Glue sold in glass jars is very popular in France in the early nineteenth century. So the Italian businessman Aldo Balma goes one step further to vanquish his competitors: he invents an unbreakable aluminum packaging complete with a brush holder in the middle, and adds a delicious scent of almond that immediately imprints itself onto the collective mind.
Potato starch dextrin and water are cooked in a double-boiler to produce it. Glycerin and almond essence are added once the mixture is softened. Then when the paste is ready, it is decanted for a month in the jars, after which it is ready for use.
The scent of marzipan makes it irresistible to children, but no worries! Since it’s non-toxic it can be ingested safely.
Suggested reading (ideas to cut and paste):
Cuts Outs: Henri Matisse. Drawing with Scissors, Taschen, 2014
Henri's Scissors, Jeannette Winter, Beach Lane Books, 2013
Fattobene means well made in Italian. It is an online shop and a platform to archive and sell Italian everyday archetypes that have a long history.
We travel through Italy to discover special and unique items, like art déco soaps and modernist saffron packagings, old time candies and niche farmers' textiles that have been producing the same way for hundreds of years.
We want to create a place where people can relax and read interesting stories about objects that are difficult to find anywhere else.
The result is a cutting edge collection of timeless items that improve with age and create an atlas of Italian material culture.
Fattobene is curated by Anna Lagorio, journalist, and Alex Carnevali, photographer.
Visual identity and web design by AV.
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