An Insider's Guide to the Italian Design Renaissance

A new generation is giving the country's storied reputation some contemporary cool. Meet the talents leading Italy's reboot.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Giulio Iacchetti
The 46-year-old, who won a Compasso d'Oro award for his biodegradable spork, is now best known for giving common objects innovative new functions, as in his bedside lamp that doubles as a bookmark when turned off.

One Piece to Own: The solid-stone Mel, Gas, Bal stools have two uses: sculptural-looking weatherproof seats or the world's fanciest road bollards.

Photographs courtesy of each supplier.
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