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    1. FrancisFrancis! X1 Espresso Machine
    2. Francis!Francis!X3 Espresso Machine
    $999.99 list($999.00)
    3. FrancisFrancis! X4 Espresso Machine,
    $549.99 Too low to display list($599.99)
    4. FrancisFrancis! X3 Espresso Machine,
    $174.99
    5. FrancisFrancis! Rosetti Encrypted
    $11.99
    6. Illy Café Medium Roast Medium
    7. Francis!Francis!X5 - PARENT
    $149.99
    8. FrancisFrancis! Riello Reptilia
    $1,599.99 list($1,499.00)
    9. FrancisFrancis! X2 Espresso Machine,
    $649.99
    10. FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine,
    $9.99
    11. Illy Café Medium Roast ESE Serving
    $11.99
    12. Illy Café Medium Roast Fine Grind,
    $10.99
    13. Illy Café Medium Roast Decaffeinated
    $12.99
    14. Illy Café Medium Roast Decaffeinated
    list($20.00)
    15. Sabatier Chef's Pot Holder, Set
    $149.99
    16. FrancisFrancis! F. Illy Ice Cellars
    list($150.00)
    17. FrancisFrancis! Jubilaeum Espresso
    list($150.00)
    18. FrancisFrancis! Strappi 9-Piece
    list($300.00)
    19. FrancisFrancis! Strappi 9-Piece

    1. FrancisFrancis! X1 Espresso Machine
    list price: $499.00
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    Asin: B00004T3F5
    Catlog: Kitchen
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    Features

    • "retrofuturistic" design by Italian architect Luca Trazzi
    • elegant cup rail on top of machine for keeping espresso cups warm
    • excellent steam pressure for frothing milk for cappuccino
    • has a metal body with baked on enamel colors
    • uses a pump to achieve the proper extraction for espresso

    2. Francis!Francis!X3 Espresso Machine - PARENT

    Asin: B0000X85QI
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
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    3. FrancisFrancis! X4 Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
    list price: $999.00
    our price: $999.99
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    Asin: B0000AFX4K
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 87956
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    Amazon.com Review

    The X4 espresso machine from Francis Francis! is as curvy, sleek, and gorgeous as the hull of a ship. Fortunately, it’s also designed to fit on your countertop and take the guesswork out of home espresso-brewing. Combining the beauty of stainless steel with the precision of digital programming, the X4 brews espresso, steams milk, churns out hot water, and responds to your custom commands. It also takes care of itself, automatically refilling the boiler, shutting off if empty, and updating the digital display.

    Like the other X-line espresso machines designed by Luca Trazzi, the X4 features a pump-driven brew system with 8-9 bars of dynamic pressure. The brewing handles are chrome-plated brass for ideal temperature, and the machine uses either Easy Serving Espresso pods or loose grounds. Two handles are included, one for each method, as well as three interchangeable baskets for different size shots. The X4’s computerized processes and feedback systems let you customize the temperature of your shots, as well as schedule the machine to turn on and off. The blue digital display keeps you informed throughout the brewing time and switches to a clock when not in use.

    Thanks to its stylish curves, the X4 requires a more spacious countertop than some of its sister models. It measures 12 by 13 by 12 inches and weighs 25 pounds. Demitasses can be stored on top for warming, and the 32-ounce water tank, mounted at the back, tips out for easy filling. Made in Italy, the X4 is warranted for one year after purchase. --Emily Bedard ... Read more

    Features

    • Measures 12 by 12 by 13 inches; 1-year warranty
    • Pump-driven brewing system with 18 bars of dynamic pressure
    • Rear-accessed translucent water tank holds 32 ounces of water
    • Chrome-plated brass brewing handles maintain ideal temperature
    • Includes handles for ESE pods and loose grounds, plus 3 brewing baskets

