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  • La Cupola (S)Gonfiabile a San Gimignano

    Marc DiDomenico
    Jun 28, '17 4:44 AM EST

    The Inflatable Dome, designed by arch. Lapo Binazzi, was featured at the ‘San Gimignano VI Culture Festival’ on Saturday June 24th . The dome, standing at 10 meters high, was displayed in the main square, Piazza delle Erbe adjacent to the city’s cathedra. ‘La Cupola (S)Gonfiabile’ was originally designed by the group UFO with Titti Maschietto and Patrizia Cammeo in the 1960’s but only brought to life in 2015 in collaboration with The Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI). The San Gimignano exhibit was the third installation of Binazzi’s Cupola, with previous locations being Villa La Sfacciata of Florence and in the town of San Giovanni Valdarno.

    The dome using inflatable nylon materials in prominent bold colours is a 1:5 scale reinterpretation of Brunelleschi’s dome. Each installation creates a new display in the way the dome unfolds itself during the inflation process. The overwhelming size of the structure creates a new dialogue with the surrounding public space and context changing lines of sight and creating an awe-inspiring finished product. Brunelleschi’s giant Cupola stands out as the most recognizable symbol of Renaissance Florence, comforting past populations with its secular and religious meaning. Lapo Binazzi, remains one of the most influential architects of the Italian Radical Design Movement from the nineteen-sixties and seventies, and is well known for his ability to match the artistic experience with the same experimental design. To date the dome has been featured in Domus and Designboom as well as many regional publications’. 

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    Marc DiDomenico
    Dec 16, '15 11:19 AM EST

    Arezzo-One gray morning, a small sleepy town woke up to find the town square lively and invaded by color and movement. This is what happened to the citizens of San Giovanni Valdarno one moody, overcast winter day in Piazza Cavour when Architect Binazzi’s latest work, the 'Inflatable Dome', was... View full entry


    Marc DiDomenico
    Sep 29, '15 11:31 AM EST

    FLORENCE, ITALY—Radical design meets Minimalism in this wall unit system named ‘Pixel’. The unit gives the freedom of creativity; with a variety of colours the modular design provides an expression of emotions and endless combination of parts. The simple minimal design with aluminum tracks... View full entry


    Marc DiDomenico
    Jun 11, '15 3:22 AM EST

     A compact table named ‘Limits’ is a geometric play on folding materials and space. “Limits is a table that pushes our perception of physical and philosophical boundaries,” states designer Kim Koh. Formed entirely from flat triangles, the angles converge into slender joints making the... View full entry

  • ASSEMBLING SELF-REFLECTION Chair Provides Space For Introspection

    Marc DiDomenico
    Nov 26, '14 12:20 PM EST

    FLORENCE, ITALY— Daydreaming, reading or relaxing in a cozy chair is a traditional part of life. The latest chair design, developed at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI), encourages its owners to indulge in this personal time. The chair’s smooth, rounded corners give the... View full entry

  • DESIGN YOUR FUTURE IN FLORENCE, International Italian design school continues to grow with new degree

    Marc DiDomenico
    Jul 6, '13 2:29 PM EST

    FLORENCE, ITALY - Design students will now have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor degree in Design at one of Italy’s leading international design schools.  For the first time Florence Institute of Design International will be offering a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Design... View full entry


    Marc DiDomenico
    Jan 31, '13 10:57 AM EST

    ALTERNATINING COLOR CONCEPT EOS armchair retouched with an intrinsic new color pattern   Florence, Italy- A new version of the EOS chair designed by arch. Leonardo Rossano, has been proposed with an intrinsic new color scheme. The chair produced by True Design of Padova, is named 'EOS'... View full entry


    Marc DiDomenico
    Jul 13, '12 4:21 AM EST

    FLORENCE, ITALY - The Jacobsen-Binazzi Shelving Unit is a bookshelf that originated as a class project between Prof. Arch. Lapo Binazzi and his Master Student, Bethany Jacobsen, but has since transformed into a tangible, colorful design of rectangular units that can be reconfigured by the user... View full entry

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