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Cosi Tabellini has been heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement and many of the Art Nouveau-style works created by Cosi Tabellini are reproductions of iconic pieces created by the famous German company WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik), a tableware manufacturer founded in 1853 in the Württemberg region of Germany by Daniel Straub and the Schweizer brothers. Around 1900 they were the world’s largest producer and exporter of household metalware, mainly in the Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau, style, and produced some of the most exquisite and evocative pewter and silver-plated ware of the genre, including both sinuous and flowing patterns favoured by French and Belgian designers, and the more restrained geometric and abstract designs favoured by Austrian Secessionist designers.


They are best known for the period of Albert Mayer, sculptor and designer, who was director of the WMF Art Studio from 1884 to 1914, and who drew on the forms and designs created by leading artists and designers working in modern and forward-looking arts centres of the day such as Darmstadt and Munich. Mayer was well known for incorporating into his designs the femmes-fleur – female figures with billowing hair, and beautiful maidens and nymphs with flowing hair and graceful postures.


Cosi Tabellini has also taken inspiration from Art Nouveau in the form of their range of jewellery, working in collaboration with the designer Aida Apostol. Innovative jewellery design flourished during the Art Nouveau era, whereby imagination and fine craftsmanship became more important than indiscriminate and indulgent use of super-expensive traditional materials, such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds, or, at the other end of the scale, more important than simply churning out poor quality mass-produced costume jewellery. So, instead of undistinctive and uninspired shows of ostentation, or cheap, churned out factory-produced items for the masses, more inexpensive materials and semiprecious stones like enamel, pewter and silver, moonstone, opal and turquoise started to be used by jewellery makers, creating artistic, dynamic, modern and high quality interpretations of the decorative art, using nature especially as inspiration.

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Via Stretta 44
25128 Brescia
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