Friday, March 30, 2012
One of the best parts of Taste is the section devoted to non edible tasty bits. That would be books, of course (I always spend hours at the Guido Tommasi stand) but also aprons, plates, and my favorite: tablecloths and place mats.
It’s not that I’m a table linen hound. It’s just that I love seeing what Tablecloths.it has been up to. This Prato-based company somehow manages to combine adorable with stylish in a way that is so completely Tuscan.
This year they’ve teamed up with one of the best illustrators in Italy - Gianluca Biscalchin - to whip up this series of place mats called Natura Viva and Le Zuppe.
The Natura Viva are tromp l’oeil of place settings, with lady bugs, butterflies and ants running amok. Almost too pretty to cover up with a real plate.
Instead Le Zuppe comes in two versions. Fish and vegetable-bedecked La Bouillabaisse and Il Cacciucco. Recipes as illustrations.
Here is a list of stores in Italy that carry their line. I'm pretty sure they export as well, so send them an email to find out about distribution elsewhere.