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Eight hand-modelled Venetian papier-mâché masks fitted with charcoal filters associate traditional comedia-del arte characters with a machine-like design. These ominous looking masks juxtapose historic imagery of the plague with contemporary issues of pollution.

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Sergio Boldrin

When Sergio Boldrin grew up there were no mask shops in Venice. Making masks in papier-mâché became an exceptional way for Sergio to participate in a reborn interest in the craft. Sergio is also an accomplished expressionist painter who has featured work at the Biennale. His hardy Teutonic style allows him to balance his feeling about terrorism, predatory tourism and plastic masks from China with the joy and merriment of masquerade.

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Philippe Tabet

Philippe Tabet studied industrial design in France. He worked in Paris for a global design agency, and then moved in Milan where he worked for a furniture and product design studio. He opened his own studio in Milan in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded first place in the Infiniti Design Contest for his Ruelle brasserie chair made in aluminium and wood, combining modernity and tradition. He won first prize in the 2017 Young & Design contest with his Tool stool, made in rotation-moulded plastic by the Italian brand Plust, the result of a broader aim to reduce the volume of objects to a minimum.

  Medico dell’aria (Air Doctor) Paper, wool, vinyl glue, gauze, putty and beeswax, anti-charcoal filter Eight hand-modelled Venetian papier-mâché masks fitted with charcoal filters associate traditional comedia-del arte characters with a machine-like design. These ominous looking masks juxtapose historic imagery of the plague with contemporary issues of pollution.
Sergio Boldrin
Mask maker
Philippe Tabet
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Four separate, colourfully hand-painted and glazed vase shaped ceramic elements combine to make a freestanding totem. The four elements can be detached from one another, and on their own become four separate vases. For Pepa Reverter this piece symbolises the energy and power to keep going forward in life despite obstacles. To do so means to be in love with life. The totem embodies cultures without a voice and the ceramic method honours artisanal techniques that can disappear if not taken care of.

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Mario Bertolin

Master ceramicist Mario Bertolin began learning the family craft of pottery at age 13. He joined the company at a young age and now specialises in the turning of unglazed, fired biscotto (biscuit earthenware) objects on a potter’s wheel. Mario enjoys being a ceramist and takes great pride in his work. He also creates special pieces, often working with well-known designers, artists and art galleries

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Pepa Reverter

Pepa Reverter graduated in printmaking from Escola Llotja in Barcelona, followed by a Bachelor's degree in sculpture at Barcelona University, Faculty of Fine Arts, and then a Master’s degree in video and TV production at the Universitat Politècnica. She now works from her studio in Poblenou, Barcelona’s art district. She loves working with clay, working on such projects as the design of the Sisters Collection of female heads in ceramics for the Italian company Bosa, and works with BD Barcelona.

  Woman in Love Hand-painted white clay and ceramic glazes. Four separate, colourfully hand-painted and glazed vase shaped ceramic elements combine to make a freestanding totem. The four elements can be detached from one another, and on their own become four separate vases. For Pepa Reverter this piece symbolises the energy and power to keep going forward in life despite obstacles. To do so means to be in love with life. The totem embodies cultures without a voice and the ceramic method honours artisanal techniques that can disappear if not taken care of.
Mario Bertolin
Ceramicist
Pepa Reverter
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
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Hand beaten 24k gold leaf set on Bardiglio marble in rectangular patterns to create the image of rays of sunlight shining through a window onto table-top objects. The marble’s untouched grey surface represent the shadows.

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Marino Menegazzo of Mario Berta Battiloro

Mario Berta Battiloro was founded in 1969 with the aim of continuing a family trade that began in 1926. The small atelier is run by Marino Menegazzo, one of the last artisans in Europe able to turn an ingot into gold leaf.

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Kiki van Eijk

Kiki van Eijk graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in 2000. Kiki now works in Eindhoven with her husband Joost van Bleiswijk. She enjoys a mix of industry and craft-driven projects that originate in experiments she conducts using her hands, a process she calls “tinkering”. Her approach begins with a concept and is developed as a story, based on her fondness for narrative objects. In 2016, she was one of five designers including Alessandro Mendini to create new glass and wood surfaces for the Bisazza mosaic producer. In 2017, two new rugs she designed for the Italian company Nodus were displayed at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.

  Shadows of Gold Bardiglio marble, handmade 24k gold leaf Hand beaten 24k gold leaf set on Bardiglio marble in rectangular patterns to create the image of rays of sunlight shining through a window onto table-top objects. The marble’s untouched grey surface represent the shadows.
Marino Menegazzo of Mario Berta Battiloro
Handmade gold leaf
Kiki van Eijk
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

The five part screen-print series reproduces original ballpoint images of an artisan’s working hands. They portray five trades, each with their respective tools and objects being worked on, praising the role that manual skills play in the realisation of objects.

Biography

Gianpaolo Fallani

Gianpaolo Fallani runs the artistic screen-printing studio founded by his father Fiorenzo in 1968, in Venice. When he joined the business, it specialised in photolithography, a process that transforms photographs and slides into typographically printed images. Since then, Gianpaolo has worked with many artists, organising residencies and workshops.

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Giampiero Bodino

Born in Turin, Giampiero Bodino first studied architecture. However, his career swerved toward design when he met automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. After a stint designing cars himself, he moved to Rome to learn jewellery design with Gianni Bulgari. Ten years later, he met Franco Cologni and moved to Milan to open a design studio. Collaborations with Richemont brought him to work exclusively for the Swiss luxury group in 2000, becoming its art director in 2002. Since 2013, he has been designing high-end jewellery under his own name, making classically Italian, unique items with precious gems in unusual colour combinations. His studio and showroom are at the Villa Mozart in Milan.

  In praise of Hands Water-based ink on Old Mill paper The five part screen-print series reproduces original ballpoint images of an artisan’s working hands. They portray five trades, each with their respective tools and objects being worked on, praising the role that manual skills play in the realisation of objects.
Gianpaolo Fallani
Silk-screen printing
Giampiero Bodino
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Three painted lamps, two freestanding and one ceiling hung, evoke key images of Venetian life. Lampshades conjure an image of straw hats worn at the Lido beach while the chequered pattern of the fused glass rods on the underside of the bare metal lamps recalls the patterns of Venice’s marble paved streets.

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Francesca Merciari

Francesca Merciari graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna. In 2003, while completing a two-year specialisation course in Bolzano, Francesca fell in love with glassmaking. In 2009, she moved to Venice, where she took a degree in visual and performing arts at the IUAV University. Thanks to her training in different glassworks in Murano, Merciari was able to integrate her historical and theoretical knowledge with practical and technical skills. Since 2017, she has been teaching glass fusion and art history to teenagers at the Abate Zanetti School of Glass.

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Serena Confalonieri

Serena Confalonieri graduated in interior design from the Milan Polytechnic in 2006. After working for architecture and design firms in Barcelona and Berlin, she opened her own studio in Milan in 2011. With a special interest in bold, textured surfaces, she creates products, graphics, textiles and interiors. In 2016, thanks to a professional scholarship, she spent six months in New York working in a textile company as well as taking hand-weaving and rug-knotting classes. Her Masai collection of colourful ceramic vases with faux leather trim was presented at Fuorisalone in the Brera district during the 2017 Milan Salone del Mobile.

Italy  Lido Murano glass rods, metal, paint Three painted lamps, two freestanding and one ceiling hung, evoke key images of Venetian life. Lampshades conjure an image of straw hats worn at the Lido beach while the chequered pattern of the fused glass rods on the underside of the bare metal lamps recalls the patterns of Venice’s marble paved streets.
Francesca Merciari
Lampworking
Serena Confalonieri
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
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Printed on two separate sheets of paper, this is a quasi-monotone series of combined geometric typefaces creating modular designs intended to question the link between art and communication. As such, in Module 1, an entire alphabet is created using a small number of geometric shapes.

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Silvio Antiga

A chance encounter with the trade kindled an early passion in Silvio Antiga for typography. Following an apprenticeship in a printing house in Montebelluna, Silvio opened Grafiche Antiga printing company in 1968. When change came to typography in the form of digital technology, Silvio remained fond of moveable type. He wrote and sent numerous letters throughout Italy in order to find and collect disused characters from attics and typographers. Then his fondness turned into a mission, and in 1995 he founded Tipoteca Italiana. Its 2,300 square metres feature a functioning print shop where visitors and schools can discover the art of letterpress. Exhibitions and talks held here revive the knowledge of printing and make it pertinent to contemporary times.

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Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann is a German printer, type designer and writer. He runs p98a, an experimental gallery and letterpress shop in Berlin. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered modern classics. He is an honorary professor at the University of the Arts Bremen and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2007 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry by the British Royal Society of Arts. In 2011, he received the German National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has written books about typography and has had a column in Blueprint magazine since 2008. Hello I am Erik, about his life and work, was published in 2014.

  Modular Type Wood, metal, paper, ink Printed on two separate sheets of paper, this is a quasi-monotone series of combined geometric typefaces creating modular designs intended to question the link between art and communication. As such, in Module 1, an entire alphabet is created using a small number of geometric shapes.
Silvio Antiga
Typography
Erik Spiekermann
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

The typographic modules display different elements essential to the work of the typesetter, such as the varied point size of typeface shapes, line length, line spacing and letter spacing. The monotone blue or red typefaces are set on a metal structure created to accommodate and move them around easily.

Biography

Silvio Antiga

A chance encounter with the trade kindled an early passion in Silvio Antiga for typography. Following an apprenticeship in a printing house in Montebelluna, Silvio opened Grafiche Antiga printing company in 1968. When change came to typography in the form of digital technology, Silvio remained fond of moveable type. He wrote and sent numerous letters throughout Italy in order to find and collect disused characters from attics and typographers. Then his fondness turned into a mission, and in 1995 he founded Tipoteca Italiana. Its 2,300 square metres feature a functioning print shop where visitors and schools can discover the art of letterpress. Exhibitions and talks held here revive the knowledge of printing and make it pertinent to contemporary times.

Biography

Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann is a German printer, type designer and writer. He runs p98a, an experimental gallery and letterpress shop in Berlin. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered modern classics. He is an honorary professor at the University of the Arts Bremen and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2007 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry by the British Royal Society of Arts. In 2011, he received the German National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has written books about typography and has had a column in Blueprint magazine since 2008. Hello I am Erik, about his life and work, was published in 2014.

  Typographic modules Wood, metal The typographic modules display different elements essential to the work of the typesetter, such as the varied point size of typeface shapes, line length, line spacing and letter spacing. The monotone blue or red typefaces are set on a metal structure created to accommodate and move them around easily.
Silvio Antiga
Typography
Erik Spiekermann
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Three brushed silver condiment-dispensers are reminiscent of the fundamental forms of classical architecture: a column, an arch and bricks. Set on two silver plates, placed on six circular legs, these three objects evoke the architectural depictions of early Renaissance painters. A long silver teaspoon is set alongside the dispensers.

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Giampaolo Babetto

Master goldsmith Giampaolo Babetto studied at the Pietro Selvatico Art Institute in Padua and then at the Academy of Belles Artes in Venice. Giampaolo began working as a goldsmith and experimenting with metal arts in 1969. Since then he has exhibited his jewellery and metalwork internationally. Giampaolo does not wish to reflect outward appearances through his work but rather the inwardness or essence of objects. This has driven him to work with geometric forms, creating works that reflect a minimalist, architectural to figurative range of styles. To achieve distinctive colours and delicate textures, he personally prepares a metal alloy of his creation. He textures the surfaces by beating and often scratching the gold. He has taught in many international art schools. His work has been exhibited around the world and features in the collections of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum in Germany and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Babetto explores a modernistic aesthetic.

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Studio Swine - Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves

Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers (aka Studio Swine) is a collaboration between the Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and the British artist Alexander Groves, a couple who explore regional identity and the future of resources in their work. Studio Swine’s films have been awarded at Cannes and other film festivals, and its work exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Venice Art Biennale. In 2017, the installation New Springs was shown in Milan (where it won a Salone award for engagement) and in Miami as an interactive feature for visitors: an artificial tree blossoming with scented, mist-filled bubbles.

  Fundamentals Silver Three brushed silver condiment-dispensers are reminiscent of the fundamental forms of classical architecture: a column, an arch and bricks. Set on two silver plates, placed on six circular legs, these three objects evoke the architectural depictions of early Renaissance painters. A long silver teaspoon is set alongside the dispensers.
Giampaolo Babetto
Goldsmith
Studio Swine - Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

The brown mahogany and light yellow oak veneer of Cabinet 82 has been completely handmade using traditional techniques. Only two triangular metal handles on the cherry-veneered sliding cabinet doors interrupt the otherwise completely wooden cabinet.

Biography

Giorgio and Alessandro Morelato

Master cabinetmaker Giorgio Morelato lends his name to the family company specialised in perfectly crafted furniture. While the Morelatos are attached to local traditions they are also eager to appeal to contemporary tastes. Giorgio Morelato is the president of the woodcraft-promoting Aldo Morelato Foundation, housed in the stunning Villa Dionisi.

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David Raffoul & Nicolas Moussallem

David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem met and studied design at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, and set up david/nicolas in Beirut in 2011. The duo’s retro-futuristic aesthetic combines geometry, antique furniture and mechanics, creating furniture both antique and contemporary in design. In 2014, The New York Times named them one of three breakout stars of the Milan Salone del Mobile. In 2015, Nilufar gallery in Milan started to feature their tables, chairs and sofas. The duo are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris, which exhibits their limited-edition pieces. In 2018, their marble Triangoli vases received the Wallpaper* Design Award.

  Cabinet 82 Birch plywood; oak, ash, cherry and mahogany veneer; oak, ash and mahogany solid wood The brown mahogany and light yellow oak veneer of Cabinet 82 has been completely handmade using traditional techniques. Only two triangular metal handles on the cherry-veneered sliding cabinet doors interrupt the otherwise completely wooden cabinet.
Giorgio and Alessandro Morelato
Cabinetmaker
David Raffoul & Nicolas Moussallem
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Inspired by the misty landscapes of London and Venice, this set of six hand-blown glasses, carafe and tray comprises an impressive number of Murano glass-making techniques. While each goblet has the same base, all have been cut to different sizes and finished in different colours.

Biography

Andrea Zilio

Venetian-born Andrea Zilio joined the Anfora glassworks on the island of Serenella (Murano) when he was 19. His brother-in-law Renzo Ferro’s father Giulio taught Andrea the craft. Andrea’s taste for replicating historical blown-glass vessels enabled him to gradually create objects of his own design, for which he mastered the most complex traditional techniques, including reticello, incalmo, zanfirico and sommerso. Mastering traditional techniques provided Andrea with the knowhow to create innovative contemporary objects of his own design based on a rich glassblowing heritage. Quickly, Andrea’s passion for this craft led him to obtain the status of primo maestro (first teacher) at the Glass School Abate Zanetti, in Murano. Andrea taught at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington and was a member of the Abate Zanetti School of Glass in Murano.

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Laetitia De Allegri and Matteo Fogale

Swiss-born Laetitia de Allegri and Uruguayan-born Matteo Fogale met in 2010 while working at Barber & Osgerby in London, the city in which they would jointly open their studio. Laetitia and Matteo like to combine industry and craftsmanship using honest, unconventional materials that promote functionality and longevity. In 2014, their “Ish” collection of furniture made out of reclaimed post-industrial waste was awarded a Wallpaper* Design Award. In 2017, they presented the Nereidi collection of glass vases hand-blown by Salviati. The same year, their mausoleum of Giallo di Siena and Noir Doré marble for the Tuscan stone company Casone was shown in the Brera district during the Milan Salone del Mobile.

  Nebbia Collection (Fog collection) Murano glass Inspired by the misty landscapes of London and Venice, this set of six hand-blown glasses, carafe and tray comprises an impressive number of Murano glass-making techniques. While each goblet has the same base, all have been cut to different sizes and finished in different colours.
Andrea Zilio
Glassblowing
Laetitia De Allegri and Matteo Fogale
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Two pieces of separately framed textiles form a design intended to recreate a dreamlike landscape. The uneven surface of the seemingly two-dimensional textiles is composed of various overlaid hand-stitched fragments to create a three-dimensional pastel coloured fabric.

Biography

Elisabetta Bocchese

Elisabetta Bocchese is in charge of creative operations at Maglificio Miles, a high-quality knitwear producer founded by her parents in 1962. Elisabetta makes sure that fashion designers’ ideas are executed to the highest possible standard, a task that combines specialised pattern makers, skilled tailors who work by hand, and digital programmers of advanced knitting machines.

Biography

Ini Archibong

The American designer Ini Archibong recently graduated from the École Cantonal d’Art Lausanne Master’s degree in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship. In Switzerland, he discovered traditional crafts, attention to detail and skills in luxury-goods production. This, together with the Swiss way of life, prompted him to settle in Neuchâtel, where he works independently. His interests include architecture, engineering, environmental and product design as well as mathematics, philosophy and world religions.

  Dreamscape _ Doppia Firma A blend of mohair, viscose and polyester yarn. Two pieces of separately framed textiles form a design intended to recreate a dreamlike landscape. The uneven surface of the seemingly two-dimensional textiles is composed of various overlaid hand-stitched fragments to create a three-dimensional pastel coloured fabric.
Elisabetta Bocchese
Knitting
Ini Archibong
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Six ochre and earth coloured lamps hang down unevenly from twisted ceiling hung cables. An almost invisible ceramic structure covered by an uneven textile fabric lends a sand or rocklike texture to the lamps. The design intends to recreate a miniature stellar universe.

Biography

Elisabetta Bocchese

Elisabetta Bocchese is in charge of creative operations at Maglificio Miles, a high-quality knitwear producer founded by her parents in 1962. Elisabetta makes sure that fashion designers’ ideas are executed to the highest possible standard, a task that combines specialised pattern makers, skilled tailors who work by hand, and digital programmers of advanced knitting machines.

Biography

Ini Archibong

The American designer Ini Archibong recently graduated from the École Cantonal d’Art Lausanne Master’s degree in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship. In Switzerland, he discovered traditional crafts, attention to detail and skills in luxury-goods production. This, together with the Swiss way of life, prompted him to settle in Neuchâtel, where he works independently. His interests include architecture, engineering, environmental and product design as well as mathematics, philosophy and world religions.

  Nebula_ Doppia Firma Ceramic, Lurex and Viscose yarn Six ochre and earth coloured lamps hang down unevenly from twisted ceiling hung cables. An almost invisible ceramic structure covered by an uneven textile fabric lends a sand or rocklike texture to the lamps. The design intends to recreate a miniature stellar universe.
Elisabetta Bocchese
Knitting
Ini Archibong
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Inspired by the Serenissima flag, this symmetrically designed rectangular shaped tapestry is set on a red and white cotton monochrome background. The design is mirrored vertically down the centre of the tapestry. Combined cut and uncut red-brown and black patterns create a raised surface (pile) on the velvet fabric.

Biography

Emanuele Bevilacqua

After high school, Emanuele Bevilacqua worked for a while as an architectural draftsman. However, since he grew up in a family that has been weaving brocades, velvets and damasks for three centuries, it was not long before he followed the family tradition. Emanuele creates classical designs for fabrics used in interior decoration. Following a complex mathematical process, he makes perforated cartoons of the weaving patterns. Inspiration comes naturally, given his familiarity with the company’s 3,500-piece archive.

Biography

Nathalie du Pasquier

Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux and has lived in Milan since 1979. Until 1986, she worked as a designer and was a founding member of Memphis, the design group united by Ettore Sottsass. She designed decorated surfaces: textiles, carpets, plastic laminates, as well as some furniture. In 1987, she started to dedicate herself to painting. Nathalie paints still life and geometric abstracts with flat colours. She also builds and paints furniture-size structures that are sometimes walk-in rooms. Five monographs of her work have been published, the most recent of which is From Some Paintings, conceived and designed by Nathalie for the exhibition held at La Loge in Brussels in 2017.

  Bandiera Per un Giorno (Flag for a Day) _ Doppia Firma Hand-woven velvet, silk (two colours), cotton for the backing and weft Inspired by the Serenissima flag, this symmetrically designed rectangular shaped tapestry is set on a red and white cotton monochrome background. The design is mirrored vertically down the centre of the tapestry. Combined cut and uncut red-brown and black patterns create a raised surface (pile) on the velvet fabric.
Emanuele Bevilacqua
Weaving
Nathalie du Pasquier
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

A “ricci d’angelo” and “Venezia” needlepoint-made parrot is perched on a brass bar that hangs suspended between the vertical supports of a brass arch. The pattern and motif of the work are evocative of laundry hanging from windows over Venice’s narrow streets.

Biography

Lucia Costantini

Lucia Costantini was born into a world of merletto lacemaking in Burano. Practised by women in her family and neighbourhood as a passion rather than profession, she grew up immersed in this craft. The neighbourhood would convene in small Venetian piazzas to work on lace together. Aged 11, Lucia started to attend a lace school run by nuns after which she followed a Veneto region training course. Passionate about innovation, Lucia goes beyond the traditional limits of lacemaking by combining traditional lacework patterns and techniques with her own pioneering methods, experimenting with materials beyond white cotton such as metal or polychrome fabrics. Lucia has taught in Italy and throughout the world and has been the recipient of multiple prizes both in Italy and abroad.

