The New Vitale Barberis Canonico Showroom
This week I received a press release from the Vitale Barberis Canonico woolen mill, which has a 352-year history and is in the 13th generation of the same family. In collaboration with one of Italy’s finest tailoring houses, A. Caraceni, it has opened a new showroom in Milan.
According to the release:
This is a prestigious and eclectic space, which unites the concepts of showroom, cultural workshop and etnertainment area, with the aim of making the Vitale Berberis Canonico fabrics and brand better known to lovers of made in Italy style and men’s fashions.
The [event] program will also include book presentations by Italian and international style experts, there will be books which talk of the passions of the elegant gentleman, from food to beverages, to traveling and vintage cars. The showroom will become the ideal setting for tastings, meetings and talks on such topics.
It certainly sounds like a cool place to hang out, and looks like it, too. Those of you looking for inspiration may find some here. Note the color scheme of brown leather Chesterfield-style sofas, black accent furniture, gray/beige carpet, and black windowpane curtains, and the tailoring illustrations presented under gallery lighting.
The machine-gun lamp might not be to everyone’s taste, but then again nothing ever is.
I think that’s an AK-47, not a machine gun.
I kind of thought that too, but isn’t an AK-47 a form of machine gun? Or is it a rifle?
An AK-47, like other assault rifles,* can be fired in either semi-automatic (i.e., one bullet per trigger pull) or fully automatic modes. A true machine gun fires in fully automatic mode only, i.e., pulling the trigger results in a continuous burst of ammunition that lasts until either the shooter lets go of the trigger or the ammunition runs out. Since the continuous stream of bullets affects accuracy, fully automatic weapons are actually disfavored for most infantry-type applications.
* Assault rifle: a kind of military weapon. Assault gun: a poorly-defined term used by people who are ignorant, and afraid, of guns.
The lamp is called “AK-47 Table Lamp” and is designed by Philippe Starck.