Italian Manufacturing Districts

REPORTAGE: Italian Ceramic District by Maria Laura Berlinguer
Artisans in Caltagirone, a Sicilian town as famous as the renowned Faenza when it comes to ceramic manufacturing, have a knack for accepting all kind of suggestions coming from the sea.  Every form of art is able to consolidate over...
SILK DISTRICT AND COMO: A STORY IN THE HISTORY OF TEXTILE

by Maria Laura Berlinguer

Como and the silk district: a story in the history of textile One word - several varieties of precious fabrics Just say silk and it immediately reminds us of light foulards caressing the skin, such as those selected by Design...
EYEGLASSES DISTRICTS

by Maria Laura Berlinguer

From Basilicata to the Alps eyeglasses stand for Italian genuinity. The very first eyewear company was set up in 1878 in Calalzo di Cadore, near Belluno. Since then, Veneto’s district alone has been able to account for 70% of the whole...
MURANO MOUTH-BLOWN GLASS DISTRICT

by Maria Laura Berlinguer

Known as the Glass Island, Murano is worldwide famous for a craftsmanship process which has linked the Made in Italy to the art of making everyday glass objects, since the Middle Ages to the present day. Vases, glasses, lamps and home décor in general, turn into works of art thanks to the fantasy of master glassmakers.
About Wave Murano Glass
Roberto Beltrami interviewed by Maria Laura Berlinguer

It is a wave of beauty reaching the whole world from the Venetian Lagoon. It is no coincidence that Roberto Beltrami, who was not born in Murano, got hit by this wave and had to ride it, drawing the name “Wave Murano Glass” from it and settling on the Glass Island to bring his innovative ideas into such a deeply-rooted tradition. The wonderful blown Murano glass vases by Roberto Beltrami, selected by Design Italy, are the quintessence of Vetro Artistico®, the certification guaranteeing the quality of the products made on the island.

CORK DISTRICT, OAKS PRECIOUS BEAUTY by Maria Laura Berlinguer
The stunning landscape and high-quality products.   Those trees with broad crowns, with that part of the trunk stripped of its bark taking on a bloody red tint, are only one of the many beauties of the Gallura region, in the...
THE ITALIAN TANNING PROCESS, FAMOUS WORLDWIDE PRODUCTIONS

by Maria Laura Berlinguer

The Italian tanning process, famous worldwide productions Tuscany, Veneto and Campania, three Italian regions and three districts that made tanned Italian leather a precious raw material. The tanning districts is a successful benchmark for the district economic model because they...
ITALIAN CERAMICS DISTRICT. CALTAGIRONE, DESTINY IS IN THE NAME

by Maria Laura Berlinguer

Italian ceramics coming from the sea  Caltagirone, destiny is in the name Artisans in Caltagirone, a Sicilian town as famous as the renowned Faenza when it comes to ceramic manufacturing, have a knack for accepting all kind of suggestions coming...
INTRODUCING MARIA LAURA BERLINGUER
A new signature is added to the editorial team of Design Italy so that we can tell you about the themes that we hold dear and that characterize the world of design with different facets and points of observation. Brilliant,...
Cristina Morozzi introduces a new appointment
by Maria Laura Berlinguer

on the Italian Manufacturing Districts

The industrial districts

The Italian furniture industry since its origins has relied on small companies scattered throughout the national territory. More than factories, even if there are brilliant examples for equipment and architecture, these are experimental laboratories, where entrepreneurs and designers still work alongside to shape to visionary ideas.