Alighieri, jewelry

“Inspired by his odyssey, I imagined these characters in gold, wrapped around my neck, and weaving their way through my fingers, as I read.

Alighieri is a collection of jewellery inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy; each piece corresponds to one of the poet’s 100 poems. As the pilgrim journeys through the realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, he encounters mythical creatures, scraggy landscapes, and terrifying demons.

“London-based, Rosh Mahtani studied French and Italian at Oxford University. Upon graduating in 2012, she was inspired to create modern heirlooms, born from the literature she had studied: Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, in particular.” […]    –from the Alighieri “About” page

Go To Hell! The Game

“Whoever thought that telling someone to ‘Go to Hell!’ would be a compliment? Gather your friends and family together for a devilish dash through the fiery pits of Dante’s Inferno! Compete with your loved ones to be the first to make your way through all seven deadly sins and go to Hell. It includes one gameboard, one die, four game pieces and 20 Hell Cards! Just don’t get sent to Heaven unless you have the Get Out of Heaven Free card. It’s a race to the bottom that’s so much fun, it’s sinful!”    —Archie McPhee, 2018.

You can buy Go To Hell! The Game on Archie McPhee’s website.

Contributed by Austin Wilkes, Florida State University, 2017

Luar’s Spring 2019 collection for the ‘Thotaissance’

“For his spring 2019 collection, Luar designer Raul Lopez was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Or, more specifically, Purgatorio. While Lopez’s white, billowing pieces felt far more suited to the angels than Dante’s frozen, three-faced Satan, he was hoping to lift the audience up and away from 2018’s endless waves of bad news. ‘It’s like we’re living in purgatory right now,’ he said. ‘And I wanted to take us out of it.’

“If the goal was to distract people from the hellscape that is our current world, Lopez definitely succeeded. The show guests watched open-mouthed as models strolled by in ornate confections that seemed to float (as Dante put it, the designer ‘[deals] with shadows as with solid things’). They wore sculptural knife pleats and headpieces that looked like whipped cotton candy, and smeared, lived-in makeup.”    –Jocelyn Silver, Paper Magazine, September 17, 2018

Passione Playing Cards: Avernum, Dite, Cocito

Stefano Protino led the team at Passione Playing Cards in their three-part Inferno-based playing card series. The series began with Avernum in 2015, and was followed up by two more decks, called “Inferno Dite” and “Inferno Cocito,” which were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017. Both images below are from the Avernum deck.

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Silent Hill 2

“[There] is a video-game that came out in 2001 called Silent Hill 2.  The game is part of a series, but the second game is usually best remembered.  The town called Silent Hill is not officially called “Hell” but it functions the same way.  The protagonist, James Sunderland, doesn’t have a guide like Dante does, but he does meet a variety of people along the way, each one afflicted by their own guilt.  The town has a way of bringing guilt into physical manifestation, taking the form of various hideous-looking monsters.  The allusion to hell occurs when James goes BELOW the town, taking elevators and stairwells deeper, deeper, and deeper than should even be conceivably possible.”   –Samuel Gray

Contributed by Samuel Gray, University of Mary Washington, ’18

Dante T-Shirt

Sold at Litographs.com

Bitcoin inferno

“To say it’s a meteoric rise isn’t too hyperbolic. Bitcoin hit $15,000 early Thursday, just 12 hours after it passed the $14,000 mark, reports Business Insider, which puts the digital currency’s 36-hour increase at more than $3,000. To illustrate the massive growth another way: 10 days ago, the cryptocurrency market as a whole was worth $300 billion; now it’s above $400 billion, per CoinMarketCap.com. The quote of the day on the subject comes from Royal Bank of Scotland chair Sir Howard Davies, who called the whole situation “irrational exuberance” in comments to Bloomberg and warned, “All the authorities can do is put up the sign from Dante’s Inferno: ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here.’ ”  […]    –Kate Seamons, Newser, December 7, 2017

Dolce Stil Novo home appliances, by Smeg

“Dolce Stil Novo is an extremely structured range made up of 60 and 45 cm ovens, a blast chiller, multi-functional drawers, gas, induction and mixed hobs, hoods, wine cellars and coffee machines, allowing a wide variety of combinations to be obtained.

“The stylistic feature that identifies the new aesthetic is the use of noble materials, colour and light which characterize volumes with an even, monochromatic surface, enhanced by refined details, above all copper or stainless steel trims, which outline the upper and lower edges of the glass and return as a leitmotif of the whole range.

“If the language of design has accustomed us to the association between technology and minimalism understood as cold rigour, the Dolce Stil Novo collection gives these terms a new interpretation: the removal of design avoids exhibited formalisms and excesses to bring out a concept of refinement and elegance that are imposed first of all on the sense of sight to then reveal, with great intuitiveness during use, their technological content.” — smeg.com

Lana Grossa “Paradiso” Ribbon

Lana-Grossa-Paradiso-Textile-RibbonAvailable at the Lana Grossa online store here.

Libreria Dante, Merida, Mexico

Contributed by Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio