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Franco Lapini studied at the Art Institute in Florence and learnt the art of embossing and engraving by frequenting various silver workshops. In the early sixties he opened his own workshop in Florence, where, using the ancient processing procedures, he produced a wide variety of objects, ranging in style from Mannerism to Rococo. From his study of the styles of the past, exploiting his own design and a personal language, he then created the “Franco Lapini Collection” featuring extremely distinctive objects. Stimulated by the history of the sumptuous Florentine banquets of the sixteenth century, he produced a series of exemplars in silver-plated metal destined to high bracket hotels and restaurants. This range includes large trays, platters, trolleys, fruit bowls and dishes decorated with allegories of animals and fish. Taking inspiration from the furnishings of the luxurious Florentine palazzi he also created a range of articles and decorative elements to adorn the most exclusive interiors. Using materials such as silver-plated metal, Murano glass, plexiglas, wood and semi-precious stones, he has designed and modelled lamps, trolleys, centrepieces and tables for dining rooms and sitting rooms.