    4. FrancisFrancis! X3 Espresso Machine, Pallinato
    list price: $599.99
    our price: $549.99
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    Asin: B0000AFX4J
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 32139
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The friendly attitude of the FrancisFrancis! espresso machines is not just a cosmetic matter. Designed and assembled in Italy, the line’s welcoming qualities extend to the brewing process too, so making espresso in your home is pleasurable, simple, and non-intimidating. One of the company’s slimmest models, the FrancisFrancis! X3 machine is built to work with you whether you’re an espresso novice or a skilled barista. Trim, sleek, and fun to look at, it features a brass boiler and a pump-driven brewing system with 8-9 bars of dynamic pressure. The chrome-plated brass brewing handle maintains ideal temperatures for coffee, while the steam/hot water wand swivels for tidy storage.

    Brewing can be done with your favorite loose grounds or the eminently simple ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) coffee pods, a pre-measured amount in a teabag-like container. The X3 comes with two brewing handles--one for loose grounds, one for pods--and three baskets to let you choose from ristretto, regular, or lungo shots. A tamper is also included.

    A good choice for small kitchens, the X3 measures 10-5/8 by 6-1/4 by 11-3/4 inches, so it has a smaller footprint than many models. The water tank is accessed from behind, and controls are on the side. The top of the machine has a handsome mirror finish, adding a pleasing gleam to accent the playfully bright body. Warranted for one year after purchase, the X3 comes with detailed and illustrated instructions for pulling the perfect shot. --Emily Bedard ... Read more

    Features

    • Measures 10-5/8 by 6-1/4 by 11-3/4 inches; 1-year warranty
    • Pump-driven brewing system with 18 bars of dynamic pressure
    • Chrome-plated brass brewing handles maintains ideal temperature
    • Generous water tank with rear access
    • Includes handles for both ESE pods and ground coffee

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best.
    Judge espresso machines by the weight and mass of the brewing handles.The difference between this machine and the $149 Delonghi-style ones is night and day.This machine is ready to go from cold start up in 60 seconds.

    This machine is built like a tank -- you get your money's worth. ... Read more


    5. FrancisFrancis! Rosetti Encrypted Espresso Cups, Set of 6
    list price: $174.99
    our price: $174.99
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    Asin: B00067AVYC
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
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    Features

    • Designed by Paolo Rosetti
    • Porcelain cups signed and numbered
    • Made in Germany
    • Each cup and saucer is inscribed with symbols and codes

    6. Illy Café Medium Roast Medium Grind, 250 Grams/8.8 Ounces
    list price: $11.99
    our price: $11.99
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    Asin: B0001GDE10
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 76852
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    Product Description

    Produced in Trieste Italy since 1933 Illy caffe is enjoyed worldwide in over 5 million cups per day. Made from pure Brasilian Arabicas with every single bean analyzed, the final air dried product is pressurized in multiply polymer-aluminum tins to maintain maximum freshness. New from illy this dark or Scuro roast is more of a southern Italian or French style than traditional illy coffees. ... Read more

    Features

    • Medium Roast
    • 100% Arabica coffee
    • Packed in Nitrogen to presenve freshness
    • 250 grams ( 8.8 oz)

    7. Francis!Francis!X5 - PARENT

    Asin: B0000C7GE1
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
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    8. FrancisFrancis! Riello Reptilia Espresso Cups, Set of 6
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00067AVYW
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
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    Amazon.com Review

    A definite teatime icebreaker, this cup- and saucer-set features scaly, reptile skin illustrations by renowned Italian artist Antonio Riello. Each cup/saucer pair in this 6-piece set features a different slithering graphic in tan, brown, yellow, red, green, and gray for a truly striking and chic effect. A thick handle snakes around the sipper's finger up to a white rim. Made in Italy, each of the six pieces in this limited edition set is signed by Riello and numbered. The set is hand crafted of durable porcelain, and it comes packaged in a decorative, round tin box. Hand washing is recommended. --Brian Olson ... Read more

