrafting at high-temperature and using technological research to create unique, stylish, and technological products, that transforms with elegance and prestige the interior design of our homes.
Interior Design > Design Brands - 10 Reasons to love B&B Italia Products
B&B Italia was founded by the Italian visioner and entrepreneur Piero Ambrogio Busnelli in 1966. Today the company is reputed as one of the leading design furniture producers in the world, both for home and contract. It is distinguished by innovative industrial design, great collaborations with the best architects and designers of international fame, creating authentic products, and contributing to the history of Italian design.
Its headquarters are based in Novedrate (Como), north of Milan, and were designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in 1972. Here the company has created in decades its history based on technology, creativity, and unedited style, bringing “Made in Italy” on international markets. Its products reflect contemporary culture, where products are certified by the quality and made to last over time. A unique union between creativity, innovation, and industrial know-how.
Interior Design > ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY - Ancient Greece (Part 4) - Domestic buildings & Greek Furnishings
Ancient Greek architecture came from the Greek-speaking people (Hellenic people) whose culture flourished on the Greek mainland, the Aegean Islands, and in colonies in Anatolia and Italy for a period from about 900 BC until the 1st century AD. It took a long walk-through and in different historical periods it embraced different characteristics. An important role played economic and social factors, which altogether brought cities in V-II centuries BC to blooming.
The Greek word for the family or household, oikos, is also the name for the house. Houses followed several different types. It is probable that many of the earliest houses were simple structures of two rooms, with an open porch or pronaos, above which rose a low-pitched gable or pediment.
Interior Design > ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY - Ancient Greece (Part 3) - Other Public Buildings
Greek towns of substantial size also had other types of public buildings, among the most important being: altars (for blood sacrifice rituals), theaters (for dramatic performances), bouleuterion (the council building), gymnasium (training centers for athletes), palaestra (exercise facility for the training of wrestlers), stadium (foot races at sacred games), stoa (covered walkway for citizens), fountain houses (supply of clean drinking water), agora (marketplace to trade and acquire goods), thermae (public bathrooms), hippodrome (for horse racing) and more.
Interior Design > ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY - Ancient Greece (Part 2) - Majestic Temples
The most famous temple of Ancient Greece is the Parthenon located on the Acropolis in the city of Athens, built between 447-432 BC on the project designed by Iktinos (Ictino) and Callicrate. The origin of the Parthenon's name is from the Greek word παρθενών (parthenon), which referred to the "unmarried women's apartments" in a house. To the Athenians who built it, the Parthenon, and other Periclean monuments of the Acropolis, were seen fundamentally as a celebration of Hellenic victory over the Persian invaders and as a thanksgiving to the gods for that victory. It was dedicated to the goddess Athena. The practical purpose of the Parthenon was to serve as the city treasury.
Interior Design > ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY - Ancient Greece (Part 1) - Classical Orders & Temples
The Greek world extended on a waste territory: from the Balkan peninsula to Asia Minor and the Black Sea coasts, the islands of Aegean Sea, and to “Magnum Greece” (South of Italy and Sicily). The favorable geographic positioning took Ancient Greeks to cultural evolution and ultimately creating a unique style of architecture that is still copied today in government buildings and major monuments throughout the world.
Here was born the concept of orders (meaning following certain order and proportions between different parts of the construction), which proved to give stability to the structure and facilitate the construction by following a certain order. These rules were furthermore taken and implemented, some remodeled, and used to construct in Ancient Rome, Middle Ages and New era. Greek architecture is known for tall columns, intricate detail, symmetry, harmony, and balance.
Interior Design > 17 Design Objects from SELETTI
Would you like to SURPRISE your guests, friends, and family with somethings breathtaking, unique, and unusual? The Italian producer SELETTI might have for you just what you are looking for!
Interior Design > Design Brands - 5 Reasons to love LEMA furnishings
Lema is among the best players worldwide for Made in Italy. It is the expression of a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle: a place, where design introduces a world away from the chaos and vanity, offering a bright atmosphere, lightweight sensations, and made to offer peace and serenity to its inhabitants.
Interior Design > Wardrobe or Walk-in Closet: what is the best choice?!
We are active persons, working, traveling, going out on dates, playing sports. And we need comfort and organization to make these activities easily accessible and enjoyable.
That is when comes the need to create a functional and organized space, where to keep all clothes, shoes, bags, and a range of different accessories we use every single day. And more activities and hobbies we have, the more these exigencies and requirements increase.
Today, we have at our disposal an impressive number of producers, creating beautiful products of all styles, using a large scale of materials, from budget-friendly (like melamine) to the most exclusive and luxurious (like alligator leather, exotic woods, marbles, and stone gems). Moreover, based on the space available, we have the oppotunity to select among the organization type: a walk-in closet, a wardrobe, or create a box-wardrobe, or maybe divide the open space by using a double-sided closet?!
Interior Design > Design Brands - 10 Things to know about “Kartell. The Culture of Plastics”
Kartell is one of the names in the world of design loved worldwide! It is associated mainly with two Big Names:
1) The one is PLASTIC. Kartell was the first producer in the world that embraced such an innovative material as plastics and merged it with technology, always carrying a thought for great design, obtaining furnishings for the home with beautiful aesthetics and great functionality, with unique DNA.
2) The talented ANNA CASTELLI FERRIERE, who was among the first women to embrace the profession of architect in Italy, and who became a designer of international fame. In 1949, together with her husband, the engineer Giulio Castelli founded Kartell. She will be the Art Director from its beginning until 1987. Along with Ignazio Gardella, she has designed the building in Naviglio, at the gates of Milano city, where from 1967 until today is the headquarters of Kartell.