Inspired by the rural world epitomized by the farms of Lombardy, designer Roberto Sironi’s latest project, Cascina, draws on traditional techniques in a series of new pieces that contain decades of memory in every inch. The collection, which consists of a tall container to store pasta (essential for the Italian at heart) and three jars of varying sizes for seeds, legumes, etc., relies on the elegant simplicity of the Lombard terracotta ceramics and solid beechwood lids; minimal, reduced forms are the vehicle for a fascinating map of uneven veins that connect the functional series. Each rough, exterior surface is lent its unique texture by the time-honored practice of combining two different types of clay in one of the world’s last fornaci (factory for clay production), while the interiors are gloss glazed for a smooth finish. Through a raw and tactile aesthetic, the forms allude to their origin as well as their pure, naturally nourishing contents. Deeply rooted in past methods of making, these handcrafted gems are proof that some things never go out of style. See more of Sironi’s work here.

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Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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