Two sets of overlapping trays, with a brass base and a scagliola plate decorated with intarsia-inspired motifs. The difficult technique of scagliola, obtained using a gypsum powder deriving from selenite, has been present in Italy since the 16th century; Florence has always been the acclaimed capital of this art, which requires extreme dexterity and is nowadays mastered only by a few exceptional ateliers.
Studio Blanco is an art direction consultancy firm founded by Sara and Valerio Tamagnini in Reggio Emilia. The agency creates communication experiences, helping brands to define their image on high-end and luxury markets. The Studio’s campaigns convey clear, synthetic and significant messages through multimedia platforms; over the years they have also handled international art projects including festivals, exhibitions, the creation of limited edition objects and publishing initiatives, with the conviction that culture is one of the crucial elements of future communication. Starting October 2013, the studio has been in charge of art direction for “Living” magazine.
Back in the 1960s, Bianco Bianchi – then working as a Ministry employee – was allured by some scagliola-decorated tables on display at the Museum of Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, and resolved to leave his job and devote himself to rediscovering this noble Florentine art, which he soon mastered completely. After accurately studying the ancient mixtures he established his workshop in Pontassieve. Here Alessandro and Elisabetta Bianchi, sharing their father’s passion, still realise with skilful co-workers their precious hand-made products, following both traditional and contemporary inspirations and preserving historical pieces. They also cater to an international client base, and their pieces can be found in some of the most beautiful homes across the world.
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