If an e-commerce site can ever be deemed beautiful, Artemest, a platform that brings together over 100 Italian artisans, certainly fits the bill. The website was launched by Florence-born, US-based fine jeweller Ippolita Rostagno in the autumn of 2015 after she spent six months travelling to the far corners of Italy, seeking out craftspeople – from glassblowers to bookbinders to ceramists to sculptors – along the way. The result is a delightful e-shop brimming with homewares, design objets and jewellery that until now largely weren’t available outside of the artists’ studios.
The simply immense selection mixes styles and tastes – both traditional and entirely modern – and price points, too. In furniture, for example, you’ll find Sicilian artist Antonino Sciortino’s Principessina iron chair (€1,770, second picture), a colourful Intarsia cabinet (€7,890) by design firm Laura Meroni, as well as Framondi’s Atom Wood inlaid tables (€3,220), hewn from poplar and brass. Complementary lighting runs the gamut from Brass Brothers & Co's sleek, midcentury-inspired Wormhole table lamps (€725) to baroque Venetian Rezzonico chandeliers (from €13,800), handblown on Murano by Alberto Striulli, known for his exquisite floral creations.
Tabletop accents are another site strength – including Pampaloni’s striking silver jugs (example in first picture, €2,340) and La Fornasotta’s vibrant, organic glasses (examples in third picture, from €280 for set of six) – while jewellery ranges from contemporary pavé rings (from €5,950) by Margherita Burgener to bold cuffs studded with tourmalines and smoky quartz (€7,390) by KGS Design.