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India Mahdavi

Architect and designer India Mahdavi is based in Paris. Her studio, created in 2000, is known for the diversity of its international projects that explore the fields of architecture, interior design, scenography, furniture and object design. India has created a unique environment combining a modern sense of comfort and elegance with colour and humour, a cross-cultured art de vivre. India was appointed Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2015. In 2014, 2017 and 2018, she featured on the AD100 list of talents compiled by Architectural Digest.

  Birds, Diamonds and Stripes White cotton Burano lace and brass structure A “ricci d’angelo” and “Venezia” needlepoint-made parrot is perched on a brass bar that hangs suspended between the vertical supports of a brass arch. The pattern and motif of the work are evocative of laundry hanging from windows over Venice’s narrow streets.
Lucia Costantini
Lacework
India Mahdavi
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Another Nature comprises works inspired by the company's proud heritage. Five animal motifs taken from Este Ceramiche Porcellane’s rich archives decorate four handmade porcelain plates and a tray. These variations of traditional motifs are hand-painted and hand-sprayed.

Biography

Giovanni Battista Fadigati

Giovanni Battista Fadigati has managed Este Ceramiche Porcellane since 1975. His two children have already joined him in the workshops. Giovanni’s father, Giovanni Battista Giorgini, a man known in fashion circles, had fallen in love with the workshop on a drive through the countryside and bought it in 1955. He expanded sales by combining traditional elements with fashionable decorations. Today, Fadigati focuses on the same endeavour: innovation that embraces the past.

Biography

Inma Bermúdez

Inma Bermúdez was born in Murcia, Spain, and studied industrial design at the Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia and then at the School of Design in Pforzheim, Germany. In 2007, she founded her studio in Valencia and was joined in 2009 by designer Moritz Krefter. She works for numerous European companies on a range of designs spanning tableware, lighting and decorative figurines. Inma develops classical as well as contemporary products. Both partners complement their work at the studio with teaching at design schools. Inma worked at the Vitra Design Museum workshops held at Boisbuchet in Southwestern France, and was nominated by Architectural Digest a Designer of the Year 2016.

  Another Nature White ceramic clay, hand-painted and hand-sprayed Another Nature comprises works inspired by the company's proud heritage. Five animal motifs taken from Este Ceramiche Porcellane’s rich archives decorate four handmade porcelain plates and a tray. These variations of traditional motifs are hand-painted and hand-sprayed.
Giovanni Battista Fadigati
Ceramicist
Inma Bermúdez
Designer
Space: Doppia Firma
Description

Two glass triangles are formed out of melted blocks of solid optical glass. The opaque sides of the triangles contrast strongly with the pristine colourless glass that they surround. The two triangles are part of a larger series called Formes Brèves (Brief Forms). Bernard Dejonghe's work intends to reduce shapes to their essence. The triangles as well as the title of the piece are characteristic of this philosophy.

Biography

Bernard Dejonghe

Sculptor and glassmaker Bernard Dejonghe undertook a training in plastic arts and ceramics at the École des métiers d’art (School of Crafts) in Paris. The school, now the Picasso Museum, provided Bernard with general training in drawing as well as basic ceramic making techniques. Bernard then spent a number of years reading and studying different arts in a journey to express himself. This led Bernard to dedicate himself to ceramic and glass sculptures. Bernard now develops innovative technical processes to work on fundamental forms, reducing them to their simplest essence.

  Deux Triangles Solid optical glass Two glass triangles are formed out of melted blocks of solid optical glass. The opaque sides of the triangles contrast strongly with the pristine colourless glass that they surround. The two triangles are part of a larger series called Formes Brèves (Brief Forms). Bernard Dejonghe's work intends to reduce shapes to their essence. The triangles as well as the title of the piece are characteristic of this philosophy.
Bernard Dejonghe
Sculptor
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Cathy Chotard draws her inspiration from plants and their structure. She applies the concept of similarity to her work, meaning that while two leaves are similar, they are never identical. This 24kt gold necklace was inspired by plant structures and formations, both in the petal-like design of the gold and in the plant-like structure of the fibres that connect each matte gold petal.

Biography

Cathy Chotard

Cathy Chotard graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Rennes in 1970. Her passion for jewellery drove her to undertake training to be a goldsmith-jeweller in the workshops of Fontblanche, Nîmes, in 1993. From her workshop in Montpellier, Cathy now dedicates herself exclusively to working with precious metals. Cathy’s work has been exhibited in France and internationally.

  No title 24 karat gold, synthetic thread Cathy Chotard draws her inspiration from plants and their structure. She applies the concept of similarity to her work, meaning that while two leaves are similar, they are never identical. This 24kt gold necklace was inspired by plant structures and formations, both in the petal-like design of the gold and in the plant-like structure of the fibres that connect each matte gold petal.
Cathy Chotard
Jeweller, Goldsmith
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

These two dressers are copies of Art Deco style cabinets. While the originals would have been made using precious materials, Ludovic Avenel's interpretation of the dressers adds a contemporary spin by juxtaposing noble materials with more “modest” materials such as cardboard, aluminium and rubber

Biography

Ludovic Avenel

Ludovic Avenel trained at the École Boulle in Paris, and created his own cabinetmaking workshop in 2008. Ludovic embraces techniques and knowhow of the past, integrating them into his contemporary, avant-garde and innovative works. His experimentation with new materials questions traditional knowledge. The sometimes conventional aspect of his works seeks to reconcile contemporary materials, design and craftsmanship.

  Empreinte Cabinet 1: Ebony, mahogany, slate, shagreen
Cabinet 2: Cardboard, composite material, aluminum, pebble powder, mahogany, rubber.
These two dressers are copies of Art Deco style cabinets. While the originals would have been made using precious materials, Ludovic Avenel's interpretation of the dressers adds a contemporary spin by juxtaposing noble materials with more “modest” materials such as cardboard, aluminium and rubber
Ludovic Avenel
Cabinetmaker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

The trompe-l’oeil is an emblematic trait of Nelly Saunier’s work. Her residency at Villa Kujoyama in Japan inspired this piece. Pheasant and ostrich feathers replace leaves on the resinous branches of a twisted bonsai tree. The wood of the bonsai has been coloured using the ancestral Japanese Kakishibu dyeing technique.

Biography

Nelly Saunier

Nelly Saunier is a master artisan in feather work. Over the past 30 years, she has dedicated her imagination, talent and exceptional knowhow towards creating feather designs, in particular for the luxury industry and acclaimed tailors. She carries out each step in the manufacturing stage of her creations. Despite a high demand for her work from luxury brands, Nelly Saunier dedicates part of her time towards creating works of her own.

  Œuvre Serie "Nature Transformée", Œuvre "Pin", No 6 Aronia arbutifolia, kakishibu, Soemmering pheasant feathers (Syrmaticus soemmerringii), ostrich blondine feathers (Struthio camelus) The trompe-l’oeil is an emblematic trait of Nelly Saunier’s work. Her residency at Villa Kujoyama in Japan inspired this piece. Pheasant and ostrich feathers replace leaves on the resinous branches of a twisted bonsai tree. The wood of the bonsai has been coloured using the ancestral Japanese Kakishibu dyeing technique.
Nelly Saunier
Feather-worker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

This work is an installation of various ceramic tabletop objects, glazed in autumnal colours, with a tree-bark pattern. This work, like others by Kristin McKirdy, has been inspired by the painted still lives of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Rigour and simplicity are integral to the realisation of her sculptures, which are conceived as families of objects that evoke the sobriety of early age furniture.

Biography

Kristin McKirdy

Kristin McKirdy graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California (UCLA) and a MA in Literature from the Sorbonne. The two-dimensionality of visual arts strongly influences her approach to ceramics as well as her choice of composition and subject. Kristin is an art historian fascinated by archaeology and Mediterranean civilisations. These interests are strongly reflected throughout her works. Kristin has participated in numerous collective and personal exhibitions around the world.

  Nature Morte Earthenware, glaze
This work is an installation of various ceramic tabletop objects, glazed in autumnal colours, with a tree-bark pattern. This work, like others by Kristin McKirdy, has been inspired by the painted still lives of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Rigour and simplicity are integral to the realisation of her sculptures, which are conceived as families of objects that evoke the sobriety of early age furniture.
Kristin McKirdy
Ceramicist
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

This wallpaper excerpt from a whimsical garden pays tribute to the flower as an ornamental mirror. The paper becomes a laboratory for an aesthetic quest.

Biography

François-Xavier Richard

François-Xavier Richard is a painter, sculptor and engraver. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Angers, during which time he also worked on designs for theatre and scenography. It was at this time that he first got a taste for artisanal methods of production. After his studies, he was asked to participate in an experiment teaching crafts to young students. It was here that he first came into contact with the world of wallpaper. After working for a wallpaper-producing company he decided to create Offard's studio. He now specialises in making handmade wallpaper and prints contributing to the renewal of a craft almost forgotten since the mid-20th century. The studio explores new avenues, including combining traditional printing techniques with the use of new technologies.

  Cabinet et jardin poétique Rabbit skin glue, pigments, linseed oil and silk powders, Japan papers, 120g / m2 Vergé and 300g / m2 Vellum This wallpaper excerpt from a whimsical garden pays tribute to the flower as an ornamental mirror. The paper becomes a laboratory for an aesthetic quest.
François-Xavier Richard
Wallpaper maker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

A single 300kg trunk of oak is carved into an organic boat-like shape. Variations in the ochre hues of the unplaned wood, emphasised by variations on the surface - the veins of the wood, natural cracks and spots - accentuate the growth stages of the tree.

Biography

Julian Schwarz

Julian Schwarz was born in Birmingham, UK, into a family of artists and artisans, his father being a painter and his grandfather a carpenter. In his early career, he experimented extensively with woodworking and painting but ultimately dedicated himself to woodcarving. Julian has since settled in France and uses many traditional woodcarving techniques when sculpting. Three key stages punctuate his work: the choice of the wood; the choice of manual and traditional tools; and the finalisation of the form.

  Objet-sculpture Bullnose Oak A single 300kg trunk of oak is carved into an organic boat-like shape. Variations in the ochre hues of the unplaned wood, emphasised by variations on the surface - the veins of the wood, natural cracks and spots - accentuate the growth stages of the tree.
Julian Schwarz
Wood Sculpture
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

This set of five black enamel clay jars represents the demographic curves of five countries, modelled in three-dimensions. Each jar represents a different country: France, the United States, Japan, Egypt and Russia. Life and death sculpt the jars, since the proportions of each differs according to the life expectancy of each country.

Biography

Claude Aïello

Claude Aïello is a ceramicist from Vallauris who comes from a long line of ceramicists. In 1998, in an attempt to revive their ceramics industry, the town of Vallauris organised an event where designers and ceramicists paired up to create original pieces. Of all the artisans associated with this venture, only Claude would make this method of collaboration a central feature of his work.

Biography

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur is a French designer at the forefront of the design scene who graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle. He turns to science for inspiration and applies this to the fields of arts and craftsmanship. His works can be found around the world in museums inicluding the MOMA in New York. Mathieu has designed works for international brands.

  Japon, série L’âge du monde Earthenware, enamel This set of five black enamel clay jars represents the demographic curves of five countries, modelled in three-dimensions. Each jar represents a different country: France, the United States, Japan, Egypt and Russia. Life and death sculpt the jars, since the proportions of each differs according to the life expectancy of each country.
Claude Aïello
Ceramicist
Mathieu Lehanneur
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

The primary function of Sellettes (Stands) is to present and highlight objects. Composed of cork and gold leaf, these objects introduce the presence of two antonymic materials into interior decoration, one modest and natural, the other precious and rare. In the eyes of the designer they symbolise "the beauty of the world and the talent of men".

Biography

Frédéric Richard

Having been trained in gilding and woodcarving, Frédéric Richard took over a company, RG Les cadres Gault (The frames Gault), which specialises in producing handmade high-quality frames.

Biography

Emmanuel Joussot

Emmanuel Joussot follows in his family's footsteps by cabinetmaking. He creates high-end contemporary furniture as well as panelling, antique furniture and gilded wood. He works closely with designers and interior decorators to create interior layouts and single pieces or limited series.

Biography

Eric Benqué

Éric Benqué's designs question the relationship between objects and the space intended for them as well as the position of humans in his designs. This has led him to work alongside artisans in luxurious urban settings and rural areas in France as well as remote settings in African and India. Éric regularly works alongside architects who help him put a special emphasis on spatial dimensions in his designs. Éric graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle and specialises in the design of furniture, exhibitions and high-quality spaces.

  Sellettes, n° 1/12 Expanded cork and gold leaf The primary function of Sellettes (Stands) is to present and highlight objects. Composed of cork and gold leaf, these objects introduce the presence of two antonymic materials into interior decoration, one modest and natural, the other precious and rare. In the eyes of the designer they symbolise "the beauty of the world and the talent of men".
Frédéric Richard
Gilder
Emmanuel Joussot
Cabinetmaker
Eric Benqué
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Developed over the course of ten years with the designer François Azambourg, this project is emblematic of the traditional and innovative activity of the Centre International d’Art Verrier (International Centre for Glass Arts). Originally, a glass vase entitled Douglas was handmade with a surface emulating the coarse wooden surface of a tree. For the tenth anniversary of Douglas, François Azambourg, Jean-Marc Schilt and Sébastien Maurer explored the creation of over 150 variations of the vase.

Biography

Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal

Yann Grienenberger has been at the head of the Centre International d’Art Verrier (International Centre for Glass Arts) since the 2000s and plays a key role in promoting glass arts, an emblematic craft of this French region. Yann has long believed that the sustainability of this activity lies in modernisation and collaboration. The centre, which is rooted in contemporary creation, reflects Yann’s way of thinking.

  Douglas, une histoire de rencontres - When fire meets wood (2007-2017) Glass and wood
Developed over the course of ten years with the designer François Azambourg, this project is emblematic of the traditional and innovative activity of the Centre International d’Art Verrier (International Centre for Glass Arts). Originally, a glass vase entitled Douglas was handmade with a surface emulating the coarse wooden surface of a tree. For the tenth anniversary of Douglas, François Azambourg, Jean-Marc Schilt and Sébastien Maurer explored the creation of over 150 variations of the vase.
Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal
Glass work
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

A cut segment of an apple inspired this work. The organic shape of the infinity symbol brings the work together and creates a toroid that accentuates the work's three dimensionality. Made from a single sheet of brass, Le souffle has been entirely shaped by hammer. Solder is used to join the elements together.

Biography

Nathanaël le Berre

From childhood, Nathanaël Le Berre wanted to create. It took a while for Nathanaël to find his calling, having first enrolled in various programmes to study art history then stained-glass production. He finally started a diploma in metal and graduated in 1999. He learnt the art of freehand metalwork. His work reflects his thoughts on curved forms and the observation of tensions. His inspiration comes from observing human forms and nature.

  Le souffle Brass sheet A cut segment of an apple inspired this work. The organic shape of the infinity symbol brings the work together and creates a toroid that accentuates the work's three dimensionality. Made from a single sheet of brass, Le souffle has been entirely shaped by hammer. Solder is used to join the elements together.
Nathanaël le Berre
Coppersmith
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Osmos is a solid silver perfume diffuser with integrated olfactory balls inspired by the Oloid form, discovered by Paul Schatz in 1929. Once suspended, the mass of Osmos gives it the necessary inertia to cause a rotating movement, allowing the air to circulate and release the scent of the olfactory balls. The duo revisited a cassolette (small container) made by master goldsmith Daniel-Jean Joubert in 1750.

Biography

Nicolas Marischael

Nicolas Marischael follows in the footsteps of a long line of silversmiths. He often creates contemporary pieces of his own design but also works with a number of designers and artists. This practice of working with designers led him to work with Felipe Ribon.

Biography

Felipe Ribon

French-Colombian designer Felipe Ribon studied engineering at the École des Mines and then industrial design at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle ENSCI (National School of Industrial Design), graduating in 2008. In 2009, he won the Design Grand Prix of the City of Paris and in 2012 was a winner of the Audi Talent Awards.

  Osmos Silver 925/1000, cotton thread Osmos is a solid silver perfume diffuser with integrated olfactory balls inspired by the Oloid form, discovered by Paul Schatz in 1929. Once suspended, the mass of Osmos gives it the necessary inertia to cause a rotating movement, allowing the air to circulate and release the scent of the olfactory balls. The duo revisited a cassolette (small container) made by master goldsmith Daniel-Jean Joubert in 1750.
Nicolas Marischael
Silversmith
Felipe Ribon
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

This series of engravings, Sidereus Nunicus, messenger of the stars, represents the moon cycle. Each page weighs about one gram. Didier Mutel chose to work with Japanese Gampi paper, and black ink.

Biography

Didier Mutel

Intaglio engraver Didier Mutel graduated from the École Supérieure Estienne and from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Didier then went on to study at the Atelier National de Création Typographique (the National Workshop of Typographic Creations), where he gained knowledge of traditional methods of typography and applied this knowledge to contemporary creation. He teaches at the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Besançon. His work is characterised by a constant search for innovation based on traditional techniques of engraving and intaglio printing.

  Sidereus Nuncius Engraved plates in intaglio This series of engravings, Sidereus Nunicus, messenger of the stars, represents the moon cycle. Each page weighs about one gram. Didier Mutel chose to work with Japanese Gampi paper, and black ink.
Didier Mutel
Intaglio engraver
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Steven was inspired by the aesthetic of the erosion of rocks on geological faults. He reworked a previous drawing of rocks. The name of this piece takes its name from the WooWood technique, a way of setting marquetry on rubber that matches the shapes of objects and maintains them. WooWood is born from the desire to push the advantages of Airwood, a technique developed by ARCA Society.

Biography

Steven Leprizé

Recipient of a cabinetmaking DMA (Diplôme des Métiers d'Arts) from the École Boulle in Paris, Steven Leprizé created ARCA Ébénisterie, his own cabinetmaking workshop, with other alumni of his school. It was here that he created WooWood. The creation results from extensive research into the treatment of the wood surface, conducted in his workshop.

  Woowall WooWood: Rubber, CP Birch, elastane, glue, plating; wood species: ash with bleached oak
Steven was inspired by the aesthetic of the erosion of rocks on geological faults. He reworked a previous drawing of rocks. The name of this piece takes its name from the WooWood technique, a way of setting marquetry on rubber that matches the shapes of objects and maintains them. WooWood is born from the desire to push the advantages of Airwood, a technique developed by ARCA Society.
Steven Leprizé
Cabinetmaker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Biography

Andrea Zilio

Fornace Anfora (Anfora glassworks), is located on the island of Serenella, Murano. Andrea Zilio’s brother-in-law, Renzo Ferro, runs the workshop. At the time when Andrea joined Anfora, Renzo’s father Giulio ran the workshop as well as Andrea's training, which put a strong emphasis on copying historical works of blown glass. This mastery of complex traditional techniques provided Andrea with the necessary knowledge to allow him to innovate, creating contemporary objects.

  Vetreria Anfora Hand-blown Murano glass
Andrea Zilio
Glass Blower
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Emanuele Bevilacqua

Luigi Bevilacqua created Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua in 1875. At the time, Luigi acquired 18th century weaving looms from a silk-weaving school in Venice. The same machines weave thread in the mill to this day by means of Jacquards, 21st century punch cards and replacement parts taken from other machines. Mathematical designs are transferred to a series of perforated cards, the work is then executed and cut manually by a team of expert weavers in the mill.

  Handmade brocade and fine fabrics Handmade brocade and fine fabrics
Emanuele Bevilacqua
Weaving
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Stefano Nicolao

Stefano Nicolao created Nicolao Atelier Sartoria Teatrale, a Venetian costume-tailoring workshop, in the 1980s. The period costumes created in this atelier are completely worked on by hand, and precious fabrics are sewn together using techniques and styles faithful to the original period designs. The costumes produced in the workshop are commissioned and exhibited internationally, in opera houses, theatres, ballets, cinemas and on television.

Venice, Italy   Theatre tailoring
Stefano Nicolao
Costume designer
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Lucia Costantini

Practised by women in her family and in the neighbourhood of Burano as a passion rather than profession, Lucia Costantini grew up immersed in the craft of merletto lacemaking. Aged 11, Lucia started to attend a lace school run by nuns after which she followed a Veneto region training course. Passionate about innovation, Lucia goes beyond the traditional limits of lacemaking by combining traditional patterns and techniques with her own pioneering methods.

Burano island, Venice, Italy  Master lace-maker Lucia Costantini White cotton
Lucia Costantini
Lacework
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Roberto Tramontin

Domenico Tramontin e Figli boatyard has been making handmade gondolas since Domenico Tramontin created the workshop in 1884. Domenico’s great-grandson, Roberto Tramontin, now runs the workshop and continues to make gondolas in the same way. A team of expert artisans work on the gondolas by hand and continue to use a design created by Domenico that truly revolutionised the gondola industry. Before Domenico’s design, a gondola would require two gondoliers to row it, but Domenico’s design curved the bottom of the boat in such a way that the weight imbalance creates a natural bias towards one side. As a result, the gondola can be propelled from one side only without altering its course.

  Domenico Tramontin e Figli Making and restoring gondolas
Roberto Tramontin
Boat building
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Sergio & Massimo Boldrin

Stimulated by the revival of the carnival in the late 1970s, Sergio Boldrin founded La Bottega dei Mascareri in 1984. He and his younger brother Massimo create and finish their hand-painted masks following rich traditions and knowledge of a centuries-old craft that dates back to the 13th century. The masks are modelled in plaster moulds and then decorated with acrylic or watercolour paint. Their atelier is now one of the few remaining authentic mask making workshops in Venice.

