Your Star Sign in Italian Design

Whether you believe in astrology or not, the 12 signs of the zodiac offer a diversity and uniqueness that designers often call on when coming up with the perfect interiors and accessories. Looking into 2023, Design Italy has come up with the perfect Italian designs for each zodiac sign, in collaboration with astrologer Marco Gerosa.

Design Italy has identified a number of objects that – whether due to their design or symbolism – in some way represent the 12 signs of the zodiac, encompassing the common strengths and weaknesses of those born at a certain time of the year.

So what sign are you, and do you think these designs would suit your unique lifestyle?

Relaxed and comfortable but ready to jump into action at a moment’s notice, Aries people have clear-cut, well-defined and forward-looking plans.

They start off the new year with their head held high, a clear mind, and a spirit blazing thanks to the invigorating influence of Jupiter and Mars. Restraint and formality will give way to a more relaxed position in preparation for a Venus-lit summer of passion and emotional wellbeing. They might even be less inclined to start their days in a bad mood.

Recommended designs for Aries
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, armchair Utrecht for Cassina (below); Pietro Chiesa, floor lamp Luminator for FontanaArte; Simone Crestani, Glass Jug Trophy Bottles for Atelier Crestani.

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This past year of radical decisions and changes is drawing to a close, and the idea of home, family and surrounding environments – including at work – has changed. The former revolutionary urgency of momentous planetary movements continues and will get you up off of your comfy couch of habits. While some might find this disconcerting and will attempt to hold on to the status quo, others find it enjoyable and motivating. The reckoning will come in summer, with Venus rewarding those who have persisted arduously.

Recommended designs for Taurus
Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, 4 seater sofa Mod for Driade; cardboard and marble vase Avvolti Large, La casa di Pietra; Shoehorn Bull with brass handle, Pasotti (below).

The positive wake of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn has taken you to new heights, at the top of the wave, where you like to glide with your surfboard with the wind in your hair and at maximum physical and mental speed. For those born in the first decan, in spring Saturn in quadrature will create a fear of failing, distraction, and a search for stability. Once you’ve come off your surfboard, it’s time for a toast to yourself in the mirror. For those born in the second and third decans, it will be easier to continue to ride that wave in summer.

Recommended designs for Gemini
Guido Crepax, signed lithograph Riflessione di Valentina, Guido Crepax Archive (below); Neri & Hu, blown glass cup The Warm set of four for Paola C; earrings Look At You by Chiara Dynys for Babs Art Gallery, limited edition.

While recently you’ve been overtaken by a sense of melancholy, nostalgia, or a state of emotional isolation, the present and even more so the future will see you sinking into the arms of solid, enveloping and reassuring love. There’s no longer the need for you to hole up, cower or hide your head under the sand. Your bed is a place for dreaming, your soul fears no defeat, and you know your worth with your sincere, affectionate, and sharing nature.

Recommended designs for Cancer
Gianfranco Frattini, armchair Sesann for Tacchini (below); Brandodesign, cat and dog bed Dune; Murano glass sculpture Solitary Man by Panizzi Murano, unique piece.

You’ve had to learn to be physically, mentally and psychologically flexible. Those who have chosen to rigidly defend their Ego have wound up empty-handed and most likely remorseful. In this new year, which seems to be lighter but is even more demanding, you’ll have to learn your lesson. Time, space and light curves and a new philosophical perspective removes you from the center of things so you can truly put yourself at the center.

Recommended designs for Leo
Ildefonso Colombo, Dasè table with lamp for Mogg; Studio Natural, lamp Fluida for Martinelli Luce (below); Silkscreen Print Sette, Il Leone by Enzo Mari for Danese Milano.

Starting in spring, the Sun is opposite Saturn for those born in the first decan, and it’s an illusion that everything will be perfectly in place. Even you aren’t sure where your safe place is. Going up against Saturn means embracing the dream, moving toward utopia, and toward place-lessness, detachment, love of uncertainty and doubt. Jupiter and Uranus promise support and visible results for those who courageously follow an unexpected and overwhelming vision.

Recommended designs for Virgo
Porcelain placeholder plates Neige set of two by Richard Ginori for Cassina; Claudio Bitetti, bookshelf Adelaide Wood for Mogg (below); clay sculpture Venera Nera by Stefania Rosichetti.

