From Venice to New York

Venice vs New York. Stimulated by two important events – the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale and Design Week in New York – our Grand Tour this month explores the dialogue between the two cities.

The works of architecture of Michael Gabellini, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura de Santillana, for private, public or artistic facilities, illustrate how New York, a symbol of innovation, is not as far from Venice as it might seem, with a focus on the Orient but also acting as a city of reference for the best in our country’s design culture. The culture that at other latitudes permeates the works of William Sawaya and Matteo Thun.

Other high points of the issue? An interview with Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of the firm Grafton Architects, prompting reflections on their vision of Freespace, a space of quality and social interaction, selected as the theme of the Biennale under their curation.

Or the feature on the physical and conceptual voyage taken by young designers with different backgrounds, who find a natural outlet for their creativity in the galleries of New York. Other articles focus on designers operating in the Venetian territory, not only those who grew up there, but also personalities like Philippe Starck and Peter Marino, whose projects set out to give something back to a place that is an eternal source of inspiration.

And our coverage of the excellence of northeastern Italy would not be complete without a look at the lamps that reinterpret the proud tradition of the art of glass, thanks to design and new technologies that make this production district with an ancient history increasingly competitive today.