Pinocchio Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman / 2018

Fairy tales evoke memories and feelings and are part of our everyday life. The Grimm brothers considered them to be a new elaboration of ancient myths that were preserved in the memory of people and passed down orally from one generation to the next. The tales are indeed a piece of magic that has remained unchanged over the centuries: each word, sound and intonation, each pause in the story has a specific role and all together they contribute to the establishment of a parallel universe where, enthralled by the same magic, storytellers and listeners come together. “Unique” moments to treasure and that can lead one to dream and fly with one’s fantasy.

Once Upon A Time, the collection designed by Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman, aims at joining the world of fairy tales and its very specific symbols with commonly employed symbols and objects for everyday use. A bridge between truth and fiction, between physics and imagination. Tiny marble objects whose shapes are absolutely recognisable: Pinocchio’s profile becomes an elegant candle holder in white Carrara marble with a brass stand which, as it gets dark, makes the famous long-nosed puppet become a bit more sincere. Snow White’s apple is transformed into Snow.White, an elegant object holder (available in black or white marble) with an inner mirror and details in galvanic gold brass. << Design has always been the art that has known how to best accompany us in everyday life – state the designers – This collection of objects wants to clad it with poetry, ensuring that even the simplest gestures can inspire and turn into short moments of rare beauty.>>

The Once Upon A Time Collection enriches the Selection d’Object, a line of small-sized objects launched last year by Opinion Ciatti, that includes small recognisable objects with a strong identity and never banal.

“If fairy tales didn’t exist they would have to be invented.” 

Gianni Rodari