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May 2020
Milano, Conference, Communication
The National Board of Artistic Craftsmanship is inviting to consider with attention the future of workshops and small craft businesses, and is asking institutions and decision-makers to implement measures aimed at preventing, as far as possible...
April 2020
Milan, Exhibition, Fashion, Accessories, Textile
Now we have to look ahead. It is important now to get ready to start again, to start being together again, our cities, everything that is beautiful, good and done well that flourishes in every corner of Italy.
April 2020
Communication
ALMA, The International School of Italian Cuisine, is promoting, with the support of the Fondazione Cologni, an official request to the institutions...
March 2020
Umbria, Award, Ceramic, Communication
Now in its eighth year, the Rometti Award, supported by the long-established Umbrian firm Ceramiche Rometti, intends to reward all the projects that offer an original contribution to the art of ceramics.
March 2020
Venice, Communication
The Alto Artigianato Venezia network has been created in Venice with the aim of highlighting the uniqueness of craft creations and projecting the tradition into new contemporary languages.
March 2020
Italy, Exhibition, Ceramic, Glass
In compliance with the Decree Law for the containment of COVID-19, Museums all over Italy are closed, but many have wanted to leave their doors “open” even at such a difficult time, so that Italian beauty, art and culture can be enjoyed.

Interviews
Riccione, Master, Fashion, Wood, Textile, Paper

San Patrignano Design Lab, originally Casa d’Arte, identifies the different artisanal workshops founded in the eponymous and very well-known rehabilitation community by Vincenzo Muccioli, who was a firm believer in the power of manual work to rekindle passion and re-educate youngsters on their path to rebirth. For about ten years now, special attention has been developed here to link artisanal activities with design and to develop relations with important fashion and furniture companies. We asked Luca Giunta, to present us this activity.

Milan, Design, Architecture, Jewelry

Alba Gallizia, a true Milanese, architect and designer, has always been inspired by the legendary names of the 20th century for her creations: Le Corbusier, Caccia Dominioni, Ponti, Castiglioni… are her points of reference. A tireless experimenter, in 2015 she founded the brands Algares (accessories and jewellery) and Alba Gallizia Design (furniture and lighting), both based on research and on her collaboration with Italian craftsmen of a very high standard. Alba is well aware that the dialogue between design and craftsmanship is essential: this is why her work pursues the right combination of competences between mind and hands, capable of giving contemporary results in the name of the excellence and tradition.

Venice, Masters, Glass

Matteo Seguso, born in Venice in 1973, today one of the most talented engravers on glass in Murano, inherited his passion for the ancient art of engraving from his father, the master craftsman Bruno Seguso. Matteo, using a fixed lathe with interchangeable shafts and wheels, transforms glass into works of art encompassing a number of subjects - from floral to landscapes, from figurative to abstract, to the use of the “battuto” technique which creates beautiful geometric effects over the whole surface. Continually in search of new challenges and new experimentations, he encourages exchanging and sharing ideas and knowledge, and for many years he has taught the fascinating technique of engraving on glass.

Modena, Masters, Illustrator, Illustration

Sonia Maria Luce Possentini was born in Canossa (Reggio Emilia), and divides her life and work between Canossa and Pigneto sul Secchia (Modena). After graduating in History of Art from the DAMS (University for Art, Music and performing Arts), and obtaining a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, she studied at the Sarmede School of Illustration under Stepan Zavrel. In 2017, she received the prestigious Andersen Award for Best Illustrator and worked on the book "The plants with no name", in the Storietalentuose series edited by Fondazione Cologni for Carthusia. In 2018 she received the MAM-Maestro d'Arte e Mestiere award.

sardenia, Masters, Ceramic

Efisio Usai was born in 1942 in Assemini (Cagliari), in Sardinia. He comes from a family which for centuries has made ceramics in Assemini, remaining loyal to some values over all these years: tradition and culture on the one hand, and passion and innovation on the other. Clay was already getting into his blood in his adolescence, when his father taught him the secrets of working with this material. In 1961 Efisio built a new workshop in the heart of Assemini, where his creations were greatly inspired by his native Sardinia. In 2018 the Fondazione Cologni honoured him as an MAM-Master of Art and Metier.

Turin, Masters, Accessories, Textile, Craftsmanship

Since 2000 Massimiliano Massia has been at the head of Antica Passamaneria Massia Vittorio of Turin, founded in 1843 by his great-grandfather, a Royal Warrant Holder of the Savoy Court. The company is based in Pianezza, where the Museum of Passementerie is also located, the only one existing in Europe. The route of the visit, through historical functioning machinery used in the business, includes the story of all the phases of production and the live demonstration of some processes, together with the history and tradition of a family that for more than a century have devoted themselves with passion and great expertise to an ancient art with a contemporary appeal, today very much in vogue also in furnishing, fashion and design.


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