She was born in 1870. Maria was a sterling student, confident, ambitious, and unwilling to be limited by traditional expectations for women. She broke gender barriers at 13 when she entered an all-boys technical institute to prepare for a career in engineering. Children everywhere can thank her for her belief in their creative potential and […]
It looks like a wasp – a narrow waist and a rounded butt. Perfect for the times in more than one way in 1946. The shape suited La Dolce Vita style popularized by American movies in the 1950s and 60s. Many consider it the apex of Italian design. It became a symbol of carefree youth. […]
She lived a long life, left a legacy in neuroembryology, but it wasn’t easy. Consider when she was born, in 1909. Rita Levi-Montalcini was a small woman – 5-foot three (1.62 meters), but her stature in Italy and the world grew very large.
In the 1950’s Olivetti created one of the most iconic typewriters in the world. The founders also invented the co-working space and laid the vision for a human city. Italy and the rest of the world are still catching up.