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All in the Family: Antonio Aricò's Rustic Kitchen Designs Made by His Grandfather

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by Margot Guralnick last modified Apr 14, 2015

Milan-based furniture and product designer Antonio Aricò has sawdust in his blood: He grew up in Reggio Calabria, in southern Italy, hammering together his first creations at the knees of his carpenter grandfather and uncle. He's since studied all over the world—product design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, metal and jewelry design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland, and traditional furniture making in Spain. And he's shown his work globally as well.  Recently, Aricò was invited by the Triennale Design Museum of Milan to produce an affordable collection for Design Boomart, a Stockholm exhibit that took place in late January. For it, he returned to his roots and came up with Oldways , a group of rustic kitchen accessories fabricated for him by none other than his grandfather Saverio Zaminga. Photography by F. Zaminga. Above: "I was inspired by the objects that are always hanging on the walls of my nonno's kitchen, simple wooden designs created in a basic way," says Aricò. His Kitchen Utensils , shown here, begin as drawings that his grandfather then cuts out by hand, no two exactly alike Above: The Utensils are made of beechwood—as are all of the pieces in the collection—and are €15 ($15.87) apiece. Above: His Rolling Pins, €18 ($19) each, are slightly rough to "give a natural texture to the dough." Above: The Rolling Pins hang from leather cording. Above: Chopping Blocks —which Aricò describes as "slices of beechwood, instinctively and simply cut"—come in three sizes and range in price from €20 ($21) to €35 ($37). Above: The narrowest Block is sized for serving salumi. Above: Aricò's Cheese Graters are made the old, resourceful way—by drilling holes in tomato soup cans with a nail. Above: The Grater , €18 ($19) each, is "simple and spartan, but modern in its shape," says Aricò.  Worldwide shipping is available; to place orders, contact Aricò via his  website  or email For more of the rustic look , see: 10 Favorites: Rustic Open Shelving in the Kitchen Steal This Look: An English Kitchen with a Rustic-Modern Edge 9 European Rustic Kitchens  From Italy with Love: Rustic and Raw Planters by Flò More Stories from Remodelista Trend Alert: 5 Minimalist Graphic Ceramic Tiles 13 Favorite Minimalist British Kitchens Decoding BTUs: How Much Cooking Power Do You Really Need?






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