News
November 2020
Svizzera, Communication
Join up with the Michelangelo Foundation to celebrate artisanal know-how and excellence through the online campaign #ExperienceExcellence
November 2020
Biella, Award, Communication
The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella, in collaboration with the Associazione Fatti ad Arte, is promoting the ‘Maestro di Mestiere’ Prize.
November 2020
Bassano del Grappa, Convegno, Ceramica
‘Crafts and Design. Workshops of the Arts and Crafts and Ceramics on Line.’ Fondazione Cologni is one of the partners
October 2020
Florence, Communication
Until Friday 30 October it will be possible to enrol in the online ‘Crafting Business’ course, presented by Artex of Florence, through which artisans, craft start-ups, designers and creatives can build on the knowledge they need to support and develop their business.
September 2020
Venice, France, Germany, Italy, Publishing, Silver, Ceramic, Paper, Communication, Craftsmanship
The new Homo Faber Guide, a vade mecum that will help you to explore and get to know the centres of craft excellence in Italy and Europe directly, is now available online.
September 2020
Milan, Rome, Naples, Exhibition, Fashion, Embroidery, Textile
24- 25 October the event ApritiModa, a weekend on which it is possible to discover the least known and most secret places of the world of fashion, is being held for the fourth year.

Interviews
Master, Decoration, Painting

Orsola Clerici took a diploma in painting and restoration in 2002. Fascinated by the world of art and conservation, she decided to specialize in the restoration of contemporary art at Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in 2005. In 2007, capitalizing on her training and the skills she had acquired, she and Chiara Troglio set up Pictalab, a workshop of decoration located in Milan. In 2009 Pictalab started to specialize in the production of decorations on paper, alongside the decoration of walls, favouring themes linked to nature. Thanks to her commitment, manual ability and great expertise, Orsola Clerici received the title of MAM (Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere), awarded for the third time in 2020.

Master, Decoration, Paper, Painting

For over twenty years Elena Palossi, decorator and set designer, has been the proprietor of the Milanese studio LargheVedute, a well-established enterprise in the city, recognized for the design and realization of customized works and bespoke products. Each project is the fruit of a passionate work of creative research and study that leads to a contemporary, evocative and poetic end product, always strictly crafted by hand.

Milan, Master, Sculpture, Wood

The story of Lorenzi Milano commenced when Giovanni Lorenzi, having survived the First World War, arrived in Milan in 1919 from the valleys of Trentino and decided to open his knife-grinding and cutlery shop in 1929, drawing on the experience he had gained as a shop boy over long winters spent in Germany. And so G. Lorenzi was born, a small enterprise devoted to the sale of cutlery and the sharpening of knives located in Via Montenapoleone and frequented by a refined and demanding clientele. Today the tradition of the firm is maintained by Mauro Lorenzi who, thanks to the experience acquired over more than thirty years of work in the family business, has decided to write another chapter in its history by opening a new Lorenzi Milano workshop in Piazza Filippo Meda.

Trapani, Master, Coral, Goldsmith

Son of a craftsman, goldsmith and coral cutter, Platimiro Fiorenza took his first steps in his father’s workshop. Born in Trapani in 1944, it was as a child that he began to work gold, silver and coral, to cut his first gems, to get to know semiprecious stones. A craft that he has mastered and that he practices with great skill, producing sumptuous works of art, rich in detail and contemporary in appearance. One of his most prestigious creations is now in the Vatican Museums. For his undisputed expertise and as a worthy heir to an ancient tradition, Platimiro Fiorenza was awarded the title of MAM (‘Master of Arts and Crafts’) in 2018.

Milan, Music, Wood, Luthiery

Stefano Bertoli is a young violin-maker from Milan who earned the diploma of a Master Luthier specialised in the construction of stringed instruments from the Civica Scuola di Liuteria of Milan. After applying successfully to take part in the project ‘A School, a Job. Training to Excellence’, he served his apprenticeship at the Milanese workshop of master instrument-maker Carlo Chiesa. After this experience he decided to open a workshop of his own and this year won the third ‘Artigiano del Cuore’ competition, staged by Wellmade and supported by the Fondazione Cologni.

Rome, Master, Decoration

Paola Bacchi is an interior decorator from Rome who in 2018, thanks to her know-how and skill, was awarded the MAM (‘Master of Arts and Crafts’) title by the Fondazione Cologni. Each of her designs is the fruit of a passionate effort of creative research and study, assisted both by the technological and innovative capacities of major Italian companies operating in the field of design and the experience of refined specialists in craft products. In particular Paola Bacchi has worked on large-scale decorative projects in numerous private and public residences of great prestige, located in St Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Vienna, London, Cap Ferrat...


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