    Features

    • Made in Italy and designed by Italian artist Antonio Riello
    • Espresso set, Set of 6 cups and saucers
    • Porcelain cups signed and numbered
    • 6 different snakeskin motifs
    • Gift-packaged in a decorative drum

    9. FrancisFrancis! X2 Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
    list price: $1,499.00
    our price: $1,599.99
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    Asin: B0000AFX4A
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 106442
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    Features

    • Measures 21 by 15 by 15 inches
    • Pump driven with 18 bars of dynamic pressure
    • Water reservoir holds 48 ounces of water
    • Chrome-plated brass brewing handle maintains ideal temperature
    • Includes both ESE pod handle and ground coffee handle

    10. FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine, Black
    list price: $649.99
    our price: $649.99
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    Asin: B0000AFX4N
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 104250
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    FrancisFrancis! espresso machines aren't just a design dream aesthetically. They're also engineered to do much of the barista work for you, removing intimidation and trial-by-fire from the home espresso game. This fabulous-looking all-metal X5 model features a brass boiler and the Supercrema brewing system, pump-driven with 8-9 bars of dynamic pressure. The chrome-plated brass brewing handle maintains ideal temperatures for coffee, while the steam/hot water wand swivels for tidy storage. One of the friendliest aspects of the X5 is its ability to brew espresso with either pre-measured ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) coffee pods or with loose grounds from your favorite bean vendor. Two interchangeable handle baskets are included, one for each method. Three filters also come with the machine for pulling ristretto, regular, or lungo shots.

    Measuring 10-1/4 by 8-1/4 by 11-1/4 inches, the X5 is a relatively compact machine, built with flat sides to save space on tight countertops. Keep in mind that it weighs 16 pounds, so you'll want to make a permanent spot for it, and that the 48-ounce water tank is accessed from the back, so you'll need room to work behind it. The sleek little battery-powered clock on the front of the machine pops out for setting and battery replacement. FrancisFrancis! includes a detailed instruction and tip guide, as well as a starter container of Illy Café espresso. --Emily Bedard ... Read more

    Features

    • Measures 10-1/4 by 8-1/4 by 11-1/4 inches
    • Pump-driven Supercrema brewing system with 18 bars of dynamic pressure
    • Chrome-plated brass brewing handles maintain ideal temperature
    • 48-ounce water tank with rear access; battery-powered clock on the front
    • Includes both ESE pods and ground coffee handles

    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Looks great, works fair
    We've been using the Francis X5 for six months with mostly good results.The styling and color choices seem to be the maker's priority. The instruction manual was nearly worthless; just a few pictures and symbols and no information about set up, troubleshooting, etc.It took us about 30 minutes to figure out what the (unmarked) switches and buttons were for.My complaint now is that the steam nozzle is very loose and is losing steam pressure where it connects to the boiler.After a close examination of the metal structure, it appears to be mostly riveted or welded together.I can find no way to open up the case and tighten the nozzle.The machine still makes fine espresso but steaming milk has become a problem.For the price, I would expect better documentation and reliabilty. ... Read more


    11. Illy Café Medium Roast ESE Serving Espresso Pods, 18-Count
    list price: $9.99
    our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B0001AV4QS
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 15975
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The revolutionary Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods from illy caffè consist of precisely ground, metered, and compressed Brasilian Arabica encapsulated for use with pod compatible machines. Eliminating the mess of conventional grinding, dosing and tamping, ESE pods ensure consistent results while eliminating the need for accessories such as a grinder and hand tamper. In use worldwide in both domestic and commercial applications the E.S.E. pods are available in an 18 ct. tins in both normale and decaf. ... Read more

    Features

    • Medium Roast
    • 100% Arabica coffee
    • Packed in CO2 to preserve freshness
    • 18 count tin; 125 grams total weight

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars These pods make great espresso in no time
    I love these pods! I can get good tasting espresso in five minutes. They are strong, full flavored, and not bitter. I have been using them for a month, and have been very happy.

