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Italian Architecture and Design

Italian Architecture and Design (Published in Luxury Home Designs)

Indulging in a tour of Italy’s architecture and design with interior designer and best-selling author, Isabella Dusi.

With its picture-postcard villages, exquisite food and splendid wines, amazing art, and a superb culture for cutting-edge design, Italy has always been a favoured destination for the world’s architects and designers, or anyone in industries that supply product to professionals in the field.

The style capital of the world, Italy produces some of the world’s most sought-after furnishings, including textiles, lighting, furniture, home wares, ceramics, kitchens, bathrooms, glass and statuary – and a lot more. For a select group of travellers, all this and more awaited on an exclusive tour designed by Isabella.

The tour had the sanction of the Italian Consulate which is naturally pleased to promote potential trade with architects and designers, and aimed to satisfy the needs of those working in the field, but the work study program incorporating leisure time was attractive to anyone interested in Italy in all its facets, including the partners of some of the guests.

Spending 4 nights at Lake Como, Isabella took the group to several important Milan based furniture manufacturers, to the Rubelli textile weaving mill, to La Scala Opera Theatre, a visit to  The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, a walk through Milan with local architects, and, complete with hard hats, an on site to visit to an interior architectural renovation project under way.  Leisure time included a visit to Bellagio and a splendid dinner at Villa d’Este overlooking Lake Como.

First Class train to Florence for the more earthy visits, such as a ceramist workshop, a sculpture workshop, a superb hard stone mosaic workshop and a fascinating visit to the marble mines of Carrara as well as a farmhouse renovation in the Tuscan countryside. A 4 night stay in our own Tuscan Villa in the countryside was something special.

Our final 4 nights were in Venice where we were treated to a private viewing at Fortuny Fabrics, a cocktail party on the Grand Canal, a Venetian architect led our flotilla of boats to view the latest residential and commercial projects under way in and around Venice, and we were guests of the Master Craftsmen on the Island of Murano and treated to some spectacular workshops of the glass masters as well as a Q & A session with many of the Masters.

A sensational excursion in and around Vicenza was hosted by I Palladiani, and in particular one of Italy’s foremost experts on the work of Andrea Palladio. The Professor came from Milan to host our group and the association went out of its way to make sure we had access with our Palladian Professor to all the key projects of Andrea Palladio dotted around some superb countryside. A remarkable day imprinted on our minds, as we made our way back to Venice for our farewell Gala Dinner.

(From time to time Isabella is requested to host architects, designers and industry professionals and producers on specialised Design tours of Italy)