“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen: if you know what these names stand for, you will be excited to know that Montegrappa has created a new line of pens inspired by the four clans of ‘A Game of […]
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Dante Del Vecchio is leaving Visconti. Incredible, but true. He sent a note yesterday, announcing that he’s leaving the direction and chairmanship of Visconti by the end of the year, due to internal conflicts with his business partner. . .
Omas and the Dante Alighieri Society present “Dante Alighieri”, a limited edition of pens dedicated to the Italian ‘Supreme Poet’. Dante is known as the Father of the Italian Language: you can find Omas’ tribute to him at Giardino.it.
Luca Viti, Sales Executive at Antiche Fabbriche Firenze, reveals the backstory of the new Etruria recast by Stipula in its faceted versions. This is a story that begins in faraway Arizona and arrives to the city of Florence, Italy.
There are two small villages in the Italian countryside around Modena and Reggio Emilia, where the tradition of wood carving and inlay put their roots back in the Eighteenth century. Here, in Rolo and Novellara, carpenters of peasant origins are not simple wood workers, yet specialised craftsmen integrating technical and artistic mastery: they are cabinetmakers whose reputation has been going beyond Italian borders and whose handiworks have been commissioned from local nobles and rich North-European countries since then. D-Parmy, a small firm sticking to Rolo’s and Novellara’s fine arts to produce their fountain pens, fits in the background of this excellence tradition. You can now have their precious works of art by Giardino Italiano.
If it’s true we write to remember, to prevent time to blur our memories, it’s also true the tool we use for writing can be itself an object belonging to history. Storia’s pens surely are. Storia is a company based in Bolzano, northern Italy, founded by a brave entrepreneur of Rome, Federico Testa. He designs and handcrafts his pens by himself, producing them in precious woods and metals: “Jewels for writing,” as he describes them. Indeed, there is much to be told about them. These wonderful creations are available at Giardino Italiano, where you can learn all about them.
Dante Del Vecchio announced it during the interview he gave us last April; and now, the prize has been collected. Mr. Onofrio, the winner, was Visconti’s guest in Florence, and personally accompanied by Mr. Del Vecchio to visit all factory’s departments.
This interview actually started when I asked several collectors and users for what they would like to know from Luca Viti, general manager of Stipula. I collected many interesting cues, which I narrowed in 10 questions. Mr. Viti was so kind to answer (very kind, due to the text length…) and here are his answers.
A long chat with Dante del Vecchio about his Visconti. From materials to shapes, from jewelry pens to the Van Gogh, from production to sale: everything makes Visconti unique. And the opportunity for a customer of Giardino Italiano to visit Visconti
Nino Marino, CEO of Delta, answered our questions about the past, present and – especially – the future of his company. By our side, as well as being proud to publish the interview, now we are also anxious to see all the good news that are in the pipe.