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Fiendish creatures and vivid illustrations elevate handmade plates to treasured objets.
When Italian aristocrats want their dishes to be hand-painted and embellished with their family crests and patterns to match their dining-room decor, they know exactly where to go: Laboratorio Paravicini. The charming atelier, tucked inside an old Milanese courtyard, is where Costanza Paravicini has been crafting bespoke plates for royals and tastemakers for more than 20 years. “In the 18th century, northern Italy was full of fantastic ceramic artisans,” she says. “I wanted to revive and modernize that tradition.” In the two years since Paravicini’s daughter Benedetta Medici di Marignano, 31, joined the firm as creative director, they have modernized it even further: The pair recently launched a production line called Collections, now including plates silk-screened with the artwork of Italian painter Vittore Frattini, as well as a line of designs with animal illustrations made exclusively for online retailer Yoox. The series is more accessible than Laboratorio Paravicini’s custom commissions for such clients as Princess Bona Borromeo and Le Sirenuse Hotel (owned by Costanza’s sister Carla Sersale)—which can cost upwards of $225 per dish and carry a three-to eight-month lead time—but shares the same whimsical spirit. Everything she makes, says Paravicini, has to have a “special atmosphere, something that gives you a certain feeling.” paravicini.it. —Monica Khemsurov