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Domestic Science: Artisanal Home Goods from Fattobene in Italy, Now Available Stateside

 

Top of the Class: Vintage-Style School Chairs Are Having a Moment

 

Steal This Look: A Clean, Well-Lighted Study by Designer C.S. Valentin

 
 
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Domestic Science: Artisanal Home Goods from Fattobene in Italy, Now Available Stateside

 
 

Fattobene (Italian for “well-made”) is an online shop dedicated to championing classic Italian household goods—little treasures from traditional handkerchiefs used to wrap bread to shaving brushes made of boar bristles. The platform’s founders, journalist Anna Lagorio and photographer Alex Carnevali, have curated a collection of nearly 150 products, each emblematic of Italian craftsmanship and all available on their website.

“These are objects that have filled Italian people’s homes forever,” they told the MoMA Design Store, which is hosting Fattobene’s first ever pop-up shop outside Italy, at MoMA’s Soho location through September 29. “They are minute, silent objects with an irresistible charm. Over the years, their role has changed and these simple industrial products have transformed into true icons of everyday life.”

Here are a few everyday objects from their collection that captivated us.

A sampling of Fattobene finds now available at the MoMA Design Store’s website and Soho location.
Above: A sampling of Fattobene finds now available at the MoMA Design Store’s website and Soho location.
The Barca Straw Whisk Broom is made from dried sorghum; $12.
Above: The Barca Straw Whisk Broom is made from dried sorghum; $12.
Ideal for use on paper, clothing, photographs, and labels, the non-toxic Coccoina Almond Glue ($7) comes in an aluminum tin, unchanged since the 1920s. In the middle is a cylinder for holding a brush.
Above: Ideal for use on paper, clothing, photographs, and labels, the non-toxic Coccoina Almond Glue ($7) comes in an aluminum tin, unchanged since the 1920s. In the middle is a cylinder for holding a brush.
The linen and cotton Traditional Striped Towel is available in three colorways; $12.
Above: The linen and cotton Traditional Striped Towel is available in three colorways; $12.
These nickel-plated steel Egg Scissors made in the Italian village of Premana—where there are nearly 130 cutting-tool companies in a town of 2,000 residents—are meant for slicing the top (shell and all) off of a soft-boiled egg; $25.
Above: These nickel-plated steel Egg Scissors made in the Italian village of Premana—where there are nearly 130 cutting-tool companies in a town of 2,000 residents—are meant for slicing the top (shell and all) off of a soft-boiled egg; $25.
These beech Rainbow Hangers are made by Toscanini, an Italian company that has been in business since the 1920s; $30 for a set of 3.
Above: These beech Rainbow Hangers are made by Toscanini, an Italian company that has been in business since the 1920s; $30 for a set of 3.
The Pasta Cutter Rolling Pin slices dough into ribbons of tagliatelle; $9.
Above: The Pasta Cutter Rolling Pin slices dough into ribbons of tagliatelle; $9.
Sicilian Ceramics with a “splatter” pattern were thought to repel insects. Available in blue and green;  from $15.
Above: Sicilian Ceramics with a “splatter” pattern were thought to repel insects. Available in blue and green;  from $15.

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Top of the Class: Vintage-Style School Chairs Are Having a Moment

 
 

Today’s lesson: school chairs. We’ve been spotting vintage French-style wood-and-metal versions everywhere the past few years, from Paris apartments to a holiday house in the Netherlands. But when we spotted them in the interiors of It-restaurant Gertie in New York, we knew they were officially trending.

Here are a few of our favorite uses of school chairs in interiors from the Remodelista archives. Take a seat; class is about to begin.

Uniform cream powder-coated chairs make for a pared-back look in Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. For more, see 7 Ideas to Steal from the Manufactory in SF by Commune Design.
Above: Uniform cream powder-coated chairs make for a pared-back look in Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. For more, see 7 Ideas to Steal from the Manufactory in SF by Commune Design.
The custom school chairs up close at Tartine Manufactory.
Above: The custom school chairs up close at Tartine Manufactory.
Cerulean school chairs—vintage, sourced by the homeowners—in An Agrarian-Inspired Holiday House on an Agricultural Dutch Island.
Above: Cerulean school chairs—vintage, sourced by the homeowners—in An Agrarian-Inspired Holiday House on an Agricultural Dutch Island.
When outfitting the Japanese restaurant Tokki in Paris’ ninth arrondissement, architect Anki Linde found cherry-red French school chairs at BHV “on sale for €15 each.” See more of the restaurant’s interiors in Scandi Meets Shaker in a Parisian Japanese Restaurant by LSL Architects.
Above: When outfitting the Japanese restaurant Tokki in Paris’ ninth arrondissement, architect Anki Linde found cherry-red French school chairs at BHV “on sale for €15 each.” See more of the restaurant’s interiors in Scandi Meets Shaker in a Parisian Japanese Restaurant by LSL Architects.
Well-loved versions fit well with the rustic, simple fittings in A Catskills Cabin Up the Hill from a Local Favorite, Available for Rent.
Above: Well-loved versions fit well with the rustic, simple fittings in A Catskills Cabin Up the Hill from a Local Favorite, Available for Rent.
A school chair is among the eclectic furnishings and art at a former art director’s guesthouse in France’s Luberon region. Maison Collongue: Midcentury Meets Modern Art at a Farmhouse in Provence
Above: A school chair is among the eclectic furnishings and art at a former art director’s guesthouse in France’s Luberon region. Maison Collongue: Midcentury Meets Modern Art at a Farmhouse in Provence

