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Francesco João

Francesco João’s practice indulges in the ambivalence of the pictorial method, stressing the duality between the immediacy, and the over-complexity of the medium. Immersed in a constantly-changing, hyper-evolving loop of reconfiguration, the medium of painting enduringly affirms its substance both through historical legitimation and through the confrontation against fast-disseminated images adhering to the sphere of the digital.

Andrew Durham

Taking long vacations during the summer is probably one of my favorite things in life. When I was a kid, the summer holiday from school always seemed to define each year for me. It was the summer of… This was the time you could go on an adventure, fall in love, get lost, reinvent yourself. After summer, September always felt more like the New Year to me, never January.

Nick Curtola

In the summer of 2015, LCD Soundsystem’s frontman James Murphy opened up The Four Horsemen – a sleek, intimate natural wine bar in the heart of Williamsburg, where he resides. Helming the kitchen is San Francisco native Chef Nick Curtola, who started off at Camino in Oakland, did a year of regional cooking in Piedmont, Italy, and came to New York to work Franny’s, Glady’s and Roman’s before taking the executive chef role at Murphy’s joint. We asked him to prepare a Baccalà dish for us.

Brian Lotti

As a child I was very interested in drawing and coloring things, and later on, I attended a Catholic high school in Las Vegas where the kids were pretty mean. I spent a lot of time in the art classroom, stealing away during lunch breaks. Ceramics and painting were my escape from the craziness of that school and I was able to deal with some heavy emotions there in that room. Art became a means for transforming awful feelings into a kind of peace and happiness.

Ben Venom

Ben Venom is a self-taught quilter with a die-hard DIY attitude. One scroll through his Instagram feed, you’ll see that he’s like a talented local tattoo artist armed with a sewing machine who loves classic heavy metal acts like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Metallica.

We connected with the San Francisco-based artist to find out more about his (P.M.A.) positive mental attitude, his passionate, prolific and painstaking pattern work and being an awesome dad to his baby girl, Beatrice Rose.

Fernando Mastrangelo

Known for his natural forms that reference sand dunes, melting icebergs and mountainous landscapes, Fernando Mastrangelo creates works “for the city dwellers who want to escape.” His pieces a well-balanced combination of form, content and material often trigger a primal sense of belonging, or tranquility in their viewer.

Casa Masi

Casa Masi was born almost “for fun”, from a dream in the drawer of our father, who used to love good food. We had this house in the countryside, where our grandmother was born at the beginning of the last century; it was shabby and certainly not suitable for hosting a restaurant, but our parents obviously saw something… It was 1991, it took 5 years to get permits for renovation. But despite everything, here we are. There is a proverb that says “There is no Lent without Baccalà” and in fact, in a period when meat is banned, there is no better food to set the table.

Scott VanderVoort

Scott VanderVoort is a New York-based artist whose work broadly explores themes of impermanence, beauty, and the ambiguous divide between art and the mundane. VanderVoort works in both two and three dimensions, with paint, sculpture, and installation, and through his art engages viewers in an often playful dialogue about the process by which objects, images, and spaces acquire meaning.

Tellurico

After graduating in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Contextual Design from the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Netherlands, Italian artist and designer Francesco Pace founded Tellurico, a multidisciplinary studio specialized in objects, spaces and installations.

The name tellurico – “of the earth” in Italian – directly relates to the love that Pace has for his native hometown, Pozzuoli. Historically, geologically and socially-speaking, the small village located outside of Naples and perched atop a dormant volcano, naturally presented itself as a fertile ground for Pace’s artistic exploration.

Chef Ciccio Sultano

To understand Italian chef, Ciccio Sultano, you must first understand his earliest influence, Sicily – the ancient, Italian island of his birth. If Italy is a country passionate about its history, produce and cuisine, then Sicily is hailed, as the locals will tell you, as a ‘continent’ with its own history.

Tom Atton Moore

In a lane and alternate world of his own, textile artist Tom Atton Moore creates woolen rugs that serve, not as pieces of craft or design, but as tangible prompts meant to evoke an emotional response.

General Assembly

Since its founding in 2011, Brooklyn-based design studio General Assembly has honed a practice of warm inhabitability — magnifying the finer details of dwellings with an eye toward human scale. Having cut her teeth at international firms like Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architect Sarah Zames founded General Assembly as an avenue for these intimate gestures —employing a palette of largely natural materials to create custom, considered extensions of their clients’ sacred spaces.

Akosua Afriyie-Kumi

A A K S produces raffia bags handmade by a women’s cooperative in Northern Ghana. The brand produces luxurious handmade accessories using ethical processes inspired by old-age craft traditions, which are not often seen beyond the borders of Ghana. However Ghanaian fashion designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi wants the world to see how luxury and quality can grow from traditional designs and is using A A K S bags to change perceptions of Africa through fashion.

