intOndo Magazine

Artists and their signature pieces

Vintage design rhymes with interdisciplinarity: a dip into the past to discover furniture, designers and companies that have built important partnerships and successful productions through the relationship between visual arts and design.

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Handmade vintage: the awakening of ceramics

Italy boasts a large number of artisan areas that have handed down the millennial tradition of ceramics. On intOndo you can find ceramic artifacts made by small and large producers of the 20th century, which gave life to unique objects steeped in history. Here is a brief account of two Italian factories whose pieces are much sought-after among pottery lovers and vintage scouters.

Giorgio and Isa de Chirico's house - museum, Rome

"They say that Rome is the center of the world and that Piazza di Spagna is the center of Rome. Thus my wife and I are living at the center of the center of the world, a paradox in terms of centrality and a height in terms of anti-excentricity." Thus Giorgio de Chirico (Athens 1888 - Rome 1978) wrote in his memoirs in 1945. Let's discover this elegant house at the epicenter of the world.

Casino's decor

Mirrored walls, colored marble tops, and felted carpets characterize the look of some of the most famous casinos in the world. But what is behind the creation of these luxurious environments, where time stands still to make way for elegance, audacity, and excess? Let's find it out together.

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.

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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.

“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.

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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!

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.