You don’t buy a Gruesli, you adopt it!

In a society of consumerism - where we need to make and spend money, and where we are always treated as numbers, not as human beings - the Gruesli collection was born. Born, to give everyone the opportunity to possess something special and unique that reflects our personality.

Gruesli aren't mass-produced in China, but each is a one-of-a-kind handmade plush character. One-of-a-kind just like each of us, each unique with our special qualities and faults. Each is made with love, solely by Natalia Gianinazzi, reflecting the way in which she sees society.

Each comes with a little ID card that has the name of the Gruesli, and the artist's signature to guarantee its uniqueness. And if you provide your details, you will get the precious official adoption document, signed by Mamma Gruesli herself.

Since 2003 when Natalia Gianinazzi started her project, more than 1000 characters have come to life in Switzerland and have been adopted by people all around the world. Natalia's goal is to create an international family without borders and politics, without racial, class or religious differences. But with humour and love.

Grueslis were the first plush ever auctioned by Christies in New York at a Popculture auction.

“Mamma Gruesli”, Natalia Gianinazzi was born 1978, in Lugano, Switzerland, where she graduated in Graphic Design in 1998. After varied work experience, including 1 year in San Francisco, she settled in Zürich in 2002. She has been developing her project “Gruesli” since 2003. Alongside Gruesli, she works as an independent graphic Designer/Illustrator, likes to have friends over for dinner and loves to discover new places around the world. This passion took her from the Arctic to Patagonia, to Mexico City to work with other artists, to Japan, New Zealand, and many other places.
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Are Gruesli really unique pieces, born only by the hands of Mamma Gruesli in Switzerland? This means there is no Gruesli which is the same as another and yet all are made with lots of love?

How do I recognize an original Gruesli?
Each original Gruesli comes along with an ID card, numbered, with birth date, name and signed by Mamma Gruesli in person. Original pieces always have the stitched cross (but let's call it for what it is: asshole) on the back and a woven label with the logo on the lower right side of the body. You may recognize them as well for their quirky personality...

How long does it take to make one?
It depends a lot on the complexity of the piece. Some can take one day, some just 3-4 hours, the very big ones many days....

Are Grueslis suitable for children?
Gruesli are art pieces that mimic toys. They are not toys. They are not for children under the age of six and are not recommended for children aged 14 years or less without parental supervision. Small objects on some of the pieces present a choking hazard.

I would like to carry the Gruesli line in my gallery/shop, how does it work? What are your wholesale conditions?
Thank you very much for your interest, please e-mail Mamma Gruesli introducing your gallery/shop and she will then E-mail back the wholesale conditions along with everything else you wish to know. 

Do you pay the legal costs incurred by my Gruesli?
Only if you Gruesli wins the lottery!

When should I expect my Gruesli to die?

If you treat it well you won’t get rid of it so quickly. Grueslis may live longer than you and be there for the next generation.