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Aldo Londi

Italian, 1911-2003

Master Italian ceramist Aldo Londi created a range of decorative objects in the latter half of the 20th century for the manufacturer Bitossi. In addition to the small-scale animal sculptures for which he is best known, Londi designed a variety of ceramics for the famed company that includes vases, bowls and desk accessories. Collectors know that vintage Aldo Londi pottery is marked by deep attention to detail and an integration of rich, alluring hues typically associated with the Mediterranean.

Londi was born in Montelupo Fiorentino, just outside of Florence, an area that has been known for its pottery since the Renaissance. Londi showed an early interest in the craft, apprenticing at the Fratelli Fanciullacci ceramic workshop when he was only 11 years old. He worked at the company until he left to fight in World War II. After returning to Montelupo Fiorentino in 1946, Londi became the creative director at Bitossi — a position he held for more than 50 years.

Londi's fresh and unique style breathed new life into Bitossi. He prioritized the production of high-quality and handmade decorative objects and created many of Bitossi's pottery lines himself. The most famous of Londi's Bitossi collections is the Rimini Blu line of animals and vases, which debuted in 1955. The collection is characterized by geometric and whimsical patterns and is recognizable for its marvelous blue color.

Londi's fame and popularity extended outside of Italy with the help of Raymor. The American import and distribution company introduced many esteemed Italian manufacturers such as Bitossi to boutiques and department stores in the United States. After Raymor founder Irving Richards hired Ettore Sottsass to design ceramics, Richards connected his new recruit to Londi. Decades before he founded a legendary postmodern design collective in Milan called the Memphis Group, Sottsass used the Bitossi kilns to create timeless works that manifest both primitive forms and modern geometries.

In 2021, Bitossi opened the Bitossi Archive Museum at its Montelupo Fiorentino headquarters. Many of the works designed by the company's most esteemed contributor and artistic director, Aldo Londi, are proudly displayed.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Aldo Londi serveware, lighting, decorative objects and more.

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$1,167
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Rimini Blue Cat Made of Ceramics by Aldo Londi, 1960
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Rimini Blue cat made of ceramics by Aldo Londi,1960 This is a rare model, the cat is handmade. Has no chips or damage. It is a nice piece made by Bitossi, Italy. It is a d...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Lot of Italian Ceramics/ Pottery
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Remarkable set of four pieces designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Four pieces in total to include; floor vase, large vase, large bowl, and oversized ashtray. Collection is named “Lob...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi

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Ceramic

Bitossi Vase, Ceramic, Orange, Red, White, Yellow, Lineas Rotas, Signed
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi vase, ceramic, orange, red, white, yellow, Lineas Rotas, signed. Medium scale chunky vase with glazed puzzle pattern in yellow, white, orange, and red, over a coarse matte br...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi

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Ceramic

Centerpiece by Aldo Londi
By Aldo Londi
Located in New York, NY
Launched in 1959 by expert ceramicist Aldo Londi, the Rimini Blue series, which has been produced for over sixty years by the Manifattura Bitossi, is but one of Bitossi’s numerous cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Aldo Londi

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Ceramic

Centerpiece by Aldo Londi
H 14.57 in. W 5.71 in. D 5.71 in.
Vaso by Aldo Londi
By Aldo Londi
Located in New York, NY
Launched in 1959 by expert ceramicist Aldo Londi, the Rimini Blue series, which has been produced for over sixty years by the Manifattura Bitossi, is but one of Bitossi’s numerous cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Aldo Londi

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Ceramic

Vaso by Aldo Londi
H 7.88 in. W 3.1 in. D 3.1 in.
Pair Aldo Londi Raymor Italian 1960's Ceramic Mid-Century Vessels
By Raymor, Aldo Londi
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Colorful set of 1960s Italian striped ceramic vessels by Aldo Londi for Raymor in blues, lavenders, white, turquoise and red with a dark charcoal colored ceramic base. Both vessels...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Extra Large Ceramic Vase Umbrella Stand
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful very large midcentury Rimini blue cylindric glazed vase or umbrella holder with a height of 20 inches and a diameter of 7.5 inches. Designed by Aldo Londi, manfactured by...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi

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Ceramic, Stoneware, Terracotta

Bitossi Ceramiche Rimini Blu Cat Sculpture by Aldo Londi
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Ferndale, MI
A hand crafted Aldo Londi (1911–2003) for Bitossi Ceramiche cat sculpture in Rimini Blue. The striking blue color and unusual use of texture make this series a hallmark for Bitossi a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi

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Ceramic, Felt, Paint

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Aldo Londi furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Aldo Londi furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Aldo Londi collection, there are many options to choose from, although blue editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 238 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 112 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Aldo Londi were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ercole Barovier, Archimede Seguso and Alfredo Barbini. Aldo Londi furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $80 and tops out at $10,500, while pieces like these can sell for $900 on average.

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