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Vietri Ceramics: An Overview
Friday, June 24TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Despite countless attempts at imitation by others, ceramics from Vietri (le ceramiche di Vietri) have proven themselves to be so unique that they can't be duplicated. Thanks to the ceramics' rich history and tradition, not to mention the specialized system used to produce it, Vietri's ceramics really are in a class of their own. The process and the result are both deeply rooted in the tradition of authentic Italian handicrafts. Le ceramiche di Vietri boast a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the 15th century. Its history has been documented through ancient furnishings and fittings,...
The Trademark of Vietri Ceramics
Thursday, June 16TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Vietri ceramics are so exclusive and in demand that, unfortunately, there are many examples of forgeries and copies of the real thing. While Vietri is not the only place in Italy to produce ceramics they do manufacture a type made famous due to its style and quality. The only way to make sure you're getting the real thing is to buy la ceramica di Vietri, and know what you're looking for when you do. Here are some things to look for to ensure you don't get deceived by a copy: Place of Production The real ceramica di Vietri is only produced in a very restricted area that includes all the...
Capodimonte Porcelain
Wednesday, June 15TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Capodimonte is a small area of Naples situated near the park of the same name. Lost in the upper part of the town, Capodimonte became famous thanks to local craftsmen who have handed down the how-tos of Capodimonte porcelain production through generations. The ancient tradition of porcelain production dates back to the 13th century in Europe. This delicate art only became known in Europe after china was brought over by travelers and explorers from Asia.     After the arrival of those first examples of china, Europeans began attempting, and failing, to make their own. Until the18th...
The Beauty of Italian Charm Jewelry
Monday, June 13TH, 2011 by ancos
Keira Knightley loves hers, Oprah also wears one, and they are not the only celebrities who wear them. If you wear an Italian charm bracelet you will be entirely on trend. Charm jewelry dates back to ancient times. Egyptian pharaohs used to be buried with expensive gold necklaces which they thought would bring them luck in the after-world. Their graves glittered with gold and colorful gems, such as rubies and emeralds. No expense was spared for their journeys into the after-life. The ancient Romans believed that amulets would bring them good luck, protect them from evil, and bring...
Designer Gio Ponti
Thursday, February 18TH, 2010 by bubbles
Italian Designer: Gio Ponti A man of many talents, Gio Ponti's name is one of the first to come to mind when speaking of Italian designers. Born in 1891 in Milan, Ponti spent his childhood in the Italian capital, and enrolled himself in an architecture degree at the Politecnico Milano. Gio Ponti's early career: He graduated in the year 1921, having interrupted his studies during World War I. But instead of using his architectural degree, he chose to work as an art director for the ceramics manufacturer, Richard-Ginori. During his stint at the company from 1923 to 1930, he introduced...
Italian Designer: Vico Magistretti
Saturday, October 24TH, 2009 by bubbles
Italian Designer: Vico Magistretti In the hall of fame of Italian designers, Vico Magistretti has immortalised himself through his innovative, timeless, intuitive designs. Magistretti often said "La semplicita' e' la cosa piu' difficile del mondo". Translated, it reads, "Simplicity is the most difficult thing in the world". His simple yet absolutely brilliant designs testify to this belief. Born in Milan, 6th October,1920, Magistretti started off in his architect father's footsteps, by studying architecture in Italy and Switzerland, and also graduating from the Politecnico University in...
The Evolution of Italian Design
Thursday, July 16TH, 2009 by admin
Italian Design: Leaders in Form and Function Up until the 1930's, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) - on an industrial level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII fighter planes. After the war ended, they didn’t know how to further use this equipment so Mr. Piaggio had a very creative idea: design a scooter and use the machinery to make its wheels. The commission...
Italian Designer Carlo Mollino
Tuesday, July 07TH, 2009 by admin
The Dazzling Designer: Carlo MollinoAn original Carlo Mollino table sold for millions at Christie’s recently. His pieces are highly prized by collectors, and new retrospectives of his work are opening soon in New York and London. Yet he was regarded as an eccentric and many of the buildings he designed have been destroyed.Mollino was ‘a man of many parts’. Handsome, dashing and dangerous, he raced cars, piloted airplanes and skied. He took secret photos of nudes which are now regarded as art as well as designing buildings and furniture. Architecture Born in 1905, this son of an engineer...
Alessi Design
Friday, December 12TH, 2008 by admin
Alessi: Joyful and Playful Design   Italians only keep beautiful and useful things in their homes, an Italian friend once told me. Perhaps that’s why most of them swear by Alessi, the famous Italian design company. Alessi rates design very highly, even placing it above profitability. The owner, Alberto, even revels in his failures, according to an article in Fast Company. He holds his meetings with designers surrounded by his flops in Alessi’s private museum to remind him about the importance of taking risks. Alberto believes that design concepts come from the borderline between failure...
Italian Designer Richard Sapper
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Richard Sapper: German by Birth, Italian by Design German born designer Richard Sapper is a man of few words - he rarely talks about his work, preferring to let his projects speak for themselves. Speak they do - in an international language laced with German aesthetic and Italian style, for Sapper has made his home in Italy, and it is there that his dramatic, sculpted designs have made the most impact. Born in Munich in 1932, Sapper is a renaissance man. He has studied philosophy and engineering, anatomy and graphic art. His work is characterized by pragmatic...

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