Florentine Silversmiths

Classic and contemporary

Gianfranco Pampaloni, 43, is the third generation to head his family's firm, one of Florence's most prestigious silversmiths. "I do everything here, from the bookkeeping to designing new pieces," he says, although he also commissions items from leading architects and designers such as Ettore Sottsass and Nigel Coates. Gianfranco's grandfather started out in 1902 making beautifully forged traditional silverware, and these classic pieces are still displayed in the sumptuous Pampaloni shop, but they take a back shelf to Gianfranco's more adventurous taste—a series of surreal silver vessels, which feel totally contemporary although they're based on 17th-century designs by the Roman artist Giovanni Maggi. $80-$10,000. 47r Borgo Santi Apostoli; 39-055-232-0523; fax 39-055-232-1277. In the United States: 919 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL; 305-695-9370.