Figura is delighted to have recently discovered AllÓRA. We hope you will be as excited as we are about the collection of very special Italian handmade creations that they have hand selected from the finest artisans in Italy.
AllÓRA believe in the very highest quality, authenticity, passion and craftsmanship. Their philosophy is oggi come AllÓRA – ‘today as before’.
We have showcased some of their creations here which bring together the past and the present.
The Bucci workshop (or, perhaps more accurately, laboratory) was founded in 1961 in Pesaro, a beautiful and historic town in the Marche region, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The early years from 1961-1966 saw a very close collaboration between Franco Bucci and his founding partners – Nanni Valentini, Philip Duplicate and Roberto Pieraccini.
Bucci developed his craft with educational inspiration from the legendary Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass, in Milan. Alongside his founding partners, Bucci’s declared aim was to create useful objects of the finest and most ambitious designs, using a material that is still little known in Italy – stoneware.
The endeavours of Bucci and his founding partners attracted the attention of artists, potters and intellectuals who closely followed the developments of this rare and artistically-driven collective. These followers included highly noted architects, historians and artists who found fascination in their intense focus on unique and innovative works of art. As Bucci and his partners reported, the early years were challenging – but extremely constructive.
Across the history of Italian ceramic works of the last 50 years, the Bucci laboratory is a central point of reference – renowned and respected for its tireless research and admirable experimentation.
To this day, Bucci and company understand how to look to the future without turning their back on the past. They remain an authentic, honest seed of creativity – a worthy tribute to Franco Bucci’s life dedicated to designing and creating objects so far removed from the staid impeccability of many modern designs.
Founded by Gino Tapinassi in 1954, Ceramiche Tapinassi craft items in local Tuscan clay, continuing the proud traditions of the Tuscan ceramics community. Today, Ceramiche Tapinassi is run by Gino’s sons, who from childhood absorbed his passion for handcrafted ceramics. Their creative output has always been driven by their respect for beautiful aesthetics and artistic forms. They are also inspired by a deep connection to the culture, history and traditions of the picturesque Casentino Valley – a fascinating part of Italy.
The family create wonderful works of art using traditional methods – completing their creations using the painter’s brush. For example, they employ one of the world’s most ancient ceramics techniques to create the cookware that they craft exclusively for AllÓRA. Coiling (or colombino in Italian) involves layering up long strips of clay by hand to shape the beautiful rustic aesthetics of the cookware you find here. And because coiling is performed by hand, each item is entirely unique.
Since 1920, the Bertozzi family have been creating the most wonderful hand-printed and hand-painted fabrics, leather bags and porcelain. Using traditional techniques that date back many centuries, these master craftsmen hand-carve blocks of pear wood to produce the stamps they use to print their own, unique designs onto the materials. Their wooden stamps are a work of art in their own right.
The rich and vibrant colours that the artisans hand-mix come from closely guarded family recipes that are passed from generation to generation. And the gorgeously rich colours you see in Bertozzi’s creations are fixed using their very own unique method, perfected through years of innovation and testing. A combination of steam and water, driven by solar power, offers unrivalled durability and ecological sensitivity.
The Tanucci family have been creating the highest quality hand-finished Italian copper cookware since 1790.
Tanucci copper cookware gives you all the essential elements of premium copper cookware. Hammered by hand, it is then tinned over an open fire by hand. The handles are crafted by hand from solid cast brass, and the fastening rivets are handcrafted from stainless steel. The artisan Tanucci family follow the ancient traditions of the Marche school of copper cookware craftsmanship.
The material of choice for chefs, copper conducts heat far more effectively than other materials, enabling you to regulate temperature perfectly and distribute heat evenly from the base of the pan to the sides. So you reach the ideal temperature quickly, and avoid hot spots or burning.
Since 1949, the Pardi family have been crafting the finest quality fabrics using pure and natural fibres of cotton and linen. Skilled Italian craftsmen weave every creation on shuttle looms, using traditional techniques at Tessitura Pardi’s mill in Umbria, in the heart of Italy.
Pardi designs adapt the traditional and local Umbrian symbols, while also taking inspiration from the colours around them today, including the Umbrian sky, earth, stones and bricks. And the coloured fabrics they create come purely from natural dyes. Their creations have become synonymous with Italian luxury linens, and are now renowned around the globe.