Aldo Londi was born in Montelupo of Florence in 1911, and almost immediately became immersed in the world of pottery. At the age of 11 he took his first job with a ceramics manufacturer, where he immersed himself in the craft. This immersion even continued while he was incarcerated as a prisoner of war in Johannesburg South Africa from 1935 through 1943.
After the war, Londi continued his work and eventually was made Art Director of the famous Bitossi family ceramics studio in Montelupo. It was for Bitossi that he designed his most sought-after line of pottery, Rimini Blu, was named after the major road junction that connects central and northern Italy as well as the striking glaze combination used for the line, combining layers of blue and turquoise. This line was distributed widely in the United States by Raymor, who was one of the most influential importers and distributers of modern decorative arts during the middle of the twentieth century.
The identity of
Bitossi Ceramiche starts from the beginning of 1900’s and develops upon a productive ceramic tradition that existed in Montelupo Fiorentino starting from 1500. The activity of the Bitossi family started in 1921 for the will of Guido Bitossi with the establishment of "Manifattura Ceramica Cav. Guido Bitossi & Figli" that combined typical local craft works into a structured productive organisation. The production continues also with the collaboration of leading figures who were able to introduce an innovative cultural artistic sensibility. This attitude in connection with the entrepreneurial skills developed throughout the years with a constant research for the quality of finished products, contributed to create an identity for Bitossi Ceramiche as an example of Italian excellence. More than 7000 original pieces starting from the 50’s, were collected and filed in the "Bitossi Industrial Archive"; 200 selected pieces among those can be seen at MAIB - Artistic Industrial Bitossi Museum, which was built by the company to showcase its historical path. Bitossi Ceramiche is still run by the same family and thanks to the historical and cultural heritage that was recovered in these last years, it keeps alive its original craft roots, combined with a constant innovation. A never ending formal research and the skilled hands of ceramicist masters led to the development of the creations of Aldo Londi who was Art Director at Bitossi Ceramiche for more than 40 years, followed by several influential designers, always focusing on style evolution. Bitossi Ceramiche: great artistic ceramic tradition and contemporary design.
Ceramic vase, in two pieces
Diameter 33cm, height 50cm
Limited and numbered Edition of 149 pieces
Made in Italy
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