    One caveat: I am no coffee expert. I am just as happy with Chock full o' Nuts as I am with Starbucks. ... Read more


    12. Illy Café Medium Roast Fine Grind, 250 Grams/8.8 Ounces
    list price: $11.99
    our price: $11.99
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    Asin: B0001GDE0Q
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 31342
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    Product Description

    Produced in Trieste Italy since 1933 Illy caffe is enjoyed worldwide in over 5 million cups per day. Made from pure Brasilian Arabicas with every single bean analyzed, the final air dried product is pressurized in multiply polymer-aluminum tins to maintain maximum freshness. A Northern Italian roast, illy caffe is lighter and smoother than North American roasts without a hint of burnt taste. ... Read more

    Features

    • Medium Roast
    • 100% Arabica coffee
    • Packed in Nitrogen to presenve freshness
    • 250 grams ( 8.8 oz)

    13. Illy Café Medium Roast Decaffeinated ESE Serving Espresso Pods, 18-Count
    list price: $10.99
    our price: $10.99
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    Asin: B0001AV4R2
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 36831
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    Product Description

    The revolutionary Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods from illy caffè consist of precisely ground, metered, and compressed Brasilian Arabica encapsulated for use with pod compatible machines. Eliminating the mess of conventional grinding, dosing and tamping, ESE pods ensure consistent results while eliminating the need for accessories such as a grinder and hand tamper. In use worldwide in both domestic and commercial applications the E.S.E. pods are available in an 18 ct. tins in both normale and decaf. ... Read more

    Features

    • Medium Roast
    • 100% Arabica coffee
    • Packed in Nitrogen to presenve freshness
    • 250 grams ( 8.8 oz)

    14. Illy Café Medium Roast Decaffeinated Fine Grind, 250 Grams/8.8 Ounces
    list price: $12.99
    our price: $12.99
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    Asin: B0001GDE1A
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 72331
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    Product Description

    Produced in Trieste Italy since 1933 Illy caffe is enjoyed worldwide in over 5 million cups per day. Made from pure Brasilian Arabicas with every single bean analyzed, the final air dried product is pressurized in multiply polymer-aluminum tins to maintain maximum freshness. A Northern Italian roast, illy caffe is lighter and smoother than North American roasts without a hint of burnt taste. ... Read more

    Features

    • Decaf Medium Roast
    • 100% Arabica coffee
    • Packed in Nitrogen to presenve freshness
    • 250 grams ( 8.8 oz)

    15. Sabatier Chef's Pot Holder, Set of 2
    list price: $20.00
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    Asin: B0000E3IFJ
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Sabatier
    Sales Rank: 21510
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    Amazon.com Review

    These durable twill pot holders hold up beautifully to the rigors of a busy kitchen. The heavy fabric is filled with additional padding and quilted and generously sized at 8 by 8 inches, so heat from casserole dishes or pan handles never reaches hands. The black color keeps staining to a minimum so these two pot holders are bound to outlast your previous pair. Each holder sports a woven Sabatier logo label and a loop hole for hanging. The fabric is machine-washable and dryer safe for easy care and cleaning. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

    Features

    • Set of two black cotton twill pot holders
    • Generously sized at 8 x 8 inches
    • Quilted and padded for extra protection
    • Includes classic woven Sabatier logo label

    16. FrancisFrancis! F. Illy Ice Cellars Espresso Cups, Set of 6
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00067AVYM
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
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    Amazon.com Review

    Each piece with a different colored background and a different motif; this set of 6 cups and saucers offers 36 different combinations for just the right teatime mood. Getting away from the standard white, each piece in this set features a unique and striking background color. Pleasantly drifting from convention even further, each cup and each saucer's orchid motif is of a different taxonomy as well. Mixed and contrasting hues of blue, violet, tan, yellow, red, brown, and black are tied in with a vibrant orchid theme. Some orchids are in full bloom; others are in the bud. Designed by artist Francesco Illy who has chosen flowers as one of three main studies, this cup and saucer set captures the orchid's essence with true artistry. --Brian Olson ... Read more

