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jono pandolfi
By Alissa Ponchione
Photography by Samantha Murasko (dinnerware) and courtesy of Jono
Pandolfi (headshot)

1. Pandolfi's rustic, clean
aesthetic is highlighted
in this mix of items from
the Bedford Hospitality
range and pieces for the
recently opened Four
Seasons New York Hotel
Downtown.

FIRED UP
A potter breaks the mold

Five years ago, Jono Pandolfi was celebrating
the recent openings of chef Daniel Humm
and restaurateur Will Guidara's NoMad and
Eleven Madison Park in New York, where his
dinnerware made its hospitality debut. Back
then, he was throwing clay at a small studio
with one freelancer on board. Since, the
team has grown to six with five kilns and an
expanded 4,500-square-foot studio in Union
City, New Jersey overlooking Manhattan.
In those approximately 1,825 days, Pandolfi
has seen his career take off at warp speed. He
is producing dinnerware for Four Seasons
Hotels and Resorts in Orlando, Seattle, and
downtown New York; Hilton's Canopy debut
in Reykjavik, Iceland; Fairmont Hotels; and
most recently Tom Colicchio's Fowler & Wells
in New York's Beekman hotel. The craftsman
credits his success to a grassroots, word-ofmouth approach that has attracted clients
and top chefs like Wylie Dufresne, April

Bloomfield, Missy Robbins, and Dan Kluger.
Pandolfi and his team have an advantage
over most companies. Clients work directly
with him-there is no third party. "We're
faster, flexible, and more agile than big
dinnerware companies," he says. "We can
do so much that they can't even think about
doing." It's also a key to building relationships,
whether it's bonding with Colicchio
about fishing or enjoying a meal or two at
(Dufresne's now-closed) WD~50 to understand
how the food worked. That one-on-one
connection and attention-instead of using
distributors or reps-is the nucleus of the
company. "They see me as a peer," he explains.
The scale of his operation ranges in size
from crafting as few as six dozen pieces

to as many as 7,000, with each handmade
plate, bowl, or cup staying true to his ethos:
sturdy, one-of-a-kind, stripped down,
"modern, chic, and clean" stoneware with
"a rustic element to it," he says. It's the best
of both worlds-offering the custom, earthy
aesthetic that defines handmade pottery
with the "consistency, durability, and prices"
comparable to a large operation, he adds.
After a whirlwind few years, Pandolfi is
remaining focused on hospitality. "I've made
a commitment that this is a dinnerware
company that targets hospitality brands," he
points out, "and we're not going to morph into
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Hospitality Design - November 2016
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Guest Editor
Perspectives
Memoir
Places Tel Aviv
Places Jason’s Picks
5 Questions for John Mcdonald
Products
Profile Jono Pandolfi
Lighting
Seating
Wallcoverings
The New Icons
Ad Index
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - November 2016 - Profile Jono Pandolfi
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