Italy

Messner - a dream house in Bolzano

Messner – a dream house in Bolzano

The project, realised by noa* (network of architecture), has at its core, the South Tyrolean tradition combined with surprising features internally, resulting from design of visionary and unexpected spaces. An almost magical ambience is created, inspired by childhood memories

Azzurro, a film featuring Sicilian-born Carhartt WIP skater Mauro Caruso

In 1968 Gibellina, a small town nestled in the Belice valley of western Sicily, was destroyed by an earthquake. Today, it remains silent. Some 11 kilometres from where this town once stood, you will find its replacement, Gibellina Nuova. Designed by some of Italy’s most prominent artists and architects of the time, it is a town unlike any other in the region, resembling more of an open-air museum than a place where people work and live. But in many ways, it is representative of the region itself, a place that prides itself on being different and where people consider themselves Sicilian first, Italian second.

It is here that provides the setting for Azzurro, a film featuring Sicilian-born Carhartt WIP skater Mauro Caruso. The project was first initiated by Mauro in 2010 only to then suffer a series of setbacks that he came to refer to as “the curse of Gibellina.” It was finally completed in March of this year. Shot by Ludo Azémar in a style that evokes the aesthetic of neorealism, Italy’s golden era of cinema, Azzurro effortlessly blends skateboarding, architecture and art.

Concept : Mauro Caruso
Direction and Cinematography : Ludovic Azémar
Music : Ronan Le Floc’h
Featuring : Mauro Caruso, Felipe Bartolomé, Joseph Biais
BRAC Bookstore by DEFERRARI+MODESTI

BRAC Bookstore by DEFERRARI+MODESTI

A few steps from Piazza Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, hidden amongst a plethora of courtyards of the historic center of Florence, the BRAC bookstore unveils itself as a space belonging to the Florentine society

Inside Italy’s Handmade Amusement Park

In a forest in Northern Italy, a man known simply as Bruno has spent nearly a lifetime building an amusement park by hand.

Bruno, who has no formal engineering or construction training, designed rides inspired by the movement of nature. Today, patrons can enjoy more than 40 manually-powered rides, all for free.