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Alice's Mask Studio


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Original handmade papier-mache masks by this father and daughter team.

A true artist's bottega should be just like this one: inspiring, surprising and full of beautiful things made by someone covered in paint and glue. Alice of the name of the workshop is actually the daughter of the maestro of this mask-making atelier, Agostino Dessì, who has been making masks in Florence since 1973 for theatre, opera, films, festivals, and exhibitions.


Legatoria Il Torchio


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For the writers, book lovers, artists and those who want to preserve their memories in style.
 
At "Il Torchio" the antique Florentine artisan tradition of bookbinding is continued by creating beautifully crafted products as well as preserving old treasures.


Sarubbi Bros


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Hand-printed and hand-painted lithographs are a family tradition for the Sarubbi brothers.The Sarubbi brothers, Leonardo and Lorenzo, run a little operation of handmade, hand-painted antique style lithographs out of their tiny studio-shop in the heart of the artisan district of Florence. The lithographs, which cover old-world subjects such as antique maps, fruit, coral, are printed by hand in black ink on beautiful, slightly textured paper; they are then painstakingly hand-painted to give the complete print a genuine, handmade look. Find also “cabinet of curiosity”-inspired subjects such as anatomy, botany or landscapes. They offer framing as well, using matching antique style made-to-measure wooden frames, and at rock-bottom prices, these little beauties are a steal for any interior decorator to watch out for.

Giuliano Ricchi


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Florentine-style metal works are turned into precious little objects in this artisan studio.This delightful little laboratory sits quietly in Piazza Santo Spirito, holding an array of precious metal works created by Giuliano Ricchi. Having created works for Dior, Nina Ricci, Neiman Marcus and Santa Maria Novella's exclusive stores, this artisan's humble workshop-boutique will surprise you with how reasonably priced these luxurious little objects are.Exquisite key rings, pill boxes, business card holders, photo frames and jewellery are all painstakingly hand made in several different processes from start to finish including engraving, moulding, shaping, enameling and are priced between 12 – 25 euro for most objects, but many starting from as low as 5 euro. Beautiful enameled bracelets, made in brass and dipped in gold or silver, or bright ladybug or scarab keyrings and brooches would make perfect and unique handmade gifts, while things like the more masculine miniature pill boxes and decorative “post-it” note holders were a hit with the likes of Bill Clinton.Find Guiliano Ricchi's workshop at the far end of Piazza Santo Spirito. If the door to this palazzo is closed, ring the buzzer marked "Ricchi" and "Carlo Cecci", the old name of the studio and either Guiliano himself or his lovely wife will greet you into their lovely courtyard for a browse and perhaps even a tour of the workshop.

Enrico Giannini


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A fifth-generation bookbinder and paper artisan of the oltrarno. Enrico Giannini's family was one of the first in the 1700s to create and sell the mesmerising marbled paper you see usually used as end papers or covers of traditionally bound books, but often now mass produced and printed. In his little studio he makes by hand these gold-tinged, arabesque one-off marbled papers (an almost extinct practise) which you will usually find decorating his own creations but can also be purchased separately. Always very happy to talk about what he does and the history of his family to passersby who will often find him in the midst of binding a book. If you're a book lover or simply interested in learning bookbinding or marbling for yourself, Mr Giannini also teaches workshops and courses to keep the disappearing tradition alive.