Category Archives: italy

Brion Vega RR227 radio

Brion Vega is an Italian manufacturer of radios, at least one of which (this RR227) is based on a vintage design—and all of which look like they could be. They do the modern basics like MP3 playback from SD cards, … Continue reading

Photo: Moto Major 350 by Salvatore Majorca

From Bike EXIF: Torinese engineer Salvatore Majorca created the revolutionary Moto Major straight after WWII. Apparently it was an engineering rather than styling exercise, but 60 years on, its shape is still breathtaking.

Too Late watches are too much

We’re told these “Too Late” watches — just a simple digital, one-function watch in a plastic strap — are all the range in the land of Italy, where hipsteretti may wear two or three at a time. I’ve rarely met … Continue reading

Vintage animal puzzles from Enzo Mari

NOTCOT discovered these lurverly wooden animal puzzles, created by Enzo Mari in the mid-’70s. That means they’re vintage — and hence expensive at $200 to $300. Easily replicated with a programmable jigsaw, but dig that crazy wood texture. In fact, … Continue reading

BMW ZX-6 concept by Jai Ho Yoo and Lukas Vanek

Many of these concept car designs by third-year students at the Instituto Europea di Design in Turin, part of a partnership with BMW, are interesting, but this “ZX-6 Concept” by Jai Ho Yoo and Lukas Vanek takes the cake. It’s … Continue reading

Unconfessable Ideas: cute Apple-themed shirts and stuff store

“Unconfessable Ideas” is an Italian web shop selling Apple-themed merchandise, generally more subtle than the sort of stuff made by American geek retailers. I’m fond of the “trio” pins which replicate the Close, Minimize, and Expand buttons of the standard … Continue reading

Spada TS Codatronca: The Italians still make the prettiest cars

From the racooon-eyed door to the stealth-inspired rear exhaust, the Spada TS Codatronca might be the most menacing car I’ve ever seen. It’s like what would be born if a Buick Riviera was impregnated by demon seed. I’ve added it … Continue reading

Electronic Rosary

Paolo massaged this machine-translated product description of an “Electronic Rosary” on sale in Italy for us: The Electronic Rosary, produced in Italy by the PREX Company, is an apparatus of reduced dimensions, comfortable and portable. The Saint rosary is recited … Continue reading

Thesis Audio’s Stone Turntables

Thesis Audio is an Italian audio equipment maker that crafts these hand-made turntables with stone platters—or as Audio Junkies describe them, “non-resonating stone plinths with..separate non-resonating stone subchassis…via a semi-rigid three-point suspension system.” I don’t see a price, but if … Continue reading

MisuraEmme Wall Unit with Hidden HDTV

I don’t know about you, but I think this wall unit from Italian firm MisuraEmme is quite attractive, it’s only failing that it’s the sort of furniture that tends to dominate a room to the exclusion of any ratty furniture … Continue reading