intOndo Magazine

Wearable chair

Creating a chair able to follow the body like a shadow is a real challenge. Gianni Pettena did it in 1971 when he staged a performance with chairs meant to be worn like dresses. An experimentation, that of finding a anatomical handy chair, which keeps going today. Discover with us this design challenge that has involved artists, architects, engineers and designers.

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Vito Giallo, Andy Warhol's antique dealer

Have you ever visited New York with Andy Warhol? It seems impossible, but you can do it simply by reading Thomas Kiedrowski's book Andy Warhol's New York. What we enjoyed the most is discovering the artist's passion for vintage and antique furniture and getting to know his favorite supplier, Vito Giallo, who also created the book’s illustrations.

6 daily items to get to know Maria Sole Ferragamo

Art meets architecture in the upcycle leather creations by jewel designer Maria Sole Ferragamo. Her innovative interpretation of her family history proves that the dialogue between past and present is an everlasting source of creativity. Let's discover together the daily items that accompany the work and life of this young Tuscan entrepreneur.

At home with David Bowie

An integral part of his private life, collecting was for David Bowie's not a conceptual process nor a scientific activity. As in his music, an emotional state would guide him through the selection of works of art and design pieces for his private collection.

Henry Van de Velde

He was the man who transitioned design from Art Nouveau to Modernism and yet his name is often forgotten. That's because more than an innovator, Henry Van de Velde (1863 - 1957) was a forerunner of his time. Let's then trace the history of his creations, which were the hinge between the aesthetic independence of the 19th century and the industrial synthesis of the 20th century.

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“A house like me”: Villa Malaparte, Capri

Beautiful and impossible, or "tough, strange and frank" as its owner recalled it: the Casa Malaparte on Capri is an ode to rationalism and a hymn to solitude. From the 1940s to the present day, this charming house has served as a theatre for films, advertising campaigns and travels, becoming a true icon of Italian living.

The umbrella and the test of time

Hovering between fashion and design, the umbrella is a millennial accessory that has won the test of space, and especially that of any weather. Considered a symbol of prosperity it was initially reserved for the few and centuries later the umbrella is one of the most common objects in circulation with a range of options developed to have one always handy.

The sideboard is having a moment: the return of a classic

The sideboard goes back to being an important presence in retro-inspired interiors. The coolest and most sought-after are from the middle of the 20th century. This period marked the boom of this elegant piece of furniture, which inspired the great designers and furniture brands from all over the world. Don't miss those selected by intOndo!

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.

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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.

Everyone wants her: who is Lina Cavalieri?

Poet Gabriele D'Annunzio dedicated her a copy of his novel "il Piacere" (the Pleasure) and described her as "a Venus on Earth". Davide Campari used her as an excuse to leave on his business trips. Gina Lollobrigida played her character in the movie "The most beautiful woman in the world", in 1955, winning the Donatello David as best actress. And when Piero Fornasetti saw her face in a late 19th century magazine, he fell in love with her enigmatic look. Since then he made screenprint of her face on every ceramic he produced.

Frug dance, an evergreen cult

Bob Fosse's (1927-1987) style seems to be timeless: isolated movements, use of hats, gloves and accessories, and ingenious snappy choreography. These are the elements that have made his choreographies so influential today. But do you know where Fosse himself draws his inspiration from?