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{jcomments on}Live-Body-Art--Via-Tortona-05All those who have an interest in design should pay a visit to Milano this week.   Design is everywhere and in virtually every mind. There is so much to feel, to hear and to see that professionals and enthusiasts only have to choose.
Those who are in the furniture business have no choice but the Salome del Mobile at the large «Fiery di Milano» at Rho, on the outskirts of Milano.
On the contrary those who are more interested in design will have no doubt and take a full immersion into the “Fuorisalone”.

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Auto-classica-2014Techno Classica in Essen.


In Spring, the time comes to take out of the garages the most loved cars of all times: the vintage and classic cars.  After the winter rest , there are quite a few international events that car collectors and “the business” opportunities cannot miss. The Italian 1000 Miglia and Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, in may, the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June but it is the Techno Classica Motor Show that opens the season in March.
This event, not as glamorous the ones just mentioned is the most relevant in the Old Continent where the first motorcars were born.

Indeed. Techno Classica it said to be the world’s largest and most important gathering on vintage, classic and “modern” contemporary classics. It attracts more than 1,250 exhibitors from 30 countries and last year some 193.400 visitors from 41 nations were registered in the five days of the event.
Vintage and classic cars certainly mean automobile affection, passions, history and culture to anyone. They also mean a lot more for carmakers: the brand identity, image and business.



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Concorso-Eleganza-2014-Loc-PrimaOnce again is celebration time at Villa D’Este, the venue of the 85th Concorso d’Eleganza to be staged from 23rd through 25 next May.

Rolls-Royce is celebrating its 110th anniversary few months ahead the day the first Rolls-Royce debuted at the Parisian Grand Palais in December 1904, whereas Maserati will be honoured for its 100th birthday, which also will take place this December.

A unique exhibition in the rotunda at Villa Erba will be dedicated to the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem typical of Rolls-Royce. The story of winged radiator figurine that since 1911 has become the world’s most renowned emblem of Britain’s motoring heritage will be on display next to some of the rarest Rolls-Royce of the past. BMW Group Classic, which is hosting the Concorso for the 10th consecutive years, has announced that « The automobiles on display from the various eras all, in their own individual way, embody the “striving for perfection” which company founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce made their guiding principle early on». A «can’t miss» occasion for the «silent» Rolls-Royce and British motorcars lovers.

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Studiotorino Moncenisio unveiled.modellazione side


The first Studiotorino Moncenisio in a series of 20 has been unveiled to the international press and to the friends of the Studiotorino family at the National Museum of Automobiles in Torino, Italy, today.  The so far unique two seater sport car born in Germany and educated in Italy comes with a shining sky-blue* colour and the “S” symbol of the Italian company committed to create and deliver “fine sport cars” to discriminating car drivers who are ready to spend more money and indulge on their very individual car.

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Studiotorino-2014-Moncenisio-The-making-01The making of the first Moncenisio by Studiotorino.


In few hours, the ultimate Studiotorino Moncenisio will be unveiled at the National Museum of Automobiles in Torino, Italy.

There is no scoop here, the event has been announced and the developed documented days after day by Alfredo Stola, and his wife Maria Paola, day by day on Facebook.

By this time everybody who is passionate about Porsche, design and coachbuilding would know that the name Moncenisio is after the Alpine pass famous for its stunning landscape and for the first ever hill climb race “Susa – Moncenisio” that took place in 1902 and was won by Vincenzo Lancia. Everybody knows that the Turin based company first launched its RK Coupé and RK Spyder limited production specials in 2005 and that ever since Studiotorino has presented several successful studies also on Fiat, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz. What is not know is that Alfredo Stola, managing director, has also worked at other projects, most of which are confidential.

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Gandini-Marcello-in-1976 cutCar Design News has honoured the achievements of Marcello Gandini, through more than 50 years of activity, recently at a ceremony in Geneva on the eve of the 2014 motor show.
Jury member were authoritative professionals by the name of Laurens van den Acker, VP design for Renault, Moray Callum, VP design at Ford, Sooshin Choi, professor at leading design school CCS, Richard Chung, VP industrial design at Johnson Controls, Gert Hildebrand, head of design for newcomer Qoros, Steve Mattin, design director at Lada, Gorden Wagener, VP design at Mercedes-Benz and Ed Welburn, VP of global design at GM.

Mr Gandini was honoured for his «outstanding contribution to car design that stretches back to the 1965 Lamborghini Miura» (actually completed and presented in early 1966, editor’s note, «as well as its Countach and Diablo successors.

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