Laboratorio Paravicini

by Stefanella Ebhardt
Laboratorio Paravicini (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

Hidden in an elegant courtyard in the 5 Vie district in the heart of Milan, there is an atelier where sophisticated ceramic masterpieces are created, tailor-made by the imagination and skills of a family that has been creating and hand decorating dreamlike tableware for almost thirty years.

The history of Laboratorio Paravicini begins, almost just for fun, in the mid-90s from the passion for drawing of Costanza Paravicini. Today, she, along with her daughters Benedetta and Margherita Medici, leads this creative atelier where exquisite tableware is crafted, adorning the most beautiful tables in the world, from New York to Korea, from Europe to South America.

Entering the courtyard of the nineteenth-century building that houses the laboratory,  you can feel the charm of ancient bottega. Windows filled with plates of various decorations line the surroundings. Inside, you can catch a glimpse of the fantastic decorators at work, surrounded by brushes, colored powders, drawings, and raw ceramic pieces that tell the incredible process that brings the diverse desires of clients to life, through the creation of personalized, entirely hand-painted tablewere services.

Laboratorio Paravicini (MI) — Lombardia Secrets
Laboratorio Paravicini (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

Each circumference encloses a space that goes beyond its boundary. It’s a free dimension that can contain infinite universes.

(Laboratorio Paravicini)

The creative process begins with an idea, which immediately becomes an artistic motif. From there, a new collection comes alive, consisting of multiple pieces, each one unique. The plates, like works of art, substitute the canvas with delicate white earthenware, each handcrafted and adorned with countless designs. The brushwork decoration takes place on the biscotto before the final glazing. This specific process, known as Gran Fuoco (high-temperature glost-firing) sets the color, protecting it permanently beneath the glaze and allowing it for dishwasher-safe washing.

The look for contemporaneity in a work that draws from ancient techniques, taste, and traditions is part of the laboratory’s philosophy, where each custom project is a creation that embodies Costanza’s distinctive stylistic signature. A romantically nostalgic taste that takes inspiration from classical elements reinterpreting them into innovative patterns and poetic suggestions, with exotic, floral, and dreamlike motifs, as well as monograms and geometric designs with modern lines.

Laboratorio Paravicini (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

Continuous creative research and customisation are the guiding principles of the company, which today boasts over 30 collections, each of them including 4 to 12 different illustrations, hand-painted or realized with mixed technique or printed designs. Since 2014, the ever-increasing demand has necessitated the introduction of this latter production technique, enabling the company to respond to its clients’ numerous requests in a shorter time and at lower costs.

The same year started the collaboration with the activities of the Fuori Salone of the Milan Design Week which has now become the regular appointment in which the atelier presents its new collection every year. The first theme Circo was also followed by various collaborations with brands such as Dior, Armani, Foundrae NY, and Gohar World, making the Paravicini Laboratory one of the must-haves for home decor lovers.

Laboratorio Paravicini (MI) — Lombardia Secrets
Laboratorio Paravicini (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

If you are looking for a masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship, Laboratorio Paravicini is the right place for you, a truly unique manufacturing excellence in the world.

On the Laboratory website it is possible to explore all the collections, but a visit (by reservation) to the atelier remains an unmissable experience to immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of a rare profession carried on with heart and a lot of passion.

The Secret

When Costanza Paravicini rented a small garage with her sister Benedetta almost thirty years ago to practice decorating ceramics, the idea was simply to create their own table service, as they were unable to find anything on the market that met their taste. Curiously, today in the founder’s house you still eat on single-colored plates as, due to the early commercial success, she hasn’t found the time yet to develop her own private collection.

Useful Info

Laboratorio Paravicini
Via Nerino 8
20123 Milano
Tel. +39 02 72021006

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