For the Salone del Mobile, Milan, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is pleased to present the fifth edition of Doppia Firma. A dialogue between design and artisanal excellence, a project conceived by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living, the interiors, design and lifestyle magazine of Corriere della Sera.
Doppia Firma is a project which celebrates the meeting of innovative design with the traditional skills of great masters. The project brief is to show a unique collection, composed of original pieces, resulting from the fruitful exchanges between a designer or an artist and an artisan, a small manufacturer of high quality, or an artisanal business: artworks are to be born out of the reciprocal cross-fertilisation between a forward-thinking design philosophy and an authentic know-how rooted to its territory.
The 2021 edition, dedicated to the theme of gardens and outdoor spaces, illustrates the dialogue between international creativity and high quality Italian manufacturing. The participating designers are from all over Europe, whilst the master artisans are all Italian. After four years, Doppia Firma has become an internationally recognised project and much appreciated by the design world and leading craftspeople, a pioneering design initiative which has inspired many similar enterprises throughout Europe, centred on the notion of dual authorship of a contemporary design project. The objects, true narrative icons created ad hoc for the Salone, are exhibited, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the City of Milan, in a very special and prestigious historical location, in the heart of the city: the Cortile d’Onore of Palazzo Morando.
List of the designer and artisan partnerships for 2021:
-Adam Nathaniel Furman, United Kingdom, with Bottega Nove (ceramics)
-Barnaba Fornasetti, Italy, with Giovanni Bonotto (textiles)
-Dorothée Meilichzon, France with Morelato (wood)
-Destroyers/Builders, Belgium, with Fonderia Artistica Battaglia (metal)
-Duccio Maria Gambi, Italy, with Poggi Ugo (terracotta)
-Elena Salmistraro, Italy, with Carraro Chabarik (mosaic)
-Federica Elmo, Italy, with Dimensione Marmo (marble)
-Odd Matter, The Netherlands, with BAM Design (metal)
-Marcin Rusak, Poland, with Poignée (metal)
-Philippe Malouin, United Kingdom, with Daniele Mingardo (metal)
-Sabine Marcelis, The Netherlands, with Stylnove (ceramics)
-Ugo La Pietra, Italy (special guest, terracotta and ceramics)