Lofoio: a lab where you can share and work together

A workshop, a sharing space for Makers and craftsmen and also an informal network of competences: it’s the Florentine project Lofoio. We talked with its “tinkerers”.


Check out MakeTank’s Temporary Show Room in Prato

Come to the city of Prato to check out our temporary show room, where we have many design objects on exhibition until early April.


FORMALIZ3D: technology meets creativity

Technology combined with functionality and aesthetics: that’s how three young designers create their 3D-printed lamps


WeekenDoIt with Gaia Segattini and Paolo Marasca

Crafters and Makers are discovering new relationships between manual skills, design, new technologies and traditional craftsmanship. They’re often very young and their “jobs” can’t be anything but contemporary, coming as they are from a paradigm shift in consolidated production and consumer models. We talked about Crafters’ and Makers’ world with blogger Gaia Segattini and with Paolo Marasca, who is Councilor for Cultural Activities for the city of Ancona. Together, they […]


10 gift ideas for Women's Day (and later, too)

Want to make your woman feel (a bit more) special? Here we have ten gift ideas for Women’s Day. And – since your partner is always special, every day of the year and not only next saturday – keep in mind our suggestions for the next time you’ll want to buy her a little sign of your love. Is she and eco-friendly nature loving kind of girl? Surprise her with […]


MakeTank on show at Museums and the Web

Florence is hosting a satellite edition of an important sector conference about the interaction of museums and the digital environment, called Museums and the Web, and MakeTank will be present with a “Makers Corner” to help museums get to know the Maker movement and its possibilities. The conference takes place from February 19-21, 2014, at Palazzo Vecchio, and is open only to registered attendees. Museums and the Web has grown […]


Four special offers to buy our independent design

We believe that when you buy on MakeTank you’ll contribute to support independent designers, and you’ll receive back items with a history, made just for you by a single maker using innovative technologies. That’s why it’s worth spending a little more to take home an exclusive item. Sometimes, however, our Designers decide to sell some of their products at a special price: it’ something that doesn’t happen so often, so […]


Maxus and Metalworks let the Makers play with Fiat 500

What does an advertising agency like Maxus have to do with the Makers world, represented by Metalworks? I wondered when, after the Maker Faire Rome, I got an email from Tom and Nico about a contest for european Makers – the Innovation Prize Euro 2013 – related to design and innovation and promoted by Metalworks (whose full name is Metalworks by Maxus). I immediately contacted Federico de Nardis, president of […]


Makers Movement and Made in Italy on the web

Is it possible to be a brilliant innovator and to “make” your own ideas? Can a craftsman become an entrepreneur? The answer is yes, now you can. This led me, for my thesis, to analyze the Makers Movement, born in the United States but quickly revolutionizing the whole world. It’s not just an American movement: it is rapidly expanding also in Italy, although what is missing in our country is […]


Lexio is making design eco-friendly

We meet Alessio Rocchi (Lexio) at Maker Faire Rome, where he introduced his line of small laser-cut objects called LOHN (Little Objects for Huge Needs), drawing the attention of many visitors. Some of the LOHN are already on MakeTank: Crolib bookshelf, Crodesk mini-desk and the first of his new Compact Accessories, Suneah earphones holder. LOHN, as a term, explains in a nutshell the starting point of many Lexio projects. As Alessio says, his creations […]