Christmas is coming and gift fever is on fire. We are watching you right now, your desire to get out with freeze and wait for your turn outside the stores is less than zero, the hunt for the perfect gift seems seriously compromised. Hold on everyone, nothing is lost. We thought we’d make it easier for you by suggesting a short selection of the most interesting publications that we are sure that will make your car-enthusiast friends happy.

Mezzi Fontanesi – by Fontanesi

Fontanesi is a phenomenon born on Instagram and social media is still his natural habitat, where the artist has received his consecration, but not only.

Mezzi Fontanesi is the paper collection of his surreal artwork themed transportation, if you do not know him yet, go read the post on our Hub. From Fontanesi’s mind come wonderful utopias such as broken and reassembled Pandinis, open hoods that look like giant gaping mouths, mythological figures such as Fiat 500 Scooters, vintage cars with built-in garden slides (what a dream!), handlebar vans, fruit boxes with wheels, XXXL luggage racks, and a thousand other visual oxymorons on two and four wheels.

The book, edited by Michele Galluzzo was printed in a limited number of copies, if you’re lucky you can still find one >>> here.

CAR GUYS – The Culture of Owning a Classic Car – by Fabrizio D’Aloisio

“What is life like with your classic car? How do others react to it? And what made you decide to buy it?”

These are generally questions that intrigue classic car lovers of all types: In CAR GUYS by Fabrizio D’Aloisio, Author, Creative Director and friend of Garage Italia but primarily devourer of Car Culture, you will find the answers to these and other questions. Thirty black and white photographic stories and interviews with owners of classic cars from St. Moritz to Capri passing through Montecarlo. CAR GUYS is a book by people who love cars made for people who love cars, an inspiration for all those who already own a classic car or for those about to realize this dream.

Pyromaniac’s Manual – by Ada Zielińska

An unusual and in some ways controversial reading, but undoubtedly different, curious and interesting.

“People have different needs. Mine is to light a fire.”

The Handbook tells a story about the artist’s drive for destruction. Ada Zielińska, a young Polish artist, plays with the voyeuristic nature of a digital viewer, who wants to be inside the situation, sitting in the front row, as long as the virtual guarantees him total safety.

Pyromania is an impulsive behavior disorder, in which the individual struggles with an uncontrolled need to light a fire. Although pyromania is a true disorder, when captured in a photograph it is stripped of what is frightening: lack of control. Through the clash between these two tendencies – pyromania on the one hand, and voyeurism on the other, the artist has managed to create a specific relationship with the viewer.

The observation of destruction becomes therapeutic for the artist and, appropriately filtered through social media, entertainment for the viewer.

TYPE 7 VOL. TWO

Type 7 is the daily magazine for those who are driven, combining a love of Porsche and those who drive them with a deep and detailed exploration of art, architecture, design and collector culture at large.

Type 7 : Volume Two features new, original, and expanded versions of our favourite stories of the past year, curated by the Type 7 editorial team.

Featuring: Daniel Arsham, Jeff Zwart, Marc Newson, Teddy Santis, Neil Krug, Richard England, Petra Leary, Kei Naito, Ted Gushue, Matt McCormick, King Nerd, Spinzi Design, Kanghee Kim, Sebastian Zanella and many more, across 412 pages of crisp photography and long form writing.

Each copy is accompanied by a limited editon shipping box designed in collaboration with Daniel Arsham and a Type 7 vinyl sticker. Buy it here.

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DAVIDE PERELLA

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Davide Perella. I was born in 1991 in Cagliari and I have always had a great passion for the world of fashion and digital. I spent hours and hours creating Power Point presentations on Photoshop and after graduation I decided to move to Florence to study graphics and visual communication.

After finishing my studies and a short break in New York, I moved to Milan where I had the opportunity to work and collaborate with brands such as Moschino, Nike, Neil Barrett and Alberta Ferretti.

How would you define your style?

My style is definitely influenced by streetwear and high fashion. I like to mix different elements to create new products often with a touch of irony.

What is customization for you?

Transferring your vision of style on an object or a garment to make it unique through your personal imprint.

Transferring your vision of style on an object...

What inspired you to customize the Jumpsuit?

My passion for Nike and the swoosh is definitely the protagonist of this customization, but I wanted to create a slogan to strengthen the design even more, what if not “Fuck 2020”, an expression that I am sure will agree with a large percentage of people.

How did you come up with it?

After digitizing the idea and placing all the embroidery on the suit, I just sent it to a small embroidery shop in Sardinia that, under my strict supervision, faithfully recreated my virtual prototype.

How did your healthy obsession with the Swoosh come about? What is the added value of this logo compared to others?

It all started in college when my professor asked me to draw the iconic logo on the blackboard. In 2017 I had the opportunity to collaborate with Nike for the first time, I created installations inside the NikeLab in Milan and videos that “bombarded” the windows with images. The added value? I find that its silhouette lends itself very much to graphics, especially for its immediate recognizability.

In the last two years we have witnessed a real boom in collaborations between luxury fashion houses and streetwear brands. What is the most successful example of contamination in your opinion? And the one you would like to see?

