Richard Ginori “Broken” Dinnerware

Today I visited the NYC showroom of porcelain manufacturer Richard Ginori, founded in Italy by Florentine Marquis Carlo Ginori in 1735, and home to hundreds of stunning, colorful patterns. But what I was most drawn to was a line of dinnerware ironically named “Broken”, the least colorful dishes in the showroom. This ingenious collection of 14 pieces was designed in 2010 by architect and product designer Paola Navone. Each of these stark white porcelain pieces features printed cracks “repaired” with trompe l’oeil metal staples. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a repaired “Broken” plate with actual metal staples? I guess that would be an example of life imitating art imitating life…

Dinner plate measures 10-1/2″ in diameter.

The trompe l’oeil staples and cracks look truly convincing even upon close inspection.

“Cracked” teacup, guaranteed not to leak, and matching saucer.

Soup plate, broken in three places, is held together with three staples. Or is it?

Sugar bowl and milk pot from the tea service.

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10 Responses to “Richard Ginori “Broken” Dinnerware”

  1. BB says:

    What a fun concept!

  2. matt says:

    Yea, like gotta have it kinda fun concept! Nice find!

  3. made just for you, andrew!

    love these…

  4. Funny idea, to repair a countereit ‘repaired’ porcelain. I’d like to see that.

  5. Toby Simpkins says:

    How many sets did you order, Andrew?

  6. Steve Kelley says:

    Andrew, I think what you are doing is fabulous and love reading the blog. The Richard Ginori “Broken” line of porcelain to wonderful. We have place settings that are a mixure of different patterns but the constant is black and white. I would love to buy several pieces of the “Broken” line but can’t to seem to find them on line. Do you have any idea where an Oklahoman who likes broken can buy several pieces? Thanks very much, Steve Kelley

  7. I’m drinking coffee from a cup that is in serious need of one of those staples.

  8. indiana says:

    so much more hygenic than the araldite-repaired teacup favoured by my grandfather…

  9. For those of you interested in finding out how to order “Broken” dinnerware, please contact Josephine Dillon at the Richard Ginori showroom: or call 800-215-1193.

  10. Michael Netski says:

    I’ve broken one of my dinner plates, is the Broken pattern available anywhere?

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