It’s no secret that Italy is home to some of the world’s finest craftsman, jewelers, designers and ateliers. But, you can’t just have something that’s stamped with the phrase “Made in Italy,” and call it good. To epitomize la dolce vita, look for opulent pieces created by authentic designers of the most opulent Italian designers. Take a private jet to italy and look for these treasures!
From bespoke tables for private jets to hollowware to tabletop accessories, Pampaloni, named after the famed Italian sculptor, offers refined products that are best known for their recognizable designs. Pampaloni gathers its inspiration from classic Italian artists and eternally memorializes their works in fine metals. Pampaloni’s Florentine jewelers have passed down their skills from generation to generation to ensure the consistently beautiful craftsmanship that you can see in museums around the world and the homes of the most affluent. (http://www.pampaloni.com/)
A Maison family business that has been making Venetian-style jewelry since the 1920s, Nardi is among the world’s most elegant jewelers and is known for capturing the Italian spirit. Founded by Giulio Nardi, the original pieces made were inspired by the Venetian goldsmiths of the 18th century. But, what placed Nardi on the map of high society was the 1931 reinterpretation of the Moretto icon. With celebrity clients like Grace Kelly, Earnest Hemmingway and Paola of Liège, Nardi continues to use the most opulent raw materials to make luxe jewelry, wearable natural art, home accessories, collector pieces and custom-made gifts. (http://www.nardi-venezia.com/en/)
Founded in 1966, Bottega Veneta (meaning “Venetian Atelier”) is best known for its artisanal leather goods and the signature intrecciato leather-weaving technique that it developed. Popular among the private jet set crowd, Bottega Veneta was acquired by the Gucci Group in 2001. Since then, the brand’s collections include furniture, home items, small leather goods, shoes, handbags, luggage, home fragrances, ready-to-wear apparel and gifts. To continue the tradition of artisanal craftsmanship, Bottega Veneta opened the Scuola della Pelletteria in 2006 to train and support future Italian leather workers. (http://www.bottegaveneta.com/)
Coming from the Venetian island of Murano, Murano glass dates back to the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city was famous for the glassmakers who made the unique materials. The craftsmen refined murrine techniques and technologies to make items like crystalline glass, aventurine (glass with gold threads), smalto (enameled glass), lattimo (milk glass), imitation gemstones and the signature millefiori (multicolored glass) that reveals layered, flower-like patterns. To make sure that a product is authentic Murano glass from the island of Murano, look for the red and gold or blue and gold Verto Artistico© Murano sticker with concessionary company’s code at the top. (http://www.muranoglass.com/)
Making ceramic goods since 1980, Rina Menardi has studied the art of stoneware-shaping and explored color schemes to create her line of “living accessories.” All the pieces in Menardi’s collections are handmade and characterized by simple lines so the pieces look anything but mass-produced. The smoothness and colors of the pieces give them a serene faux bois feel and look so they’re as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. (http://www.rinamenardi.com/)
Originally named the Amedeo Cassina company by brothers Umberto and Cesare Cassina, the Meda (Milan) furniture company introduced industrial design to the world in 1927 with its lines of armchairs, chairs, sofas, tables and beds. Since its early years, Cassina has partnered with some of the most popular architects and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Frank Lloyd Right to Toshiyuki Kita to Jean-Marie Massaud. Such collaborations help ensure that each collection that Cassina features is unique. Undergoing a rigorous monitoring system during each phase of production, all of the materials used are of guaranteed quality so each piece lasts a lifetime. Each craftsperson who works for the company undergoes an intense, multi-year apprenticeship program to ensure continuity in design and handcraftsmanship through the years. (http://www.cassina.com/portal/page/portal/new/webpages/cassina/home?lang=en)
When you take a private jet to Italy, which designers do you seek?
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