Vespa crafted by Hanoia, a symbol of “East meets West”


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vespa, Piaggio has coordinated with Hanoia – the leading haute-lacquer house in Vietnam to launch an exclusive work of art, a vintage eggshell Vespa Primavera, featuring a sophisticated blend between Italian culture and Vietnamese lacquer.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vespa, Piaggio has coordinated with Hanoia – the leading haute-lacquer house in Vietnam to launch an exclusive work of art, a vintage eggshell Vespa Primavera, featuring a sophisticated blend between Italian culture and Vietnamese lacquer.

This unique one-of-a-kind scooter is displayed at Casa Italia on 18 Le Phung Hieu street, Hanoi, and goes under the hammer in October 2016. All the proceeds are donated to Operation Smile.

Among dozens of lacquer techniques, eggshell inlay is the most difficult. The work requires deep concentration and scrupulous care. That’s why only those with “golden hands” were chosen to work on this special scooter.

A super-luxury scooter

The whole body of Vespa Primavera (where it is covered with paint) was 100% inlaid with eggshell. Eggshell was well-selected to have the same colour. It was then cut into millions of tiny pieces and the craftsmen used a special pincette to dip each piece of eggshell in lacquer resin and stick it onto the lacquerware following the ready-made design then fill with numerous layers of lacquer and rub in water. Vespa Primavera had finally a new cloth consisting of 2 layers of resin, 2 layers of paint, 1 layer of eggshell and 6 layers of varnish.

“The excellent eggshell inlay techniques of Hanoia’s craftsmen were proved on super-luxury objects. Hanoia used to be the only partner in Vietnam to produce special eggshell inlay jewelry collections. A worldwide prestigious interior design brand also ordered Hanoia to inlay eggshell on its exclusive settee worth 5 million US dollars. Vespa Primavera was craft with meticulous care of talented artisans involved in the above projects, applying similar standards for aesthetic quality. We respected to the fullest Vespa’s spirit. That’s why, our work has enhanced the elegant pastel colour of Primavera, the smooth blue-gray which represents the unique character of this scooter. On Vespa’s body, eggshell describes a secret beauty hidden behind the colour’s layer and brings a surprising aesthetic effect”, said Hanoia’s representative.

Craftsmanship of excellence

5 talented craftsmen of Hanoia spent more than 2 months to complete this project by hand, in which, the eggshell inlay procedure took 45 days. Each millimeter on Vespa’s body, either it is flat or curved was inlaid with eggshell and polished to perfection. “The reflection of light of each tiny eggshell’s piece should be similar everywhere. This Vespa Primavera owes its great value to the craftsmanship of excellence, the concentration and the patience of Hanoia’s artisans”.

Definitely, the lucky owner of this Vespa Primavera won’t consider it a means of transport, but an exclusively rare and precious object. In 1950s, Salvado Dali was invited to draw on a Piaggio’s scooter. In Vietnam, Vespa used to coordinate with many famous artists. To celebrate its historical 70th anniversary, Vespa will once again impress the public by a “marriage” with the quintessence of Vietnamese lacquer represented by Vietnamese craftsmen.

Florian Nguyen

HANOIA DESIGN CONTEST