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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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.

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?

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.

This sewing machine made design history

Sewing machines owe their success largely, but not only, to the female sphere. However here we want to talk about design, rather than domestic education, by telling the story of how these machines originated and outlining the success of the Italian company Necchi, which has been producing sewing machines in Pavia for 100 years. This well known Italian factory was born thanks to the insistence of a woman and won several Compasso d'oro.

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Compasso d'Oro: the ultimate Italian design award

Have you ever heard of ADI's Compasso d'Oro award? It is the eldest and the most authoritative world design award. In its fifty-year history this Italian prize has been awarded to about 300 projects, which are now formally part of the Italian national heritage. This award, created in 1954 on the base of Gio Ponti's idea, is like an open window on the history of Italian design. Explore it with us.

Gloria Vanderbilt: “Decorating is autobiography”.

Our home decor is the reflection of our imagination and mirrors our personal fantasy. Gloria Vanderbilt (New York 1924-2019), artist, actress and designer and descendant of one of America's richest families, was convinced of this. intOndo's philosophy fits perfectly with her vision, so we pay tribute to her with this article about how to use unique pieces of furniture to create a home that evolves with us and with our personal taste.

A short history of music on vinyl

intOndo is always enchanted by music, and most of all, we love it for its accessibility and reproducibility. Nowadays with a pair of headphones or a speaker you can connect to your mobile phone and... you have music to your ears! But it hasn't always been like this and that's why we offer you a brief history of sound reproduction.

Word to the "Light Giver"

We are pleased to share with intOndo's community what we have learnt from Adriano Caputo, an architect who defines himself as a "giver of light" rather than a lighting designer. For his profession he illuminates works of art and their historical contexts to present them to the modern public.

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Frida's Universe: the house as a personal expression

"I thought I was a surrealist too, but I never was. I've always painted my own reality, not my own dreams. Reading Frida Kahlo's diary we can come across this and many other enlightening sentences which, in addition to investigating her work as an artist, help us to understand her spirit as a wife and woman at the beginning of the last century.

Marie Kondō: contemporary queen of tidying up

The house reflects the soul of those who live in it. Whether it is messy, full of decorations, family photos, minimal or more traditional, our home is the space that identifies us more than anything else. Our living space is the guardian of our secrets, joys and sorrows, for this reason it is important to establish a good relationship with it.

The emotional value of things

What is the value of time? What is the value of memories? When you lose a train and buy another ticket, the not planned extra cost, also has within the value of our time (and our mistakes, in this case).