is the First
" Paper Shop" in Europe.
was born in Venice in 1851.
other similar enterprise is known at the time or before Piazzesi’start in
the Western World .
is now renoveting itself, in order to keep up with the times, but it’s not
changing, remaining in the same place where it was founded over 145 years
ago..... , and keeping its unique atmosphere, full of history, culture,
elegance, semplicity, refinement, genuinity. It’s inimitable and bound to
last in time, because of the total superiority of the quality of its well
known products and the matchless spirit that moves it and marks it. A
spirit, Piazzesi’s, detached, inspired and superior to any vile
imitation... Flattered of being the artistic enterprise most copied in the
world, PIAZZESI keeps up its flag whose belief is continuous innovation
of the ideas and the fruits of its culture and experience in the field of
paper, books and interior decoration, with the trademark of a subtle but
renewable and refined sophistication.
Beside the historical venetian premises in Campiello della Feltrina
2511/c, since 1998 the famous Ditta - Legatoria Piazzesi - has opened
to the public another artistic workshop in via Beato Pellegrino 25, ( only
30 Km from Venice )in the heart of Padua:10 minutes’walk from the railway
station and form the buses in Piazzale Boschetti e Giardini Giotto degli
Eremitani . This workshop is at the moment only open by appointment
(telephone numbers at the bottom). Nevertheless, particular orders are
accepted in both shops, by ordinary mail and by phone, fax, e-mail.
Orders will be dealt with according to the care necessary for the
materials and the measures requested by the client, in a timespan going
from 1 day to 7 months. The reason is that each of the 16 artisans cannot
make more than 4 articles by hand, so complex orders request work and
coordination of several artisans at the same time.
Legatoria Piazzesi was the first " Bottega Artigiana d' Europa " to
invent the new art of covering objects of everyday use with refined
It was binder Carlo Piazzesi who, in this very workshop in Santa Maria del
Giglio, spurred by publisher Giuseppe Rizzi, proposed, back in 1900, a
lightening of books and volumes in general, renovating the very idea of
binding, because he deemed the old one ‘monotonous’...
According to Rizzi the best art was the art coming from the past and born
from silence ad sprituality of ancient cloisters...and it was actually in
the wake of this ancestral teaching that publisher Giuseppe Rizzi’s
grandchild, brilliant and visionary Ing.Valentino Rizzi, moved the family
to live in the old convent of 1100 , now Villa Rizzi d' Albarea, behind
the Brenta riviera, on the ancient via Annia, the first road linking
Venice and Padua....
sinergy of the happy collaboration between enlightened publisher Giuseppe
Rizzi ( uncle of Valentino called uncle Beppino ), and the young
apprentice of the old Master Ugo Bandini, young binder Carlo Piazzesi, at
the beginning of 1900 was a great success, thus beginning a story of
esthetic harmonies highly appreciated by millions of people all over the
world ad still sought for and up to date.
grandmother of all today’s binderies in Europe, first and most famous
bindery shop in the world, former intellectual drawing room and meeting
place of famous writers, artists, aristocrats, clergymen, entrepreneurs,
intellectuals, refined craftsmen, students and people with good taste,
maintains today, after over 100 years, the absolute primate in the western
world for quality and variety of its handprinted papers, and for the
continuous innovation of the product and the amenability and kindness of
personalized service for every single client.
Ugo Teodoro Bandini, when he opened his first small shop for restoring
and repairing books back in 1851, would not have thought his idea would be
a winner in the long run.
He was a
simple and good man, tall, humble and kind, and his peculiarity was to
write small, intense poems to the one great love of his life, his buxom
and resourseful wife from Cadore, Lavinia. To prevent people from reading
them, he reduced them in minuscule letters and he put them under the
stamp, which he attached only by the four corners, in order not to ruin
the text....Master Ugo didn’t know that in nearby Bassano the Remondini
firm was already making decors, handmade by over 1000 Amanuensis
1900 Ugo Bandini handed over his business to his young apprentice.
Carlo Piazzesi was about 18. Tall himself, but stern and austere, ha
was a stickler for precision, and intolerant of people’s shallowness and
lazyness. He bought from the heirs of Remondini firm of Bassano, by then
closed, a great amount of ancient types, and reproposed on a small scale
in Venice the art of handprinting from Bassano. It was an immediate
Unforgettable tiny Mrs Romana Ivanissevich Scopini, a disarming
smile and an iron character. Having replaced Carlo Piazzesi in the ‘50s,
when she was already middle-aged, around 1967 she sold the business to
Mister Robert Frontier, a learned and wise American
tourist-entrepreneur in Venice, born in Chicago in 1943, who was replaced,
in 1977, by Fabiola Colombin, then 45, born in in 1931, still
rememberd by everybody for her extremely good manners and her refined good
the bindery is managed by dr Lavinia Rizzi, a poet and writer from
Padua, greatgrandaughter of publisher Giuseppe Rizzi from Varese (
unclr Beppino ) , who was the initiator of the famous decors today named
"Decori Variesi”, that is, decors born in VArese by RIzzi ,
and divulged by PiazzESI...
Rizzi ( Prize for Culture of the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri in
1982, and former first psychologist for the Sovereign Order of Malta in
Rome since 1977, as well as for the Ministry of Justice, three books of
poetry published. Lavinia after a youth spend with art, various prizes won
in several personal and collective exhibitions, with flattering letters
signed by poets and critics such as Diego Valeri, Andrea Zanzotto, Ruggero
Jacobbi, Giorgio Barberi Squarotti etc.) found herself celebrating the art
of decor and binding, and showing, also in this field, great amenability
and talent, both artistic and managerial, as well as an uncommon
dedication in her determination to confront the challenges of
globalization, even in an activity so sensitive and apparently ephemeral
and in danger of extintion as can be today the amanuensis care of
restoration of books and the manufacture of personalized objects.
Marchio Legatoria Piazzesi presently includes as many as 6 classes
of products for a complessive over 700 objects of daily use, all
producible and distinguishable for a name that more than any other, today
like yesterday, is still trendy all over the world.
for a complete and more functional renewal and refurbishing of the
historic premises of the bindery ( 150 mq with garden) in Campiello della
Feltrina 2511C a Venezia , and of the contemporary expansion of Marchio
Piazzesi, offer today a magic and rare opportunity to link one’s name to
Piazzesi’s to all those who, in the field of paper, books and interior
design, want to have their personal elite window in Venice and in the