FROM B/W TO COLOR
In the summer of 1978, I got in touch with Franco Bucci through the Italian Consulate in Toronto. After many months of correspondence by air-mail, I got the right to carry the Bucci line in Canada. In the 70s, Bucci could only write in Italian and I needed to learn Italian really fast. At that time, I had a shop in Alberta specializing in interior design goods from Italy and Scandinavia.
The first time I read about Bucci was in an issue of Abitare in the library of my architecture school in Nova Scotia in 1975. I couldn't help but admire the purity and simplicity of form and proportions of his pieces.
Although the bulk of his product line were tableware and cookware and all were oven and dishwasher safe, each item exuded good taste. It has been thirty-seven years since I've first open a box of Bucci dishes just arrived from Italy. When I look at any piece of his products today, I am still amazed by his consistent good taste.
The pieces were hand-made, but the shapes and details were so precise and unerring that they looked machine made. However, what gave it away was the glaze which was always applied in a free-hand manner. The teapot shown above has that nostalgic look of 19th century enamelware.