7 January 2015
Over 270 years of history are brought back to life in the contemporary collections of Richard Ginori, which draw on the traditional knowhow of the Doccia porcelain manufactory and on decorations that reflect its past. As is well-known, the ups and downs the company has been through led to its takeover, in 2013, by Gucci, a brand associated with excellence, luxury and the quality of Italian manufacturing. Oriente Italiano, Contessa, Labirinto and Catena are some of its most recent creations, in which more modern techniques, like the aerograph, are combined with bands in gold and platinum and traditional decorative motifs. The Richard Ginori archives contain everything from 19th-century designs to the geometric patterns of Gio Ponti. Volière, for example, is inspired by hand-painted botanical illustrations of the 1800s: the subjects portrayed are hummingbirds and other species perched on festoons framed by floral motifs outlined in fine gold. Over fifty different shades of color are used in the decoration. The Oriente Italiano line, on the other hand, unites a reference to exotic worlds with the established Italian tradition: on the form known as “Antico Doccia” is set a stylized flower, called a “carnation.” Finally, the Catena collection: essential and rigorous, it uses designs made by Gio Ponti in 1926.