Designed by Italian radical design group Ufo, this lamp reveals iconic symbolism of Hollywood movie industry.

In 1967, architect Lapo Binazzi (born 1943) founded Ufo, a creative group of architects associated with the 1960s Italian radical design scene at the faculty of Architecture in Florence. Among the finest works of Ufo is the 1969 collection of table lamps interpreting popular American iconography and symbols of dollars or movie production companies of Paramount and MGM. The lamps presents experimental synthesis of artistic and conceptual ideas with the design morphology and real function.

MGM lamp, that we have spotted at Design & Art gallery in Vienna, was then produced by Alchimia since 1979.


Ellsworth Kelly hard edge paintings or Martin Creed’s colourful bars were the inspiration behind the design of the new Celine Resort collection of bags for 2015.










Last year we have visited one of the finest modernist landmarks of Como lake region. Pietro Lingeri's Villa Amila is a beautiful building shaped like boat.

Located in small village of Tremezzo at Como lake, Villa Amila was designed by Italian modernist Pietro Lingeri (1894–1968) for Associazione Motonautica Italiana Lario (AMILA) in 1927 and presents one of the earliest Italian Rationalist buidlings. Streamlined form of the club for association of motor boat sport, was inspired by boats and their typical features like round windows, terraces or railings.

Lingeri made some changes on the design until 1947. He also designed diving platform on the shore of the lake



German-born architect Henry Klumb (1905 - 1984) was active at Puerto Rico during the the second half of the last century.

During his career he designed many important modern buildings on the island including campus master plan for the University of Puerto Rico from 1946 to 1966 and several university buildings. He also designed the San Ignacio of Loyola Parish, the La Rada Hotel, and the landmark churches Iglesia del Carmen and San Martin de Porres in Cataño.

Klumb was also master of residential architecture designing houses for islands elite including custom furniture. These rocking chair and bench made of wood and caning he designed together with Stephen Arneson at the beginning os his Puerto Rico career in 1945. The designs merge his European influences with the local materials and result in beautiful tropical modern style.



We are inviting you to out latest exhibition project Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered held at Sklada space in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered is a curated installation looking at architecture, design and stories behind the less known residential work of Carlo Scarpa built close to Italian Bolzano. Okolo team documented the house during the personal visit three years ago and shares the result through the Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered project.

Richard Sapper, Tizio lamp for Artemide, 1972
Richard Sapper, Tizio lamp for Artemide, 1972
Ross Lovegrove, Thermos Flask for Alfi Zitzmann Gmbh, 1988
Ross Lovegrove, Thermos Flask for Alfi Zitzmann Gmbh, 1988
Ettore Sottsass, Carlton bookcase for Memphis, 1981
Ettore Sottsass, Carlton bookcase for Memphis, 1981
Arne Jacobsen, 7 chair for Fritz Hansen, 1955
Arne Jacobsen, 7 chair for Fritz Hansen, 1955
Egon Eiermann, Eiermann table for Richard Lampert, 1965
Egon Eiermann, Eiermann table for Richard Lampert, 1965

We have visited director of Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden Tulga Beyerle in her office in Pillnitz and talked about some of her interesting design pieces she has there.

Co-Founder of Vienna Design Week, curator, writer and our very good friend Tulga Beyerle has directed Dresden museum since 2013. She has already organized and curated three innovative shows including our very own Okolo Offline Two. We were impressed by her office with the view on the garden and nearby Elbe river. We also found very nice design objects there. So we talked about them little bit.

Why do you have Tizio lamp at the table?

It was in the room, when I arrived here. I love it therefor kept it. Tizio is a classic with great unexpected solutions in detail – like the almost button like connections.

What about German architect Egon Eiermann's table?

I learned about Egon Eiermann from my design history professor Francois Burkhardt and through his recommendation I had the chance to meet Eiermann's first wife, in a flat full of his furniture! Luckily there is Richard Lampert, reproducing this great metal construction with beautiful table tops, so simple and so great. And I have to thank Richard, that I didn’t order the 120 version – would have drowned in papers!

The Carlton bookcase is very impressive.

I loved Memphis when I was still a student and then I had to find my distance, probably like all of us, who started to define themselves in the eighties. Still can not look at me and my outfit back then! But now, more than a quarter of a century later, it was surprising to find it here in Pillnitz, this amazing baroque castle and gives my office a wonderful something.

Do you like this thermo flask by Lovegrove?

What a surprise to find it in that museum - and we have more!! The thermos flask was a big surprise and learning for me - make the hidden be the glamorous cover!


Designed by Italian designer and architect Giusto Toso, this object is part a lamp and part a game.

Created in 1971, Gogi-Gogi lamp was created in the style of radical Italian design of the period and conceived as an interactive object with moveable colored glass cubes remaining Rubic cube.

Born in Murano in 1939, Toso worked as an interior architect and designer for glass manufactures such as Leucos and Barovier & Toso.

Photo Courtesy of Phillips de Pury





Father of Italian design and mid-century elegance Gio Ponti also designed several churches around Milan. Few years ago we have visited this one in the areal of San Carlo hospital.

Designed and built between 1964 and 1966 by Ponti and his colleagues Antonio Fornaroli, Alberto Rosselli, Santa Maria Annunciata church is the monumental crystal look like structure with the diamond-shaped windows and other details including the tiles, so typical for Gio's 1960s architectural style.





Father of Italian design and mid-century elegance Gio Ponti also designed several churches around Milan. Few years ago we have visited this one in the areal of San Carlo hospital.

Designed and built between 1964 and 1966 by Ponti and his colleagues Antonio Fornaroli, Alberto Rosselli, Santa Maria Annunciata church is the monumental crystal look like structure with the diamond-shaped windows and other details including the tiles, so typical for Gio's 1960s architectural style.


We invite you to the series of lectures by young Czech designers including Dechem, Jan & Henry, Martin Žampach and Klára Šumová & Dirk Wright in following months.