Your psychoanalyst changed chaise-longues and now has a super sleek and elegant one. He or she says they were inspired by your stories and by an aesthetic countertransference that they had to give a physical form to. Your psychoanalyst doesn’t know that you’re no longer the same, and that your subconscious and your dreams have changed. Today, love and beauty are no longer ideals in the name of which you forgive everything and everyone, but gifts that you offer only to those who open their hearts to you, for those who kiss you with open and closed eyes, on a summer night, without asking you for anything.

Recommended designs for Libra
Guido Crepax, Anita (The Sofa), signed lithograph, Guido Crepax Archive; Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, 4 Chaise Longue à Reglage Continu for Cassina; wood perpetual calendar Bilancia by Enzo Mari for Danese Milano (below).

You slip in and out, wearing a mask in the form of a bright smile or tame lapdog. The function of this outward appearance is protective and a distraction that conceals agitated, nervous, entangled and contradictory thoughts. On the one hand, you have the feeling of being ever closer to a coveted position of power, while on the other you fear that this power could prove fleeting and inadequate to quench your desires. When in doubt, get ready for all kinds of adventures.

Recommended designs for Scorpio
Shoehorn Dachshund with enameled brass handle, Pasotti; silk twill pocket square Estate, Orequo; umbrella Scorpion with Swarovski® crystal handle by Pasotti (below).

Saturn in quadrature for those born in the first decan, and Neptune in quadrature for those born in the third decan, have the effect of creating an optical illusion. You lack landmarks and seem to have lost your sense of direction. Where do you go if you’ve already been everywhere? Where do you go so as not to go backwards? Where do you go if you lack company? Where do you go to experience the thrill of a new challenge? Summer offers noteworthy, albeit transient, solutions to the problem that can fill that fragile emptiness that makes you toss and turn in bed at night.

Recommended designs for Sagittarius
Corsi Design, Resin vase Tartan Acquamarina by Paola Navone for One More (below); Sam Barone, dispaly cabinet Perflect for Universo JCP; earrings San Sebastiano by Chiara Dynys for Babs Art Gallery, limited edition.

Your quintessence is finally rewarded, and perhaps even understood, which makes you inevitably essential to others. Your unwavering ethics, clarity in reasoning, and consistency in the things you do are ingredients that, along with excellent planetary transits in the new year, will yield tangible and substantial results. Without tiptoeing around, you can finally sit back and enjoy what you’ve built, with a more relaxed approach and expression, eyes wide open, and with someone staring intensely into them.

Recommended designs for Capricorn
Gio Ponti, chair Superleggera for Cassina; Denis Santachiara; aluminium chair Eura for Disegno del circo (below); resin cast Corno Style black by Gennaro Regina.

It would be handy to have one more heart: a resilient, red and spacious one that can feel out different situations and obstacles. Uranus, Jupiter and Venus in uncomfortable positions test your agility, both physically and emotionally. To maintain balance between habit and fantasy, compulsion and improvisation, renunciation and desire, you’ll have to resort to your powerful skills of adaptation and transformism. And who knows, you may take on unexpected, more or less human guises and avatars which can take you into the future.

Recommended designs for Aquarius
Gianna Moisè, red Murano glass drinking glasses Cuore; Valeria Eva Rossi, set of vinyl placemats Punto e Linea (below); blown glass and murrine vase Acqua by Panizzi Murano, unique piece.

After emerging on the other side of a hectic and pressing winter, with Mars flustering words and making it hard to avoid arguments, for those born in the first decan, spring marks the beginning of a reflective, intense, calm and solitary phase that will require dark lenses to protect your eyesight from the ugliness of the world and the mystery of your soul from prying eyes. The outlook for those born in the second and third decans is a bit brighter, full of sentiment, charged with creative spirit, inspired by new loves and life goals, and capable of sudden revolutions and quantum leaps between this world and other possible worlds.

Recommended designs for Pisces
Ferilli Eyewear, sustainable sunglasses Porto Badisco, one-of-a-kind piece; rectangular porcelain tray Le Course du Soleil, Richard Ginori for Cassina; silver and gold ring Pesciolini by Officine Orafe (below).

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