i just got the coolest Christmas Nativity scene today
it is the Presepe (it means crib in Italian) Set designed by comic-strip artist and illustrator Massimo Giacon for Italian contemporary design brand Alessi's A di Alessi "Figure" line of pop-infused decorative objects for Christmas.
this has been in the works since the 1990s and was finally produced in 2007, these hand-decorated fine porcelain figurines echo the traditional European crèche, but updated to suit the modernist homes of today.
it includes: ox and donkey (my faves)
Joseph and Mary
and the star of the show looking quite chuffed to be there:
the traditional grotto or stable is stylized even further into a spherical pod almost resembling Eero Aarnio's iconic Ball Chair from the 1960's.
i shall be hunting down the rest of the cast soon:
hopefully they would release an angel and a star to complete it.
the A di Alessi "Figure" line also includes a few secular Holiday pieces:
which are just as irresistibly adorable. here's a short promotional animated clip:
don't you just want to collect them all? i do. i must control my