Anna Lagorio and Alex Carnevali founded Fattobene in 2015. Since then, they have traveled throughout Italy to rediscover beautifully crafted, quality objects that have been known and loved for generations. Fattobene, which means “well-made" in Italian, is an inventory of everyday archetypes that pay tribute to Italian craftsmanship and timeless design.
“Over the years, the role of these humble objects has changed and these simple industrial products have transformed into true icons of everyday life.”
— Alex Carnevali
Handmade in Sicily utilizing ancient techniques used to make pottery for storing food, these ceramic pieces feature a “splatter” motif—a type of decoration found on olive jars in the 18th century. According to Italian lore, green and blue colors were considered insect deterrents, hence their use in the coloring of dishes for food storage. These pieces are perfect for aperitivo time— the Italian tradition of serving drinks with light snacks in the early evening.
For enthusiasts of tarot—the card game that originated in Italy during the mid-15th century—the Piedmont Tarot Card Deck is a coveted collector’s item among tarot connoisseurs. This set of 78 cards, also known as Tarocco Piemontese, is based on one of the most ancient decks that was designed in Northern Italy’s Piedmont region. This deck is made by Modiano, a historical company founded in 1868 and based in Trieste, Italy.
Zenith staplers were invented in 1948 and this newer version features the green, white and red colors of il Tricolore, the Italian flag. With their innovative design, Zenith Staplers transformed office life for millions of people. When choosing the name, inventor Aldo Balma was never in doubt: he wanted to reference the highest point the sun reaches over our heads, and to do the same with his product.