Justin R. Saunders

Since its inception, JJJJound has grown in the last decade into a collaborative design studio that aims to inspire through multiple channels; through the fabrication of items with purpose and longevity, through the design and construction of meaningful physical environments, and through the continued curation of its digital platform. Located in Montreal, Canada, the design studio is operated by founder Justin R. Saunders.

Apparatus Studio

Apparatus is a Manhattan based design studio whose reputation is on the rise for very good reason. We find their work to be superb, majestic, and decadently resplendent. We were lucky enough to interview 36 year old Co-Founder and Creative Director Gabriel Hendifar about his offering, ACT III.

25hours Hotel Florence

Inserted between the magnificent and renewed Piazza Santa Maria Novella, vis à vis with the new wing of the Museo del Novecento, the complex of the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio and the splendor of the Lungarni, 25hours Piazza San Paolino occupies an entire city block between the elegant street of antique dealers – Via de ‘Fossi – and the popular Via Palazzuolo.

Chef Karime Lòpez

With this recipe, we want to take you to Southern Italy, where it is possible to taste the sea everywhere. In these regions, the places are full of colours, and exactly all those vibrant tones are the ones we would like to represent in the dish through the small spheres of crispy vegetables and the broth made with roasted squid. The ingredient which makes this broth special is the cod skin, bringing to you a full-flavoured bite of the sea deepness.

Distant Symphony

If you’re in New York, there’s still time to check out “Distant Symphony,” a collaborative show curated by prolific Georgian design duo Rooms, on view at Emma Scully Gallery until November 20.

‘Built In’

Through 7 November, Richard Neutra’s VDL House is hosting ‘Built In’, a collection of new and site-specific works, curated by artist and writer Erik Benjamins in tandem with art and design gallery Marta.

Perbacco

The Enoteca Osteria Perbacco was born in 1987 as a cultural association and was the ninth club in Italy to join the emerging Agricola movement, mother of the International Slow Food movement. Founded by Vito Puglia, Perbacco is located in Italy in the Cilento area, precisely in Pisciotta.

Umberto Bellardi Ricci

Manhattan gallery Matter recently unveiled DAWN, the first solo exhibition of Italian sculptor and architect Umberto Bellardi Ricci. On view through July 30, the show features a collection of experiential lighting and furniture designs, informed by the designer’s accomplished architecture practice and his academic training in social sciences.

Sean Spellman

Meet multimedia artist Sean Spellman, his partner My Larsdotter, and their 2-year-old daughter Sunny in their effortlessly cool surf meets Scandinavian designed Airbnb situated on their property in Westerly, RI. Interview by Maggie Stankaitis for BACCALÀ.

Sarianne Plaisant

Sarianne Plaisant is an accomplished prop stylist who works magic in product shoots, advertising, and magazine editorial. Born just outside of London (Surrey), raised by Finnish and French parents in a small Midlands (UK) town, she values her upbringing in the idyllic English countryside. Like most who grew up outside a major metro area, her surroundings pushed her to work hard so that she could travel, using any restlessness she had to steer her ambition.

Chef Floriano Pellegrino

Floriano Pellegrino and Isabella Potì are proprietors of an ambitious contemporary restaurant in Lecce, Puglia; in the heart of the heel of Italy’s “boot” region. Earning its first Michelin star in November 2018, Bros’ is authentically Pugliese. Floriano shares his Baccalà, Bergamotto, Olive, Pane Recipe with us.

Danny Sangra’s Italian Film Picks

We asked Danny Sangra to create a film list for us, similar to the list or diary he has been creating every month in his customized yellow leather Smythson book since January 2016 (never missing a month). This time with a twist – ONLY Italian films. Enjoy!

FICTIONS

The Collectif des Créateurs Canadiens (CCC) unveiled FICTIONS, an immersive virtual experience from 22 – 30 April 2021, showcasing new and exclusive works by a group of eight Canadian designers.

Garance Vallée

Growing up in an artistic family in Paris – her father is acclaimed street-artist Kriki and her mother is an art history academic – Garance has cultivated from a very young age an insatiable thirst for knowledge and experimentation. It is not surprising that her artistic practice knows no boundaries between mediums and aesthetic references: she artfully mixes Memphis with Ancient Rome, brutalist structures with primitive architecture.

Barry McGee

Meeting Barry McGee is the exact opposite of experiencing his art exhibitions. In person, he’s quiet, attentive and acutely focused on the conversation. He notices small details and often compliments you on the simplest things. His humble nature and youthful charm make you wonder how someone so effortlessly relaxed can make such visually jarring art.
Unlike his easy-going demeanor, his exhibitions engulf their settings with a myriad of objects. One doesn’t see a McGee show so much as experience it.

Dario Cecchini

You might know of Dario from his episode on Netflix’s Chef’s Table where the story is told of a guy who wanted to be a veterinarian happened to turn into the world’s most famous butcher. Contributing Editor Albert Rano had the pleasure of visiting Dario in the Tuscan village of Panzano at his famed Macelleria for lunch to hear his story, beliefs and how he is still passionate about his craft.