I think one of the most successful collaborations this year and one that created the most hype was between Dior and Jordan. The Air Jordan 1 with the iconic monogram was and still is the 2020 object of desire for many sneakerheads.

I’m a shoe fanatic but also an accessory fanatic, bags are becoming a must-have even among men, I’d love to see bags in a streetwear key, I think we can still do a lot.

Dreaming doesn’t cost anything, they say it’s good for you. A brand for which you would like to be creative director.

Obviously Nike, but I won’t deny that my dream is to create my own brand.

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SOLOMOSTRY

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Solomostry graduated in Graphic design in 2012. He lives and works in Milan.

Solomostry is a multifaceted artist – ranging from screen-printing to muralism, from painting to installation – and it is precisely because of his eclectic essence that around 2007 – meeting some people of the milanese techno/clubbing scene – he moved away from graffiti and shaped new subjects, his subjects: the Monsters.

Solomostry’s research is characterized by a broken compositional line that continues to compose expressive geometric entities, revealing violent emotions. They are monstrous masks interpreters of impressions, trepidation, anxiety, excesses, present in everyday life. The marked outline builds and destroys at the same time. The hard lines tear the surface and mark spaces in which bright and flat colors play out, now typical of Solomostry.

Solomostry is represented in Italy by Lunetta 11 gallery, in Switzerland by Kolly gallery and in Paris by Cohle gallery.

He has collaborated with several brands both Italian and foreign, dealing with different media and his works are visible in different parts of the world.

How would you define your style?

I have always tried to express my feelings in a pure and appropriate way to the environment in which I put them.

The main element of exploration of my work is the line and its impact, in order to catch the attention of the viewer.

The line, in graffiti is what allows you to build a tag, that is your name, your identity.

The line that builds the tag is the skeleton of your graffiti, the skeleton of what you show the world, of what you put on the street.

For this reason the research must be based on impact, they must be able to see you from far away. In the streets there are a lot of distractions, but you have to stand out on all of them, or you can’t do it.

To succeed in all this I am always looking for new techniques and materials to experiment with.

The line that builds the tag is the skeleton of your graffiti, the skeleton of what you show the world, of what you put on the street.

What is customization for you?

La personalizzazione per me è il distinguersi dalla massa ed essere unico.
Questa ricerca di unicità si riflette sulle capsule che vado a creare in limited edition, customizzando qualunque tipo di media mi si presenta davanti.
Rapportarmi con materiali diversi è una continua sfida a creare qualcosa di nuovo ed unico.

How much do you love Milan and what does it have more than other cities?

Milan is my hometown, I’ve lived in other cities in the past, like Barcelona and Berlin, and I’ve been to many others for work, but Milan always calls me back. Milan is my friends and my affections and even more is my neighborhood, which I am very proud of and which I try to make it better with my small contribution.

What inspired you to customize the Jumpsuit?

We worked with 4 hands on this project, because in SOLOMOSTRY, there is a team behind the artist that believes and supports every project, from installations, to customizations up to the limited editions that we release.

So I would say that the main inspiration was belonging to a group, to be part of the same flag and we hope that who will wear this garment will feel part of what we do every day.

How did you make it?

It was made completely by hand in silk-screen printing.

Is there a technique that you particularly prefer among those you use in your work?

Solomostry production is divided into many areas, from painting on canvas, to installation with different materials, to screen printing for custom clothing, and lately ceramics.

In painting I prefer tools that allow me to have a stroke of impact, such as brushes, sprays, but my favorite is still the gardening sprayer pressure loaded with paint.

Screen printing is another technique that I love a lot, because it allows me to replicate in series the graphics on different materials such as fabric, paper, wood and everything I can print.

In the last two years I started to use ceramics again and at the moment it’s the technique that intrigues me the most, because I don’t have total control yet, so it always presents me with new problems, which once solved generate great satisfaction.

Tell us about the genesis of a Monster.

In the beginning the subjects of my works were Monsters, at least I called them that,

were entities that took possession of our inner self and encouraged us to do things we were afraid of.

They were powerful and unstoppable, impacting, pure feelings that represented the soul of those who feel young and rebellious.

They were all different, but all united towards a single goal, giving the viewer an unknown strength that made him feel invincible and ready to face what awaited him from his path.

Growing up, time puts us in front of a variety of situations, which lead us to deal with our feelings in a more contained and systematic way, and we build ourselves an armor made of various emotions, to be ready in every situation not to let people understand what are our real feelings.

Where do you dream of seeing your Monsters exposed one day?

I am satisfied with the path I have taken so far, I have already taken the monsters to different parts of the world so, instead of taking them somewhere, I hope that my monsters will continue to take me further and further.

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In computer language, a hub (literally fulcrum, central element) is nothing more than a concentrator, a device that acts as a sorting node for an organized data communication network. In short, it is a box that can connect multiple computers to each other thus creating a network.
Garage Italia Hub was born with the intention of creating an ever wider network to share with you new ideas, projects and digital content.
Hence the idea of creating a platform that is the center of our creativity … but also yours.

SANGI

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I am Pietro, but my friends call me SANGI, like the neighborhood in Milan where I was born and raised. A meeting place with friends and a constant source of inspiration for my aesthetic research, which starts from daily functionality.    

The sneakers and the focus on innovation in footwear design, open the doors to a wider world, a fashion industry that is constantly evolving and adapting to new needs.

How would you define your style?

Aesthetics and functionality. Design tells through shapes, proportions, materials and colors the human tendency to find practical and effective solutions.

What is customization for you?

The opportunity to transform an object according to your vision and taste. Customization is about being able to give an object, whatever it is, an added value that fully represents your style. Customizing does not mean to distort, but to leave a mark, your mark.

Customizing does not mean to distort, but to leave a mark, your mark.

How much do you love Milan and what does it have more than other cities?

I am in love with my city! Starting from the contrast of past and future that you see in the alternation of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, which form a present full of realities and people who make creativity the strongest point of a city that never stops.

What inspired you for the customization of the Jumpsuit?

The Jumpsuit was born as workwear and then became a fashionable garment to wear on any occasion. Taking it back to its origins, I worked to make it the ideal garment for the designer of 2020. Tradition and innovation coexist to enhance manual practices and support them with technology. We can all be designers with a pencil or a click.

How did you make it?

I made the Jumpsuit in my garage, which I set up as a workshop. There I have the sewing machine and all the tools to work on my projects. In recent years I have accumulated several components to make shoes and clothing. The restrictions of the last period and lack of further resources, made me use fabrics and materials that I already had, giving them a new life.

We know that sneakers are your forte. When was this passion born?

My passion for sneakers was born when I was in middle school. I felt in love with a Jordan, of course! From there I went deeper and deeper, looking for the most iconic, particular and revolutionary models.

With my Instagram page I wanted to share my POV on this world: by showing my research through a digital archive I had the opportunity to interface with different insiders.

Which one is your favourite among those you already have and the one you would like to have one day?

My absolute favorite sneaker is the Reebok – Instapump Fury, which contains everything I look for in a shoe. A model that after more than 30 years is still a real innovative shape. I own several of them, but the one I’m most proud of is the collaboration with Pyer Moss, Experiment 4 Fury Trail, crazy. One shoe in particular that impressed me and that I would like to get my hands on is the Porter x Takashi Murakami – BS 06R T.Z.

What was it like working on such a different garment like the Jumpsuit?

I have always been interested, passionate, and I study fashion design. I happen to work on both footwear and clothing projects! Starting from the shoes, my eyes go up and are interested in everything we wear.

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IGNORANCE1

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Ignorance1 work revolves around the graphic styles that characterised the rave music scene during the 80s and 90s. Modern graphic elements are combined to classic patterns and styles so the pieces keep a vintage mood while getting a unique contemporary twist.

The word ‘ACID’ is quite recurrent in many of the pieces. This particular word gets inserted in different artistic contexts and explored based on the different meanings it can have in those contexts. Acid is a flavour, a music current, a journey, an emotional state. “Not sad but not happy, JUST ACID” is a quote that appears on some of the works and it’s just one example of using the concept to define a particular emotional context with a touch of irony.

How would you define your style?

Not sad, not happy, just acid.

What is customization for you?

Personalization for me, although it may seem trivial, is to make anything personal.

In my case I enjoy doing it in a fairly “freestyle” way, treating the object or the garment as if it was a blank piece of paper.

Not sad, not happy,
just acid.

How much do you love Milan and what does it have more than other cities?

For years I had a constant relationship with Milan made of love and hate, but at the end of the day I can only be extremely grateful for the many opportunities it offers from a creative and professional point of view. One characteristic that only Milan has is that, after so many years, is still full of hidden places that you need to discovered.

What inspired you to customize the Jumpsuit?

To customize the Jumpsuit I just mixed my style with the raw and naked workwear flavour of the mechanical workshops.

How did you make it?

First of all I used spray and markers to customize the patches: some of them are totally customized on the back and some others on the front. Then I worked directly on the Jumpsuit fabric, spreading sentences and messages around the garment’s surface.

The logo rip-offs borrowed from the racing world are among your favorite subjects: Shell, Agip, Michelin and Pirelli to name a few. Do you have a passion for the automotive universe or are you simply fascinated by the graphic part of those brands?

The old workshops have always been a great inspiration for me.

With my father, a great car enthusiast, I visited a lot of them since I was a child and I was struck by all that microcosm of vintage plates, calendars and merchandising of automotive brands.

Last year, during one of my exhibitions, I had the chance to make one of my rip-offs on a real steel plate.

Even today I am still fascinated by the graphics of this sector and it seems incredible the way they are so suitable to be stretched and reworked.

Tell us how one of these rip-offs was born

The first rip off in the motor world was Michelin’s Bibendum, which I added a second sad head next to his classic smiling one. It was an experiment like many others, but it was immediately very appreciated. From there I started using my claim “not sad not happy just acid”.

The rest of the rip-offs instead are usually born looking at the “official” reference, trying to understand how my graphic codes and concepts that I use can be fitted, often everything happens in a very spontaneous and natural way.

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