Designers can get inspiration just about anywhere. Neel is a collection of hand-painted porcelain plates designed by Andrea Ponti. The design was inspired by his recent visits to Rajasthan, in the North-west of India, those beautiful patterns are based on modern take on classic Indian architecture, frescos and bass relieves. The word Neel means Indigo in Hindi, it’s a typical color of interior and exterior decorations in Rajasthan, this color is also a symbol of its capitol Jodhpur, the Blue City.
Each plate feature geometric patterns and lines that blend beautifully with floral prints, then stylized with elements of nature such as clouds and mountains.
Andrea Ponti, a Hong Kong based Italian designer, used different combinations of sfumato, ombre sponge, brush and fountain pen to make each plate one-of-a kind, giving the entire collection a vibrant expression. The color indigo highlights the nuances of the paint and the intentional impression of those brush strokes. These plates were hand-painted by Italian porcelain artist Ivana Calegari, at first the color appears dark and faded when painting, but the final brightness is achieved through repeated baking at high temperature above 800°C.
Each plate has diameter of 25cm, all proceeds will go to Make a Difference (MAD), a special NGO founded in 2006 that mobilizes young leaders to enable long term outcomes equitable to middle class for children in need of care and protection in India.
Photograph by Antonio Muroni.
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