Venice, Italy  La Bottega dei Mascareri Papier mâché and acrylic paint masks
Sergio & Massimo Boldrin
Mask maker
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Riccardo Bisazza

Orsoni is a historic Venetian furnace that uses the same techniques from 1888 to produce 24K gold leaf mosaics and enamels with more than 3,000 tones and shades. While the company proudly conserves its heritage and historical knowledge, it also put a strong focus on design and innovation. In 2003, Orsoni was incorporated into the Trend Group.

Venice  Fornace Orsoni Glass furnace for gold leaf mosaics
Riccardo Bisazza
Mosaic maker
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Giampaolo Babetto

Master goldsmith Giampaolo Babetto began working with metal in 1969. Giampaolo does not wish to reflect outward appearances through his work but rather the essence of objects. This has driven him to work with geometric forms, creating works that reflect a minimalist, architectural to figurative range of styles. To achieve distinctive colours and delicate textures, he personally prepares a metal alloy of his creation. He textures the surfaces by beating and often scratching the gold.

Padua, Italy   Giampaolo Babetto Precious metals
Giampaolo Babetto
Jeweller, Goldsmith
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Gabriella, Reanna & Alessandro Ballin

Ballin shoes was founded in 1945 by two brothers, Giorgio and Guido Ballin, and is now based in the Rivera Del Brenta in the Province of Venice. Giorgio’s three children, Gabriella, Reanna and Alessandro, took over management of the business in the 90s. Ballin continues to offer impeccably made footwear, thanks to the attention paid in constructing the forms and to considerable manual input at all stages of the production chain.

Venice, Italy  Ballin Shoemaking
Gabriella, Reanna & Alessandro Ballin
Shoemaking
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Giovanni Bonotto

Founded by by Luigi Bonotto in 1912, Bonotto originally produced straw hats. By the 1960s, the small workshop had grown along with the Italian textile industry into a significant manufacturer of textiles. The company now employs over two hundred master artisans. Giovanni Bonotto, the creative director of the company, evokes the concept of a 'slow factory'. Rather than using automated electronic machines, Bonotto uses hand operated mechanical machines precisely because they are 'slow'.

Molvena, Italy  Bonotto, fine fabrics
Giovanni Bonotto
Weaving
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Mario Bertolin

Mario Bertolin, his brother Luigi and his uncle Severino co-founded Ceramiche Artistiche 3B in 1978. Mario’s brother and uncle have now retired. Mario has dedicated the past 40 years to working exclusively by hand continuing the rich ceramic traditions of the city of Nove, Vicenza. He specialises in making unglazed fired biscuit earthenware, known in the region as “biscotto”. Another specialised artisan tends to the glazing, colouring and painting of the fired ceramic piece.

Nove, Italy  Ceramiche Artistiche 3B Ceramics
Mario Bertolin
Ceramicist
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Giovanni Battista Fadigati

Giovanni Battista Fadigati's uncle bought Este Ceramiche Porcellane in 1955 and Giovanni has run the company since 1975. When Giovanni’s uncle bought the factory, he discovered a vast collection of semi-buried moulds and dyes. This priceless discovery permits the company to perpetuate a rich artisanal legacy. Very much in the spirit of this tradition, the porcelain making process is entirely carried out by hand, from the creation of plaster moulds up to the final brush strokes.

Este, Italy  Este Ceramiche Porcellane Ceramics and handmade painted porcelain
Giovanni Battista Fadigati
Ceramicist
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Tiziano Spigariol

Tabarrificio Trevisino is one of the few companies that has retained knowledge of the artisanal technique of creating Tabarro cloaks. While the advent of the coat led to a decline in interest for cloaks, over the past years these have started to come back into fashion thanks to the dedication of companies such as Tabarrificio Trevisino. While Tabarro are the signature creation of this tailor’s workshop, it also produces other custom-made items of clothing.

Preganziol  Tabarrificio Trevisano Traditional Venetian tabarro cloak tailoring
Tiziano Spigariol
Tailor
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Egidio Fiorin

Belluno, Italy  Colophonarte Bookbinding of limited edition artists' books
Egidio Fiorin
Bookbinder
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Marino Menegazzo

Marino and Sabina work in the atelier Mario Berta Battiloro in Venice. In this historic artisanal laboratory, gold, silver and other precious metals are hammered into ultra-thin leaves, ready to be used in a number of fields. Founded in 1969 by Sabina’s father, Mario Berta, the small workshop aims to continue the family trade started in 1926. Marino Menegazzo is one of the last artisans left in Europe able to turn an ingot into gold leaf by hand, an ancient profession that came to Venice from Byzantium in the 11th century.

Venice, Italy  Master Marino Menegazzo Handmade gold leaf
Marino Menegazzo
Handmade gold leaf
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Bruno Barbon

Bruno Barbon is a cabinetmaker and restorer who creates putti, candlesticks, frames, plaques, ornaments, sculptures, and furniture of all kinds. He is one of the few artisans who still carves the famous moretti veneziani (Venetian moors). His work ranges from creating pieces based on customer designs to reproductions of period pieces. He also restores furniture, chairs, console tables, frames, sculptures and wooden pieces of any period or style.

Venice, Italy  Bruno Barbon Antiquariato Cabinetmaker
Bruno Barbon
Cabinetmaker
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Giorgio Morelato

Giorgio Morelato is a master cabinetmaker and lends his name to the family workshop and company that crafts furniture. By combining time-honoured techniques and classical styles such as Biedermeier and Louis XVI with contemporary styles including modular designs, the workshop remains attached to local traditions while appealing to contemporary tastes. As well as designing its own furniture, the studio also works with internationally acclaimed designers.

Salizzone, Italy   Morelato Cabinet and design furniture making
Giorgio Morelato
Cabinetmaker
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Carlo Semenzato

Valese is the last foundry in Venice. Managed by Carlo Semenzato, Valese continues to produce objects in bronze and brass following traditional techniques of production. Molten metal is poured into moulds using the sand casting method, which uses sand as the mould material. As well as producing models of Saint Mark’s horses, moretti (Moors) and Saint Mark’s lion, Valese produces ornaments for gondolas, and complex objects such as chandeliers.

Venice, Italy   Fonderia Artistica Valese Foundry work
Carlo Semenzato
Foundry worker
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Gianpaolo Fallani

Gianpaolo Fallani’s father Fiorenzo opened a screen-printing workshop in 1968. Gianpaolo now runs the screen-printing studio and shop. Gianpaolo has worked with many artists, organising residencies and workshops. The studio and shop is opened to the city through the hosting of numerous cultural events, concerts and exhibitions. Gianpaolo aims to keep the studio a vibrant place where artists can experiment and where the public can meet artists and see their work.

Venice, Italy  Fallani Venezia Silk screen printing
Gianpaolo Fallani
Silk-screen printing
Space: Venetian Way
Description

Biography

Bocchese

Silvia Stein Bocchese and her husband founded Maglificio Miles, a high-quality knitwear producer, in 1962. Silvia remains the president, but her four children now run the family company as a team. Maglificio Miles makes sure that designers’ ideas are finished to the highest possible standards by an expert team of artisans with wide-ranging skills. The company collaborates with some of the best names in fashion, including Azzedine Alaïa with whom it has worked for nearly 40 years.

Vicenza, Italy   Maglificio Miles Knitwear textile making
Bocchese
Knitted textile
Space: Venetian Way
Description

This spinning top is made of durmast and ash wood. The design was inspired by the myth of Karya, nymph of the forest and the ash tree. The wood on which the spinning top is placed has been carved in such a way as to guide the spinning top around, recalling the dance of the nymph.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Antonio Licitra

Antonio Licitra grew up in a small town in Sicily. As such, he draws much inspiration from the sea, nature and mythology. Between 2011 and 2014 Antonio studied sculpture at the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia - Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, in the field of craftsmanship and design. He went on to complete a Master's in Advanced Goldsmithing and Jewellery Design at the Scuola Arti Ornamentali in Rome and a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy in 2017. Antonio now works as a high jewellery junior designer for Giampiero Bodino S.R.L. Antonio aims to give movement, depth and life to each jewel; to do so, he uses life experiences.

  Karya Durmast, ash
This spinning top is made of durmast and ash wood. The design was inspired by the myth of Karya, nymph of the forest and the ash tree. The wood on which the spinning top is placed has been carved in such a way as to guide the spinning top around, recalling the dance of the nymph.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Antonio Licitra
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Inspired by children's tower constructions, this ornamental object recalls stone balancing games. Wood has been turned into different sized ovoid forms held together by a central column. The different woods emit essences with relaxing properties.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Andrea Di Giuseppe

Andrea Di Giuseppe completed a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome in 2013, then went on to complete a Master’s at the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia in the field of Design and Applied Arts between 2013 and 2016. In 2017, he was one of 20 students to follow a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy. Following his studies, Andrea undertook an internship as a watch designer at Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland.

  Zen Elm, mahogany, black walnut, ash, padauk, maple, cedar, cherry tree
Inspired by children's tower constructions, this ornamental object recalls stone balancing games. Wood has been turned into different sized ovoid forms held together by a central column. The different woods emit essences with relaxing properties.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Andrea Di Giuseppe
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Three wooden totem-like shapes made of cherry and padauk wood have been turned into different forms. The shapes evoke the South African Ndebele dolls that traditionally represent themes of maternity and marriage, and evoke affection and endearment.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Catherine Ferreira

Catherine Ferreira graduated with a BA in Metal and Jewellery Arts in 2013 and with a MA in Jewellery Design in 2015 from the Stellenbosch University, following which she undertook a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy. Catherine now works as a graphic designer in South Africa for House of JD.

  Poppie Cherry tree, padauk Three wooden totem-like shapes made of cherry and padauk wood have been turned into different forms. The shapes evoke the South African Ndebele dolls that traditionally represent themes of maternity and marriage, and evoke affection and endearment.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Catherine Ferreira
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

These five candlestick holders were inspired by forests and trees that grow tall as they break through undergrowth to absorb sunlight. Made of black walnut and durmast wood, they vary in size and geometric form.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Iryna Kharchenko

Iryna Kharchenko graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Ukraine, in 2014. She then undertook a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy and an internship with Cartier as a junior designer.

  Geometry Black walnut, durmast These five candlestick holders were inspired by forests and trees that grow tall as they break through undergrowth to absorb sunlight. Made of black walnut and durmast wood, they vary in size and geometric form.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Iryna Kharchenko
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

These enormous ceiling hung spinning top shaped sculptures made from turned wood each include circular open baths. These were inspired by the myth of Artemis, goddess protector of wild animals. Following the example of the goddess, these baths take care of animals, here represented by a tiny wooden bird poised to drink out of the baths.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Antonio Licitra

Antonio Licitra grew up in a small town in Sicily. As such, he draws much inspiration from the sea, nature and mythology. Between 2011 and 2014 Antonio studied sculpture at the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia - Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, in the field of craftsmanship and design. He went on to complete a Master's in Advanced Goldsmithing and Jewellery Design at the Scuola Arti Ornamentali in Rome and a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy in 2017. Antonio now works as a high jewellery junior designer for Giampiero Bodino S.R.L. Antonio aims to give movement, depth and life to each jewel; to do so, he uses life experiences.

  Artemis Elm, mahogany, black walnut, ash, padauk, maple, cedar, cherry tree, durmast, olive wood, Swiss pine
These enormous ceiling hung spinning top shaped sculptures made from turned wood each include circular open baths. These were inspired by the myth of Artemis, goddess protector of wild animals. Following the example of the goddess, these baths take care of animals, here represented by a tiny wooden bird poised to drink out of the baths.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Antonio Licitra
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Hanukkiah is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, in contrast to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient temple.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Maria Grossman

Maria Grossman studied jewellery and accessories design at 'Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art' in Israel between 2011 and 2016. In 2017, Maria was one of 20 students to follow a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy. She continued as a design intern at Lancel.

  Hanukkiah Black walnut, olive wood
Hanukkiah is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, in contrast to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient temple.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Maria Grossman
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Placed on top of a cone-like column, this spinning top is inspired by the story of Melia, a dancing nymph of the forest and of the walnut tree.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Antonio Licitra

Antonio Licitra grew up in a small town in Sicily. As such, he draws much inspiration from the sea, nature and mythology. Between 2011 and 2014 Antonio studied sculpture at the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia - Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, in the field of craftsmanship and design. He went on to complete a Master's in Advanced Goldsmithing and Jewellery Design at the Scuola Arti Ornamentali in Rome and a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy in 2017. Antonio now works as a high jewellery junior designer for Giampiero Bodino S.R.L. Antonio aims to give movement, depth and life to each jewel; to do so, he uses life experiences.

  Melia Black walnut, cherry tree, padauk
Placed on top of a cone-like column, this spinning top is inspired by the story of Melia, a dancing nymph of the forest and of the walnut tree.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Antonio Licitra
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Inspired by studies of Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian on modular growth of tree branches, the combined cones that shape this black walnut vase evolve from bottom to top, from the biggest to the smallest.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Andrea Di Giuseppe

Andrea Di Giuseppe completed a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome in 2013, then went on to complete a Master’s at the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia in the field of Design and Applied Arts between 2013 and 2016. In 2017, he was one of 20 students to follow a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy. Following his studies, Andrea undertook an internship as a watch designer at Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland.

  Klee Black walnut
Inspired by studies of Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian on modular growth of tree branches, the combined cones that shape this black walnut vase evolve from bottom to top, from the biggest to the smallest.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Andrea Di Giuseppe
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Symbols of strength, perseverance and unity, Knopkieries (knob walking sticks) on South Africa’s coat of arms were traditionally used as weapons and also during spiritual ceremonies of Southern African tribes.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Catherine Ferreira

Catherine Ferreira graduated with a BA in Metal and Jewellery Arts in 2013 and with a MA in Jewellery Design in 2015 from the Stellenbosch University, following which she undertook a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy. Catherine now works as a graphic designer in South Africa for House of JD.

  Kieries Durmast, padauk
Symbols of strength, perseverance and unity, Knopkieries (knob walking sticks) on South Africa’s coat of arms were traditionally used as weapons and also during spiritual ceremonies of Southern African tribes.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Catherine Ferreira
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

The symmetric design of this thin pole-like object takes its inspiration from children’s tower construction games. The shape also evokes the famous Totems created by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass.

Biography

Carlo Meloni

Biography

Andrea Di Giuseppe

Andrea Di Giuseppe completed a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome in 2013, then went on to complete a Master’s at the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia in the field of Design and Applied Arts between 2013 and 2016. In 2017, he was one of 20 students to follow a postgraduate degree with the Creative Academy. Following his studies, Andrea undertook an internship as a watch designer at Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland.

  Homage to Sottsass Swiss pine, cedar, cherry tree, mahogany The symmetric design of this thin pole-like object takes its inspiration from children’s tower construction games. The shape also evokes the famous Totems created by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass.
Carlo Meloni
Wood turning
Andrea Di Giuseppe
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Taking its title from the Latin word for “fan”, Ventium aims to use the mastery of marquetry to emulate the physical form of wind in nature.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Andrea Tan

Andrea Tan studied at the University of Arts, London between 2012 and 2016. In 2017, she attended the postgraduate programme at the Creative Academy along with 20 other students. Following this, she worked as a junior designer for Montblanc.

  Ventium Ebony, walnut, brass, bone Taking its title from the Latin word for “fan”, Ventium aims to use the mastery of marquetry to emulate the physical form of wind in nature.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Andrea Tan
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

This box for golf accessories connects golf and nature. The box has been realised using different wood essences.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Guillaume Graff

Guillaume Graff studied Transportation Design Management at the Institut Supérieur de Design Valenciennes in France between 2007 and 2012. After working as a freelance designer for a number of years, Guillaume completed a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy in 2017. He then worked as a watch designer for IWC.

  Fairway Ebony, olive wood This box for golf accessories connects golf and nature. The box has been realised using different wood essences.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Guillaume Graff
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Octagonal jewellery box inspired by the Florentine St. John Baptistery.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Eugenio Sciarra

Following his studies in the field of decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Eugenio Sciarra studied at the Scuola dell' Arte della Medaglia, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato between 2010 and 2013. He then completed a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy in 2017. Before starting work as a freelance designer, Eugenio completed an internship with Vacheron Constantin in Switzerland.

  Battistero Sucupira, avodire
Octagonal jewellery box inspired by the Florentine St. John Baptistery.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Eugenio Sciarra
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

The Curve skateboard was inspired by Giordano Viganò's artisanal excellence in wood marquetry. Traditional materials used in the production of skateboards were used whilst playing on the feelings and movement of the sport, conveyed by smooth curves and minimalistic lines. The pattern develops into a palm leaf.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee is a jewellery designer born and based in London. She studied at Central Saint Martins before completing a Masters course at the Royal College of Art, London and subsequently at the Creative Academy in Milan. Elizabeth is drawn to objects that span across different disciplines whilst retaining a sense of craftsmanship. In addition, her particular interests lie in the ethereal and romantic qualities of light, which she finds captures the essence and nature of objects in an emotional and engaging way. This can be seen in her graduate collection, Digital Interlude, consisting of a million hand cut hexagons in thin sheets of printed acetate. The collection looked into the idea of a virtual and elusive space enveloping the body and playing on the idea of light jewellery.

  Curve Maple, ebony, teak, amaranth The Curve skateboard was inspired by Giordano Viganò's artisanal excellence in wood marquetry. Traditional materials used in the production of skateboards were used whilst playing on the feelings and movement of the sport, conveyed by smooth curves and minimalistic lines. The pattern develops into a palm leaf.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Elizabeth Lee
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Inspired by Italian architecture, this jewellery box recalls the Royal Palace of Caserta, hides treasures inside and evokes the beauty of Italian monuments.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Eugenio Sciarra

Following his studies in the field of decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Eugenio Sciarra studied at the Scuola dell' Arte della Medaglia, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato between 2010 and 2013. He then completed a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy in 2017. Before starting work as a freelance designer, Eugenio completed an internship with Vacheron Constantin in Switzerland.

  Vanvitelli Maple, pear wood, Brazil wood Inspired by Italian architecture, this jewellery box recalls the Royal Palace of Caserta, hides treasures inside and evokes the beauty of Italian monuments.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Eugenio Sciarra
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Jewellery box inspired by the Milanese Filarete Tower.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Eugenio Sciarra

Following his studies in the field of decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Eugenio Sciarra studied at the Scuola dell' Arte della Medaglia, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato between 2010 and 2013. He then completed a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy in 2017. Before starting work as a freelance designer, Eugenio completed an internship with Vacheron Constantin in Switzerland.

  Filarete Brazil wood, black walnut
Jewellery box inspired by the Milanese Filarete Tower.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Eugenio Sciarra
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

The design of this elegant and practical shoebox draws its inspiration from a historic symbol of Lake Como: the Lucia boat used to transport fish or people.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Giulia Maria Vavassori

Born in 1994, Giulia Maria Vavassori grew up in Italy. She has always been passionate about art and design. After studying in Como, Giulia continued her studies between 2013 and 2016 at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Fashion Design where in the third year she specialised in design of accessories and jewellery. Following her BA, Giulia undertook a postgraduate degree at the Creative Academy. Subsequently she worked as a designer for Chloé and now as a freelance accessory designer.

  Volta Mahogany
The design of this elegant and practical shoebox draws its inspiration from a historic symbol of Lake Como: the Lucia boat used to transport fish or people.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Giulia Maria Vavassori
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

Inspired by nature as well as Van Cleef & Arpels signature cloud pattern, this jeweller’s display takes its name from the Latin word for “cloud”.

Biography

Giordano Viganò

Research and innovation complement Giordano Viganò’s irreplaceable technical knowledge of cabinetmaking ingrained over fifty years to create finely finished masterpieces. Giordano couples wood with other materials such as glass, silver and bone, thus combining traditional techniques and innovation. The aesthetic value of each piece is guaranteed by the careful selection and combination of precious materials. Giordano does not wish to produce pretentious or spectacular pieces but rather to accentuate the pure beauty of the minute details within the meticulous finishing of his works.

Biography

Andrea Tan

Andrea Tan studied at the University of Arts, London between 2012 and 2016. In 2017, she attended the postgraduate programme at the Creative Academy along with 20 other students. Following this, she worked as a junior designer for Montblanc.

  Nimbus Maple frise, amaranth, gold leaf Inspired by nature as well as Van Cleef & Arpels signature cloud pattern, this jeweller’s display takes its name from the Latin word for “cloud”.
Giordano Viganò
Cabinetmaker
Andrea Tan
Designer
Space: Natural Talent
Description

A wooden structure has been entirely covered in mosaics. The rough hand-cut marble and stone mosaic exterior of a house-shaped tabernacle contrasts with the very light golden and polished tessera mosaic of the inside. Small polished tiles accentuate this contrast between the interior and exterior. A series of LED lights illuminates the structure from within.

Biography

Giulio Candussio

Giulio Candussio grew up in Spilimbergo, Friuli near Aquileia. Archaeological excavations that began in the 19th century brought to light many remains of the old Roman city including numerous mosaics. Giulio discovered these as a child, and growing up would understand mosaics as art, as an extension of painting. At a young age, Giulio attended the mosaic school of Friuli and his subsequent training was mainly self-taught. From the first years of study, he developed his own mosaic concept, characterised by a need for constant experimentation with materials and techniques, breaking away from traditional mosaic work. Giulio has worked on projects throughout Italy and around the world. His works include the Tottenham Court Road underground station in London and the temporary World Trade Centre Path Station in New York. The artistic nature of his designs and style characterises his work.

