This collection of 3D dessert plates is inspired by an ancient venetian tradition dated back to the XVIII century at the Doge’s court in Venice. In fact, during official gala dinners, guests were often delighted with some “table tricks”, such as Trionfo da tavola settings or trompe l’oeil plates. These kind of plates were decorated with ceramic fruits and vegetables, hyperrealist in shapes and colours.
Our Arcimboldo plates are realized in one of the small ceramic factories that were working for the Venetian Repubblic at those days, and are still running nowadays. From their historical archive we choose six original molds and a warm but still shining white color, giving a contemporary look at this ancient tradition.
Six different shapes, six different personalities, for a classy but modern tableware set. Each plate can be customized with a hand-made colored rim and/or double initials. Diameter is the same for each model, so you can easily stack them whatever the shape.
Bramante trays encompass together the three main icons of the Renaissance: a great architect, the pureness of circle – so cherished by Bramante – and Carrara marble – the most prestigious material in Italian and European history of art.
The circular shape invokes the Renaissance concept of the man as the centre of space and nature; marble is among the materials most associate with Italian art for it was favoured by the greatest architects and sculptors throughout history.
The fusion of these two elements – shape and matter – in the trays has created a look that is bare yet grand. These classical references give therefore life to a modern beauty.
These trays have been handmade in the city of Carrara – the capital of sculpture -, where Michelangelo went in search for marble blocks from which his illustrious artwork have been carved.