Felicia Ferrone's eponymous brand is known for delivering the unexpected through seemingly simple gestures. Timeless furniture and objects produced in collaboration with master artisans are made with a creative employment of materials and innovative production processes. The result is a series of light-hearted and whimsical collections in which European influences, minimalist aesthetics and mastery of proportion are design hallmarks.
Fferrone Design: Master Proportion and Fanciful Aesthetics
Felicia Ferrone's namesake brand is based between two cities: Milan, Italy and Chicago, the city of her birth. With a focus on furniture, glassware and home accessories such as glasses, bowls, seating and storage, she makes timeless yet playful pieces in collaboration with expert artisans.
Ferrone’s award-winning work is featured in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection and has received a GOOD DESIGN Award along the way. Ferrone herself was also recognised as a talented woman in the design field in the 2019 “10 Trailblazing Female Designers” by 1stdibs.
Born in Chicago, Ferrone then studied at Miami University, graduating with a degree in architecture. After moving to Milan, Italy, she gained experience as an architect and was encouraged to push boundaries, leading her to work in various positions with Italy’s most renowned design luminaries such as Piero Lissoni and Antonio Citterio.
As the years went on, Ferrone developed her belief that all aspects of design share a mutual dependence and that everything exists in relation to the objects, environment and systems that surround it.
Working closely with artisans, her handcrafted pieces boast the utmost quality and use modern materials and production techniques which showcase minimalism and proportion as two of the brand’s main values. Through simple gestures, Fferrone Design is able to reinvent styles and mix typologies, delivering the unexpected to make pieces that add a sense of refined luxury to a living space, home or office.
Favouring the durable material of borosilicate glass for the glassware pieces, the brand ensures the highest level of quality and allows the products to withstand varying temperature changes. This means that the products can be safely put in the oven, microwave and dishwasher without risk of cracking or chipping.
Through the use of mouth-blown glass and hand-blown glass, the brand skips the molds as the pieces made with this technique are instead, handcrafted by master glassblowers who meticulously follow a tried and tested technique that involves cooling, reheating and shaping to create a flawless finish.
This 'Dearborn' glass comes as a set of two from part of Fferrone Design’s 'Dearborn' glassware collection. A tall glass with striking straight lines on the inside, it is made of borosilicate glass and is entirely handcrafted, without the use of molds, by master glassblowers. Whether you use them as everyday objects or bring them out for dinner parties, they are both attractive and practical – being dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Having featured in Fortune Magazine and Telegraph Luxury, products from this collection are some of the most iconic by the brand.
A easily recognisable piece from the brand, the 'Margot' red wine goblet comes in a set of two and is featured in the popular ‘Margot’ glassware line which experiments with cut glass. With its eye-catching lined design on the inside of the glass, the piece can hold 600ml and is made up of two vessels – one chunky piece that replaces the traditional wine glass stem, thus creating a fresh twist to the classic wine glass. Formed from borosilicate glass, they offer a high-quality touch to both formal and laid-back settings. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Placing a creative and trendy twist on the typical celebration glass, the ‘Revolution’ champagne flutes as a set of two comes from the fabulously creative ‘Revolution’ collection. With a minimal yet interesting design, it is made up of two elongated vessels – one of 220ml and the other 100ml – and it can be filled with liquid and used from both sides which creates a floating, mystical effect to the liquid placed inside of it. Made in the Czech Republic, it is crafted from hand-blown glass and it is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, making it great for everyday use.
The ‘Stella’ vase is a tasteful medium-size vase perfect for flower bouquets of any kind. Designed by Felicia Ferrone with her careful and talented eye for architecture, the vase is 205mm in height and is simple enough for everyday use to spruce up a modern home – place it on a coffee table, a worktop or a shelf to shape a creative display. Made without the use of molds and instead with the trusted, centuries-old technique of mouth-blown glass, it is a piece that embodies the fine quality of the brand.
Fferone Design strives to create pieces with a dual purpose, and this 'Trio' candelabra that comes as a set of two is the perfect piece of tableware, whether used as a large candleholder for multiple candles or as a bud vase. With a height of 150mm, it is handcrafted in the Czech Republic and formed from borosilicate. A complex piece to make due to its form, this is exactly what makes it unique.
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