In 1921 Guido Bitossi formalised the Bitossi family’s artisan ceramic-making history by transforming their local craft into a structured and productive organisation, Bitossi Ceramiche following the long traditions of ceramic production in Florence since 1500. With over 7000 original pieces produced from the 1950s onwards, the original pieces have become highly coveted by collectors, particularly those of the iconic Rimini Blu collection. The new pieces are still produced in Florence using the same tools from the 1950s, each piece carrying the hand and the eye of the masterful ceramicist who gave it form. Over the decades the Bitossi artisans have collaborated with numerous designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Arik Levy, Piero Fornasetti and Mario Ferrarini.
What Bitossi stands for says a lovely thing about traditional craft and family tradition sitting hand-in-hand with contemporary design – it’s incredibly timeless stuff. These pieces sit just well in a stark contemporary home as they do in an eclectic artist’s studio – such is the appeal and uniqueness of their style. With a single piece of Bitossi, there is little need for much other ornamentation.