Inspired by a poetic merry-go-round, this centrepiece fruit-stand is made in brass. The pearl-shaped profile is inspired by a 19th century tradition. The time-honoured technique of the lost-wax casting, now frequently used by jewellers, was employed to create the bronze silhouettes of the whales, originally hand-modelled in clay by Pietro Russo. The work is chiselled and finished by hand.
Working with painting, ceramics decoration, set-design, followed by design and architecture: this is the pathway Pietro Russo explored before he entered the world of design. In 2002 he moved to Milan, where he collaborated with Lissoni Associati for companies like Alessi, Cappellini, Kartell, Tecno Spa and, still with Lissoni, as an interior designer for Benetton, Kerakoll Design Gallery. He founded Pietro Russo Design Studio in 2010. His passion for craftsmanship led him to start researching and re-inventing traditional production techniques. His design projects, where interiors are seen as scenic spaces, and the creation of new products are the result of this vision, combining scenic design with craftsmanship.
The Carati workshop, founded in 1894, has been manufacturing brass and bronze home furnishings for four generations. Today Ambrogio is supported by his two sons Ernesto and Francesco, who combine, with great passion and professional skill, the expertise and know-how they have received from their predecessors with modern techniques and cutting-edge tools. Bespoke home furnishings, Louis XIV-XVI style door handles, Napoleonic uplighters, as well as brass and bronze accessories and decorations for classic XVII to XX century furniture, classic style beds and chandeliers are among the atelier’s best creations. The workshop also provides polished finishing, gilding, chromium plating, restoration and ordinary maintenance of brass items.