On May 17th , the baroque rooms of Palazzo Litta in Milan hosted the presentation of the latest title in the Storietalentuose series, edited by Carthusia with Fondazione Cologni with the support of Bonacina1889. The book recounts, through the words and delicate drawings of Daniela Iride Murgia, a precious and little-known know-how: the working of reed and wicker. Since 1889, Bonacina has been working on these materials in Brianza, specialising in this rare craft.
Today, as in the past, each piece is handmade by artisans who, with care and experience, bend reed reeds, weave and interweave threads of wicker and synthetic materials, giving life to iconic projects by international architects and designers. During the day, several primary and secondary school classes had the opportunity to try their hand at weaving, thanks to the careful guidance of two Bonacina craftswomen, while also visiting exhibition of works in the Sala degli Specchi and finally the magnificent Palazzo Litta.
The children showed great enthusiasm and participation! The invitation-only evening was then dedicated to a preview presentation of the book: after the introduction and welcome by the Regional Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Francesca Furst, the round table discussion included speeches by Patrizia Zerbi, Director of Carthusia, Elia Bonacina, CEO of Bonacina1889, Sara Ricciardi, art director and designer, and Marva Griffin Wilshire, Director of the international press at the Salone del Mobile. The dialogue was moderated by Alberto Cavalli, Director General of the Cologni Foundation, and focused on the importance of the joint work of artisans and designers, the urgency of handing down ancient crafts to future generations, and the need to disseminate know-how.
It was a significant and exciting day, marked by beauty, talent and high craftsmanship.