Biography

Ugo La Pietra

Architect by training, Ugo La Pietra is an artist, designer, architect, filmmaker, editor, musician, cartoonist and teacher. Originally born in Bussi sul Tirino, in Abruzzo, Ugo was raised in Milan. In an era characterised by machines and mass production, Ugo has dedicated his career to rediscovering age-old hand-made artisanal techniques. Ugo has exhibited his works both in Italy and internationally and curated numerous exhibitions, including those at the Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, the FRAC Centre in Orléans and the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza.

  Indoor / Outdoor. Open House: the last light (Interno / Esterno. CasAperta: l’ultima luce) Wood, LED light & cut marble, stone and glass tessera.
A wooden structure has been entirely covered in mosaics. The rough hand-cut marble and stone mosaic exterior of a house-shaped tabernacle contrasts with the very light golden and polished tessera mosaic of the inside. Small polished tiles accentuate this contrast between the interior and exterior. A series of LED lights illuminates the structure from within.
Giulio Candussio
Mosaicist
Ugo La Pietra
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

This gilded wood tower or pyramid like sculpture has a dark toned base that gradually becomes lighter towards its cube shaped top. The walls of the sculpture inspired by the image of a church tabernacle shift in such a way that the tower opens diagonally.

Biography

Dominique Monié

Dominique Monié graduated from the L'Ecole Nationale Des Arts Decoratifs (ENAD) in Nice, in 1979. She dedicated herself to painting until 1986 when an encounter with a craftsman brought her into the world of gilding. She passionately studied the restoration of gilded wood and gilding in general, mastering all the techniques required to work on objects dating from the 17th to 19th century. As well as restoring pieces with traditional techniques, Dominique works on contemporary creations.

Biography

Martine Bedin

Designer Martine Bedin was born in Bordeaux, France in 1957. She designs work in numerous materials such as marble, wood, metal and ceramics. Martine is one of the founders of the Memphis group, founded in Milan In 1981. She has worked on numerous projects and collaborated with architects, industrial designers and professors. Her works can be found in a number of museums and collections both in France and around the world.

  Golden Cage (Gabbiadoro) Wood, Gold leaf This gilded wood tower or pyramid like sculpture has a dark toned base that gradually becomes lighter towards its cube shaped top. The walls of the sculpture inspired by the image of a church tabernacle shift in such a way that the tower opens diagonally.
Dominique Monié
Gilder
Martine Bedin
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

This tower shaped cabinet is built in layers (draws). The cabinet is intended to hold greyscale samples that are part of the conservation of photographic images to 3D surfaces. The colour of the surface of the Monochrome Cabinet ranges from black to white. This relationship between tone and depth is of critical importance in an age of digital topography.

Biography

Factum Arte

Based in Madrid, London and Milan, Factum Arte was founded by Adam Lowe in 2001. Factum Arte consists of a team of artists, technicians and conservators dedicated to digital mediation for the production of works for contemporary artists and artisan. This multidisciplinary workshop merges digital technology with craftsmanship. Factum Arte's varied production is the result of extensive research and experimentation in the development of new materials, techniques and technology. The workshop designs and produces new materials, technologies and processes creating innovative artworks, thought-provoking exhibitions and facsimiles.

Biography

Adam Lowe

British artisan Adam Lowe is the director of Factum Arte (2001) and founder of the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation (2009). In his role as director of Factum Arte, he has produced artworks for leading contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Shirazeh Houshiary, Maya Lin and Marina Abramovic. He has completed numerous international conservation projects and his work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums.

Biography

Francesco Cigognetti

Francesco Cigognetti was born in Mantua, Italy and trained at the Università Iuav of Venice where he also obtained his Master's in digital architecture, specialising in designing processes. Francesco then went on to work with several architectural firms and workshops around Italy, developing a number of projects along the way related to urban and interior design. Francesco joined Factum Arte in 2012 where he works as a project manager within the production process. He works alongside other artists, creating ideas and designs. He is in charge of the digital processes department and CNC milling machines, working with different materials such as stone, brass, wood, polyurethane and bronze. He has participated in numerous projects with Factum Arte including the facsimile of the Teschen table, the facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I and Jenny Holzer's installation at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

  Greyscale cabinet Alabaster This tower shaped cabinet is built in layers (draws). The cabinet is intended to hold greyscale samples that are part of the conservation of photographic images to 3D surfaces. The colour of the surface of the Monochrome Cabinet ranges from black to white. This relationship between tone and depth is of critical importance in an age of digital topography.
Factum Arte
Stone sculptor
Adam Lowe
Designer
Francesco Cigognetti
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

This tall bright pine coloured object made from thin sheets of wood is composed of three interacting elements that form a sort of open vertical tower. The object is reminiscent of the holy trinity, with three distinct elements that combine as one. A small LED has been placed at the base of the sculpture emitting a subtle glow.

Biography

Roman Räss

Roman Räss was born in Appenzell. Son of a farmer, he grew up working with wood. From a young age, Roman learnt the alpine wood carving technique Weissküfer and would decorate wooden milk dishes with notch carvings. Dating back to the 19th century, Weissküfer is a technique that uses native Swiss woods such as spruce wood and maple to create wooden implements used during the daily work of rural Appenzell dairy farmers. This early interest in woodwork drove Räss to complete an apprenticeship in Weissküfer. To learn more about wood, he attended the wood sculpting school in Brienz. He then worked for a well-known wood sculpting company. Roman is now a self-employed wood sculptor based in Brienz and principally works creating nativity scenes and Weissküfer objects.

Biography

Alfredo Häberli

Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. He moved to Switzerland in 1977 and in 1991 graduated in industrial design from the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. Alfredo is now based in Zurich and is an internationally recognised designer, having worked with such companies as Alias, BD Barcelona, BMW, Camper, FSB, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Luceplan, Moroso, Schiffini and Vitra. His designs unite tradition with innovation, joy and energy. Alfredo Häberli’s work and designs have been displayed in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and his work has received numerous awards in Europe over the past 20 years.

  Trinity Alpine wood, LED light
This tall bright pine coloured object made from thin sheets of wood is composed of three interacting elements that form a sort of open vertical tower. The object is reminiscent of the holy trinity, with three distinct elements that combine as one. A small LED has been placed at the base of the sculpture emitting a subtle glow.
Roman Räss
Cabinetmaker
Alfredo Häberli
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

A cone-like black net fabric hangs at an angle over a ceiling-hung egg-shaped sculpture. The underside of the net is open, exposing the intense matte blue that is lit up by an invisible light source. A waist high pedestal holds a mirror that reflects the inside of the cone.

Biography

Enno Lehmann

Enno Lehmann was born in 1958. His parents Peter Lehmann and Angelika Lehmann were both sculptors. Enno first undertook four years of studies at an agricultural college and subsequently studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Since 1992 Enno has worked as an independent artist exhibiting his works individually in Munich, Freising, Amberg and Worpswede. In 2005 he became a member of the artist group "Buchet 8" and exhibits works with Heike Bildhauer-Lehmann. In 1995, Enno created a company "Colours and Effects" later "Colour" to develop, manufacture and use colour materials. It was while working with “Kremer Pigment” in the late 1990s that Enno came into contact with Ingo Maurer who was looking for a technically useful colour to represent the appearance of dry pigments. Enno has taught at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart since 2009.

Biography

Martin Deggelmann

Martin Deggelmann is the founder of metalwork company Martelleria. Mattelleria started by restoring vintage cars, an activity that the company still undertakes to this day, however it has now diversified to work on numerous metalwork projects with designers and architects.

Biography

Ingo Maurer

Born in 1932, Ingo Maurer first trained as a typographer and subsequently studied graphic design in Switzerland and in Munich. Here, he set up his own company in the 1960s, Design M, to make and market his own designs, the first of which was the celebrated "Bulb", a bulb within a bulb. "Bulb" won a place in the MoMA design collection as early as 1969. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ingo made a name for himself with unusual designs and appearances at trade fairs. Ingo designs lamps, lighting systems and objects and has increasingly exploited the aesthetic effects of LEDs since the 1990s. In 2010, Ingo received the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, followed by the Compasso d‘Oro for lifetime achievement, awarded by the ADI (Italian Association for Industrial Design) in 2011 and the Kulturpreis Bayern, awarded by the Bavarian Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Art in 2015.

  Finished / unfinished (Endlich-Unendlich - Finito - infinito.) Net, metal, custom made paint A cone-like black net fabric hangs at an angle over a ceiling-hung egg-shaped sculpture. The underside of the net is open, exposing the intense matte blue that is lit up by an invisible light source. A waist high pedestal holds a mirror that reflects the inside of the cone.
Enno Lehmann
Painter
Martin Deggelmann
Metal-work
Ingo Maurer
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

A pyramid shaped tabernacle is placed on a wood base. The four plywood faces of the tabernacle are covered in leather. An LED has been fitted inside and light filters through the star shaped holes in the pyramid's faces.

Biography

Pere Ventura Sala

Pere Ventura Sala was born and grew up in Barcelona. In 1966 he started to study design at the Centro Español de Nuevas Profesiones (Spanish Centre for New Professions) in Barcelona. Soon after, he joined Rafael Marquina’s architecture and design studio. A need for autonomy resulted in Pere leaving this field of work. He dedicated himself to creating objects that combined leather with metal, wood and stone. In 1989, he opened a workshop in Barcelona that focuses on small-scale production of pieces designed by the workshop as well as external designers. While leather has been at the centre of his work, he has also worked with numerous other materials. Pere has collaborated with a number of designers, including working on the construction of Oscar Tusquets Blanca's Gaulino chairs, produced by BD Barcelona.

Biography

Oscar Tusquets Blanca

Born in Barcelona in 1941, Oscar Tusquets Blanca graduated as an architect in 1965 from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Barcelona. Oscar was a founding member of Studio Per, and until 1984 worked on numerous projects with Lluís Clotet. In 1975 he worked on the Mae West Room in the Figueres Teatro-Museo with Salvador Dali. He later became a founding member of BD Barcelona Design and initiated a career as a furniture and object designer. He has worked with international producers such as Alessi, Driade, Forwerk, Ritzenhoff, Quartett Casas and Nani Marquina, and his work features in museums such as the MOMA in New York and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris.

  Starry Pyramid Leather, wood A pyramid shaped tabernacle is placed on a wood base. The four plywood faces of the tabernacle are covered in leather. An LED has been fitted inside and light filters through the star shaped holes in the pyramid's faces.
Pere Ventura Sala
Leatherwork
Oscar Tusquets Blanca
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

This piece combines the different styles of the creative duo: Marcel Wanders first created a ceramic vase in his unique "One-minute" style, before master artisan Wilma Plaisier decorated it using the traditional Delfts Blue technique.

Biography

Wilma Plaisier

Born in South Africa, Wilma Plaisier moved to the Netherlands in 1992. In 1999 she started to work as a pottery painter at Royal Delft. She would continue to work in this historic Delft pottery manufacturer, the last of the original 32 earthenware factories established in Delft in the 17th century, for 10 years. During these years, she trained in the art of painting pottery, mastering several techniques including the world famous Delfts Blue and Red-Blue-Gold. From 2005 to 2017 Wilma studied perspective, still life, figurative and portrait drawing, paint techniques and the history of art at the Art Academy (VAK Delft) in Delft. Since 2016 Wilma has worked with Heinen Delfts Blauw as a designer and master painter.

Biography

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a leading product and interior design studio in Amsterdam under the creative leadership and direction of Marcel Wanders and with the support of creative director Gabriele Chiave. The studio’s work excites, provokes and polarises as it seeks to bring a human touch back to design. The studio employs 52 design and communication experts. Over 1,900 of the studio’s products and interior design experiences can be found around the world, made for private clients as well as brands such as Alessi, Baccarat, Christofle, KLM and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The studio’s works are featured in numerous museums and galleries such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

  One minute vase Clay, blue and white glaze This piece combines the different styles of the creative duo: Marcel Wanders first created a ceramic vase in his unique "One-minute" style, before master artisan Wilma Plaisier decorated it using the traditional Delfts Blue technique.
Wilma Plaisier
Painter
Marcel Wanders
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

This handmade cabinet has two doors and metal shelves inside to hold bottles of unlabelled vodka. The marquetry inlay of this cabinet is made from veneer strips of two types of exotic wood – Paduk and Badi. The swirling blue pattern of the exterior contrasts with the yellow-red interior of the cabinet. The cabinet sits on a polished black marble base made from Tunisian marble that reflects the colours of the cabinet.

Biography

Andrzej Dobrowolanski & Jakub Przyborowski

For the past three years, Andrzej Dobrowolanski & Jakub Przyborowski have worked from a shared workshop in the suburbs of Warsaw. Their work encompasses cabinetmaking, joining and carpentry.

Biography

Pola Dwurnik

Pola Dwurnik works with oil paints, various drawing medium and collage. Her paintings aim to capture the strength of expression of figurative representation, attempting to portray the identity caught between inner emotions and outer expressions. On top of producing art, Pola experiments with innovative concepts of curating art exhibitions. She has launched a number of exhibitions and art series. Her work is found in museums in Poland as well as private collections around the world.

Biography

Piotr Sierakowski

Warsaw-born Piotr Sierakowski graduated from the National School of Visual Arts La Cambre in Brussels in 1981. At first, his research focused on mobile lighting and its integration into architecture. In 1982, he became an artistic director for Koch & Lowy in New York, specialising in the production of lighting, furniture and accessories. During the 80s, he expanded the scope of his business to include interior design. In 1992, Piotr moved to Bordeaux, France. During this time, his work moved away from industrial design and towards the creation of unique pieces that he made himself in his studio. Between 1994 and 2001, he managed the "object" workshop at the École des Beaux Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Bordeaux. Since 2006, he has settled in Paris where he creates pieces in wood, stainless steel and marble.

  Celeste Blue Wood, steel, bronze, Tunisian marble, paint; veneer strips of Paduk and Badi
This handmade cabinet has two doors and metal shelves inside to hold bottles of unlabelled vodka. The marquetry inlay of this cabinet is made from veneer strips of two types of exotic wood – Paduk and Badi. The swirling blue pattern of the exterior contrasts with the yellow-red interior of the cabinet. The cabinet sits on a polished black marble base made from Tunisian marble that reflects the colours of the cabinet.
Andrzej Dobrowolanski & Jakub Przyborowski
Cabinetmaker
Pola Dwurnik
Painter
Piotr Sierakowski
Designer
Space: Creativity and Craftsmanship
Description

Anita Porchet is one of the world’s most distinguished enamel artists. From her enamel workshop close to Lausanne, Switzerland, she creates minute and detailed enamel masterpieces on watch dials. She works with some of the biggest names in the watch industry such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget. Anita is known for her mastery of the champlevé technique, where an engraving is filled with enamel before being fired and polished.

Biography

Anita Porchet

Anita Porchet is a Swiss enamel artisan who lives and works in the canton of Jura. Anita’s godfather, who was himself an engraver-enameller, introduced Anita to enamel work at the age of 12. She studied at the Haute École Arc, formerly the Graduate School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, where she obtained a Certificat Fédéral de Capacité (Federal certificate of capacity) in 1984 in engraving and enamel. The following year she obtained the artistic aptitude degree from the Cantonal School of Art in Lausanne. Then a practical training in Geneva with enamellers May Mercier, Suzanne Rohr and Elisabeth Mottu-Juillerat. In 1993, she created her own enamel workshop in Lausanne. She has worked with well-known watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin for whom she performed the reproduction of the ceiling of the Opera Garnier in Paris.

  Enamel dial Crystal mixed with metal oxides, watch dial Anita Porchet is one of the world’s most distinguished enamel artists. From her enamel workshop close to Lausanne, Switzerland, she creates minute and detailed enamel masterpieces on watch dials. She works with some of the biggest names in the watch industry such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget. Anita is known for her mastery of the champlevé technique, where an engraving is filled with enamel before being fired and polished.
Anita Porchet
Dial enamelist
Space: Singular Talents
Description

François Junod is a master automaton builder. He works on automata and trains the next generation of apprentices from his workshop in Sainte-Croix, in the Jura canton of Switzerland, long distinguished for its rich tradition of watchmaking and precision mechanical engineering. Using traditional techniques, François creates and restores automata. He wishes to bring out the beauty of mechanics by highlighting cogs, wheels, springs and gears and not hiding them behind a frame.

Biography

François Junod

François Junod has always been fascinated by mechanics. He was born in Sainte-Croix, Jura, a small Swiss town with a rich history of watchmaking, automata and musical boxes. He graduated from the drawing and sculpture section of the School of Fine Arts in Lausanne and was apprenticed to Michel Bertrand, automaton restorer. François is particularly attracted by the 18th century Age of Enlightenment when automata of writers and painters were created. François wants to rediscover how the automata of that century were made as well as their movements. His challenge is to surpass what was made at the end of the 18th century. Equally important to him is the continuity of the craft through the training of the next generation of automaton builders. He is considered an undisputed master of this endangered art that combines watchmaking, engineering and art.

  Automaton François Junod is a master automaton builder. He works on automata and trains the next generation of apprentices from his workshop in Sainte-Croix, in the Jura canton of Switzerland, long distinguished for its rich tradition of watchmaking and precision mechanical engineering. Using traditional techniques, François creates and restores automata. He wishes to bring out the beauty of mechanics by highlighting cogs, wheels, springs and gears and not hiding them behind a frame.
François Junod
Automaton builder
Space: Singular Talents
Description

From her studio in Åre, Sweden, Johanna Nestor perpetuates the age-old tradition of handmaking stoves. Her stoves embrace contemporary designs and evoke themes of nature, while seeking to preserve traditional techniques. Designed to take on a tree like appearance, her stoves are made from handmade ceramic tiles, which are then assembled one by one into a centrepiece stove.

Biography

Johanna Nestor

Johanna Nestor specialises in the handmade creation of traditional tiled ceramic stoves. She draws her inspiration from nature, in particular from oak trees. The bark-like texture tiles of her large towering stoves resemble that of the rough trunks of oak trees. These stoves often become centrepieces for the rooms they are placed in. Johanna studied and graduated from the University of Stockholm in 2016 with a degree in Fine Arts. Following this, she opened a studio in Åre, Sweden. Here she creates unique handmade tiles, tiles for stoves and ceramic tiled stoves using classical techniques developed and tested over decades. However, contemporary preoccupations such as environmental consciousness and sustainability are central to the creation of her works that provide an alternative source of heating. In 2017, Johanna was nominated for the Young Swedish Design Award for her "heating trees".

  Ceramic stoves Clay From her studio in Åre, Sweden, Johanna Nestor perpetuates the age-old tradition of handmaking stoves. Her stoves embrace contemporary designs and evoke themes of nature, while seeking to preserve traditional techniques. Designed to take on a tree like appearance, her stoves are made from handmade ceramic tiles, which are then assembled one by one into a centrepiece stove.
Johanna Nestor
Stove maker
Space: Singular Talents
Description

Konstantinos Vogiatzakis perpetuates the ancient trade of saddle making for mules and donkeys from his workshop in the Magnesia region of Greece. He is the last remaining artisan to practice this trade in the region. In order to create the saddle perfectly he takes the measurements directly from the animal. He only works during daylight hours since his workshop has no electricity.

Biography

Konstantinos Vogiatzakis

Konstantinos Vogiatzakis is the last artisan in the Magnesia region to continue the ancient Greek tradition of saddle making for donkeys and mules. Konstantinos lives in a small village between Athens and Thessaloniki. He started a five-year apprenticeship of this trade at the age of 16. When his master retired, Konstantinos took over the workshop. The mountainous region’s principal and sometimes only means of transport is by donkey or mule, resulting in a stable flow of work for Konstantinos. It takes approximately two days to make a saddle. Its decoration indicates the animal it is intended for.

  Donkey saddle Straw, fabric bag, wood, leather Konstantinos Vogiatzakis perpetuates the ancient trade of saddle making for mules and donkeys from his workshop in the Magnesia region of Greece. He is the last remaining artisan to practice this trade in the region. In order to create the saddle perfectly he takes the measurements directly from the animal. He only works during daylight hours since his workshop has no electricity.
Konstantinos Vogiatzakis
Donkey saddler
Space: Singular Talents
Description

Daniel Lopez Obrero is the third generation of his family to perfect the art of engraving and embossing leather, native to the Cordoban region of Spain. Daniel and his brother Carlos continue to perpetuate and develop the traditional skills of the workshop first set up by his grandparents in 1951 under the leathercraft brand Meryan. The workshop’s team is passionate about shedding light on their techniques and giving them the status they deserve.

Biography

Daniel Lopez Obrero

Daniel López-Obrero is the third-generation master artisan of his family to continue the engraved and embossed leather techniques known as Cordoban and Guadamecí. Ángel López-Obrero and his wife Mercedes created the workshop and brand Meryan (MERcedes y ANgel) in 1958. They first started to work with this trade in 1951, when they returned to Cordoba from Barcelona. Here they opened a studio dedicated to painting and sculpture but soon they started to focus their work on the ancient art of the Cordoban y Guadamecí, which was disappearing. The first years were dedicated to experimentation. Soon after Meryan opened in 1958, they started to receive national then international recognition for their work. The workshop produces a large range of products such as bags and furniture. Ángel and Mercedes’ grandsons, Daniel and Carlos, now run the workshop. Daniel is recognised as a master in the art of leatherwork.

  Embossed and engraved leatherwork Leather, gold leaf Daniel Lopez Obrero is the third generation of his family to perfect the art of engraving and embossing leather, native to the Cordoban region of Spain. Daniel and his brother Carlos continue to perpetuate and develop the traditional skills of the workshop first set up by his grandparents in 1951 under the leathercraft brand Meryan. The workshop’s team is passionate about shedding light on their techniques and giving them the status they deserve.
Daniel Lopez Obrero
Leatherwork
Space: Singular Talents
Description

From his workshop in the heart of Florence, Renzo Scarpelli and his team of expert artisans work an ancient craft of mosaic making from stones, passed down from masters of the Renaissance. The stones for the mosaics are collected by Renzo and his team from the Florence area. These are then worked on and sorted before being expertly and minutely created into mosaics with a painterly quality.

Biography

Renzo and Leonardo Scarpelli

Renzo Scarpelli was born in 1947. At the age of 13, he started working the stones in one of the oldest artisan workshops in Florence. After numerous years of apprenticeship and artistic studies, Renzo opened his workshop in Florence. Renzo Scarpelli's mosaic workshop perpetuates the rich mosaic tradition Commesso Fiorentino that dates back to the Italian Renaissance and from Florence de Medici. This technique brings together painting, the knowledge of stones, stone size and colour. Renzo Scarpelli now works alongside his son Leonardo in the mosaic workshop to create high-quality artistic masterpieces. The "stone painting" is the extraordinary combination of art and artisanship, tradition and innovation. Renzo believes that the future of this craft is in the hands of the young and dedicates an important portion of his time towards the training and teaching of students. In 2016, Renzo's name was inscribed in the guestbook of the MAM, the Maestri of Arte e Mestieri.

  Commesso Fiorentino mosaic work Hand made tessera From his workshop in the heart of Florence, Renzo Scarpelli and his team of expert artisans work an ancient craft of mosaic making from stones, passed down from masters of the Renaissance. The stones for the mosaics are collected by Renzo and his team from the Florence area. These are then worked on and sorted before being expertly and minutely created into mosaics with a painterly quality.
Renzo and Leonardo Scarpelli
Mosaicist
Space: Singular Talents
Description

Ingunn Undrum and Sarah Sjøgren make rope by hand in a workshop attached to the Hardanger og Voss (Hardanger Maritime Museum), the only place in Norway where this traditional trade is kept alive. The ropes are made from natural fibres including hemp, manila, linden and horse hair using techniques that date back to the Middle Ages. The pair mainly make rope for rigging on traditional boats, but also for railings, lassos and decoration.

Biography

Ingunn Undrum

Ingunn Undrum has been making rope for twenty years. Ingunn undertook a long apprenticeship in traditional rope making at Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter in Norway. As part of her education, Ingunn spent three months at Ropewalk in the Historic Dockyards in Chatham, UK, to learn about form and lay technology that does not exist in Norway. She works at the Hardanger Og Voss Museum in Norway where she creates new rope and restores historical pieces. Ingunn’s studio is the only one left in Norway and works with old machines and natural fibres. The process of creating things fascinates Ingunn, and she controls the entire process from start to finish with her hands.

Biography

Sarah Sjøgreen

Sarah Sjøgreen worked on tall ships around the world for many years and felt an interest in learning more about the crafts behind these magnificent ships. So, when she was lucky enough to get the chance to become a rope-maker, she took it and has not looked back since. Sarah believes her hands to be her most vital tools and that quality is the most important feature in their production of rope. She gets great satisfaction from taking part in every step of the rope-making process and seeing the final result come to life.

  Handmade rope Hand made rope Ingunn Undrum and Sarah Sjøgren make rope by hand in a workshop attached to the Hardanger og Voss (Hardanger Maritime Museum), the only place in Norway where this traditional trade is kept alive. The ropes are made from natural fibres including hemp, manila, linden and horse hair using techniques that date back to the Middle Ages. The pair mainly make rope for rigging on traditional boats, but also for railings, lassos and decoration.
Ingunn Undrum
Rope-maker
Sarah Sjøgreen
Rope-maker
Space: Singular Talents
Description

Despite being told by his teachers that he did not have the necessary talent to continue his studies in engraving, Richard Maier carried on down this path with thorough determination and passion. Working from his studio in Stuttgart, Germany, he is now considered a pioneer in art engraving. He uses traditional tools such as hammer and chisel to create beautiful engravings on luxury items such as hunting guns and knives, working entirely by hand, under a microscope.

Biography

Richard Maier

Richard Maier is considered a pioneer in the art of engraving. For Richard, this art permits him to tell a story. He attended the school of engraving in Ferlach, Austria (his native country), which gave him a solid formation in this profession. The teachers in the school had told his parents that Richard should change career path, advice that only pushed him to study this craft further. He started working as an engraver in 1980 and from the start looked for a way to express his passion for drawing. Richard thoroughly dislikes engraving letters. Working from his studio in Stuttgart, Germany, Richards works by hand using traditional tools. He considers the Italians to be the best engravers in the world.

  Engraved knife Despite being told by his teachers that he did not have the necessary talent to continue his studies in engraving, Richard Maier carried on down this path with thorough determination and passion. Working from his studio in Stuttgart, Germany, he is now considered a pioneer in art engraving. He uses traditional tools such as hammer and chisel to create beautiful engravings on luxury items such as hunting guns and knives, working entirely by hand, under a microscope.
Richard Maier
Engraver
Space: Singular Talents
Description

From his Paris workshop, Eric Charles-Donatien makes fashion accessories such as headwear, shoes, bags and jewellery displaying detailed feather work. Under his management, his studio also creates contemporary decorative art, combining feathers with metal, leather and a whole range of other materials. Eric is keen on preserving this rare craft and through his training of young apprentices, he works to preserve and promote it for the future.

Biography

Eric Charles-Donatien

Eric Charles-Donatien is a feather craft designer and maker. He studied at the Ecole Duperré and the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Eric first encountered the art of feather craft while working in the studios and workshops of Hermès and Hanae Mori in Paris. He then became an assistant to the famous French feather crafter André Lemarié and subsequently head of artistic creation for Maison Lemarié. For the next 13 years, he collaborated with prestigious fashion houses including Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roger Vivier, Vera Wang and Roberto Cavalli. In 2010, Eric founded his company and now develops MOYE & DA, a brand of custom-made accessories. It is important to Eric that he meet each designer so that he can faithfully interpret their fashion vision and realise their ideas.

  Feather work Handmade feather-work From his Paris workshop, Eric Charles-Donatien makes fashion accessories such as headwear, shoes, bags and jewellery displaying detailed feather work. Under his management, his studio also creates contemporary decorative art, combining feathers with metal, leather and a whole range of other materials. Eric is keen on preserving this rare craft and through his training of young apprentices, he works to preserve and promote it for the future.
Eric Charles-Donatien
Feather-worker
Space: Singular Talents
Description

Izabela Kovalevskaja is one of four students on the stained glass course at Vilnius Academy of Arts. She wishes to revive interest in this craft, which had a rich history in Lithuania but due to lack of new talent is slowly dying out. Her subjects are classical but her style is heavily influenced by her previous training as a tattoo artist.

Biography

Izabela Kovalevskaja

Stained glass artisan Izabela Kovalevskaja’s goal is to transform stained glass art into something modern. While the theme of her work remains a classical one, her style is much closer to that of tattoo art. Izabela first completed a tattoo apprenticeship and devoted herself to this art for six years. She then started studying stained glass at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She chose this trade because she has always been interested in sacred art and old churches, in particular the windows that seem mysterious. She is also drawn to the idea of learning something that very few people do and contributing to keeping an ancient trade alive. To Izabela the style of stained glass art is not so different to the colour combinations and bold black lines of tattoo art. Izabela has been producing stained glass for just over two years and is still finishing her studies in this field.

  Stained-glass window Glass, enamel glaze Izabela Kovalevskaja is one of four students on the stained glass course at Vilnius Academy of Arts. She wishes to revive interest in this craft, which had a rich history in Lithuania but due to lack of new talent is slowly dying out. Her subjects are classical but her style is heavily influenced by her previous training as a tattoo artist.
Izabela Kovalevskaja
Stained glass maker
Space: Singular Talents
Description

On the Scottish Isle of Lewis, weaving is not so much a job, but more a way of life that tends to be handed down from generation to generation. Carloway Mill is one of only three mills in the world making Harris Tweed. The mill was on the verge of closing when Annie MacDonald and a business partner bought and modernised the mill. Using traditional techniques, they started to produce fabrics more adapted to contemporary demand, such as a lighter fabric used in women’s wear.

Biography

Carloway Mill

Carloway Mill on the Scottish Isle of Lewis is one of three remaining Harris Tweed mills left in the world. Weaving is not so much a job, but more a way of life that tends to be handed down from generation to generation. The recent story of the mill is that of a renaissance. Like much of the textile industry in Europe, the mill saw a sharp decline in business since the mid-1960s. Even though Harris Tweed is protected by a 1993 Act of Parliament, the mill was on the verge of closing down when Annie MacDonald, a woman from the Isle of Lewis where the mill is located, and an English businessman bought the mill and relaunched the business. The first change that Annie implemented was to make a lighter tweed, ideal for women's ready-to-wear. The Carloway Mill is proud to employ a multi-talented workforce of around 30. The weaving is still done manually, fully respecting the rich protected heritage of Harris Tweed.

  Harris Tweed 100% virgin wool yarn On the Scottish Isle of Lewis, weaving is not so much a job, but more a way of life that tends to be handed down from generation to generation. Carloway Mill is one of only three mills in the world making Harris Tweed. The mill was on the verge of closing when Annie MacDonald and a business partner bought and modernised the mill. Using traditional techniques, they started to produce fabrics more adapted to contemporary demand, such as a lighter fabric used in women’s wear.
Carloway Mill
Weaving
Space: Singular Talents
Description

From his North London studio Peter Bellerby and his team of trained globe-makers and cartographers create handmade globes combining traditional and modern techniques. Everything from the wooden and metal bases, the artwork, the painting and map-making, the weighting and goring (applying the map to the sphere) are handmade and perfected in-house.

Biography

Peter Bellerby

Bellerby & Co globemakers was founded by Peter Bellerby and is based in Stoke Newington, London, England. The company's story is quite whimsical. Peter had been looking for a globe for his father’s 80th birthday. After a long and thorough search, he found a number of personality-lacking student globes and very expensive antique globes. Therefore, the natural solution to Peter was to make his own globe. Because, really, how difficult could this be? The answer gradually made itself apparent over the next few years. Having dedicated a number of years to this hobby be understood that this could become a job that no one does in an artisanal manner any more. So, Peter opened his own workshop, Bellerby & Co, which now employs 20 people: craftsmen, of course, but also cartographers.

London, UK  Handmade globes Plaster, paper, paint From his North London studio Peter Bellerby and his team of trained globe-makers and cartographers create handmade globes combining traditional and modern techniques. Everything from the wooden and metal bases, the artwork, the painting and map-making, the weighting and goring (applying the map to the sphere) are handmade and perfected in-house.
Peter Bellerby
Globemaker
Space: Singular Talents
Description

This handmade brass bowl with a number of bold, quasi-triangular geometric faces has been finished with a brass patina. Barbara Amstutz takes her inspiration from the vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

Biography

Barbara Amstutz

From her workshop in Basel, Switzerland, Barbara Amstutz creates silver objects for everyday use and liturgical purposes as well as works of art. These works are created in limited series or as one-off pieces. Barbara uses her knowledge of traditional silversmith techniques to produce innovative contemporary objects and takes great pleasure in pursuing ideas and carrying out elaborate designs. The unlimited malleability of silver as well as the wide variety of options for working with this precious metal fascinate her. As well as creating her own works, Barbara restores, repairs and conserves antique silver and other metal objects.

  Müstair 6 Brass Brass This handmade brass bowl with a number of bold, quasi-triangular geometric faces has been finished with a brass patina. Barbara Amstutz takes her inspiration from the vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.
Barbara Amstutz
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Inspired by the vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the flat geometric faces of this copper bowl reflect Barbara Amstutz’s juxtaposed vision of the ceiling and bowls as vessels of religious activities. This bowl has been finished with a copper patina, which gives it a matte colour.

Biography

Barbara Amstutz

From her workshop in Basel, Switzerland, Barbara Amstutz creates silver objects for everyday use and liturgical purposes as well as works of art. These works are created in limited series or as one-off pieces. Barbara uses her knowledge of traditional silversmith techniques to produce innovative contemporary objects and takes great pleasure in pursuing ideas and carrying out elaborate designs. The unlimited malleability of silver as well as the wide variety of options for working with this precious metal fascinate her. As well as creating her own works, Barbara restores, repairs and conserves antique silver and other metal objects.

  Müstair 6 Copper This handmade copper bowl with bold geometric faces has been finished with a copper patina. Inspired by the vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the flat geometric faces of this copper bowl reflect Barbara Amstutz’s juxtaposed vision of the ceiling and bowls as vessels of religious activities. This bowl has been finished with a copper patina, which gives it a matte colour.
Barbara Amstutz
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade bowl has been made with 925 sterling silver. The vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, are the origin of Barbara Amstutz's inspiration. She sees these painted ceilings as bowls, or vessels of religious activity.

Biography

Barbara Amstutz

From her workshop in Basel, Switzerland, Barbara Amstutz creates silver objects for everyday use and liturgical purposes as well as works of art. These works are created in limited series or as one-off pieces. Barbara uses her knowledge of traditional silversmith techniques to produce innovative contemporary objects and takes great pleasure in pursuing ideas and carrying out elaborate designs. The unlimited malleability of silver as well as the wide variety of options for working with this precious metal fascinate her. As well as creating her own works, Barbara restores, repairs and conserves antique silver and other metal objects.

  Müstair 9 silver 925 This handmade bowl has been made with 925 sterling silver. The vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, are the origin of Barbara Amstutz's inspiration. She sees these painted ceilings as bowls, or vessels of religious activity.
Barbara Amstutz
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade bowl has been made with 925 sterling silver. The vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, are the origin of Barbara Amstutz’s inspiration. She sees these painted ceilings as bowls, or vessels of religious activity.

Biography

Barbara Amstutz

From her workshop in Basel, Switzerland, Barbara Amstutz creates silver objects for everyday use and liturgical purposes as well as works of art. These works are created in limited series or as one-off pieces. Barbara uses her knowledge of traditional silversmith techniques to produce innovative contemporary objects and takes great pleasure in pursuing ideas and carrying out elaborate designs. The unlimited malleability of silver as well as the wide variety of options for working with this precious metal fascinate her. As well as creating her own works, Barbara restores, repairs and conserves antique silver and other metal objects.

  Müstair 12 silver 925 This handmade bowl has been made with 925 sterling silver. The vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, are the origin of Barbara Amstutz’s inspiration. She sees these painted ceilings as bowls, or vessels of religious activity.
Barbara Amstutz
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These four silver bowls have each been finished with a different shade of vitreous enamel. Each bowl is glazed in a gradually darker colour, from yellow to green, representing different shades of grass.

Biography

Cara Murphy

Cara Murphy is a contemporary silversmith based in Northern Ireland. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, she applies traditional silversmith techniques to create innovative, functional and sculptural silver tableware. Cara takes her inspiration from the natural environment, creating silver landscapes for the dining table that metaphorically 'grow' from it. Her award-winning silverware has been exhibited in numerous applied art and silversmithing exhibitions, and her work is represented in many international collections.

  Grass Bowls Silver and enamel These four silver bowls have each been finished with a different shade of vitreous enamel. Each bowl is glazed in a gradually darker colour, from yellow to green, representing different shades of grass.
Cara Murphy
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture has been turned from green (wet) oak. The wood grain is deliberately oriented so as to influence the final form of the object during the drying process. Fissures and cracks, produced through the natural deformation of the wood, are held together with wooden butterfly keys. The surface is treated with clay.

Biography

Ernst Gamperl

Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, Munich born Ernst Gamperl stumbled on woodturning by chance. Equipped with a book on woodturning he starting training in this craft as an autodidact, unhampered by convention in his approach to turnery. After a few years, by means of patience, exercise and research, he perfected this technique and established his first workshop in 1990. Although Ernst used to prefer working with precious, exotic woods, he has since come to focus on working with European wood varieties like maple, beech, Italian olive tree and principally oak. After three years, he entered the design school in Hildesheim, Germany, and was awarded the title "Meister"(Master). Ernst exhibits his work extensively throughout Europe and internationally. His objects have earned him numerous prizes and are found in museum and private collections worldwide.

  Tree of Life Oak This sculpture has been turned from green (wet) oak. The wood grain is deliberately oriented so as to influence the final form of the object during the drying process. Fissures and cracks, produced through the natural deformation of the wood, are held together with wooden butterfly keys. The surface is treated with clay.
Ernst Gamperl
Wood turning
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These egg-shaped blown glass sculptures stand on glass. Geir Nustad's exploration of colour, patterns and textures could trick the viewer into thinking these works are made from turned wood. The strong contrast between the brown exterior and purple interior of the sculpture, the dark and the colourful, challenges what is possible when working with glass, both technically and aesthetically.

Biography

Geir Nustad

Geir Nustad was born in Tromsø, in the north of Norway. He moved to Kosta, Sweden in 2006 to begin his studies to become a glassblower at the Kosta Glascenter (Kosta Boda) where he was taught the famous Grail technique and from which he graduated in 2009. He continued actively to search for his own expression with glass and the same year Geir started to study in the Glass Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and graduated in 2012. He now works from Amsterdam. Through his works, Geir intends to create a bridge between craft, design and fine arts in order to create a deeper connection between the object or sculpture and the spectator. His artistic practice stretches from drawing and painting to creation of objects, sculptures and installations, mainly made of glass.

  Wave – Purpur egg Freehand blown and cut glass. Stand from glass. These egg-shaped blown glass sculptures stand on glass. Geir Nustad's exploration of colour, patterns and textures could trick the viewer into thinking these works are made from turned wood. The strong contrast between the brown exterior and purple interior of the sculpture, the dark and the colourful, challenges what is possible when working with glass, both technically and aesthetically.
Geir Nustad
Glassblowing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This egg-shaped blown glass sculpture stands on glass. Geir Nustad's exploration of colour, patterns and textures could trick the viewer into thinking this work is made from turned wood. The strong contrast between the exterior and interior of the sculpture, the dark and the colourful, challenges what is possible when working with glass, both technically and aesthetically.

Biography

Geir Nustad

Geir Nustad was born in Tromsø, in the north of Norway. He moved to Kosta, Sweden in 2006 to begin his studies to become a glassblower at the Kosta Glascenter (Kosta Boda) where he was taught the famous Grail technique and from which he graduated in 2009. He continued actively to search for his own expression with glass and the same year Geir started to study in the Glass Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and graduated in 2012. He now works from Amsterdam. Through his works, Geir intends to create a bridge between craft, design and fine arts in order to create a deeper connection between the object or sculpture and the spectator. His artistic practice stretches from drawing and painting to creation of objects, sculptures and installations, mainly made of glass.

  Wave – celadon egg Freehand blown and cut glass. Stand from glass. This egg-shaped blown glass sculpture stands on glass. Geir Nustad's exploration of colour, patterns and textures could trick the viewer into thinking this work is made from turned wood. The strong contrast between the exterior and interior of the sculpture, the dark and the colourful, challenges what is possible when working with glass, both technically and aesthetically.
Geir Nustad
Glassblowing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A colourless cone-shaped borosilicate glass vase holds a blossoming Murano glass bouquet with dry looking stems. Peony kopper kettle flowers vary from light pink to brown shades and oak acorns hang from the end of branches flanked with dry leaves. Bright red berries contrast with the wilted autumn flowers and oak leaves.

Biography

Lilla Tabasso

Lilla Tabasso was born in Milan in 1973, the city where she now lives and works. Following her studies at the Faculty of Biology at the University in Milan, she began working with Murano glass using the ancient techniques of blowing and modelling. Her initial studies in biology are a key component to her research, which focuses on botany. Her still life works of incredible realism depict vases with flowers and draw from the infinite palette of nature’s colours and translucency. Fundamental to Lilla’s depiction are shades, mutations and imperfections: dry branches, faded flowers and wilting leaves. By focusing in such micro-detail on the forms and colours of every flower, Lilla’s works analyse how the expressive potential of nature exceeds that of mankind.

  Impressione d'Autunno Murano glass, borosilicate glass A colourless cone-shaped borosilicate glass vase holds a blossoming Murano glass bouquet with dry looking stems. Peony kopper kettle flowers vary from light pink to brown shades and oak acorns hang from the end of branches flanked with dry leaves. Bright red berries contrast with the wilted autumn flowers and oak leaves.
Lilla Tabasso
Lampworking
Space: Best of Europe
Description

White dog-rose petals have started to wilt. They maintain their white colour and orange pistil but contrast with the leaves and berries that have started to wither at the end of their green stems. The Murano glass bouquet stands upright inside a classically shaped borosilicate glass vase.

Biography

Lilla Tabasso

Lilla Tabasso was born in Milan in 1973, the city where she now lives and works. Following her studies at the Faculty of Biology at the University in Milan, she began working with Murano glass using the ancient techniques of blowing and modelling. Her initial studies in biology are a key component to her research, which focuses on botany. Her still life works of incredible realism depict vases with flowers and draw from the infinite palette of nature’s colours and translucency. Fundamental to Lilla’s depiction are shades, mutations and imperfections: dry branches, faded flowers and wilting leaves. By focusing in such micro-detail on the forms and colours of every flower, Lilla’s works analyse how the expressive potential of nature exceeds that of mankind.

  Rosa Canina (dog-rose) Murano glass, borosilicate glass White dog-rose petals have started to wilt. They maintain their white colour and orange pistil but contrast with the leaves and berries that have started to wither at the end of their green stems. The Murano glass bouquet stands upright inside a classically shaped borosilicate glass vase.
Lilla Tabasso
Lampworking
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A bouquet of once beautiful purple and white flowers made from lampworked Murano glass stands wilted and rotting, falling over the edge of a colourless borosilicate glass vase. The stems of the bouquet stand in murky brown water. The work's title, Vanity, questions the ephemeral nature of beauty.

Biography

Lilla Tabasso

Lilla Tabasso was born in Milan in 1973, the city where she now lives and works. Following her studies at the Faculty of Biology at the University in Milan, she began working with Murano glass using the ancient techniques of blowing and modelling. Her initial studies in biology are a key component to her research, which focuses on botany. Her still life works of incredible realism depict vases with flowers and draw from the infinite palette of nature’s colours and translucency. Fundamental to Lilla’s depiction are shades, mutations and imperfections: dry branches, faded flowers and wilting leaves. By focusing in such micro-detail on the forms and colours of every flower, Lilla’s works analyse how the expressive potential of nature exceeds that of mankind.

  Vanitas (vanity) Murano glass, vase in borosilicate glass A bouquet of once beautiful purple and white flowers made from lampworked Murano glass stands wilted and rotting, falling over the edge of a colourless borosilicate glass vase. The stems of the bouquet stand in murky brown water. The work's title, Vanity, questions the ephemeral nature of beauty.
Lilla Tabasso
Lampworking
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A bunch of blossoming red and white lampworked Murano glass peonies is placed in a colourless borosilicate glass vase.

Biography

Lilla Tabasso

Lilla Tabasso was born in Milan in 1973, the city where she now lives and works. Following her studies at the Faculty of Biology at the University in Milan, she began working with Murano glass using the ancient techniques of blowing and modelling. Her initial studies in biology are a key component to her research, which focuses on botany. Her still life works of incredible realism depict vases with flowers and draw from the infinite palette of nature’s colours and translucency. Fundamental to Lilla’s depiction are shades, mutations and imperfections: dry branches, faded flowers and wilting leaves. By focusing in such micro-detail on the forms and colours of every flower, Lilla’s works analyse how the expressive potential of nature exceeds that of mankind.

  Red and White Peonies Murano glass, vase in borosilicate glass A bunch of blossoming red and white lampworked Murano glass peonies is placed in a colourless borosilicate glass vase.
Lilla Tabasso
Lampworking
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These two handmade ochre yellow porcelain structures have been formed on a lathe, by removing material from previously thrown vessels. The juxtaposed discs that run down the two leaning vessels explore the ambiguous occupation and containment of space.

Biography

Nicholas Lees

Nicholas Lees’ materials for sculpture are porcelain, space and light. While Nicholas first studied English and History at the University of Kent, his interest quickly turned to ceramics and he undertook a second BA in Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic and an MA in Ceramics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. His works question the physical elements in the relationship between the object and the body of the viewer, which deal directly with perceptual phenomena. What is seen and understood of solidity and materials shifts according to the relationship between the object, space, light and the eye of the viewer. The presence of the object on the surface floats and shifts according to perception. Nicholas’ work can be found in several international museum collections.

  Two Leaning Vessels Parian porcelain These two handmade ochre yellow porcelain structures have been formed on a lathe, by removing material from previously thrown vessels. The juxtaposed discs that run down the two leaning vessels explore the ambiguous occupation and containment of space.
Nicholas Lees
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This zoomorphic decorative silver object is made around one central varnished coconut placed on a sterling silver base. Silverwork and pink tourmaline stones ornament the coconut to create an animal-like object. The different parts can be dismantled using pins and screws.

Biography

Tommaso Pestelli

Tommaso Pestelli’s career began in the family workshop. Here he absorbed knowledge though observation. Tommaso continued to work on the traditional artisanship he had learnt alongside masters of the trade when undertaking studies at the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts and at the "Opificio delle Pietre Dure". Here he qualified as a restorer in glyptic and goldsmith's art. Today, using traditional techniques and technical expertise, combined with originality and creativity, Tommaso and his wife Eva create fine jewellery, collectibles and home accessories made of gold, silver and semi-precious stones, inspired by the sense of style and atmosphere of the past. Some of Tommaso's jewellery is on display in the permanent collection at the Museo degli Argenti in Florence, at the Uffizi Gallery and international galleries.

  Cocco Pesce (Coconut Fish) Coconut, Silver 925, Pink Tourmaline This zoomorphic decorative silver object is made around one central varnished coconut placed on a sterling silver base. Silverwork and pink tourmaline stones ornament the coconut to create an animal-like object. The different parts can be dismantled using pins and screws.
Tommaso Pestelli
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A carefully placed sliver dragon digs its claws into the sides of a mother of pearl Nautilus shell. The shell is held up by a silver stem connected to a silver scallop shell.

Biography

Tommaso Pestelli

Tommaso Pestelli’s career began in the family workshop. Here he absorbed knowledge though observation. Tommaso continued to work on the traditional artisanship he had learnt alongside masters of the trade when undertaking studies at the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts and at the "Opificio delle Pietre Dure". Here he qualified as a restorer in glyptic and goldsmith's art. Today, using traditional techniques and technical expertise, combined with originality and creativity, Tommaso and his wife Eva create fine jewellery, collectibles and home accessories made of gold, silver and semi-precious stones, inspired by the sense of style and atmosphere of the past. Some of Tommaso's jewellery is on display in the permanent collection at the Museo degli Argenti in Florence, at the Uffizi Gallery and international galleries.

  Nautilus Drago Nautilus Shell, Silver 925 A carefully placed sliver dragon digs its claws into the sides of a mother of pearl Nautilus shell. The shell is held up by a silver stem connected to a silver scallop shell.
Tommaso Pestelli
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade fused glass South American “Oncidium Cranberry” orchid presents dotted pink and white petals and a light-pink dotted and white Labellum. The column of the orchid is made of yellow and white coloured glass. To capture the delicate detail of each orchid, these pieces are subjected to numerous firings to incorporate many hand cut fragments of glass.

Biography

Laura Hart

Suffolk glass artist Laura Hart creates fine art glass sculpture and functional glass tableware from her studio in rural Cavendish. She specialises in fused and kiln formed glass orchids, glass wild flowers and meticulously detailed fused and cast glass butterflies. Laura’s work brings several traditional glass-making techniques together with the addition of sterling silver for anatomical detail. She specialises in fused glass production uniting 21st century 3D design applications with age-old traditional glass making techniques. From her well-equipped studio in Cavendish near Sudbury in Suffolk, Laura holds monthly two-day glass fusing workshops. The classes are open to all levels of experience from absolute beginners to veteran glass fusing fanatics.

  Oncidium Cranberry Glass in acrylic case This handmade fused glass South American “Oncidium Cranberry” orchid presents dotted pink and white petals and a light-pink dotted and white Labellum. The column of the orchid is made of yellow and white coloured glass. To capture the delicate detail of each orchid, these pieces are subjected to numerous firings to incorporate many hand cut fragments of glass.
Laura Hart
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade fused glass Miltonia Stectibilis Sunshine orchid presents light pink-yellow petals and a light pink-white labellum. The column of the orchid is made of yellow and white coloured glass. To capture the delicate detail of each orchid, these pieces are subjected to numerous firings to incorporate the many hand cut fragments of glass.

Biography

Laura Hart

Suffolk glass artist Laura Hart creates fine art glass sculpture and functional glass tableware from her studio in rural Cavendish. She specialises in fused and kiln formed glass orchids, glass wild flowers and meticulously detailed fused and cast glass butterflies. Laura’s work brings several traditional glass-making techniques together with the addition of sterling silver for anatomical detail. She specialises in fused glass production uniting 21st century 3D design applications with age-old traditional glass making techniques. From her well-equipped studio in Cavendish near Sudbury in Suffolk, Laura holds monthly two-day glass fusing workshops. The classes are open to all levels of experience from absolute beginners to veteran glass fusing fanatics.

  Miltonia Stectibilis Sunshine Glass in acrylic case. This handmade fused glass Miltonia Stectibilis Sunshine orchid presents light pink-yellow petals and a light pink-white labellum. The column of the orchid is made of yellow and white coloured glass. To capture the delicate detail of each orchid, these pieces are subjected to numerous firings to incorporate the many hand cut fragments of glass.
Laura Hart
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This shallow yet wide terracotta plate is decorated with spiralling optical patterns that draw the viewer’s eye to the centre of the plate. The pattern is made from blue, green and red powdered metal oxides.

Biography

Saura Vignoli

Ivana and Saura Vignoli are sisters. They both graduated from the Ballardini Art School of Ceramics before opening their own workshop together in 1976, in Faenza. The sisters have regularly participated in international and national exhibitions and competitions.

  Spirale Bizantina earthenware This shallow yet wide terracotta plate is decorated with spiralling optical patterns that draw the viewer’s eye to the centre of the plate. The pattern is made from blue, green and red powdered metal oxides.
Saura Vignoli
Earthenware pottery
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A tall terracotta vase is decorated with a square pattern reminiscent of the square shapes on the interior underside of church domes. The vase has been decorated with powdered metal oxides.

Biography

Saura Vignoli

Ivana and Saura Vignoli are sisters. They both graduated from the Ballardini Art School of Ceramics before opening their own workshop together in 1976, in Faenza. The sisters have regularly participated in international and national exhibitions and competitions.

  Vaso Modanato Earthenware A tall terracotta vase is decorated with a square pattern reminiscent of the square shapes on the interior underside of church domes. The vase has been decorated with powdered metal oxides.
Saura Vignoli
Earthenware pottery
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This fired earthenware vase is extensively decorated with an intricate blue shade fish design.

Biography

Ivana Vignoli

Ivana and Saura Vignoli are sisters. They both graduated from the Ballardini Art School of Ceramics before opening their own workshop together in 1976, in Faenza. The sisters have regularly participated in international and national exhibitions and competitions.

  Vaso Palla Earthenware This fired earthenware vase is extensively decorated with an intricate blue shade fish design.
Ivana Vignoli
Earthenware pottery
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Seven silver and mixed metal vessels with a patinated finish, stand on stainless steel stilts. Talk To Me proposes a playful interpretation of museum displays. It references ancient pots and amphorae supported by metal tripods. However, unlike robust museum stands, this series of vessels on stilts communicates gestures and fragility.

Biography

Adi Toch

Adi Toch explores the visual language of metal through colour, movement, sound and tactility. She creates engaging objects that investigate the embodiment of vessels and containers. Her work begins with a flat sheet of metal and is entirely shaped by hand by means of tools such as hammers. Her work communicates through its sensory qualities and invites the observer to pick it up or look closely before revealing its story. Adi graduated from The Cass, London in 2009 with a Masters in Art, Design & Visual Culture, following her BA from Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, metalwork department. Her work is exhibited internationally and included in major public collections such as the V&A Museum, London, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, National Museums Scotland, National Museum of Wales and The Jewish Museum, New York.

  Talk to Me Seven silver and mixed metal vessels with a patinated finish, stand on stainless steel stilts Seven silver and mixed metal vessels with a patinated finish, stand on stainless steel stilts. Talk To Me proposes a playful interpretation of museum displays. It references ancient pots and amphorae supported by metal tripods. However, unlike robust museum stands, this series of vessels on stilts communicates gestures and fragility.
Adi Toch
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Vivid in Motion explores the relationship between form, colour, movement and sound. This double-layered vessel contains loose stainless steel balls that can be seen from the opening, felt and heard, but not emptied. The content is shifted as the vessel moves, producing compelling sound.

Biography

Adi Toch

Adi Toch explores the visual language of metal through colour, movement, sound and tactility. She creates engaging objects that investigate the embodiment of vessels and containers. Her work begins with a flat sheet of metal and is entirely shaped by hand by means of tools such as hammers. Her work communicates through its sensory qualities and invites the observer to pick it up or look closely before revealing its story. Adi graduated from The Cass, London in 2009 with a Masters in Art, Design & Visual Culture, following her BA from Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, metalwork department. Her work is exhibited internationally and included in major public collections such as the V&A Museum, London, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, National Museums Scotland, National Museum of Wales and The Jewish Museum, New York.

  Vivid in Motion Patina on silver plated gilding metal, loose stainless steel balls Vivid in Motion explores the relationship between form, colour, movement and sound. This double-layered vessel contains loose stainless steel balls that can be seen from the opening, felt and heard, but not emptied. The content is shifted as the vessel moves, producing compelling sound.
Adi Toch
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This piece is part of a series of sculptures and wall installations depicting tree creepers. This white porcelain sculpture depicting the twisted leaves and stems of tree creepers stands on several delicate porcelain legs. The sculpture invites viewers to immerse themselves in a living and ambiguous tropical vegetation.

Biography

Alice Riehl

Nature comes to life and blooms in the intricate refinement of Alice Riehl’s work. Alice discovered porcelain while training at the French Ceramic Institute in Sèvres, France. It has since become her medium of predilection. Her family heritage being linked to that of lacework, it came as a natural choice to combine this medium with her porcelain production. The lace texture effect signs her work. Alice models her works entirely by hand without using any moulds. Each piece is therefore unique. She produces sculptures as well as porcelain wall installations. Nature is at the centre of Alice’s inspiration and work. Her work is found in private and public spaces in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.

  Lianes White porcelain clay This piece is part of a series of sculptures and wall installations depicting tree creepers. This white porcelain sculpture depicting the twisted leaves and stems of tree creepers stands on several delicate porcelain legs. The sculpture invites viewers to immerse themselves in a living and ambiguous tropical vegetation.
Alice Riehl
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This white porcelain sculpture is inspired by the representation of family in genealogical trees and family portraits. Reflecting the hereditary characteristics of a lineage and its interactions, body and vegetation closely combine.

Biography

Alice Riehl

Nature comes to life and blooms in the intricate refinement of Alice Riehl’s work. Alice discovered porcelain while training at the French Ceramic Institute in Sèvres, France. It has since become her medium of predilection. Her family heritage being linked to that of lacework, it came as a natural choice to combine this medium with her porcelain production. The lace texture effect signs her work. Alice models her works entirely by hand without using any moulds. Each piece is therefore unique. She produces sculptures as well as porcelain wall installations. Nature is at the centre of Alice’s inspiration and work. Her work is found in private and public spaces in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.

  Lignage White porcelain clay This white porcelain sculpture is inspired by the representation of family in genealogical trees and family portraits. Reflecting the hereditary characteristics of a lineage and its interactions, body and vegetation closely combine.
Alice Riehl
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Rafael Pérez creates a woven basket-like structure from black earthenware covered in white porcelain strips. Much of the surface of the porcelain is fissured, exposing the black earthenware below.

Biography

Rafael Pérez

Rafael Perez was born in Haro, La Rioja, Spain in 1957. At first, he studied economics but quickly decided to leave these studies aside and dedicate himself to art. He has exhibited his work in Spain as well as internationally, and has received numerous awards.

  De objetos y de muros (Of objects and walls) White porcelain clay and black earthenware Rafael Pérez creates a woven basket-like structure from black earthenware covered in white porcelain strips. Much of the surface of the porcelain is fissured, exposing the black earthenware below.
Rafael Pérez
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These porcelain shapes evoke the image of simple, microscopic beings. They are like the shells of diatoms which, in this size, display geometric traits of order evident in basic natural structures such as barren bones, or leaves. The white opaqueness highlights a bone-like nature.

Biography

Zsolt József Simon

Simon Zsolt József is a Hungarian ceramicist, painter, sculptor and designer. Simon studied porcelain painting (1988-1991) at Fischer Mor Porcelain Industrial Vocational School, Herend. Movement in sports and dance are important to him and are an integral part of his works. Upon graduating, Simon travelled around the world. During this time, he drew a lot, experimenting with drawing and developing a style true to himself and his passion for movement. Upon returning to Hungary, Simon started to adapt this drawing style to his work as a porcelain painter. Over the years, he complemented his previous studies with numerous others in music, drama, painting, teaching and design of porcelain production. Simon considers his sculptures, drawings and paintings to be studies of movements without real forms.

  Untitled Stoneware These porcelain shapes evoke the image of simple, microscopic beings. They are like the shells of diatoms which, in this size, display geometric traits of order evident in basic natural structures such as barren bones, or leaves. The white opaqueness highlights a bone-like nature.
Zsolt József Simon
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This porcelain shape evokes the image of simple, microscopic beings. It is like the shells of diatoms which, in this size, display geometric traits of order evident in basic natural structures such as barren bones, or leaves. The yellow colour moves our imagination towards a flower or fruit-like form.

Biography

Zsolt József Simon

Simon Zsolt József is a Hungarian ceramicist, painter, sculptor and designer. Simon studied porcelain painting (1988-1991) at Fischer Mor Porcelain Industrial Vocational School, Herend. Movement in sports and dance are important to him and are an integral part of his works. Upon graduating, Simon travelled around the world. During this time, he drew a lot, experimenting with drawing and developing a style true to himself and his passion for movement. Upon returning to Hungary, Simon started to adapt this drawing style to his work as a porcelain painter. Over the years, he complemented his previous studies with numerous others in music, drama, painting, teaching and design of porcelain production. Simon considers his sculptures, drawings and paintings to be studies of movements without real forms.

  Untitled Porcelain clay This porcelain shape evokes the image of simple, microscopic beings. It is like the shells of diatoms which, in this size, display geometric traits of order evident in basic natural structures such as barren bones, or leaves. The yellow colour moves our imagination towards a flower or fruit-like form.
Zsolt József Simon
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These porcelain shapes evoke the image of simple, microscopic beings. They are like the shells of diatoms which, in this size, display geometric traits of order evident in basic natural structures such as barren bones or leaves. The grey colour tends to bring the interior darkness to the forefront.

Biography

Zsolt József Simon

Simon Zsolt József is a Hungarian ceramicist, painter, sculptor and designer. Simon studied porcelain painting (1988-1991) at Fischer Mor Porcelain Industrial Vocational School, Herend. Movement in sports and dance are important to him and are an integral part of his works. Upon graduating, Simon travelled around the world. During this time, he drew a lot, experimenting with drawing and developing a style true to himself and his passion for movement. Upon returning to Hungary, Simon started to adapt this drawing style to his work as a porcelain painter. Over the years, he complemented his previous studies with numerous others in music, drama, painting, teaching and design of porcelain production. Simon considers his sculptures, drawings and paintings to be studies of movements without real forms.

  Untitled Stoneware, pigments These porcelain shapes evoke the image of simple, microscopic beings. They are like the shells of diatoms which, in this size, display geometric traits of order evident in basic natural structures such as barren bones or leaves. The grey colour tends to bring the interior darkness to the forefront.
Zsolt József Simon
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Four red lamellar structures composed of fine, alternating layers of red sheet vinyl strips have been fitted over metal and glass cylinders. The lamella layers have been superimposed or slid under one another creating a highly sensorial experience.

Biography

Daniele Papuli

After graduating in sculpture from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Daniel Papuli settled in Milan where he still lives and works. He first experimented with sculpture at the start of the 1990’s, working with stone, wood and plaster. During an international workshop held in Berlin in 1993, Daniel was first introduced to the methods of paper manufacturing. He experimented with paper over the next few years making this his principal medium of creation, and in 1997 created his first paper sculpture. Since, Daniel has worked with publishers creating handmade sheets of paper. He continues to experiment with materials with similar structures and tactile properties to paper. He has exhibited his works internationally and they are found in private and public collections in Italy and abroad and in publications of paper art.

  Talea (Small), Talea (Medium) Strips of red vinyl sheet, metal and glass cylinder Four red lamellar structures composed of fine, alternating layers of red sheet vinyl strips have been fitted over metal and glass cylinders. The lamella layers have been superimposed or slid under one another creating a highly sensorial experience.
Daniele Papuli
Paper sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This carved and hollowed vessel has been sculpted from a single piece of sequoia. Sequoia grows at a different density during different times of the year and this property of the material has been used to transform the texture of the piece. A lathe is used to turn the initial shape and to hollow it out. It is then chiselled and sand blasted to expose the sinuous pattern formed by the uneven growth of the wood.

Biography

Eleanor Lakelin

Eleanor Lakelin is a London based artist who grew up in a rural area of Wales immersed in nature. This understanding and love of natural material has informed her artistic life. She loves wood, its history and provenance and the fact that it is a living material. She has spent many years perfecting form and experimenting with how the properties of wood can be used to express the rhythm of time and our relationship to the earth. Eleanor exhibits extensively internationally and her pieces have won many awards and commendations. Her work is held in numerous prestigious collections worldwide.

  Ferrous Shift II, 2018 Sequoia felled in the British Isles, iron solution This carved and hollowed vessel has been sculpted from a single piece of sequoia. Sequoia grows at a different density during different times of the year and this property of the material has been used to transform the texture of the piece. A lathe is used to turn the initial shape and to hollow it out. It is then chiselled and sand blasted to expose the sinuous pattern formed by the uneven growth of the wood.
Eleanor Lakelin
Wood turning
Space: Best of Europe
Description

One side of this bronze screen evokes stately church doors and their detailed engravings. The other, purified and contemporary, has a layering of patinas that conveys the effect of extreme depth on the thin surface.

Biography

Gianluca Pacchioni

After graduating in economics and business studies from the Bocconi University in Milan, Gianluca Pacchioni moved to Paris. There, during the nineties, he was plunged into the Paris art world and was overcome with a passion for sculpting metals. He experimented and learnt in an autodidact manner, in the studio shared with other artists at the Quai de la Gare. A desire to work in tandem with the flexibility, experience and creativity of Italian artists drove Gianluca to then move to Milan where he opened a workshop in a 1930s factory. Since then, the workshop has constantly forged sculptures and limited editions of furniture. The workshop only produces works with experimental and innovative working techniques. In 2014, one of his works was permanently exhibited as a symbol of Italian savoir-faire, at the entrance hall of the Italian Embassy in Paris

  Tropical Fossil Wood, solid brass, liquid bronze One side of this bronze screen evokes stately church doors and their detailed engravings. The other, purified and contemporary, has a layering of patinas that conveys the effect of extreme depth on the thin surface.
Gianluca Pacchioni
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade artistic basket has been made from driftwood and homegrown willow rods. Raw pieces of driftwood have been used to cover the opening of the brown basket.

Biography

Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan has worked as a basket-maker since 1977 and opened his own workshop at Loch Na Fooey in the west of Ireland in 1978. He was drawn to basket making because it offered the possibility of living in that beautiful area and growing their own willow. For many years Joe concentrated on making functional baskets and improving his skills. He also researched and made most of the indigenous baskets of Ireland, the baskets that were used for fishing and farming. For the past 20 years, Joe has become increasingly interested in making artistic baskets. These are usually inspired by finds of wood. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection to nature.

  Driftwood pouch with embedded stones Driftwood and homegrown willow rods This handmade artistic basket has been made from driftwood and homegrown willow rods. Raw pieces of driftwood have been used to cover the opening of the brown basket.
Joe Hogan
Basket weaving
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This dark basket has been woven out of oxidised copper strips. Jodie has woven strips of metal together into geometric patterns. Woven Vessel is part of the larger “Vessel” series of woven baskets.

Biography

Jodie Hatcher

The weaving process is central to Jodie Hatcher’s work and is always what drives her development. She graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2011 in Design Crafts and has since gone on to exhibit her work around the UK and internationally. Jodie has experimented with traditional Japanese metal colouring and heat treatment methods during her new 'Vessel' collection to gain further understanding and control over the beautiful reds and orange colours she desires. Jodie’s intention for all her pieces is to both intrigue and to be questioned by the viewer. In 2015, Jodie was selected as the International artist for the Craft ACT Artist in Residence program in Canberra, Australia and earlier this year exhibited as part of the Masters of Modern exhibition in Munich.

  Woven Vessel Oxidised copper This dark basket has been woven out of oxidised copper strips. Jodie has woven strips of metal together into geometric patterns. Woven Vessel is part of the larger “Vessel” series of woven baskets.
Jodie Hatcher
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

The highly textured surface of this white porcelain sculpture is evocative of a seashell or coral. Differently shaped and textured porcelain elements bring variety to the design of this piece. The thin plates are joined together one by one to the surface of a central curved shape - a “big pebble”.

Biography

Marie Claude Korus

Marik Korus (Marie Claude Korus) draws her inspiration from nature, the sea, architecture and details from her environment that capture her attention. She is continually inspired by the nature in Charente-Maritime, France, where she has lived for more than 15 years. Marik works with porcelain, which she finds offers infinite creative possibilities. At first, earth was simply an attractive medium for Marik, however she then found that by kneading, touching and transforming this material it provoked constant questions until the final firing of the earth. Having started from a discovery of the raw qualities of earth, Marik today seeks to increase its transparency and lightness.

  Corail FROU FROU White porcelain The highly textured surface of this white porcelain sculpture is evocative of a seashell or coral. Differently shaped and textured porcelain elements bring variety to the design of this piece. The thin plates are joined together one by one to the surface of a central curved shape - a “big pebble”.
Marie Claude Korus
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Differently shaped and textured porcelain elements worked on in an identical manner, but of different lengths and arranged side by side to create movement. These elements, small strips of textured earth, have been joined together by hand to a hollow porcelain base.

Biography

Marie Claude Korus

Marik Korus (Marie Claude Korus) draws her inspiration from nature, the sea, architecture and details from her environment that capture her attention. She is continually inspired by the nature in Charente-Maritime, France, where she has lived for more than 15 years. Marik works with porcelain, which she finds offers infinite creative possibilities. At first, earth was simply an attractive medium for Marik, however she then found that by kneading, touching and transforming this material it provoked constant questions until the final firing of the earth. Having started from a discovery of the raw qualities of earth, Marik today seeks to increase its transparency and lightness.

  Corail Acrospora White and black porcelain Differently shaped and textured porcelain elements worked on in an identical manner, but of different lengths and arranged side by side to create movement. These elements, small strips of textured earth, have been joined together by hand to a hollow porcelain base.
Marie Claude Korus
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Fifteen centrally connected boat-like tentacles are carved out from one piece of cherry wood. The rough texture of the acrylic painted interiors of the boats and their curved figurehead contrasts with their polished exteriors. This turned wood sculpture was inspired by Viking ships displayed at the Drakkar museum of Oslo.

Biography

Alain Mailland

Born in the Ivory Coast, Alain Mailland moved to Paris at the age of five where he lived until the end of his studies at the National Art School of Cergy-Pontoise. Following his studies, Alain first worked as a mason and carpenter. It was not until he was twenty-eight that he took his first course in woodturning. Alain created a company specialising in interior woodwork, yet he continued to turn wood as an amateur. However, during the early 1990s Alain slowly changed his focus from wood joining to woodturning, and has since dedicated himself exclusively to this craft. Alain soon developed his own distinctive style and technique, particularly in hollowing. He developed special tools to turn wood flowers, and then used this technique to turn and carve pieces evoking marine life or natural creatures. He also uses techniques such as steam bending, texturing and sandblasting. Alain is an internationally recognised wood turner and his works have been exhibited internationally. His works feature in a number of museums both in France and in the United States.

  The Birth of the Viking Ships Cherry, acrylic paint Fifteen centrally connected boat-like tentacles are carved out from one piece of cherry wood. The rough texture of the acrylic painted interiors of the boats and their curved figurehead contrasts with their polished exteriors. This turned wood sculpture was inspired by Viking ships displayed at the Drakkar museum of Oslo.
Alain Mailland
Wood turning
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Intending to capture ephemeral folds of fabric, a block of plastic has been stretched out creating a white translucent cavernous wave-like form. The organic folds and relief of OPUS 48 are accentuated by the inner light of the plinth upon which the piece has been placed.

Biography

Marlies von Soden

Born in Hamburg, Marlies Von Soden studied design and costume at the Berlin University of Arts. Marlies worked on costume and set designs for the film and theatre industry for more than thirty years. Her works draw inspiration from this textile-filled experience, attempting to capture the fleeting folds of fabric. Marlies works with neoprene, tyvek® (polyethylene fleece) and phenolic foam. Her folded objects are displayed internationally in collections such as Madame Olivetti or in the Watermill Center, Robert Wilson’s Design Museum on Eastern Long Island.

  OPUS 48 Polypropylene Intending to capture ephemeral folds of fabric, a block of plastic has been stretched out creating a white translucent cavernous wave-like form. The organic folds and relief of OPUS 48 are accentuated by the inner light of the plinth upon which the piece has been placed.
Marlies von Soden
Plastic sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture has been carved out by hand from one block of Paonazzo marble. A circular shape has been cut out in the marble, guiding the viewer’s eye through the sculpture in such a way that the background becomes an integral part of the sculpture.

Biography

Mauro Mori

Mauro Mori has had the opportunity to meet various cultures and travel to unusual places. This has supplied the ideas on which his research is based. His works are moulded by hand bringing emotional and affective values using natural materials, exalting what nature has created. Solid blocks of natural material, moulded by the traditional subtraction method, form the basis of his works. Mauro often works his sculptures in the place of the material's origin, such as Albizia Rosa of Seychelles or marble worked directly at Carrara. The plasticity of the materials, the relief work and the outstanding craftsmanship are common threads running through all his work. His constant research is also shown by the work on metals, which are tooled in plate form and finished with oxidations and patinas.

  Both Paonazzo marble This sculpture has been carved out by hand from one block of Paonazzo marble. A circular shape has been cut out in the marble, guiding the viewer’s eye through the sculpture in such a way that the background becomes an integral part of the sculpture.
Mauro Mori
Stone sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A bright and dark orange glass form with points, evocative of shapes and patterns found in a coral reef. Patterns of seemingly fissured glass emerge from the handmade sculpture, created by the fusing of different glass elements in a mould.

Biography

Michael Behrens

Michael Behrens studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Netherlands, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 2003. The use of colours inspired by the underwater world is central to Michael’s work. Shapes and structures remain in focus and define the dynamic aesthetic of his sculptures on both a micro and macroscopic level. Characteristics of his work include the fine relief-like modelling of the outer shape of his sculptures, the interplay of matt and polished surfaces, as well as cell-like structures emerging from fusing glass sections. An essential part of creating a new Seaform is the sculptural work on the rigid foam model. His work has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the United States and Canada. He lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany.

  Seaform 2014-99 Optical glass with a colour overlay A bright and dark orange glass form with points, evocative of shapes and patterns found in a coral reef. Patterns of seemingly fissured glass emerge from the handmade sculpture, created by the fusing of different glass elements in a mould.
Michael Behrens
Glass sculpture
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A pair of porcelain vases with yellow and white slip decoration. The vases are cast from various fragments of plaster moulds which have been modified and joined to form a completely new mould. It deprives them of their earlier designed character and creates a sculpture with different rifted layers of sharp geometric shapes.

Biography

Monika Patuszynska

Born in Warsaw, Poland, artist and curator Monika Patuszyńska first became fascinated with ceramics while in high school in Denmark. Later while studying in Paris she was introduced to casting of ceramics, a technique that has been central to her work ever since. Monika received her MA from the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts (Poland) in 1999. The exploration of abandoned spaces and untried paths is central to her work. Monika opened her own studio in Milanówek near Warsaw in 2001. She frequently exhibits all over the world and has won many awards for her work, which is found in public and private collections worldwide. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

  From the "TransForms Plus" series Porcelain decorated with colour slip A pair of porcelain vases with yellow and white slip decoration. The vases are cast from various fragments of plaster moulds which have been modified and joined to form a completely new mould. It deprives them of their earlier designed character and creates a sculpture with different rifted layers of sharp geometric shapes.
Monika Patuszynska
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture, made from bars of iron usually intended to make reinforced concrete, represents an oversized nest.

Biography

Frédérique Petit

Frédérique Petit has explored many art forms ranging from, piano, choir, and decoration to metalwork, but there is one common denominator to these: thread. Thread as weft or as chain, as a palette of colours or as architecture, from thin almost invisible silk thread to her later works that use iron rods. Frédérique discovered and learnt how to weave through self-learning and observing primitive looms at the Musée de l'Homme. She dedicated a good part of her career to the creation of tapestries, but in 2004, an ardent desire to explore other crafts pushed her to experiment with different materials. Paradoxically though, she uses her experience gained while making tapestries to weave her new materials. To Frédérique, a deep technical knowhow of the medium she uses is indispensable, however once mastered she strives to go push limits of her knowhow through the innovation of techniques.

  Grands Nids Iron bars for construction This sculpture, made from bars of iron usually intended to make reinforced concrete, represents an oversized nest.
Frédérique Petit
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture, made from wire and bars of iron that are usually intended to make reinforced concrete, represents an oversized nest.

Biography

Frédérique Petit

Frédérique Petit has explored many art forms ranging from, piano, choir, and decoration to metalwork, but there is one common denominator to these: thread. Thread as weft or as chain, as a palette of colours or as architecture, from thin almost invisible silk thread to her later works that use iron rods. Frédérique discovered and learnt how to weave through self-learning and observing primitive looms at the Musée de l'Homme. She dedicated a good part of her career to the creation of tapestries, but in 2004, an ardent desire to explore other crafts pushed her to experiment with different materials. Paradoxically though, she uses her experience gained while making tapestries to weave her new materials. To Frédérique, a deep technical knowhow of the medium she uses is indispensable, however once mastered she strives to go push limits of her knowhow through the innovation of techniques.

  Grands Nids Iron bars for construction and wire This sculpture, made from wire and bars of iron that are usually intended to make reinforced concrete, represents an oversized nest.
Frédérique Petit
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This blue large-scale ceramic vase with irregular facets was shaped from a plaster mould modelled from a large block of cut polystyrene. The vase has been finished with a special metal mirroring glaze.

Biography

Robi Renzi

Robi Renzi was born in the Italian region of Marche and currently lives and works in Veneto, Italy. Robi studied at the University of Architecture in Florence. In 1993, he settled in Milan where he founded 'Renzi & Reale' with Roberto Reale, working in the world of interior design. They had a large studio and produced works for fashion and furniture companies and featured in many publications in national and international newspapers. They worked with a number of materials including fabric, wood, resin, metal sheets and casting. Today, Robi dedicates himself to ceramics. He is very interested in applying ceramic-making methods and processes to that of other materials. Each collection is based around a theme, a technique or a material.

  Shining metals, blue White clay and a special mirroring glaze This blue large-scale ceramic vase with irregular facets was shaped from a plaster mould modelled from a large block of cut polystyrene. The vase has been finished with a special metal mirroring glaze.
Robi Renzi
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Blue Alchemy refers to the first man-made pigment that was developed as early as 2600 BCE. Blue Alchemy is the new bright blue edition of Sahabi’s iconic felt vases. With her collection of seven felt vases, entitled Blue Alchemy, Sahabi’s revives ‘Egyptian blue’ and takes us back to an ancient pottery workshop that served as a laboratory for alchemical experiments.

Biography

Siba Sahabi

Being the daughter of an Iranian father and German mother, these cultures have had a strong influence on Siba Sahabi’s life and profession. Her work shows how cultures can influence each other and how cross-cultural exchanges can lead to new expressions, focusing on the influence of the Middle East on Europe. Her designs range from centrepieces such as vases to larger objects such as room dividers. Through experimental application of different materials, such as paper, felt and resin, Siba plays with the perception of surfaces and structures. Felt vases are typical of her design, referencing the potter’s wheel, which has its origins in ancient Mesopotamia. Most of her work is handmade and draws on the uniqueness and imperfection inherent to craftsmanship. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries.

  Blue Alchemy (vase nr. 1) felt, epoxy, glass Blue Alchemy refers to the first man-made pigment that was developed as early as 2600 BCE. Blue Alchemy is the new bright blue edition of Sahabi’s iconic felt vases. With her collection of seven felt vases, entitled Blue Alchemy, Sahabi’s revives ‘Egyptian blue’ and takes us back to an ancient pottery workshop that served as a laboratory for alchemical experiments.
Siba Sahabi
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Blue Alchemy refers to the first man-made pigment that was developed as early as 2600 BCE. Blue Alchemy is the new bright blue edition of Sahabi’s iconic felt vases. With her collection of seven felt vases, entitled Blue Alchemy, Sahabi’s revives ‘Egyptian blue’ and takes us back to an ancient pottery workshop that served as a laboratory for alchemical experiments.

Biography

Siba Sahabi

Being the daughter of an Iranian father and German mother, these cultures have had a strong influence on Siba Sahabi’s life and profession. Her work shows how cultures can influence each other and how cross-cultural exchanges can lead to new expressions, focusing on the influence of the Middle East on Europe. Her designs range from centrepieces such as vases to larger objects such as room dividers. Through experimental application of different materials, such as paper, felt and resin, Siba plays with the perception of surfaces and structures. Felt vases are typical of her design, referencing the potter’s wheel, which has its origins in ancient Mesopotamia. Most of her work is handmade and draws on the uniqueness and imperfection inherent to craftsmanship. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries.

  Blue Alchemy (vase nr. 6) felt, epoxy, glass Blue Alchemy refers to the first man-made pigment that was developed as early as 2600 BCE. Blue Alchemy is the new bright blue edition of Sahabi’s iconic felt vases. With her collection of seven felt vases, entitled Blue Alchemy, Sahabi’s revives ‘Egyptian blue’ and takes us back to an ancient pottery workshop that served as a laboratory for alchemical experiments.
Siba Sahabi
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Blue Alchemy refers to the first man-made pigment that was developed as early as 2600 BCE. Blue Alchemy is the new bright blue edition of Sahabi’s iconic felt vases. With her collection of seven felt vases, entitled Blue Alchemy, Sahabi’s revives ‘Egyptian blue’ and takes us back to an ancient pottery workshop that served as a laboratory for alchemical experiments.

Biography

Siba Sahabi

Being the daughter of an Iranian father and German mother, these cultures have had a strong influence on Siba Sahabi’s life and profession. Her work shows how cultures can influence each other and how cross-cultural exchanges can lead to new expressions, focusing on the influence of the Middle East on Europe. Her designs range from centrepieces such as vases to larger objects such as room dividers. Through experimental application of different materials, such as paper, felt and resin, Siba plays with the perception of surfaces and structures. Felt vases are typical of her design, referencing the potter’s wheel, which has its origins in ancient Mesopotamia. Most of her work is handmade and draws on the uniqueness and imperfection inherent to craftsmanship. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries.

  Blue Alchemy (vase nr 7) Felt, epoxy, glass Blue Alchemy refers to the first man-made pigment that was developed as early as 2600 BCE. Blue Alchemy is the new bright blue edition of Sahabi’s iconic felt vases. With her collection of seven felt vases, entitled Blue Alchemy, Sahabi’s revives ‘Egyptian blue’ and takes us back to an ancient pottery workshop that served as a laboratory for alchemical experiments.
Siba Sahabi
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This large stoneware bowl was developed from the form of a traditional baking pan with a funnel-like opening. The exterior of the bowl has been finished with a black matte glaze, and the interior with an ox blood glaze.

Biography

Thomas Bohle

Thomas Bohle was born in 1958 in Dornbirn, Austria. While in England at the age of 26, Thomas sat down at a potter’s wheel for the first time. This contact with clay and the process of creating using his hands moved him, marking the beginning of an artistic career dedicated to ceramics. He experimented and researched traditional forms and surfaces and built a rich foundation for working with ceramics. He completed a pottery apprenticeship in 1987 and subsequently opened his own atelier in Dornbirn. Little by little, he developed a recognisable style and gained recognition from fellow artists as well as the art world. In 2002, Thomas embarked on a study trip to Japan followed by exhibitions in Shanghai and Tokyo. In 2006, Thomas was awarded the Bavarian State Prize.

  The Red One Stoneware clay, copper glaze This large stoneware bowl was developed from the form of a traditional baking pan with a funnel-like opening. The exterior of the bowl has been finished with a black matte glaze, and the interior with an ox blood glaze.
Thomas Bohle
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Bloom is a twelve-candle candelabrum entirely made by hand from blown borosilicate glass. The classically shaped base of the candelabrum morphs into a tree trunk with pink blossoming flowers at the tip of its branches.

Biography

Simone Crestani

Simone Crestani started working glass at the age of 15. After a ten-year apprenticeship in Lunardon’s factory, he opened his own studio. An introspective and self-taught artisan, Simone has over the years combined lessons learnt and experiences gained to push glassworking beyond traditional boundaries. Simone goes beyond traditional techniques and overcomes limits of shapes and dimensions of hollow spaces. He works glass in a technique that he calls Hollow Sculpture, which allows him to create large-scale pieces without neglecting the smallest detail. Simone combines design and artisanship to produce innovative and exclusive sculptural pieces. Simone’s innovative glassworking techniques are recognised and appreciated around the world.

  Bloom Borosilicate glass Bloom is a twelve-candle candelabrum entirely made by hand from blown borosilicate glass. The classically shaped base of the candelabrum morphs into a tree trunk with pink blossoming flowers at the tip of its branches.
Simone Crestani
Glass work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A pair of enamel shells in copper and 24k gold. The combination of enamel and copper creates the illusion of mother of pearl.

Biography

Gabriella Gabrini

Gabriella Gabrini is a skilled enamel artisan who lives and works in the Northern Italian city of Padua. She graduated as a ceramist from the School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. After working in the studios of Medandri, Melotti and Fornasetti she started to work in Paolo De Poli’s workshop, to whom we owe the recovery of this particular ancient Italian art of enamel. She worked in his studio for 20 years. Since then, Gabriella has kept working with this technique and has continued to study and perfect it through her complicated and detailed works. She has since opened her own studio. In 2000 she was named Officer of Merit of the Italian Republic by the then President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, for her commitment and dedication to artistic craftsmanship.

  Mormorio del tempo (Murmur of time) Enamel, copper and 24k gold A pair of enamel shells in copper and 24k gold. The combination of enamel and copper creates the illusion of mother of pearl.
Gabriella Gabrini
Metal enamel
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This nativity scene made from several species of coral is a reproduction of a Neapolitan 18th century crib. The scenography of the crib as well as the characters are entirely made of coral. Small cards are used to form a single mosaic that covers the whole work.