Above: Pale green school chairs, two ways: at GreenHouse: A Natural Wine Bar in Paris (left) and in the stone courtyard of A Glamorous Farmhouse in Southwest France (right).

A slim-lined, vintage version at the table in a former factory building in Paris, remodeled by architect Nicholas Sisto. For a full look at the project, see A Renovated Loft in Paris by a Young Architect on the Up.
Above: A slim-lined, vintage version at the table in a former factory building in Paris, remodeled by architect Nicholas Sisto. For a full look at the project, see A Renovated Loft in Paris by a Young Architect on the Up.
The London townhouse kitchen of a former World of Interiors photographer features a suite of school chairs, found at a retro shop. Take a tour in The Perfect English Townhouse, Courtesy of a UK Design Authority.
Above: The London townhouse kitchen of a former World of Interiors photographer features a suite of school chairs, found at a retro shop. Take a tour in The Perfect English Townhouse, Courtesy of a UK Design Authority.
Red and green go well alongside a bold color scheme; see Kitchen of the Week: A Brightly Colored (and Cost Conscious) London Kitchen.
Above: Red and green go well alongside a bold color scheme; see Kitchen of the Week: A Brightly Colored (and Cost Conscious) London Kitchen.

N.B.: Looking to buy some for yourself? See 5 Favorites: Sources for Vintage-Style French School Chairs for a few of our picks.

And a few more trends we’re eyeing these days:

 

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Steal This Look: A Clean, Well-Lighted Study by Designer C.S. Valentin

 
 

Not only is A Colonial House in Bellport with Uncommon Style from French Designer C. S. Valentin one of my favorite house tours ever on Remodelista, but it also features one of my favorite room images ever. The picture showcases the cozy study on the second floor of his client’s classic New England house. With its soft light, quiet hues, and white walls (unadorned save a framed drawing by a child), the room is a palette cleanser, a refined and serene home office perfect for work, study—and the occasional nap.

Here’s how to steal the look.

The photo, styled by Alexa Hotz and shot by Jonathan Hökklo for Remodelista, is one of our most-liked Instagram images ever.
Above: The photo, styled by Alexa Hotz and shot by Jonathan Hökklo for Remodelista, is one of our most-liked Instagram images ever.

Furniture

Valentin has several of Thonet’s Maple Bentwood Chairs, reupholstered in white suede, scattered throughout the home. We found this vintage one on 1stdibs for $1,800.
Above: Valentin has several of Thonet’s Maple Bentwood Chairs, reupholstered in white suede, scattered throughout the home. We found this vintage one on 1stdibs for $1,800.
Valentin’s design aesthetic has been called “mid-century Shaker.” Case in point: this rustic but Modernist Pine Table by Charlotte Perriand from the 1960s; $2,572 at Pamono.
Above: Valentin’s design aesthetic has been called “mid-century Shaker.” Case in point: this rustic but Modernist Pine Table by Charlotte Perriand from the 1960s; $2,572 at Pamono.
CB2’s Lubi Sleeper Daybed, in natural, is $899.
Above: CB2’s Lubi Sleeper Daybed, in natural, is $899.

Lighting

On the desk: The Atollo Table Lamp, by Vico Magistretti for Oluce, has a domed Murano glass diffuser. DWR sells it in two sizes (small and medium); from $990.
Above: On the desk: The Atollo Table Lamp, by Vico Magistretti for Oluce, has a domed Murano glass diffuser. DWR sells it in two sizes (small and medium); from $990.
Hive stocks the Verner Panton VP1 Flowerpot Suspension Lamp in a slew of colors, including white and matte white; $380.
Above: Hive stocks the Verner Panton VP1 Flowerpot Suspension Lamp in a slew of colors, including white and matte white; $380.

Textiles

For a similar-in-spirit rug, try CB2’s Pigment Color Block Rug; from $349.
Above: For a similar-in-spirit rug, try CB2’s Pigment Color Block Rug; from $349.
This Throw Blanket was designed for Hotel Esencia by Bogus Studio, a furniture and textile brand created by Valentin in collaboration with Alexander Diaz-Andersson. It’s at Coming Soon NY for $320.
Above: This Throw Blanket was designed for Hotel Esencia by Bogus Studio, a furniture and textile brand created by Valentin in collaboration with Alexander Diaz-Andersson. It’s at Coming Soon NY for $320.

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