    Features

    • Made in Germany and designed by Francesco Illy
    • Espresso set, Set of 6 cups and 6 saucers
    • Porcelain cups signed and numbered
    • 6 different orchid motifs
    • Gift-packaged in a decorative drum

    17. FrancisFrancis! Jubilaeum Espresso Cups and Saucers, Set of 6
    list price: $150.00
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    Asin: B00004U8L9
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 103068
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    When he invites artists to collaborate in creating porcelainware, Italian designer Francesco normally wishes to amuse and delight, to create a mood that excites appetite and provokes conversation. With this espresso set, however, his artist-collaborator, Andrea Manetti, seeks to inspire contemplation, as she draws on classical religious icons to depict life's irony. "All saints here," one cup says, ambiguously referring either to the innocents depicted on the cup or to us, the espresso drinkers--or to both? Is it sarcasm, plea, or declaration?

    The limited-edition "Jubilaeum" (Anniversary) set presents six finely glazed espresso cups bearing Manetti's paintings--which include gold leaf, accounting for the price--along with six white saucers. As usual, designer Francesco packs his gleaming porcelain in a tin case (13-1/2 inches in diameter by 5-1/4 inches high for this set) that, among other suggested uses, can be employed used as a stool (black cotton, foam-filled pillow included). A photograph on the lid shows a young girl sticking out her tongue. ("FrancisFrancis!" cries the despairing parent.) An impish phrase, Poi ti spiego ("I'll explain later"), is printed on the case, along with the story behind it. The artwork, including the gold leaf, is virtually indestructible, and the espresso set is dishwasher-safe. --Fred Brack ... Read more

    Features

    • Tin packing case, complete with pillow, can be used as stool
    • Limited-edition set of porcelain espresso cups, signed by artist
    • Decorated by Italian artist's paintings inspired by religious icons
    • Intent is to portray life's irony
    • Strong colors--including gold leaf--provoke strong emotions

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 star
    With regard to the review by the customer who was disappointed by not being able to get practical use out of them because of their size: This is a set of ESPRESSO cups. An espresso serving is around 1.5 ounces, and which fills the cup about half way. This means these type of cups would only hold under a quarter of a cup, even filled to the rim. These cups are from a series of artist-designed expresso sets which are produced by the company FrancisFrancis! which specializes in funky, artistic, designer espresso machines.

    If you've familiar with FrancisFrancis' design philosophy, and have sprung for a beautiful X1, you already know that you need to find a set of this series to put on top :)

    These cups don't deserve a "4" because a customer didn't know what they were buying. This is very much a 5-star item.

    4-0 out of 5 stars gorgeous, but not what i was looking for.
    I ordered these cups thinking that I would get some practical use out of them, not realizing how small they are. The are not big enough to be used as teacups. They are large enough to serve espresso only.
    However, that does not mean that I was disappointed in their quality. The are exceptionally well crafted and the colors are gorgeous. The pictures posted by Amazon don't capture the vibrant colors or the attention to detail.
    ... If you are an espresso drinker or you enjoy quirky collectables, then these cups are definately for you! ... Read more


    18. FrancisFrancis! Strappi 9-Piece Porcelain Dinnerware Place Setting
    list price: $150.00
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    Asin: B00004U8L4
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 151678
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    Amazon.com Review

    A buoyant philosophy elevates FrancisFrancis! dinnerware above the commonplace. "Love and treat the child within you." That's what Italian designer Francesco has in mind when he invites artists to collaborate in creating place settings. Francesco wishes to delight, to create a mood that excites appetite and provokes conversation. He starts with a colorful tin packing case (13-1/2 inches in diameter by 9 inches high for this set) that, among other suggested uses, can be employed as a stool (black cotton, foam-filled pillow included). A photograph on the lid shows a young girl sticking out her tongue. ("FrancisFrancis!" cries the despairing parent.) An impish phrase, Poi ti spiego ("I'll explain later"), is printed on the case, along with the story behind it. Inside is durable, finely glazed, gleaming porcelain dinnerware.

