In Harmony With Nature: Francis Benincà’s Environmental Sculptures

July 14, 2015


You might say that French sculptor Francis Benincà was ahead of the curve. As a teenager Benincà worked alongside his father building sculptural “bubble houses” which strongly influenced the designs of the environmental sculptures Benincà creates today. 


His father, Antonio

Clever Storage Ideas That Include a Kitchen Garden

August 11, 2014


I am still unpacking my mental treasure trove of the beautiful designs I spied while on the Modenus BlogTour to Italy for Milan Design Week. While the hub of Design Week is Salone del Mobile (or Milan Furniture Fair for Read More...

A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab

June 30, 2014


What was once an historic movie theater within the green Parco Trivisio of Milan’s fashionable Brera design district, debuted last year as a secret garden and wellness concept lab for Gessi, the Italian Private Wellness Company.


gessi-oncept-lab-milan Photo: Gessi

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Milan Design Week 2014 Green Design Trends: Integrated Indoor Edible and Ornamental Indoor Gardens

June 1, 2014

caesarstone-urban-islands-with-planters Caesarstone featured Urban Islands incorporating plants directly into the solid surface. Image by Caesarstone.

Green was trending everywhere during last month’s Milan Design Week 2014. Stylish, sustainable, and integrated edible and ornamental indoor gardens and microgardens sprouted everywhere. And I … Read More...

Durinox: My New Stainless Steel Friend With Benefits

May 5, 2014


Having recently returned from an amazing design-infused trip with BlogTour Milan to Milan Design Week, I am now beginning to process and absorb the myriad design innovations and cutting edge trends I experienced there.


Futuristic Spaces
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Private Tour of Secret Venetian Palazzo and Garden

April 21, 2014

palazzo_malipiero_-from-canal-haupt-binder Photo: Haupt and Binder.

If I’d ever imagined a sumptuous antique-filled palace with verdant gardens spilling onto Venice’s Grand Canal, well the Countess Anna Barnabò’s Palazzo Capello Malipiero Barnabò would be this vision. And so I found myself absorbing it Read More...

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