Bianco Bianchi: The Art of Scagliola
Discover the story behind Florence-based Bianco Bianchi and the secrets of the ancient Florentine Scagliola technique that makes Bianco Bianchi's creations so unique.
Florence-based marble artist
Our father founded the company in the 50s. At the beginning it was just research, but then it became a real job, even if it always remained a passion. Our father was simultaneously an artisan and a collector and this allowed him to create an important collection of antique that has inspired us. He was lucky to have had two kids who were passionate about his work from the beginning and soon started practicing in the workshop, continuing his business in the smoothest way possible.
Unlike a large company, where you can hide problems and lie, we are open and straightforward with each other. In our family, we always talk and we can always reach a solution to any issue so that everybody can benefit. At the end of the day, we are first and foremost brother and sister.
In what way do your surroundings influence your work?
We are lucky to be in the city of Florence, where you can get inspiration from everything: in town we have our gallery and on our way to work in this unique place we discover new objects all the time; outside the city we have our workshop and from the countryside we get inspirations for the shapes and colors all around.
What is about the “scagliola” technique that makes your objects so unique and precious?
The “scagliola” technique makes any object a one-of-a-kind piece because it required crafting by hand. This inlay technique is an ancient method that was created in the 17th century and uses simple materials, among which selenite powder mixed with pigments and natural glues. It started as an activity that monks would practice, because it requires a lot of time and patience and it is quite difficult to master. The best photograph cannot capture the softness of the work and the complexity of the crafting.
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