Campania International has announced a new license with the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest research and museum complex, to produce a significant line of hand-crafted containers, rich in American history.
The line was reproduced from decorative garden furnishings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Smithsonian’s Garden Furnishings Collection.
“The Smithsonian Collection by Campania is a natural extension of the Smithsonian home décor line,” says Carol LeBlanc, director of Smithsonian’s Business Development & Licensing division. “Campania has captured the drama, grandeur and design motifs of the many plant containers, vases and urns that are found throughout the Smithsonian gardens.”
The Smithsonian®Collection by Campania line is reproduced from original cast iron garden ornaments that are found in the Smithsonian’s horticulture collections. The line contains diverse design styles of the past that range from rustic and naturalistic to formal and ornate, many of which have rarely been available since the early 20th century. The Smithsonian Collection by Campania will launched in the fall 2009 with 14 pieces.
From classic fluted urns featuring a Victorian twist to containers adorned in stylized acanthus leaves, the Smithsonian Collection by Campania line of containers serves both decorative and utilitarian purposes.
The line interprets American style in a unique way, capturing the elegance of classic embellishments of an era that added charm and beauty to the garden.