Remember when Grace from "Will and Grace" TV series broke one of Will's mother Lladró porcelain figurines and in return she promises to pour bleach on something the perpetrators loves? I grew up in a house full of china figurines as my mother was in love with them. But she wasn't the only one. All her friends' houses had suffered the same invasion. It's not difficult to imagine that I started to see china as a fashion belonging to the generations before mine.
Today's Lladró figurines are not my mother’s porcelain silhouettes anymore. In the last years Lladró has redefined itself by hiring young artists that dragged the company into the 21st century. How did I come to (kind of) like Lladró? Its one and only factory is located just outside Valencia, in Tavernes Blanques, a small village 20 minutes drive from the very heart of the city.
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The Lladró guided tour was a very interesting experience. If you ever happen to come to Valencia, don't miss a visit to Lladró brother's legacy. If not, there are plenty of Lladró shops around the globe where you can see part of the latest collections. These shops are little museums in themselves. The prices start from 40euro - and that's something very, very small, like a ring. The majority of the pieces are worth a few thousand euros. But I believe every time somebody buys a Lladró figurine, a little child dies in Africa. It's just too much money to be invested in a useless furniture decoration, no matter how beautiful and delicate it might be.