Figurine in porcelain. Hand-decorated. The “Souvenir d’Italie” collection inaugurates a new link between the Alessi “Figures”. Developed in collaboration with LPWK, this series pays homage to Italy on occasion of the Expo in 2015.
Colourful little statues as the emblem of a heterogeneous country and the wealth of its traditions: “design souvenirs” that represent the different, multi-faceted aspects of Italian style. A wealth and variety also found on an expressive level in the contrasting languages of the two designers involved in the project: Massimo Giacon and Antonio Aricò, the latter in his first project with Alessi.
The ironic, cartoon style of Giacon is balanced by the more delicate touch of Aricò, who is attentive to tiny production details and whose characters copy the classic vein of fine porcelain figurines, typical of the European tradition.
A young Italian designer, Antonio Aricò bases his poetry on family and cultural roots that he reworks in pieces bursting with imagination and dreams, but at the same time sturdy and well made.
Each figure in the “Souvenir d’Italie” series represents a region in Italy thanks to evident identifying and characteristic details. Three figures are by Antonio Aricò: “Venice” (1), an elegant Venetian carnival mask sporting a gondola and little fish as its headdress, represents the Veneto region. Red dominates in Calabria thanks to the chilli pepper adorning the head and dress of “Calabrisella” (2). Finally, Sicily offers a rich basket brimming with fruits from this region: lemons, prickly pears, grapes… Even the dress of “Rosalia la più bella che ci sia” (3) looks like a prickly pear.
The “Souvenir d’Italie” figurines are cast in white porcelain then decorated by hand and with decalcomania. Each figurine is sold separately and comes in a simple cardboard box with a red band (4).