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Michael Wainwright introduces Mezza

Inspired by the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, American designer Michael Wainwright launches new collection

Renowned for his porcelain and bone china dinnerware collections, all made and handpainted in the USA, designer Michael Wainwright recently introduced new collection Mezza at the New York Tabletop Show.

Mezza, the Italian word for 'half' is inspired from the Janpanese Kintsugi. Kintsugi dates back to 15th century Japan, and was a way of repairing broken pottery by means of 24k gold mixed with lacquer. This technique transforms broken ceramic objects into beautiful works of art. 

Michael has taken the aesthetic of this ancient technique to create a 21st century contemporary look that is simple and fresh. PIeces are made of white glazed stoneware, with 24k gold seamed decoration. In keeping with Michael’s tradition of a handmade look and feel each piece portrays hand crafted qualities, from uneven edges to a ribbing effect from a potter’s wheel. All pieces are dishwasher and food safe.

The Mezza china giftware collection includes a 9” round bowl, 7” oval bowl, 10” tray, 14” platter, set of 4 tidbit plates, napkin holder and salt and pepper shakers. 

Mezza Glass Gifware and Barware
Complementing this is the Mezza glass giftware and barware collection, which includes a bouquet vase, a bud vase, 5” bowl, and a votive candle, as well as highballs and DOFs packaged as sets of two, all decorated with 24k gold seams on clear crystal glass.



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