Studiopepe Just Made Us Fall in Love With Italian Design All Over Again

As much as Italian design sometimes feels like an oppressive shadow from under which every other design movement will eternally struggle to emerge, we can’t deny that it’s also an eternal wellspring of inspiration — as a budding adult we loved its plastics, in our mid- to late-20s it was Memphis, and these days we find ourselves coveting pretty much everything Cini Boeri ever made. Last week we happened across a perfect reminder of this, in the form of a 2016 AD Germany shoot styled by Studiopepe and celebrating the best of Italian design, both then (Boeri’s Ghost and Botolo chairs, Sottsass’s Etrusco vanity, Vico Magistretti’s Maralunga sofa and Atollo lamp, Superstudio’s Quaderna table, the Vignellis’ Metafora table, Mario Botta’s Seconda chair) and now (James Irvine’s Ipe Quadro table for Marsotto, Guilio Cappellini’s Gong table in brass). If we won the lottery tomorrow, we would consider acquiring almost everything in it — maybe even those Neo-classical sculptures (though technically, they’re Greek).

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