Discover Futurist-Inspired Products at the Guggenheim Store
In celebration of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is offering innovative ceramic plates, tea sets, and other design objects based on the work of Italian Futurist artists. The ceramics are made in Albisola, Italy, by Fabrica Ceramiche Giuseppe Mazzotti 1903, a business started in 1903 by Giuseppe Mazzotti and still owned by the Mazzotti family. The designs, materials, and processes which produce each piece are the same that the firm has used to create its celebrated pottery since its inception.
Featuring two of the Futurists’ primary concerns, machines and speed, the Futuristic Motorcyclists Plate depicts three riders crouched over their bikes, racing across a white ground, their velocity suggested by the Futurist speed lines around and behind them.
The Futurist Tea Set for One Person includes a teapot and cup as well as a sugar bowl and creamer all designed by Nicolaj Diulgheroff. A Futurist based in Turin, but originally from Bulgaria, Diulgheroff studied at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, and developed an interest in design. In this unique service he analyzes form in all of its handles, while utilizing the vibrant geometry of his Futurist paintings to decorate it.
A series of Futurist-inspired ties is also available at the store. By fashion designer Laura Biagiotti, the limited-edition, silk ties reproduce five different designs by artist Giacomo Balla and are made in Italy. In addition, Biagiotti has designed a scarf directly incorporating the vivid patterns from Balla’s own study for a scarf.
Don’t miss out on your chance to get one of the popular Spiral Mugs, which are again in stock at the store. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright building’s distinctive shape, the mugs echo the spiraling ramps that run up the rotunda. They are sold singly and in sets of two, and are complemented by a matching sugar and creamer set and teapot.