When in Italy, we always enjoy high quality of food products there. This time we were amazed by nice packagings of the Italian butters.

Three butters, three companies and three very nice graphic and packaging solutions. Soligo, Prealpi and Asolo are among others one of the most favorite Italian producers of butter. Products of these traditional companies (Soligo was founded in 1883 and Prealpi in 1922) you can buy in every grocery shop or supermarket. Design of their packaging is based on the long time tradition of the companies and is very natural part of the whole product.

Some more from our recent trip to Venice and Ljubljana this week!




Conchiglia table lamps, Lavenia, 1954
Conchiglia table lamps, Lavenia, 1954
Table lamp, 1950s
Table lamp, 1950s

Right now we are on the trail of the unique lamps designs made out of ceramic by one forgotten Czech ceramic master. Of course, for our preparing lamps exhibition for Lodz Design Festival

As an international context we publish here another ceramic lamps from 1950s. This time by Italian designer and sculptor Antonia Campi (born 1921). Campi worked in ceramic mainly and except her amazing ceramic vessels and vases, she created some ceramic lamps as well. These two examples present her sculptural organic sensibility. One can not recognize if is it free form sculpture or functional object. The first one is more traditional, when only the base of the lamp has a sculptural qualities. But her Conchiglia lamp is different. Its whole body is made out of glazed ceramic to create compact sensual object resembling the shell.


Japanese designers Nendo are one of the most visible authors today. We like their conceptual packaging for a perfume.

It is quite older project, but we have used it in the context of our OKOLO for Japan poster some times ago as one of the best contemporary examples of Japanese minimalism. Called Clear Perfume Bottle for 1%, the bottle is filled with nothing. The design has an atomiser hidden in its cap with 2 ml of perfume. The body of the perfume bottle is only from glass with the visualization of the air bubbles in the liquid.

Nice idea and very clever result. The perfume bottle becomes small conceptual artwork.








Graphic presentation of the Acciaio collection is inspired by the classic cycling look.
Acciaio comes in 16 colors and each color is named after a classic bike builder.
This fixed-gear bike Max has designed and made himself at Yamaguchi's workshop.
Max and his Benotto fixed-gear.

Max Lipsey has introduced his own furniture collection called Acciaio which is based on the construction techniques of the bike production.

We met each other at Salone del Mobile and found out that we have the same passions, bicycles and design. So there is our interview with this young Dutch designer.

Your furniture collection Acciaio is inspired by cycling design and construction. Why did you choose this theme?

I didn't really choose it...it just developed. I started with a plan to make a steel chair. At a point, I was looking for a tapered tube to make an elegant leg. I happened to have a race bike frame sitting in the house above my desk ... late one evening I had the idea to use just bike tubes ... they're already manufactured and have a lovely taper. The chainstay has the best proportions for a chair leg, so I built the chair around this element. As the other design decisions came up, it made sense to stay close to a bicycle aesthetic...and even to encourage it. I mean, a steel bike is already so perfect, and so light! In the end, the steel for the chairs is from Columbus! And I should mention that I got to know the materials and craft through a framebuilding workshop with master builder Koichi Yamaguchi.

Did you ride the bike professionaly sometimes?

Not even close. I do like to race against myself though... And I collect old racing bikes.

What do you fascinate on bike design?

First of all, they're fun to ride. But as objects, a steel bike is just beautiful. Simple, elegant, light and strong. And I really love the details where you can see the framebuilder is proud of his craft. The sweet spot is mid 60s-mid 80s for me.

What is your best cycling company for you and why?

I wish I had an old Cinelli Supercorsa. Any professional level 70s steel bike is great. Color is important. Campagnolo parts are too. There were great bikes made in other countries, but somehow the Italian ones have that extra bit of mystique that makes them extra special (and in my mind, extra fast). But Cinelli has all of the class and quality without being too flashy. Somehow, Cinelli is still a great company today.

