You may have noticed that for a few years now, the minimalist and all-white vein in interior design has been dying out, while people are returning to appreciate and desire furnishing accessories with a retro flavor, warmer colors and “softer” surfaces.
We are not referring to a fashion for antiques tout-court, but to the rediscovery of the design of the early twentieth century and the so-called Modernism.
These periods have witnessed the birth of innumerable decorative styles and many furnishings and objects that are not only functional, but also durable and beautiful.
Among these objects, it may happen to discover guilloche decorations, which until the seventies were widespread in various sectors, from perfumery to automotive.
Current trends in taste have brought back to design a particular attention for finishes, for the properties of surfaces and three-dimensional patterns. There are many industrial surface decoration techniques that have developed since the 1970s – stamping, laser engraving, numerical control turning, knurling, etc. – but the handmade guilloche is not one of them.
However, with respect to industrial processes, handmade guilloché has something that makes it unique and that transfers its beauty to the objects it decorates: it is still made today with the same procedures used at the beginning of the twentieth century, because it uses the same machines, which are still working, always powered and controlled by hand.
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