I am not Italian, but I’m sure I belong in Italy. In recent years, I’ve fallen so in love with the country, the north, the south, and both coasts, that my Francophile tendencies have been eclipsed by my obsession with all things Italian. For the Italophile in your life, a good bottle of amaro makes a great gift, but for something more creative, here are our favorite ideas.
Prego! Above: From Il Buco in New York, the Urbino Iron Candle Wick Snuffer is made from smooth or twisted wrought iron; $100 at Il Buco Family. Also available is the Urbino Iron Candelabra for $225. Above: The Puglia-made splatterware at March in San Francisco is available in a wide range of color combinations. Shown here is the Green on Cream 17 Inch Splatterware Platter for $120 at March. For more see our post New Serving: Splatterware Ceramics from Italy. Above: The Italian Terro Cotto Cookware from Sambonet is made of colorful enamel-coated cast-iron. Shown here is the Terra Cotto Large Round Saucepot with Lid for $175 at Design Within Reach. Also available is the smaller Terra Cotto Small Oval Casserole with Lid in grey for $75 also at Design Within Reach. We previously featured the cookware in our post 6 Elegant Cookware Lines, Italian Edition. Above: For the Italophile with young bambini, artist Bruno Munari’s (Prebooks) is a set of 12 books of different perceptions and colorful images, small enough for small hands; $185 at Moon Picnic. I Prelibri Above: The MoMA Design Store is hosting a pop-up from Italian shop Fattobene. The Valobra Enriched Soap Bar is available in Cocoa Butter or Calendula (shown) and made in Genoa, Italy; $12 at MoMA. For more see Domestic Science: Artisanal Home Goods from Fattobene in Italy, Now Available Stateside. Above: From Florence monastery and apothecary Santa Maria Novella, the Terry Cloth Towel Set features the Santa Maria Novella emblem in jacquard on soft, off-white terry towels. They’re the sort of towels you’d find in a villa in Positano. The set of two standard and two guest towels is $150 at Santa Maria Novella. Also available is the Ivory Washcloth for $11 each at Santa Maria Novella.