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N. 5 - February '12

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Many roads or “routes” lead to F Stone Magazine.
Mine starts with a courteous invitation from the shipowner (as Roberto Franzoni, who knows all about boats, calls him). And so I find myself catapulted into a unique and highly prestigious “team” (magazine) with a multi-faceted group of creatives with many-sided gifts and the most striking qualities. Just to give an example, one of the subeditors has crossed the oceans in a sailboat.
I am positive that this magazine would have been highly appreciated by Pier Carlo Santini, my mentor at the Accademia and the first to unravel the mysteries of design for my generation, the first to tell us about it as a living force, together with the “things of marble and sculpture,” and to help us understand how to combine Munari and Vangi, and how it was essential for us future artists to learn to live well and with style.
So much so that we always went to eat out with him at Vipore, up in the hills above his beloved, gentle Lucca, to exchange glances with Soavi, who for that night had betrayed Bocca di Magra and Ciccio (the river mouth of the “Olivettiani”) or the Milanese fashion journalists who had descended from Milan to the coast of Versilia.
Not that things are, fortunately, any different today: there are still a lot of sculptors/artista/architects/designers in our loved and hated little land, lying between the sea and the Apuan Alps...
The Gotha of art goes to work (by day) with Francesca Nicoli or at the Cave Michelangelo, with the manager Massari – newly appointed Director of the Accademia in Turin – or, higher up near the quarries, to Tincolini’s Tor-Art, where robot technology is creating a new sensibility, or in our many other workshops further down in Versilia, or with Giorgio Angeli, where among others Morgana Ghini also works, or in the little hidden studios, together with Morino and the other young creatives. But later in the evening there is no shortage of other secluded and cheerful places where the creatives feast on lardo di Colonnata amid impassioned discussions, and wash it down with a Brunello, perhaps by Argiano.
A refined magazine: it seeks to deal skillfully and passionately, and not without a touch of joyfulness, with everything imaginable “of marble and to do with marble” on the Tuscan coast, between Bocca di Magra and the Burlamacca Canal, and from here it radiates out toward all the points of the compass.
Pier Carlo would certainly have enjoyed it, and to him I dedicate it!
Frank O. Gehry - Deconstructivist, sculptor, star-architect
By di Marcantonio Ragone He does his part to foster such descriptions, which distinguish him from the more classic profile of his colleagues. He likes to present himself as an outlier in the community [..]
Cappelini - Working with respect for materials
By Decio G.R. Carugati . “As architect, designer or manufacturer,” says Cappellini, “I’ve always liked what Mies van der Rohe once said: ‘All materials, whether natural [..]
Lorenzo Palmeri - Resonances
By di Matilede Battistini “One should work on several things at once. It is the most productive way, one thing benefits from another, and each is more itself, purer. The ideas that come are sent [..]
Màrton Vàrò - In the enthrallment of sculpture
By Pier Giorgio Balocchi Márton Váró’s sculpture seems to live outside time: suspended in an arcadia, it appears to be hovering happily above the clouds, making no concessions [..]
John Cage - The noise and silence of the soul
By Lucrezia De Domizio Durini Cage preferred the ideas and works of Arnold Schoenberg to those of Stravinsky. So it was that he became his pupil, and when he had finished his studies, he suddenly found [..]