Because Italy is more than a geographic expression..

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

10 Years On - Sanelli Knives Still In My Kitchen

When I got married and needed all sorts of things, including cooking knives, My brother in law introduced me to Sanelli about 10 years ago and never really looked back.

For the price to value, I would consider them excellent. Mario Batali I believe uses Sanelli sometimes.

Now I'm looking at getting ceramic knives.

Sanelli operates in the municipality of Premana in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Italy's Rich Motorcycle Legacy On Display

SFO Museum (from youtube):

"The Italian propensity for artistic design, historically demonstrated in a wide range of manufactured goods, has perhaps never been better exemplified than in the beautiful motorcycles that graced Italy's racetracks and roadways in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the course of two decades, an unprecedented number of Italian firms, many of them lost to history, produced a dizzying array of small-sized motorcycles for a country with a desperate need for mobility after World War II. These machines were created at a time of impoverished resources, but were consistent with a characteristically Italian insistence on producing, and demanding, objects of extraordinary design and beauty. Nineteen motorcycles, ranging from singularly produced racers such as Carlo Ubbiali's 1951 Mondial 125cc Bialbero Grand Prix to 50cc production bikes from the late 1960s, demonstrate that while necessity breeds invention, the results can be truly stunning.

Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from November 5, 2011 to April 28, 2012. There is no charge to view the exhibition."

My Lord these bikes are beautiful.

Is there a greater country with as deep a design history as Italy?

The only nations that come to mind are USA or Japan.

Video Clip Of The Day

Works of industrial designer Roberto Pezzetta: