With 15 exhibitions, over 850 artifacts, 22 curators and designers showcasing savoir-faire and “the living treasures of Europe and Japan”, Homo Faber is back in town. The cultural initiative dedicated to contemporary crafts in fact, in the lagoon scene of Venice, it revives the spotlight on the exploration and development of crafts. On stage until May 1, 2022, the international event organized by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship brings attention to the value of handmade, tells about designs unique from around the world and exhibits “unique, special items made with love”, as told by Franco Cologni, the founder of the foundation together with Johann Rupert. Works of incredible charm live and breathe in the background of the rooms of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, once a Benedictine monastery and then a military garrison, to reveal knowledge and extraordinary material processing to those who know how to observe them closely. From carpentry making techniques to weaving yarn, passing through the magic of paper and the glassmaker’s know-how – another trademark of the Venetian tradition – the manual and artistic characteristics of distant and nearby places emerge in an ensemble of works of art, contemporary wunderkammers and site-specific installations.
Confirmation of the importance and revaluation of the sector for crafts, the exhibition, set up on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, thus enchants the public and projects the ingenuity of the past into the future and opens a virtuous dialogue between ancient craftsmanship and modern design. Technology, understood as tékhne-loghìa or reasoning about art, therefore follows the instinct of the hand and the knowledge of the mind without fearing the creative possibilities to which the future refers. The result is a set of objects that are capable of improving peculiarities of craftsmanshipsome of which along with a selection of other ideas presented outside the exhibition are the main characters in this week’s design gallery than below a large lens frames the couture side of the design.
De Castelli – Panel Tracking in Venice
Born of the collaboration with designers Zanellato / Bortotto, Tracing Venice is the evocative site-specific installation that De Castelli brings to Homo Faber. Rejected in a series of extraordinary weight tables in copper, brass, steel and iron mosaic, which combine research, unique craftsmanship and cutting-edge technologies, the duo Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto redevelop the special decorative designs in the basilica. of St. Mark. Metals thus acquire polychrome shades and decay extraordinary finishes, where oxidation, erosion, brushing – signs of fragility and magnificent imperfection – are transformed into a suggestive kaleidoscope of variations hard couture.
Remedios Hus – Faunaen
“As in fairy tales, coincidences often fix things”. The collaboration between Mercedes Salazar and Serena Cancellier was actually born spontaneously in the instant attendance of a dinner, held in the Colombian capital in 2019. By joining the Bogotà-Paris axis, the tandem between the two creative minds gave shape, about two years later, to a first collection of woven PET furniture that honors the linguistic know-how of South American artisans. Each of Fauna’s unique and numbered pieces is composed of a metal structure on which a recycled plastic is woven. “We wanted to show artisans that they can do special, bigger, different things so they can also dream with their pieces,” Mercedes Salazar said. The result is one curiosities of furniture with a charm modern, where imagination and uniqueness play together.
Zanat – Patterns of Craft
Invited to participate in Homo Faber by Sebastian Herkner, as part of the Patterns of Craft exhibition, Zanat brings to the lagoon island an artistic mosaic carved by hand, with blocks of maple and walnut wood cut with precision and made by a team of ten talented craftsmen under the direction of the architect Emir Salkic. Like the other works requested by the German designer born in Bad Mergentheim for the selection, the pattern created by the Bosnian company was inspired by the motif from the terrace floor of the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore. It took almost two hundred hours of work to create the work, in addition to the time spent on the design. The result is an exquisite ornament reminiscent of Renaissance arts and crafts.
Sublimation – April
Designed by the creative director Matteo Modica, Aprile is the new floating chair from Sublimio. Made in a limited edition of 30 + 30, the suspended furniture that moves in the air takes shape from the intuition of overturning the concept of the chair legs to a support that no longer points to the ground, but poetically to the sky and supports the whole frame . “With April, I wanted to bring a bit of spring carefree into our living spaces: homes, offices, hotels, airports, shops. April is a playful seat that could recall a swing, very sturdy and minimal enough to adapt to a sophisticated environment . “. The wooden seat, with a curved profile reminiscent of the shape of a petal, is centered in an elliptical ring in stainless steel, made by hand.
Textile Medusa – Barbagia
Presented in the framework of Homo Faber, and especially in connection with AtiJanus / ArtiJanas, the experimental project for design and craft culture promoted and supported by the Foundation of Sardinia, Barbagia is an original textile collection signed by Serena Confalonieri and produced in the TessileMedusa laboratory. Composed of three pillows in different sizes and a rug, objects that already in their names immediately make explicit the reference to different elements of the Sardinian cultural identity, resonate in the textures and processes to pibions the iconicity of the nuragic bronzes, the silhouettes of local plants typical of the area, and the shape of a terracotta jug representing a typical daily life in the region. In all the parts that make up the series, the decorative motifs are surrounded by a machined edge that quotes the weave pattern from the Sardinian saddlebag.
Matteo Pala – Fantastic works
Designed in the drawing room by MM Company The Opere Fantastici rug collection is a series of 4 canvases dedicated to Serenissima in Milan, and then completely handcrafted by Indian experts using ancient weaving techniques and presented in the Matteo Palace showroom in Vicenza. In a tribute to Venice, Contarina, Anafesta, Foscara and Alvisia are built from perspective projections that are perfectly observable from all directions, a choice that allows the free staging of the canvases, both on the ground and on the wall. The special graphic rendering of the compositions therefore plays on a precise texture, where to highlight the disappearing lines and the feeling of depth, the closer you get to the middle, the shorter the fleece.
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