Visit an artist’s studio in a Roman palace


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There’s your standard home studio, and then there’s the 16th-century Roman palace from which artist Coralla Maiuri runs her famous porcelain and ceramics business. To say it’s an ideal creative environment is an understatement: the palace provides a majestic backdrop for the exuberant mix of old and new that defines its production.

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A view of Sant’Andrea della Valle from the terrace.

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His studio occupies two of his large rooms, a rectangular space and a smaller one, triangular, and offers a dreamlike view of a nearby basilica through a window in the fireplace. Her shelves and tables are dotted with examples of her work – delicately gilded plates, oversized vases splashed with expressionist colors – alongside antiques and the faux resin statue she uses as a tall apron hook.

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The new Chestnut collection from Maiuri.

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Before her big deco break in 2017, when Bergdorf Goodman started selling her eponymous porcelain housewares, Maiuri was already an accomplished painter, sculptor and furniture maker in her own right. (She had also worked as a model and made a rare leap into television production, cultivating an artistic vision through a number of mediums.)

The oven under one of Maiuri’s paintings. Pieces from previous tableware collections.

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Today, his workshop is a force in its own right in the world of design. And, like many Italian companies, it’s a family affair: Maiuri acts as a creative manager, and her husband, Filippo Lancellotti, takes care of all the business.

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A faux resin statue, which Maiuri frequently uses as an apron hook

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“My work is an obsession.

“My job is an obsession,” Maiuri says. For the most part, it is inspired by nature and incorporates aesthetic elements reminiscent of 17th century Rome. “Baroque curls have a strong energy,” she says of a common motif in her pieces. And Chestnut, Maiuri’s next spring tableware collection for Moda Operandi, takes its name from the color of classic Italian terracotta floors. Each handmade piece will be painted with 24k gold.

While a round dish may be a simple, everyday form for some, for Maiuri it evokes something much more dramatic and galactic. “These are little records,” she says, “that have followed us for centuries like miniature suns.

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This story originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of ELLE Decor. SUBSCRIBE

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