bitossi ceramiche mid-century ceramics
Bitossi Ceramiche, the renowned tuscan manufacturers, has been producing mid-century ceramics of the highest quality for over half a century. Since 2014 it has been included in the prestigious list of historical Italian manufactures. Tradition and innovation fuse together to create exquisite pieces that are innovative and at the same time are expression of traditional Tuscan craftsmanship. Since the 1950’s, Bitossi has collaborated with some of the most respected architects, designers and artists such as Dimorestudio, Marco Zanini, Arik Levy, George J. Sowden, Fabio Novembre, Karim Rashid, Bethan Laura Wood, Benjamin Huber and Max Lamb who have contributed to create pieces of extraordinary pathos and beauty.
by Aldo Londi
The Arkitectura collection is part of the classics in the Manifattura Bitossi. Signed by master ceramist Aldo Londi, the pieces in this collection reproduce the animal world with elegance and character in their natural forms. The stylized figures are mainly proposed in shades of white, black and platinum.
by Aldo Londi
The company’s assets are conserved at the Bitossi Industrial Archive which protects the historical heritage of the ceramic know-how and its manufacturing. The Fifties and Sixties collections presented by Bitossi refer to the original items preserved in the Historical Archive; the iconic models of Aldo Londi are a significant part of it, still revealing in the present day great creativity and state-of-the-art design. As with all the ceramic pieces part of the Historical Archive, each piece is handcrafted and faithfully reproduces the original in both shape and colour.
by Aldo Londi
The Rimini blu series, signed by master ceramist Aldo Londi, has been produced by the Manifattura Bitossi since 1959. The pieces are decorated with thick signs on the shapes during the production phase. The collection is inspired by the various shades of colours that are fixed under the blue glaze and, after being heated, reproduce the magical reflections of light in the sea.
by Arik Levy
Simplicity and experimental design are what take shape in the Tribe collection signed by Arik Levy for Bitossi Ceramiche. No matter the size, each piece is distinguished by an extreme linearity maintaining the rough finishes and colours.
by Benjamin Hubert
The industrial designer Benjamin Hubert created the ceramic collection Seams for Bitossi. Born from the study of an innovative manufacturing process, this series is made through a mold, composed of several parts, where the slip casting of the ceramic material takes place; the junction lines between the pieces of the mold mark the surface of the object in a geometric way.
by Bethan Laura Wood
Bethan Laura Wood finds inspiration in the techniques used by the legendary master Aldo Londi to sign her ceramic collection for Bitossi. The relief inside the molds creates uniform and eloquent details which inspire the flowing lines and graphic forms of the stained glass window of the New Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran who together founded DIMORE STUDIO, express their creative spirit in the Equilibri collection presented by Bitossi at the Salone del Mobile 2016. In the collection, ceramics meet brass – the results are surprisingly extraordinary and original. The geometric and innovative shapes refer to the artistic expressions of the Sixties and Seventies.
by Ettore Sottsass
New and exciting collections of ceramics were born from the close collaboration between Bitossi and architect-designer Ettore Sottsass which then had a strong impact on the manufacturing activities at Montelupo Fiorentino. Since 1955 their uninterrupted relationship has led to the creation of a new expression with rare ceramics that immortalize memories of travels in India and the United States as well as particular life experiences.
by Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid, leading figure of product and interior design, fashion, art and furniture, signs for Bitossi the Symbolik ceramics collection inspired by a combination of signs and symbols that pay homage to the iconic pieces of the Fifties and Sixties.
by Max Lamb
The Wiggle collection of British designer Max Lamb was created using the graffiti technique with decorations engraved by a metal cable: the surface is worked when the pieces are still soft, taking on non-regular geometric aspects with crinkled textures and decorative motifs.