The tradition of cotto dates back thousands of years, and is the result of the subtle alchemy between water, earth, and fire.
The Fornace Brioni in Gonzaga, a small town centre steeped in history and Renaissance culture in the plain around Mantua, produces cotto exclusively by hand, according to a savoir-faire that has been handed down through the generations, using the finest clays from the slow sedimentation of the floodplain of the River Po.
This family-run company is now in its fourth generation, headed by Alessio and Alberto Brioni, who are planning the future of cotto maintaining their strong link with the past.
Fornace Brioni has over the years carried out constant research on the potential of this material that it produces in several versions, ranging from uniform and variegated cotto to glazed versions, in red and pink, and even grey and black to meet more contemporary tastes.
Due to this prospect of development, the Brioni brothers, Alberto and Alessio have hired architect Cristina Celestino to direct the design department of the brand, from 2016.
Without making any changes to the prestigious characteristics of this eco-friendly, vibrant, warm and long-lasting material, Celestino has started off on the basis of its past tradition, to investigate its potential for new effects and finishes. It was firstly necessary to make it flexible and luxurious, moving away from its more traditional connotations, at the same time exalting its strong and unique personality.