Franco is the eldest son of master potter Nicola Fasano and brother of Enza. He studied at the Academy of fine art in Bari. His ceramic style is more traditional Puglian tableware and ornamental pieces. Exquisitely made and beautifully finished his work graces tables and homes worldwide. He modernised the rooster motif famous in Apuglian ceramics and featured in our collection. We have chosen pieces from Franco's workshop to complement those of his brother and sister.
Guiseppe, brother of Enza and Franco, has also been immersed in designing and making ceramics since childhood. He was in the workshop since the age of 12 and learned from his father Nicola. He introduced the Fasano ceramics from Grottaglie to the American market where he ran a shop in New York showcasing the families work. He now manages his own shop in one of the many caves in Grottaglie where all the family workshops can be found.
Francesco Bruno is a self taught ceramicist with a studio in Cisternino. His wife Katia makes ceramic jewellery.
Francesca Palumbo is the creator of the ‘house of Frà’. She has been researching tasteful interior design for over 10 years. Her latest inspiration comes from the colours and soul of the land, wind and sea of Puglia. Her textiles are all made from natural fibres, 100% cotton, linen, hemp, silk and cashmere or blends of two or more fibres to create beautiful fabric. She uses traditional looms that have been adapted to create a variety of textiles in various colours and sizes to create her unique pieces. Her products include kimonos, bedlinen, curtains, table cloths and runners, teatowels and place mats.
Gio Fasano, founder and CEO of Handmade & Italian Home Design, is a trained architect and designer with a degree from Catholic University in Washington DC. He has worked with several important architects and designers like Alessandro Mendini of Alchimia in Milan, Chamberlain Powell Bon & Woods who designed the Barbican, Chelsea Harbour and Sadlers Wells Theatre in London and Cross & Little Architects in DC. “Great design is part of our philosophy,” says Gio; when we create a place that meets our needs and expresses our character, we enrich our lives.
Claire Barker is a silversmith and jewellery designer from the UK who has relocated to Puglia. She has designed a range of jewellery based on the architecture and flora of the region. The Krong Sor range of jewellery is ethically handmade in Siem Reap Cambodia by young mums in their homes, working part time to support their families. 'Krong Sor' means white city in the Cambodian language. There are other brands designed by Claire and made in Cambodia including the 'Spiritual Collection' and the In My Name collection .