Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Richard Ginori Factory Visit, Florence

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It was such an honor to get to go to visit the Richard Ginori factory just outside of Florence. As I suspected, it’s more than a factory it’s a grand combination of industry and craftsmanship wrapped in a rich history of good taste.

 

I was surprised how much of the production on the intricate pieces is still done by hand. Richard Ginori is not an inexpensive brand but after seeing how much hand work goes into it, I’m surprised it’s not more expensive.

 

 

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  1. Albert

    July 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Wow, great organized work place. :)

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

  2. Liz

    July 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    such an amazing craft — I have so much respect for that art

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  3. Sabina

    July 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Yeah I’d say it’s more like a studio than a factory. Thanks for a peek inside.

  4. YV

    July 9, 2015 at 1:38 am

    So exquisite and beautiful
    http://thefervour.com

  5. Mónica Sors

    July 9, 2015 at 5:12 am

    So interesting, like it ;)

    xx
    Mónica
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

  6. Lis

    July 9, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Breathtaking Italian porcelain! What a treasure/experience to see your own tableware being handcrafted! If you every get to visit LLADRO ( Spanish porcelain) it’s also, SO extraordinary!

  7. dario fattore

    July 9, 2015 at 7:52 am

    bellissima manifattureria

    dario fattore – http://www.whosdaf.com

  8. lifestyletalks.wordpress.com

    July 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    The people working there really must have a passion for what they’re doing! It’s not about doing a job it’s about making art!

  9. Cristiana

    July 9, 2015 at 10:21 am

    My grandmother’s dining sets. Love Ginori!

  10. lisa

    July 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

    già, peccato che non sia più italiana, come tante altre eccellenze…

    …svenduti … che tristezza infinita…

  11. phyl

    July 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Verissimo: una tristezza infinita. Quello che è un simbolo importante dell’Italia qual’è Richard Ginori avrebbe dovuto ricevere una mano dalle istituzioni per rimanere in mani italiane.

  12. Gretchen

    July 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing the art of Ginori! I came across my first Ginori pieces in the kitchen store at the ‘Gusto empire in the heart of Roma. Since buying 8 plates to add to our antique English Flow blue and white collection, I’ve done a bit more research on this brand, and am pretty shocked there isn’t more Ginori found in the U.S. They have so many beautiful, unique designs. An under appreciated brand to be sure.

  13. sestofi

    July 12, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Oh my goodness, the factory is literally down the street from my house! Did you visit the museum as well?

  14. alfredo ciano

    July 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Richard Ginori ? A Label of the Italian Luxury…

  15. Elise

    July 21, 2015 at 7:22 am

    My husband’s granparents Annita and Urbano, worked there for over 40 years together, (grandpa was her boss)! In their house, a few blocks away from the factory, they had about many complete serving sets, a few, now priceless, statues and vases, and countless single special pieces. The same goes for my mother-in-laws house. Every time my mother came to visit from the states, i nonni insisted on going to get a few pieces, now my mom has started her collection.
    Everyday at lunch, the siren would go off signaling lunch time for the workers, and Urbano would check his watch instinctively, even after being retired for 40 years. Everyday we would hear stories (often the same) about their work: how Annita would day after day, stamp the ginori symbol on the bottom of the pieces, or how they would have a morning break to go have a glass of milk to supposedly cleanse their lungs from inhaling the dust.
    I’m glad that Gucci saved Ginori because no one else was going to do it, and now it is able to carry on. We now have a garage full of truly vintage Ginori which should be worth quite a bit, but I don’t think we could ever part with them. They both passed two years ago, but they would have loved to have shared their life’s work stories with anyone who wanted to listen, whether you understood Italian, or not! So thank you for sharing!

    • sestofi

      July 30, 2015 at 5:48 am

      Elise,

      Thank you for the lovely story! I can also confirm that the siren still sounds; I hear it every morning at 8:00 to signal the start of the morning shift as I leave my house for work! :-)

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