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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.
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
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.
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.
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 industrial design excellence to the Italian design scenario: he used simple ceramic forms, but distinguished them by using elegant neo-classical motifs in their decoration. He went on to win the Grand Prix at the 1925 Paris Expo.
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.
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 to design it was given to an engineer by the name of D’Aschanio, a Piaggio employee. The rest of course, is history, as the world’s most famous scooter was born!
The Dazzling Designer: Carlo Mollino
An 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.
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.
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 functionality, yet it also has sculpted grace and beauty.
A Brief history of Ettore Sottass and his Designs
Italy has always been front and center in design; be it cars, fashion, architecture, or furnishings, Italian designers are innovative and on the cutting edge of what's hip and couture.
So it was in 1981 in Milan, when a group of designers revealed a collection of home furnishings called "Memphis". Tired of the stark, dull, basic black themes so common in traditional minimalist design, this group sought to break the rules with color, shape, and true function, and managed to become enormously popular in the process.
My fractal creations are classified and numbered in limited series to be printed out on request. Cibachromea support are used to fully keep the brightness of colors and various formats are available. Cost depends on size. The masters are DIA 24x36 with a 1200 dpi pixel density, coming from TIFF RGB MAC images. All prints come with a certificate of authenticity.