Fortunata For The Holidays

Casa Mia Serving Bowl

The holidays are typically full of family gatherings, with kitchens and dining rooms packed with loved ones and plates piled high with food. Functional, sturdy dinnerware is a must, especially for the fall and winter ahead and for those hearty dishes essential to the season.

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics makes an incredible line of dinnerware that’s nothing short of perfect for the end-of-year holidays and celebratory occasions.

Casa Mia Collection

Fortunata’s striking, well-made dinnerware makes your surroundings effortlessly beautiful. It’s in those little details– like natural textures and earth toned glazes in the Casa Mia series pictured above.

 Fortunata creates versatile, modern designs that move seamlessly from everyday into festive tablescape. Make moments more memorable, more enjoyable.

Casa Mia Ramekin Bowl

Artisan made Italian ceramics are absolutely complimentary to delicious home cooked food. Fortunata’s design inspirations come from time-honored Tuscan techniques of firing and glazing. Serving comfort food cooked with soul on these ceramics continues that same proud tradition of passing on knowledge from one generation to the next.

Buon Appetito Dinner Party

 

What’s more, Fortunata’s breathtaking ceramic designs, like the Buon Appetito series above, make a great gift.

Dinnerware as a gift says that you want to spend time with a person. It’s a gift that allows your loved one to fully participate in the family affair of eating together. Fortunata ceramics make an instant family heirloom that will be treasured for years to come.

From our homes to yours, here’s a recipe that goes great in the Casa Mia Covered Casserole Dish, pictured below.

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Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

  • 2 red peppers, cut into 1-inch wide strips
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 summer squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)Casa Mia Casserole Covered Dish
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/3 cup for topping
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander.

In a large bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.

Pour the pasta into the greased Casa Mia Covered Casserole Dish. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and butter pieces. Bake, uncovered, until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.

Why Handcrafted Art Decor Matters

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At Donjenna, we cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. Our pride comes from offering exquisitely made home decor with uniquely modern and contemporary sensibilities.

Perhaps you’re wondering why we take bespoke, hand crafted art decor so seriously. The reasons might surprise you.

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The Case Against Mass Production

Furniture and other decor items made in a factory assembly line often contain defects, or are made with cheaper materials to cut costs. The effect is a product of poor quality that will not stand the test of time.

Some things don’t turn out exactly right when the process is automated. A dovetail joint, for example, is a very old design in woodworking known to be unparalleled in strength. It is most often cut by hand. Artisans use an intuitive sense in making an object, which can’t be replicated by a machine.

Here’s something most people may not know: Even in large scale factory operations, like making candy bars, some key parts of the process are still completed by hand. For some tasks, there’s simply no substitute for a skilled worker and the correct tools.

Get To The Source

All home furnishings were originally made by hand. Participating in the movement towards handcrafted art decor– whether as a craftsman, consumer, merchant, or designer– keeps that tradition alive. In doing so, we honor the ways artisans have made their living in the past and for the future. The traditions and techniques in ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, and other artistic endeavors would otherwise be lost if this process did not continue.

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When we don’t fully know and appreciate the source of items in our home, we feel less connected to the objects we surround ourselves with. Concerning ourselves with how materials and labor are sourced is vitally important. Handcrafted furniture and art decor is produced with better labor standards: craftsmen are paid as skilled laborers, are recognized for their work, maintain a connection to their trade. Machine production, on the other hand, often exploits workers by forcing them to work in poor conditions and keep them in poverty.

The ReCycler and Gilbert
The ReCycler and Gilbert

The Importance of Choice

The beauty of handcrafted art decor is that no two pieces are alike. Furniture can be made to exact specifications. With custom made furniture, design can become a collaborative process instead of excessively controlled.

Decor offerings in big box stores, typically made on a factory floor, are based on decisions pre-made on behalf of the consumer. Furniture and decor items featured there are based on current trends, sales, and the whims of the market instead of on what the consumer might actually want or need. Artisan made decor allows you to participate more fully in designing your space and choosing which objects have a home with you.

At Donjenna, we believe you always have a choice over your surroundings. With us, you can discover the craft, story and soul in each item of bespoke, handmade home décor.  You can feel empowered in the design choices you make for your space.

Our homes, offices, and the objects they contain may serve a solely utilitarian purpose, but why not choose to make them beautiful?

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Rick Wittrig’s Fire Pits Warm The Soul

Bella Vita Fire Pit

There’s nothing quite like gathering outside around a roaring fire with great company. On a warm evening, a bonfire makes the party feel more intimate and inviting. On a cool evening, there’s absolutely nothing like it.

Imagine swapping stories, having a drink, and roasting marshmallows around one of these gorgeous, artisan-crafted fire pits.

Bella Vita Fire Pit

Bella Vita Fire Pit

Artist Rick Wittrig builds these beautiful fire pits out of quarter-inch thick steel, in order to withstand the extremes of fire and the great outdoors. The Bella Vita boasts a matte bowl with a polished base, creating a stunning object that will age gracefully.

The Scallop Fire Pit

Scallop Fire Pit

Each fire pit is individually signed and numbered by the artist, resulting in a unique art piece custom created for its new home. The Scallop Fire Pit features a iron oxide finish that will naturally darken over time.

Navigator Fire Pit

Navigator Fire Pit

Wittrig makes his fire pits no-maintenance by coating the interiors with high temperature resistant paint and incorporating a rainwater drain into all designs. The Navigator Fire Pit is just one of several models available, including custom work.

Barefoot Beach Fire Pit

Barefoot Beach Fire Pit

Like all of Wittrig’s pieces, the Barefoot Beach Fire Pit is lovingly cut by hand. Each fire pit is as unique as the home it occupies.

Third Rock Fire Pit

Third Rock Fire Pit

The variety of fire pit styles available from Wittrig’s workshop means they can be incorporated into any outdoor space. The Third Rock Fire Pit stands at just over three feet tall and weigh less than 300 lbs, making it relatively substantial but easy to move around.

 

The above sampling of firepits, available exclusively at Donjenna, only scratch the surface of what is possible. Our online store features over a dozen different designs. As always, pieces can be customized just for you. Browse all of our breathtaking offerings here.