    This limited-edition set, signed by the artist, is a single place setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's called Strappi ("Strips") because Roberta Pietrobelli created the elegant design by arranging torn pieces of paper, which she renders on the plates in striking black and off-white colors. (A more expensive black-and-off-white Strappi design with gold-leaf accents can be mixed and matched with this version.) High-temperature glazing creates a three-dimensional, tactile effect. The set's contents: 12-inch black service plate with white design; 10-5/8-inch off-white dinner plate with black design; 8-7/8-inch off-white rimmed pasta bowl with black design; 8-1/2-inch off-white dessert plate with black scallops; 8-1/8-inch off-white soup bowl with black design; and off-white coffee and espresso cups and saucers, all with black designs. The artwork is virtually indestructible, and the dinnerware is dishwasher-safe. --Fred Brack ... Read more

    Features

    • Tin packing case, complete with pillow, can be used as stool
    • Italian artist's design inspired by torn strips (strappi) of paper
    • Set strikingly mixes black and off-white colors
    • Intent is to create aesthetic mood of "positive emotions"
    • Limited-edition set signed by artist

    19. FrancisFrancis! Strappi 9-Piece Porcelain Dinnerware Place Setting, Service for 1
    list price: $300.00
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    Asin: B00004U8L5
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: FrancisFrancis!
    Sales Rank: 101483
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    A buoyant philosophy elevates FrancisFrancis! dinnerware above the commonplace. "Love and treat the child within you." That's what Italian designer Francesco has in mind when he invites artists to collaborate in creating place settings. Illy wishes to delight, to create a mood that excites appetite and provokes conversation. He starts with a colorful tin packing case (13-1/2 inches in diameter by 9 inches high for this set) that, among other suggested uses, can be employed as a stool (black cotton, foam-filled pillow included). A photograph on the lid shows a young girl sticking out her tongue. ("FrancisFrancis!" cries the despairing parent.) An impish phrase, Poi ti spiego ("I'll explain later"), is printed on the case, along with the story behind it. Inside is durable, finely glazed, gleaming porcelain dinnerware.

    This limited-edition set, signed by the artist, is a single place setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's called Strappi ("Strips") because Roberta Pietrobelli created the elegant design by arranging torn pieces of paper. She strikingly employs gold leaf, which accounts for the price, with black and off-white colors. (A less expensive black-and-off-white Strappi design without gold leaf can be mixed and matched with this version.) High-temperature glazing creates a three-dimensional, tactile effect. The set's contents: 12-inch black service plate with gold-on-white design; 10-5/8-inch off-white dinner plate with gold-on-black design; 8-7/8-inch off-white rimmed pasta bowl with gold-on-black design; 8-1/2-inch off-white dessert plate with black scallops and gold strips; 8-1/8-inch off-white soup bowl with gold-on-black design; and off-white coffee and espresso cups and saucers, all with gold-on-black designs. The artwork, including the gold leaf, is virtually indestructible, and the dinnerware is dishwasher-safe. --Fred Brack ... Read more

    Features

    • Tin packing case, complete with pillow, can be used as stool
    • Italian artist's design inspired by torn strips (strappi) of paper
    • Set strikingly mixes gold leaf with black and off-white colors
    • Intent is to create aesthetic mood of "positive emotions"
    • Limited-edition set signed by artist

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars very strikingly beautiful dishes!!!!
    Better than I even thought from seeing just the picture. The dishes are truely stunning and the gold is very impressive and generously placed on all of the dishes. I love them!!!!!! Delivery was fast and flawless as well. ... Read more


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