Fuksas Movement

Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas may be a busy man, but he's also a terribly jovial one. As he recites the long list of where he has been in the last few days, and who he has met, the smile never leaves his face. “My life is impossible, I have no possibility to work,” he concludes, somewhat flamboyantly. He says he can't wait to get away from it all for a couple of days and head to his house on the southern Italian island of Pantelleria. We are in the architect's Rome office, located over several floors of an airy Renaissance palazzo in the heart of the Centro Storico. Fuksas wears his usual attire: a dark sweater and jacket; his manner is informal and approachable.

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Stellar Hella

When you meet 42-year-old Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, there is no exchange of pleasantries or unnecessary chitchat. Tall, slender and elegant, with long hands and short, wavy hair, she looks you straight in the eye when she talks, smiles sparingly and is clear about the topics she finds interesting. These include her latest creation for Dutch ceramics manufacturer Royal Tichelaar Makkum; the sofa and poufs that Vitra asked her to make for this year’s Milan Furniture Fair; and her unusual studio space in Rotterdam. One thing she does not find interesting is discussing her two children. When asked if having them has changed the way she works, she asks, “What do you want me to tell you? Cliches?”

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