intOndo Magazine

What to put under the tree this year? The new design atlases have arrived!

With Christmas just around the corner, why not get a book on the history of 20th century furniture, a great gift for readers looking for inspiration for their homes. intOndo has selected three new volumes (plus a vintage book of course!), which share the same "design atlas" format. We chose to focus on books that, in addition to beautiful images, offer practical tools, in order to allow a fluid reading and facilitate immediate consultation.

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Vintage design goes on TV

After so many TV programs dedicated to interior design and solutions to renovate the home, it is now the latest TV series to inspire vintage lovers around the globe: through imaginative touches and contemporary reinterpretations, these stories’ sets are carefully designed, made for the viewers to plunge in the domestic realities of the 20th century.

The Manifattura Tabacchi project

Manifattura Tabacchi is a former factory located west of the center of Florence. It was built in the 1930s and consists of sixteen buildings in rationalist style. After a significant recovery project, today it is a new centre for contemporary culture, an incubator of innovation and a new international pole for excellence, creativity, art, design and sustainable development. Let's discover it together.

The beautiful things of all ages

Architect Paolo Genta talks about his work with intOndo: his interior projects, which combine high-quality objects from different eras, reflect a free spirit and a refined eclectic taste, which is found in the pieces he loves to collect: “I purchase objects depending on the rooms I have to furnish, from antiques to works of contemporary art ”. Vintage furniture is a regular feature in his interiors projects, because “when an object is of quality, beauty characterizes it. As Oscar Wilde used to say, all good things belong to all ages."

Wandering around designer cafés

More and more major fashion brands are associated with cafes and restaurants today. When you visit these unique food destinations, meals, pastries and cocktails get out of the kitchen as if they were in a haute couture runway. Every detail is curated with style and elegance for an unforgettable experience. Let's get to know some of these fashion designer's bars and restaurants.

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Monopoly, the evergreen!

We all know Monopoly, or the Landlord's game as it was originally called. With his millionaire addresses and his dreaded prison, it is a board game that has to do with real estate, its risks, money speculation and investments. Its popularity is no surprise, but do you know the history of the game?

Design at the dining table

Do you ever think that every thing that surrounds us is designed by someone? And do you know which are the objects that over time have caught designers' attention more than others? Crockery, plates, cutlery and glasses. Because look matters even more when we are seating around a table.

Coiffeuse mon amour

The French call it "coiffeuse" or "bonheur du jour"; also known as the "vanity", the dressing table (a piece of furniture which originated in the 18th century) is now coming back into fashion, and this is a trend spreading not only inside the home, but also in the hospitality sector.

Mondo Mendini and the fabulous 80s

Ironic and irreverent, the '80s scream their presence in the vintage market, continuing to inspire design and fashion. Fostering this return are the several museum celebrations dedicated to the fathers of design movements such as Alchimia and the Memphis Group, whose revolutionary creations reflect the eclecticism of that decade. The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands dedicates to Milanese master Alessandro Mendini, founder of Alchimia and recently deceased, a colorful retrospective that opens on October 12.

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Sormani, innovation and design for a total living experience.

Discover with Gloria Sormani the story of Sormani SpA, the company founded by her father Luigi, which became one of the most innovative firms in Italian furniture design. Starting from the 60s until the end of the 80s, Sormani produced extraordinary objects with the concept of "total living" in mind. Using innovative materials and techniques, the factory in Arosio (Como) created modular furniture, freestanding pieces, functional pieces, chairs, lamps, carpets and accessories which became part of the history of Italian design for thirty years.

Long live our free time

Autumn has arrived, and with the return to the rhythms of everyday life, organizing time outside of work and commitments becomes a priority, paradoxically almost a "duty": who is not thinking about, or even already planning, an escape into nature? Or about starting a hobby or a sport again? These are moments of leisure beyond the home, and not only that: it's time for renewal and good intentions, therefore the home becomes the ideal space to give vent to creativity and furnish an area dedicated to reading, cinema, relaxation ... and why not, simple idleness.

A chair that rocks!

The rocking chair is a seat, but it's made for those who can't stand still, even when sitting. Since the origin has proved to be unsurpassed to calm down newborns, but has also spread for its therapeutic function that has brought it even to the oval room of the White House. Today it is rethought and relaunched by the world's leading designers and continues to show up in more or less well-off homes. The rocking chair has a history that is almost 300 years old and is worth telling.