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While France has hundreds of varieties of cheese, Italy has almost 300 different kinds of pasta. This culinary specialty, dating back to the seventh century, is a mainstay of Italian cuisine, characterized by its simple composition (durum wheat and water) and its diversity, with variations throughout Italy's regions.

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Italian designer Paola Navone is celebrating the famous foodstuff with a tableware and kitchenware collection dedicated to this national product. Called "Pasta & Pasta" and produced by Serax, the collection includes deep oval porcelain plates, as well as two gratin dishes, plus metal spoons, forks and ladles, and an enamel-coated colander.

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For seasoning, "Pasta & Pasta" has an oil dispenser, a cheese grater and a garlic peeler, while an eight-liter "pasta pot" and pans for cooking vegetables and sauces are on hand for budding pasta chefs. The collection also features stylish old-fashioned weighing scales, table mats and oven mitts.

The designer has chosen a black and white color scheme, leaving cooks free to bring whatever colors they like to individual dishes.

The "Pasta & Pasta" collection will be on show at the Maison & Objet interior design and decoration trade fair, which runs September 8-12, 2017, in the French capital.

Paola Navone is an Italian designer and architect. A former member of the radical design movement Alchimia, she has won several awards for her work, including the Osaka International Design Award and the Elle Deco International Design Award.

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Tags: design, furniture, tableware, Kitchen, kitchenware, paola navone, serax