Do you ride today as well? What kind of cycling do you prefer?

I ride everyday. I'd prefer to ride a nice fixie, but most days my work involves carrying heavy things, so I have a very old Dutch transport bike that does the job. Then I have a few sunday riders, a touring bike, and a folding fixie (to take on the Dutch trains). Recently, my favorite riding was on a fixie in Paris. The city is at a perfect point now, where there is some cycling infrastructure and awareness from drivers, but most often, you're mixing it up with the cars. In such a dense city, you're often much faster than the cars....and feel like you run the city.

What is your opinion about contemporary fixed-gear boom?

Riding a fixie is great. That's what got me passionate about bikes and bike history in the first place. I started by buying old race frames to strip down and build up as fixies. It was the first time I ever got into the guts of a bike, and considered the quality and story of the different components. I don't love all the new 'off the shelf' fixies though. To me, the whole value is building one up yourself and learning about the machine along the way. In fact, the story has carried me full circle. Now when I find a really great race bike, I'd rather not strip it down to a fixie, out of respect.

What is your dream bike?

I would love to have a custom-made fixie frame built. There are a lot of young framebuilders doing great stuff these days, I can't say which I would prefer... And there are a lot of new components made (mostly for the fixie crowd) that keep the quality and simplicity of the good old stuff (Campagnolo).


Do you have some more ideas to work with bike aesthetic in the future as well?

Yes. I have a few plans to continue the Acciaio series into other furniture pieces. Can't say too much yet, but the material and technique have a lot of possibilities. Stay tuned!








Graphic presentation of the Acciaio collection is inspired by the classic cycling look.
Acciaio comes in 16 colors and each color is named after a classic bike builder.
This fixed-gear bike Max has designed and made himself at Yamaguchi's workshop.
Max and his Benotto fixed-gear.

Max Lipsey has introduced his own furniture collection called Acciaio which is based on the construction techniques of the bike production.

We met each other at Salone del Mobile and found out that we have the same passions, bicycles and design. So there is our interview with this young Dutch designer.

Your furniture collection Acciaio is inspired by cycling design and construction. Why did you choose this theme?

I didn't really choose it...it just developed. I started with a plan to make a steel chair. At a point, I was looking for a tapered tube to make an elegant leg. I happened to have a race bike frame sitting in the house above my desk ... late one evening I had the idea to use just bike tubes ... they're already manufactured and have a lovely taper. The chainstay has the best proportions for a chair leg, so I built the chair around this element. As the other design decisions came up, it made sense to stay close to a bicycle aesthetic...and even to encourage it. I mean, a steel bike is already so perfect, and so light! In the end, the steel for the chairs is from Columbus! And I should mention that I got to know the materials and craft through a framebuilding workshop with master builder Koichi Yamaguchi.

Did you ride the bike professionaly sometimes?

Not even close. I do like to race against myself though... And I collect old racing bikes.

What do you fascinate on bike design?

First of all, they're fun to ride. But as objects, a steel bike is just beautiful. Simple, elegant, light and strong. And I really love the details where you can see the framebuilder is proud of his craft. The sweet spot is mid 60s-mid 80s for me.

What is your best cycling company for you and why?

I wish I had an old Cinelli Supercorsa. Any professional level 70s steel bike is great. Color is important. Campagnolo parts are too. There were great bikes made in other countries, but somehow the Italian ones have that extra bit of mystique that makes them extra special (and in my mind, extra fast). But Cinelli has all of the class and quality without being too flashy. Somehow, Cinelli is still a great company today.

Do you ride today as well? What kind of cycling do you prefer?

I ride everyday. I'd prefer to ride a nice fixie, but most days my work involves carrying heavy things, so I have a very old Dutch transport bike that does the job. Then I have a few sunday riders, a touring bike, and a folding fixie (to take on the Dutch trains). Recently, my favorite riding was on a fixie in Paris. The city is at a perfect point now, where there is some cycling infrastructure and awareness from drivers, but most often, you're mixing it up with the cars. In such a dense city, you're often much faster than the cars....and feel like you run the city.

