Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stefania Mairano's art

Last summer our eyes caught some bright colors in a shop window. It was an ocean themed display of necklaces, pins, earrings, rings and cufflinks; some were boats, others were fish, but every piece was handmade in ceramics by Stefania Mairano.

courtesy of Stefania Mairano

Months went by, Christmas came and we needed to make two special presents, two good omens to dear people who needed an extra boost for the year to come.
This is how we got to meet and know the artist and how she works.

Stefania Mairano welcomes you to her shop in Via Peyron 50C

A native of Turin, Stefania's story is one of passion and love for art. She is also one of the many who transitioned from the office to her workshop, or we should rather call it 'the room where the magic happens' - in Via Peyron 50/C, near central Via Cibrario and the D'Acaja subway station, here in Turin.

It all started out of curiosity, thanks to a ceramics class she took: that's how she realized that her hands, synced with her creativity, could produce endlessly 😜 thus giving life to anything her mind could actually think of.

Looking back now, from the door of her workshop, we can say that her professional life as a company employee took a turn for the better when she left the office, and the best part happened on the day, her mom's friends - who was collecting food for homeless dogs and cats, called her to say she could have her shop!

This was 2015 and since then it's her business and her life.

'Ceramics has the great power of getting people into a productive and artistic meditation' told us Stefania. When she creates and paints, she is in 'her bubble' and there's nothing around her.

'Ceramics forces you to see only what you are doing, one thing at the time. The present is the only dimension' so worries and problems dissipate automatically.

Virtually everything is a source of inspiration to Stefania: nature, the sea, things she sees around. Not only as subjects but also as objects to make, shapes, colors and materials.
Stefania loves many things but hates one: monotony.
The repetition of the same thing bores her and this is what pushes her through an everlasting research for the new.

Stefania Mairano painting in her workshop

She always tests new techniques, new clays, new lines, new colors, new shades of enamels together with new textures. In fact, she showed us how raw enamels barely have a color when raw and how they change according to the quantity she uses, the base color of the clay she works with and the light they capture.

More than the colors, she is very fascinated by the clays and the materials she can work with, because the enamel nuances vary according to the surface they are painted on.
She would also like to explore porcelain for its extended potential as you can use those jugs, vases, mugs as containers and colors take new shades too.

earrings, brooches and magnets, all handmade by Stefania Mairano

In her mind there is always something new boiling: new projects and collaborations.
And still, she also produces upon request both for companies and regular costumers, like she did with us in December 2017.

Back then, an image had stuck in our mind since the summer: a bright goldfish, or a koi fish, the Asian good luck carp.
Patiently, Stefania listened to our request and she prepared our merry 'red herring' necklaces as we familiarly refer to them.

Needless to tell you that the recipients of our herrings were paid many compliments, were asked what pond they had fished them out and Stefania got requested a whole new school of lucky red herrings!

So whenever you are in Turin, remember to include a stroll in the Cit Turin neighborhood to look at the gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings and to get your one of a kind handmade souvenirs by Stefania Mairano.

Follow Stefania on Facebook @stefania.mairano.7 and Instagram @stefaniamairano to see where her art takes her.

who wouldn't like a toret fountain handmade in ceramics from Turin??

To request a shopping sessions with us, to add one of our epicurean experiences to live our vidaroyal and our mindfulness privates when in Turin, please e-mail:

Monday, September 10, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August in Turin

Before the 2008 economical crisis Turin, just like any other Italian city looked deserted, especially on August 15 or Ferragosto!

To get a better idea of what this all Italian Mid-August phenomenon is like, and especially if you love the Italian culture and language, we invite you all to watch The Mid-August Lunch:

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Without any doubt one of the Piedmont's culinay joys are our ramassin plums 😋
These super sweet and aromatic tiny plums are native of southwest Piedmont which means you will not be able to enjoy them outside our cool region... 😎

ramassins and Alessi bird set designed in Piedmont courtesy of Valentina from Chivasso

Friday, August 3, 2018

Through Hell to Heaven!

We are happy to share with you all, amici, another guest post by Jim and Julia Dunlop who took part to Turin Epicurean Capital in 2016.
As they are deeply in love with Turin and Piedmont, they never miss any chance to visit.

To read their previous guest post, click on the links: guest post 1 about Lake Orta, guest post 2 about their experience at TurinEpi16, food and wine in Turin!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Turin décor

We often talk about Turin's vidaroyal and always post pictures of our unique architecture but what about our décor?

how would you like your balcony to be held up by some horrific creatures?