Il Buco Vita: Pastels for the Italian Easter Table



We’ve been fans of Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, a duo of restaurants by prop designer turned restaurateur Donna Lennard, for authentic Italian rusticity—and food—in downtown Manhattan for a while now. (See: Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria in NYC: Kitchen as Still-Life.)

But recently we’ve been noting more delicate Italian tableware at Lennard’s accompanying shop, Il Buco Vita: pastel ceramics and soft-hued glassware, sourced from trips to central and southern Italy (and never before sold in the US). Here are the pieces we’re admiring for spring fetes.

Photography by Giada Paoloni, courtesy of Il Buco Vita.

Above: Spring awakening: a simple table set with Italian glassware and ceramics. Of note: Assisi Flat Dinner Plate in Plum, Dove Grey, and cheerful Ocra, made in Umbria; $100 each.
Above: The terracotta Bevagna One Litre Pitcher is glazed in white with a green rim; $70.
Above: A stack of Assisi plates in pale blue-grey.
Above: The Assisi Appetizer Bowl is made of black terracotta clay glazed in five soft colors. Shown here: Bianco, complete with a hand-etched seal of authenticity; $85 each.
Above: The dappled Pienza Honeycomb Patterned Tumbler is $34.
Above: Panzano Rustica Napkins are cut and sewn in Tuscany of Italian linen; $40 for a bundle, tied with twine.
Above: A collection of tumblers, including the La Riccia Footed Drinking Glass, free-blown from recycled glass by an artisan in the Maremma countryside; $65 each.
Above: A set of Assisi Oval Platters in Sage Green, $300.
Above: Collepino Twisted Candles ($28 for the tall size) and Collepino Tapered Candles (from $12) are made by hand the traditional way by Stefano, the candlemaker.
Above: Pienza 10-Ounce Glass Tumblers in clear, green, and amber are mouth-blown by a brother-sister team in a Tuscan village; $36 each.
Above: Muted blue-gray tableware. The charming Assisi Small Bowl with Handles (top left) is $65.
N.B. Pieces from the Il Buco Vita collection are also available at two of our favorite West Coast design haunts: March in San Francisco and Nickey Kehoe in LA (for select speckleware).

For more spring-worthy ceramics, see our posts:

  • Soft Touch: Pastel Pottery by Lenneke Wispelwey
  • New Serving: Splatterware Ceramics from Italy
  • Wonky Elegance: The Ceramics of Elin Lannsjö

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 11, 2017.


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