Feb 7 2012

itty bitty espresso

Pietro Marmo, a goldsmith in italy created this fully functional espresso machine that actually brews a thimble full of coffee. the teeny espresso pot has five separate parts; the heater, 2 filters, a basket and the pot itself…

Jan 16 2011

tondo polistil projector

italian 1970’s design is manifested in these great 8mm projectors by an italian toy manufacturer in the mid-60’s for about 10 years and was designed by GL Cernuschi. I love the object when it is not in use – which is always a great aspect of memorable industrial design…

Jan 5 2011

milano alpen resort

This was an unusual find north of bergamo, way up in the italian alps. we drove through bergamo and into an industrial nondescript area for a while – then slowly we rose higher and higher on the highway as we drove farther. at some point the landscape drastically changes to sharp rock and mountain formations, the grass and green trees and greener than the ones below and the houses start looking like ski chalets. this was an old hotel that was renovated into a boutique hotel recently. it was in the middle of a great little village with several small movie cinemas and a playground next door. the rooms and the design of the entire hotel and facilities were spectacular…

Hotel Milano Alpen Resort Meeting and Spa
Via Silvio Pellico, 3
24020 Castione della Presolana