In the four months I spent traveling through Italy over the last couple years, I like to think I’ve become a micro-expert on Italian design. From the time spent in museums, historic buildings, modern additions, and the converted houses of iconic Italian designers, I can safely say that Italian design is sublimely idiosyncratic. It’s hard to explain in a few words (is there an Italian phrase for je ne sais quoi?), sometimes a little kooky, and with many different eras and faces, but there’s a thread that runs through all of it: you just know it when you see it. Here at Remodelista, we see flatware as small-scale sculpture, a litmus test of a good designer, so here are our favorites from the Italians—from Ettore Sottsass, the Vignellis, Gio Ponti, Achille Castiglioni, and more.