What is your opinion about contemporary fixed-gear boom?

Riding a fixie is great. That's what got me passionate about bikes and bike history in the first place. I started by buying old race frames to strip down and build up as fixies. It was the first time I ever got into the guts of a bike, and considered the quality and story of the different components. I don't love all the new 'off the shelf' fixies though. To me, the whole value is building one up yourself and learning about the machine along the way. In fact, the story has carried me full circle. Now when I find a really great race bike, I'd rather not strip it down to a fixie, out of respect.

What is your dream bike?

I would love to have a custom-made fixie frame built. There are a lot of young framebuilders doing great stuff these days, I can't say which I would prefer... And there are a lot of new components made (mostly for the fixie crowd) that keep the quality and simplicity of the good old stuff (Campagnolo).


Do you have some more ideas to work with bike aesthetic in the future as well?

Yes. I have a few plans to continue the Acciaio series into other furniture pieces. Can't say too much yet, but the material and technique have a lot of possibilities. Stay tuned!








Graphic presentation of the Acciaio collection is inspired by the classic cycling look.
Acciaio comes in 16 colors and each color is named after a classic bike builder.
This fixed-gear bike Max has designed and made himself at Yamaguchi's workshop.
Max and his Benotto fixed-gear.

Max Lipsey has introduced his own furniture collection called Acciaio which is based on the construction techniques of the bike production.

We met each other at Salone del Mobile and found out that we have the same passions, bicycles and design. So there is our interview with this young Dutch designer.

Your furniture collection Acciaio is inspired by cycling design and construction. Why did you choose this theme?

I didn't really choose it...it just developed. I started with a plan to make a steel chair. At a point, I was looking for a tapered tube to make an elegant leg. I happened to have a race bike frame sitting in the house above my desk ... late one evening I had the idea to use just bike tubes ... they're already manufactured and have a lovely taper. The chainstay has the best proportions for a chair leg, so I built the chair around this element. As the other design decisions came up, it made sense to stay close to a bicycle aesthetic...and even to encourage it. I mean, a steel bike is already so perfect, and so light! In the end, the steel for the chairs is from Columbus! And I should mention that I got to know the materials and craft through a framebuilding workshop with master builder Koichi Yamaguchi.

Did you ride the bike professionaly sometimes?

Not even close. I do like to race against myself though... And I collect old racing bikes.

What do you fascinate on bike design?

First of all, they're fun to ride. But as objects, a steel bike is just beautiful. Simple, elegant, light and strong. And I really love the details where you can see the framebuilder is proud of his craft. The sweet spot is mid 60s-mid 80s for me.

What is your best cycling company for you and why?

I wish I had an old Cinelli Supercorsa. Any professional level 70s steel bike is great. Color is important. Campagnolo parts are too. There were great bikes made in other countries, but somehow the Italian ones have that extra bit of mystique that makes them extra special (and in my mind, extra fast). But Cinelli has all of the class and quality without being too flashy. Somehow, Cinelli is still a great company today.

Do you ride today as well? What kind of cycling do you prefer?

I ride everyday. I'd prefer to ride a nice fixie, but most days my work involves carrying heavy things, so I have a very old Dutch transport bike that does the job. Then I have a few sunday riders, a touring bike, and a folding fixie (to take on the Dutch trains). Recently, my favorite riding was on a fixie in Paris. The city is at a perfect point now, where there is some cycling infrastructure and awareness from drivers, but most often, you're mixing it up with the cars. In such a dense city, you're often much faster than the cars....and feel like you run the city.

What is your opinion about contemporary fixed-gear boom?

Riding a fixie is great. That's what got me passionate about bikes and bike history in the first place. I started by buying old race frames to strip down and build up as fixies. It was the first time I ever got into the guts of a bike, and considered the quality and story of the different components. I don't love all the new 'off the shelf' fixies though. To me, the whole value is building one up yourself and learning about the machine along the way. In fact, the story has carried me full circle. Now when I find a really great race bike, I'd rather not strip it down to a fixie, out of respect.

What is your dream bike?

I would love to have a custom-made fixie frame built. There are a lot of young framebuilders doing great stuff these days, I can't say which I would prefer... And there are a lot of new components made (mostly for the fixie crowd) that keep the quality and simplicity of the good old stuff (Campagnolo).


Do you have some more ideas to work with bike aesthetic in the future as well?

Yes. I have a few plans to continue the Acciaio series into other furniture pieces. Can't say too much yet, but the material and technique have a lot of possibilities. Stay tuned!


As a small symbol of great Japanese postmodern design we have created illustration of this spectacular chair/sculpture.

Its author is famous Japanese design Shigeru Uchida (born 1943). Some of his chairs designs from this period are geometrical, as well as very graphic exercises in furniture design. Relatively minimalist chair called Nirvana from 1981 is expressed by its base made out of curve enameled and brass-plated steel rod. The Circle upholstery became flag of the Japan for us this time.

Uchida studied Kuwasawa Design School. His major works are a series of boutiques for Yohji Yamamoto, the Japanese Government Pavilion for Tsukuba Expo 1985; the Hotel Il Palazzo in Fukuoka; the lobby of the Kyoto Hotel; the Kobe Fashion Museum; the Ji-an, So-an, Gyo-an tea rooms; and the Mojiko Hotel.








Famous Italian architect and designer, founder of Domus magazine, Gio Ponti (1891 - 1979), is one of our heroes. His unique approach for interior design and architecture during the 1950s is the perfect example of the period Italian design sensibility. Among some of his masterpieces such as Planchart and Arreaza houses in Caracas he created a less known interior gem in Stockholm.

Some times ago I visited this Ponti`s building of the Italian institute in Stockholm which was built in his specific "diamond" style which characterizes all of his buildings from this period. 1950s structure hides wonderful Ponti-designed interiors where color and abstract shapes play their prim. Architect`s own furniture, lights and textile customized for this interior only create together visual symbiosis in which architecture and design become colorful painting almost. This illustrates Ponti`s artistic approach to design and architecture where everything together becomes big modernist "gesamtkunstwerk".

This creative attitude is seen in villa Planchart in Caracas most. But in the Italian Institute he created it in the public spaces. So everybody can enjoy his poetic organic and colorful vision.








Famous Italian architect and designer, founder of Domus magazine, Gio Ponti (1891 - 1979), is one of our heroes. His unique approach for interior design and architecture during the 1950s is the perfect example of the period Italian design sensibility. Among some of his masterpieces such as Planchart and Arreaza houses in Caracas he created a less known interior gem in Stockholm.

Some times ago I visited this Ponti`s building of the Italian institute in Stockholm which was built in his specific "diamond" style which characterizes all of his buildings from this period. 1950s structure hides wonderful Ponti-designed interiors where color and abstract shapes play their prim. Architect`s own furniture, lights and textile customized for this interior only create together visual symbiosis in which architecture and design become colorful painting almost. This illustrates Ponti`s artistic approach to design and architecture where everything together becomes big modernist "gesamtkunstwerk".

This creative attitude is seen in villa Planchart in Caracas most. But in the Italian Institute he created it in the public spaces. So everybody can enjoy his poetic organic and colorful vision.


Nice idea to create a lamp from one piece of leather comes from Shota Aoyagi of Studio Koya.

Called Boneless, the lamp is created from a sheet of leather with no framework. Only fold and fix and you have a self standing lamp with two different leather surfaces outside. Aoyagi have designed it as a graduate project at Design Products, Royal College of Art in London.