In celebration of their 90th anniversary, family-owned Italian design company Porro presents Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of unique “boxes” by renowned Italian and international designers. Founded in 1925 in the Brianza region, Porro stands out for its unique capacity to select, process and interpret wood using the latest advances in technology. It is recognized as a “system tailor” thanks to its storage collections that are designed to adapt to--and enhance--any interior environment.
Footed dowry box is a jewelry box inspired by the dowry chest which used to accompany a Chinese bride into her newly wedded home. Other than bedding, wardrobe, and personal grooming tools, the dowry box traditionally also included two pairs of wooden clogs. This design takes the form of the traditional bound-feet clogs, and superimposed them on the box, as if the box is footed like the clogs. This is a tribute to the curious tradition of foot-binding as it relates to women's marriage and role in society. A jewelry box, although a superfluous container for unnecessary objects of vanity, takes on a new identity in reminding us of that meaningful past.
Processing: manual processing of solid wood and metal, carpentry.
Finishes: canaletto walnut and brass.
Sizes: L. 40 X P. 25 X H. 47 cm.
Handiwork by Giordano Viganò, cabinetmaker.