Windows on the World
The New York Times Op-Ed page
The Paris Review Daily

In August, 2010, the Windows on the World series began on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times and it ran until August 2011. As of January, 2012, it resumed in the Paris Review Daily blog.

Each month, Matteo Pericoli publishes a drawing of a window view from writers around the world. Each drawing is accompanied by the writer's description of his/her view.

Here are the installments published so far:

The Paris Review Daily:

Etgar Keret and Tel Aviv,
Sheila Heti and Toronto,
Binyavanga Wainaina and Nairobi,
Francisco Goldman and Mexico City,
Tim Parks and Milan (Italy),
John Jeremiah Sullivan and Wilmington (NC),
Emma Larkin and Bangkok,
Xi Chuan and Beijing,
Dennis Cooper and Paris.

The New York Times - Op-Ed Page:

Elmore Leonard and Michigan,
Nuruddin Farah and Mogadishu,
Marina Endicott and Edmonton,
Richard Flanagan and Bruny Island (Australia),
Alaa Al Aswany and Cairo,
Nadine Gordimer and Johannesburg,
Rana Dasgupta and Delhi,
Maria Kodama on Jorge Luis Borges's window view in Buenos Aires,
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Lagos,
Ryu Murakami and Tokyo,
Andrea Levy and London,
Daniel Kehlmann and Berlin,
Orhan Pamuk and Istanbul.

The series also appeared here in the Observer, and was introduced with an extensive feature on "The City Out My Window." In addition, the project was also picked up by the Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany), the Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden), the Politiken (Denmark), and La Nacion (Argentina).

Mural for NYC Residence
New York City (August 2011)


A 15-foot-long mural of Midtown Manhattan's East Side (from approximately 40th to 53rd Streets) for a private residence in New York City.
Technique: Acrylic on prepped wall

Skyline of the World
American Airlines Terminal, JFK International Airport, New York (2005-2007)


Depicting recognizable, landmark architecture alongside lesser known buildings from more than 70 cities throughout the world, Skyline of the World is a monumental drawing commissioned by American Airlines for its new Terminal 9 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Geometry and geography fade away, cities appear and disappear, and the foreground does not necessarily obstruct the background. At 397 feet long, and spanning more than one and half city blocks, this beautifully detailed panoramic drawing inspires travelers to create their own travel memories and reminds us of the interconnectedness of our world.

“Pericoli’s freehand style is both precise and gentle: the buildings are meticulously detailed." — The New Yorker
(to read more, click here)

“The scattered skyline [takes the] travelers on a trip down memory lane before they even board the plane." — Mass Appeal magazine
(to read more, click here)

Series of Ceramics
Turin - New York


Originally commissioned by American Express as a series of customized gifts for a special event in New York City, this series of ceramics comes from a collaboration with the Turin-based laboratory Unomi, a series of ceramic plates and dishes based on Manhattan Unfurled.

From potter and art-therapist Cristina Boselli, founder of Unomi: "I like to think of this project as a combination of three-dimensional and two-dimensional drawing techniques. I imagined making these plates as if I were drawing with a pen, just like Matteo does, with all the roughness, sketchiness and lightness one may find in an ink drawing on a piece of white rice paper. Throwing pottery is, after all, drawing three dimensionally on a spinning wheel. The plates are all hand-built and literally drawn out of clay. The chosen material for the pieces is Japanese raku clay, with a rough texture. The 'white rice paper' glaze is a unique recipe that is the result of years of testing and its 'naked effect' is inspired by the ideas of one of the greatest potters of all times, Bernard Leach."

NEW: Based on the La Stampa series "Un anno alla finestra", Cristina Boselli's Turin-based ceramic laboratory UNOMI produced a limited series of ceramic trays. Window views of Friedrich Nietzsche, Cesare Pavese, Italo Calvino, among others. Original drawings on display. For additional information and/or other inquiries, clik here or contact Unomi directly:

Un anno alla finestra: Torino, 53 viste sull'Unità d'Italia
One Year at the Window: Turin, 53 Views on Italy's Unification

La Stampa (Turin), March 2010 - March 2011

A 53-week-long journey through Turin's window views - among historic, present and past, known and unknown citizens of Italy's first capital. The Thursday weekly column will be published on the national newspaper La Stampa starting on March 11, 2010.

Visit La Stampa's web page dedicated to the project:
Or click here to view the public Facebook album of all the drawings published so far.

Finestra sull'Italia: uno sguardo privato sul Belpaese attraverso le finestre dei suoi abitanti
Window on Italy: an intimate glance over the Belpaese through its inhabitants' windows

Bell'Italia magazine, January 2010 - ongoing

A monthly column of window view drawings from around Italy.

If you wish to submit your window view for possibly being drawn by Matteo Pericoli and published in the magazine, please send a photo or two of your view to:

Beastie Boys: "To the 5 Boroughs"
Capitol Records (2004)


Grammy nominated cover design. CD digi pack, vinyl album and merchandise inspired by Manhattan Unfurled. The digi pack unfolds to reveal large portions of the East Side drawing.

“Matteo Pericoli’s art is the perfect compliment to the Beastie Boy’s tribute to NYC." —

“Matteo Pericoli's intricate drawing of the New York City skyline complements the Beasties' inspired tribute." — USA Today

Truth (and Relativism)
University of Turin, 2010 - Poster design


The event is organized by the University of Bologna and the University of Turin and it is the result of the national research project Aspects of Truth.

Poster design in collaboration with Tommaso Cerasuolo.

Galison Books (2006)


Series of Journals and Notecards inspired by Manhattan Unfurled.

To purchase directly from Galison, click here.

Project Violet
UMDNJ Foundation, WHO (2008)


The Violet logo was created as symbol of the fight against tuberculosis, a disease that still kills two million people a year worldwide. Violet is the heroine of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata", the ill-fated cortesan who dies of tuberculosis after leaving the man she loves not to ruin his reputation. The Violet logo will be used for advocacy and awareness campaigns by the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Stop TB Partnership/World Health Organization and for fundraising for tuberculosis research.