The complexity of Venice and its architectural heritage, not to mention the strong tradition here of artigianato or master craftsmanship, can make the city a difficult place to consider contemporary design—we feel the weight of history.
On either side of the Grand Canal—the city’s main artery, called the Canalazzo by Venetians—are some of the city’s grandest buildings. And in a privileged location alongside it is the St. Regis Venice.
The Venetian mask embossed on the Storie Veneziane by Valmont fragrance bottle is emblematic of the romance and mystique of Venice, the city the collection is named for: Venetian Stories.
For those willing to leave behind their traditional notions of “good” Italian food and embrace the brackish, complex flavours of the city’s lagoon, Venice offers one of the richest and most varied culinary scenes in Italy.
Within the labyrinthine recesses of Venice, a small rearguard of restorers and artisans still toils, determined to keep its traditional skills alive.
Just days before Canada’s pavilion opens to the public at the Venice Biennale, Quebec-based art collective BGL is still busy putting the finishing touches on their immense and immersive installation.