Biography

Enzo Liverino

Heir to a family tradition and shop founded in 1894, Vincenzo (Enzo) Liverino has kept a precious coral crafting tradition alive. Enzo combines his artisanal expertise with entrepreneurial skills. He was the only Italian at the first world coral convention (Kochi, 1993) and Enzo spent ten years travelling between Naples and Taiwan. It was at this time that he refined the selection criteria for the raw material. Enzo introduced the manufacture of cameos and initiated the importation of Asian coral from Japan and started to export products to foreign countries.

  Presepe in Corallo (Crib in Coral) Coral of various species, from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. This nativity scene made from several species of coral is a reproduction of a Neapolitan 18th century crib. The scenography of the crib as well as the characters are entirely made of coral. Small cards are used to form a single mosaic that covers the whole work.
Enzo Liverino
Coral sculpture
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This fused glass vase resembles the surface of honeycomb, and the yellow-red pattern on top of the vase, honey.

Biography

Gabriele Küstner

Gabriele Küstner works with fused glass mosaics, a process used by the Romans around 300 BC. Her teacher at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar, Josef Welzel, introduced her to the process. Following three years of studies as a glass grinder, Gabriele spent one year in Tennessee, at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Here, she had access to glass blowing facilities and started to work on her technique of pulling glass cane. Upon returning to Germany in the mid-80s, Gabriele opened her own studio. She took a fusing class a few years later that introduced her to the possibilities of using china paint to colour glass rods from the outside. She worked on perfecting this process over the years aiming to render the fusing process visible. Her designs are inspired by the honeycomb pattern found in nature.

  Lidded Vessel Glass, china paint, polishing gold This fused glass vase resembles the surface of honeycomb, and the yellow-red pattern on top of the vase, honey.
Gabriele Küstner
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This dark coloured glass plate has been made by fusing different diametre glass rods together, creating a honeycomb design on the surface of the plate.

Biography

Gabriele Küstner

Gabriele Küstner works with fused glass mosaics, a process used by the Romans around 300 BC. Her teacher at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar, Josef Welzel, introduced her to the process. Following three years of studies as a glass grinder, Gabriele spent one year in Tennessee, at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Here, she had access to glass blowing facilities and started to work on her technique of pulling glass cane. Upon returning to Germany in the mid-80s, Gabriele opened her own studio. She took a fusing class a few years later that introduced her to the possibilities of using china paint to colour glass rods from the outside. She worked on perfecting this process over the years aiming to render the fusing process visible. Her designs are inspired by the honeycomb pattern found in nature.

  Mosaic Plate Glass, china paint, polishing gold This dark coloured glass plate has been made by fusing different diametre glass rods together, creating a honeycomb design on the surface of the plate.
Gabriele Küstner
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This silver bowl has been shaped by hand. Once the initial shape is created, Helena Schepens pierces and drills the bowl, removing pieces of material to create numerous patterns of openings. To Helena, the shadows created by the cut-out shapes bring the form to life and blur the distinction between shape and shadow.

Biography

Helena Schepens

Helena Schepens’ work contrasts a combination of concepts and artisanship. As a silversmith, she very much enjoys the process of raising three-dimensional volume from flat metal sheets, feeling the form develop in her hands. Helena studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (BA & MA, 2000-2004) and at the Royal College of Art in London (MA, 2004-2006). In 2007, she created her own studio in Antwerp. Her vessels create a refined pattern of openings producing an effect of light and shadow on the surface. She often derives the themes of her work from nature, such as the microscopic organisms that live in water, called diatoms. Their beautiful patterns became an endless source of inspiration for her silverwork.

  Ellerbeckia (silver bowl with holes) Sterling silver This silver bowl has been shaped by hand. Once the initial shape is created, Helena Schepens pierces and drills the bowl, removing pieces of material to create numerous patterns of openings. To Helena, the shadows created by the cut-out shapes bring the form to life and blur the distinction between shape and shadow.
Helena Schepens
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This steel wire bowl has been hand crocheted and hammered by hand. To Helena, the shadows created by empty spaces bring the form to life and blur the distinction between shape and shadow.

Biography

Helena Schepens

Helena Schepens’ work contrasts a combination of concepts and artisanship. As a silversmith, she very much enjoys the process of raising three-dimensional volume from flat metal sheets, feeling the form develop in her hands. Helena studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (BA & MA, 2000-2004) and at the Royal College of Art in London (MA, 2004-2006). In 2007, she created her own studio in Antwerp. Her vessels create a refined pattern of openings producing an effect of light and shadow on the surface. She often derives the themes of her work from nature, such as the microscopic organisms that live in water, called diatoms. Their beautiful patterns became an endless source of inspiration for her silverwork.

  Tricotado I (steel wire), Steel wire This steel wire bowl has been hand crocheted and hammered by hand. To Helena, the shadows created by empty spaces bring the form to life and blur the distinction between shape and shadow.
Helena Schepens
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This fine silver wire bowl has been crocheted and hammered by hand. To Helena, the shadows created by empty spaces bring the form to life and blur the distinction between shape and shadow.

Biography

Helena Schepens

Helena Schepens’ work contrasts a combination of concepts and artisanship. As a silversmith, she very much enjoys the process of raising three-dimensional volume from flat metal sheets, feeling the form develop in her hands. Helena studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (BA & MA, 2000-2004) and at the Royal College of Art in London (MA, 2004-2006). In 2007, she created her own studio in Antwerp. Her vessels create a refined pattern of openings producing an effect of light and shadow on the surface. She often derives the themes of her work from nature, such as the microscopic organisms that live in water, called diatoms. Their beautiful patterns became an endless source of inspiration for her silverwork.

  Tricotado II (silver wire) Fine silver wire This fine silver wire bowl has been crocheted and hammered by hand. To Helena, the shadows created by empty spaces bring the form to life and blur the distinction between shape and shadow.
Helena Schepens
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture is made from hand-formed feather-like pieces of bone china that have been sewn onto tulle to create a larger sculptural piece.

Biography

Jennifer Hickey

Jennifer Hickey is a ceramic artist based in Ireland. She studied ceramics at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and has been working primarily with porcelain and bone china for a number of years. She works from a small garden studio in her Dublin home that is a constant source of inspiration. Jennifer has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is included in the National Museum of Ireland Collection, The State Art Collection of Ireland, and in numerous public and private collections.

  Entwined Bone china This sculpture is made from hand-formed feather-like pieces of bone china that have been sewn onto tulle to create a larger sculptural piece.
Jennifer Hickey
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Using the rotation of a wood lathe, Jérôme Blanc reproduces free and random lines like an abstract drawing. Creating new movements with his tools, the wood takes on the appearance of a new material, similar to ceramic, that one might have modelled. The objects are purely decorative.

Biography

Jérôme Blanc

Jérôme Blanc was born and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied woodworking and cabinetmaking for five years at the School of Arts and Crafts in Geneva, but it was not until a trip to Australia that he was introduced to woodturning. This encounter enticed him closer to woodwork. He trained as a woodturner in Australia and opened a woodworking, sculpture and woodturning business when he returned to Geneva. In his approach, Jérôme Blanc truly belongs to his time. A time concerned with ecology that in Jérôme’s opinion could benefit from a return to simplicity. The contemporary environmental issues that preoccupy the sculptor are reflected in his creations. Fundamentally, Jérôme creates pure and simple shapes made from wood, a natural element that comes from the earth and can return to the earth.

  Terre I & Terre II & Terre III & Terre IV & Terre X Yew wood & others Using the rotation of a wood lathe, Jérôme Blanc reproduces free and random lines like an abstract drawing. Creating new movements with his tools, the wood takes on the appearance of a new material, similar to ceramic, that one might have modelled. The objects are purely decorative.
Jérôme Blanc
Wood turning
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A handmade jewellery cabinet is held up by four slender legs. The cabinet has been covered with galuchat (stingray).

Biography

Ludwig Vogelgesang

Cabinet-maker Ludwig Vogelgesang draws his inspiration from the raw materials he uses. It triggers the emotion, the desire and the drive to create. Wood is the essence of his work. Every day through his work, he learns more about the power of nature and its nobility. Ludwig is precise in his movements, having repeated them over and over again his gestures are accurate, observed and have been repeated countless times, pursing the most adequate and mastered technique. This experience permits him to work wood and furniture in a controlled manner that remains natural. Ludwig is an internationally recognised artisan who has received numerous awards for the quality of his creative work and restoration of furniture. The French Minister awarded Ludwig the distinction of «Master of Art» in 2010 for Culture and Communication.

  Jewellery Cabinet Slender Galuchat, Macassar Ebony A handmade jewellery cabinet is held up by four slender legs. The cabinet has been covered with galuchat (stingray).
Ludwig Vogelgesang
Cabinetmaker
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Bertozzi & Casoni, "Tavolo con vaso e mazzo di fiori", 2010, polychrome ceramic, bronze and polished cast aluminium. 132cm high, 60cm diameter.

Biography

Bertozzi & Casoni

Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni founded Bertozzi & Casoni in 1980 in Imola, Italy. From their early studies at the Ceramic Art Institute of Faenza, their interests gravitated towards experimenting with sculpture, seeing in ceramics the possibility of painted sculpture. For almost two decades, they worked on creating innovative designs employing traditional methods of production such as majolica. Towards the end the 80s and the start of the 90s, they started to experiment with materials driven from industry. Following their “Scegli il Paradiso” project in 1997, that reached dimensional and creative heights not earlier achieved, Bertozzi & Casoni would from then on almost only use materials driven from industry.

  Tavolo con vaso e mazzo di fiori Polychrome ceramic, bronze and polished cast aluminium Bertozzi & Casoni, "Tavolo con vaso e mazzo di fiori", 2010, polychrome ceramic, bronze and polished cast aluminium. 132cm high, 60cm diameter.
Bertozzi & Casoni
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This enormous handmade flower bouquet with a steel base with primroses, tulips, wild roses and hyacinths was inspired by flowers decorating the ceramics on display in the museum in Weesp's town hall.

Biography

Linda Nieuwstad

Linda Nieuwstad’s flowers are larger than life. Her forget-me-nots are as large as breakfast plates, her roses can measure the size of truck tires and you can sit underneath her daffodils. She started to make large sized flowers when she visited an old museum in the Netherlands full of flower paintings from the 18th century. She dreamed of living inside the paintings, and she has been making large sized flowers ever since. Over the past few years, Linda has built up a reputation as a creator of luxurious floral still-lifes made of explicitly industrial materials such as plastic, textile, foam rubber, PVS and steel. To Linda, the underlying symbolism of the individual flowers is of less importance than the general significance of a bouquet as a gesture of pleasure or sympathy.

  Flowers for Weesp Steel base and frame. Flower petals made of pvs (truck tarp), wool and velvet. This enormous handmade flower bouquet with a steel base with primroses, tulips, wild roses and hyacinths was inspired by flowers decorating the ceramics on display in the museum in Weesp's town hall.
Linda Nieuwstad
Fabric sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This gilded leather room divider is made with an aluminium frame made by Gardelux and designed by Edward van Vliet. The leather frame has been gilded with the pattern of the five senses, like those represented in the work of Maarten van de Heuvel in 1640.

Biography

Sebastiaan van Soest

Sebastiaan van Soest is the last gilded leather-worker in the Netherlands. The craft was transmitted from father to son and Sebastiaan literally grew up among gilded leather. Wherever his parents went to work, they would take Sebastiaan and his sister along. In the 90s, the workshop created a gilded leather room for a replica of Huis ten Bosch at the Holland Village in Japan. That was the first time that Sebastiaan would participate in manufacturing gilded leather. A few years after his father passed away, Sebastiaan dedicated himself to this craft, wishing to preserve the unique knowhow handed down by his parents. He is the owner and manager of Goudleeratelier Van Soest. Sebastiaan’s mission is to breathe new life into gilded leather and give it a modern look and application.

  Gilded leather room divider, with the pattern of the five senses 1640 Wood, leather, silver leaf, varnish This gilded leather room divider is made with an aluminium frame made by Gardelux and designed by Edward van Vliet. The leather frame has been gilded with the pattern of the five senses, like those represented in the work of Maarten van de Heuvel in 1640.
Sebastiaan van Soest
Leather gilding
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These sculptures have been turned, hollowed and sandblasted from a solid block of oak to a quasi-transparent degree similar to the texture of lace fabric.

Biography

Pascal Oudet

Formerly an electrical engineer, Pascal Oudet changed career path towards one of wood-turning about ten years ago. Pascal perfected a technique of sandblasting turned wood to a quasi-transparent degree, similar to the texture of lace fabric. He has been practising this technique for about twelve years but it took him around half of this time to perfect it. He is currently still the only artisan to master this technique in France. Pascal is the president of l’Association Française des Tourneurs d’Art sur Bois (French Association of Art Wood Turners) (AFTAB). Pascal’s works have received national and international recognition and have been exhibited internationally. In 2012, he obtained the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris.

  Diabolo 41 (natural color) and Diabolo 43 Oak These sculptures have been turned, hollowed and sandblasted from a solid block of oak to a quasi-transparent degree similar to the texture of lace fabric.
Pascal Oudet
Wood turning
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A white vase with a granulated surface stands next to a black one. Through his series of hammered vases decorated with silver granulation, Pearlinder #3, David Huycke explores the decorative features of granulation, in contrast to his previous works that used this technique mainly as a constructive feature.

Biography

David Huycke

David Huycke is a Belgian silversmith artisan and professor at PXL-MAD School of Arts and at Hasselt University. He studied jewellery design and silversmith work at the Saint-Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp. Since 1993, David has worked as an independent artisan in the field of the sculptural art-objects. In 2010, he finished his PhD in Arts with the project, “The Metamorphic Ornament: Re-Thinking Granulation, a practice-based research on the contemporary artistic relevance of the ancient technique of granulation”. David’s current research focuses on the meaning of material-surface in the contemporary silver object. His work is shown in galleries and museums worldwide and features in permanent collections such as in the Design Museum in Ghent, the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the V&A in London and others.

  Pearlinder #3 a, Pearlinder #3 b Silver 925/1000. A white vase with a granulated surface stands next to a black one. Through his series of hammered vases decorated with silver granulation, Pearlinder #3, David Huycke explores the decorative features of granulation, in contrast to his previous works that used this technique mainly as a constructive feature.
David Huycke
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A white vase with a granulated surface stands next to a black one. Through Kissing Pearlinder, David Huycke explores the decorative features of granulation, in contrast to his previous works, which used this technique mainly as a constructive feature.

Biography

David Huycke

David Huycke is a Belgian silversmith artisan and professor at PXL-MAD School of Arts and at Hasselt University. He studied jewellery design and silversmith work at the Saint-Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp. Since 1993, David has worked as an independent artisan in the field of the sculptural art-objects. In 2010, he finished his PhD in Arts with the project, “The Metamorphic Ornament: Re-Thinking Granulation, a practice-based research on the contemporary artistic relevance of the ancient technique of granulation”. David’s current research focuses on the meaning of material-surface in the contemporary silver object. His work is shown in galleries and museums worldwide and features in permanent collections such as in the Design Museum in Ghent, the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the V&A in London and others.

  Kissing Pearlinder Silver 925/1000 A white vase with a granulated surface stands next to a black one. Through Kissing Pearlinder, David Huycke explores the decorative features of granulation, in contrast to his previous works, which used this technique mainly as a constructive feature.
David Huycke
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This multi-coloured rectangular fused glass sculpture relates to the duality of things. Seen and interpreted through material connections between glass and ceramics, it reflects upon how there is always another side and how this might look and feel, depending on one’s perspective and perception.

Biography

Ida Wieth

Ida Wieth was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1983. She studied glassblowing at the Kosta Glass School in Sweden. In 2009, she graduated with a Master of Fine Art in glass from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She works with glass and ceramics, and occasionally wood, concrete and metals, to create innovative pieces. Ida combines an artistically poetic approach with tangible artisanal knowledge of materials and techniques, resulting in highly expressive and emotional works. Her work has been shown in Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, Japan and USA.

  Both Sides Now Stoneware ceramics, metal oxides & copperwire This multi-coloured rectangular fused glass sculpture relates to the duality of things. Seen and interpreted through material connections between glass and ceramics, it reflects upon how there is always another side and how this might look and feel, depending on one’s perspective and perception.
Ida Wieth
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This installation of eleven earth coloured handmade ceramic forms was created by Ashraf Hanna as a response to the uncovering of an ancient forest on the west coast of Wales in 2014. A storm uncovered the remains of 10,000-year-old trees.

Biography

Ashraf Hanna

Ashraf Hanna is an Egyptian born British artisan, living & working in the UK. Ashraf undertook an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London, graduating in 2011. Ashraf builds individual and related groups of ceramic vessels by hand, each object informing the next. One of his major interests is the profiles, lines and spaces that emerge from this process of development and ultimately their placement in relation to one another, creating a contrast between the juxtaposition of sharp lines with softer curves. Ashraf works with a restricted palette of refined slips and stained clays. The pared-down natural and subtle surface treatments combine to produce vessels that explore the essence of form. His work is exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Museum of Wales.

  Petrified Forest Series - 3 Clay This installation of eleven earth coloured handmade ceramic forms was created by Ashraf Hanna as a response to the uncovering of an ancient forest on the west coast of Wales in 2014. A storm uncovered the remains of 10,000-year-old trees.
Ashraf Hanna
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

The gilded white gold interior of this handmade sculptural steel vessel combines with the light tones of the overlapping perforated grey steel pieces that make up the exterior. This piece is reminiscent of a still winter day, and explores ideas of transformation, perceived value and the process of making.

Biography

Claire Malet

Claire Malet is a metalsmith artisan who works with precious, non-precious and found-metals. The shapes and textures of natural forms and landscapes such as fragments of sea-worn shells and rock formations of battered coastline inspire Claire’s work. She also finds inspiration in the characteristics of the medium, working intuitively and allowing the metal to suggest a direction. Claire is particularly drawn to vessel forms, which she believes are one of the most basic and universal of objects, in daily mundane use and play vital roles at occasions of celebration and honour. Claire works from her studio in rural Herefordshire and exhibits in the UK and internationally including at ‘Collect’ held annually at the Saatchi Gallery, London. She has pieces in several public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

  Winter Sketch Steel (re-formed steel can), 24k gold leaf, 12k white gold leaf The gilded white gold interior of this handmade sculptural steel vessel combines with the light tones of the overlapping perforated grey steel pieces that make up the exterior. This piece is reminiscent of a still winter day, and explores ideas of transformation, perceived value and the process of making.
Claire Malet
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These vessels explore the idea of transformation, perceived value and the process of making. The gilded autumn-coloured interior of this handmade sculptural steel vessel contrasts with the design of the overlapping perforated grey steel that makes up the exterior.

Biography

Claire Malet

Claire Malet is a metalsmith artisan who works with precious, non-precious and found-metals. The shapes and textures of natural forms and landscapes such as fragments of sea-worn shells and rock formations of battered coastline inspire Claire’s work. She also finds inspiration in the characteristics of the medium, working intuitively and allowing the metal to suggest a direction. Claire is particularly drawn to vessel forms, which she believes are one of the most basic and universal of objects, in daily mundane use and play vital roles at occasions of celebration and honour. Claire works from her studio in rural Herefordshire and exhibits in the UK and internationally including at ‘Collect’ held annually at the Saatchi Gallery, London. She has pieces in several public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

  Flared Vessel Steel (re-formed steel can), 24k gold leaf, 12k white gold leaf, copper leaf These vessels explore the idea of transformation, perceived value and the process of making. The gilded autumn-coloured interior of this handmade sculptural steel vessel contrasts with the design of the overlapping perforated grey steel that makes up the exterior.
Claire Malet
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This circular sculpture with multiple visible layers is made of different light blue and grey pieces of oxide stained stoneware, and has been mathematically constructed. The individual pieces of ceramic are made by throwing clay on a potter’s wheel.

Biography

Matthew Chambers

The works of British ceramic sculptor Matthew Chambers are born from a love of geometry, optical art, modern architecture and design. He pursues these interests in an abstract sense by exploring shapes and making mathematically constructed pieces in clay, created from many different wheel-thrown sections. His sculptures convey individual properties of space, light and colour, and sustain an expression of abstract as well as rhythmical beauty. Matthew attended the Royal College of Art, London obtaining an MA in Ceramics and Glass in 2004. His works can be found in public collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, National Museum, Scotland, the Musée National de Ceramique de Sevres, France, the Musée Ariana, Geneva and in various private collections worldwide.

  Eclipse 2, 2018 Stoneware This circular sculpture with multiple visible layers is made of different light blue and grey pieces of oxide stained stoneware, and has been mathematically constructed. The individual pieces of ceramic are made by throwing clay on a potter’s wheel.
Matthew Chambers
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture comprises combined sections of wheel-thrown, oxide-stained stoneware. The exterior of this circular dark earth brown sculpture contrasts with the blue ceramic interior of the object. The multiple visible layers have been mathematically constructed.

Biography

Matthew Chambers

The works of British ceramic sculptor Matthew Chambers are born from a love of geometry, optical art, modern architecture and design. He pursues these interests in an abstract sense by exploring shapes and making mathematically constructed pieces in clay, created from many different wheel-thrown sections. His sculptures convey individual properties of space, light and colour, and sustain an expression of abstract as well as rhythmical beauty. Matthew attended the Royal College of Art, London obtaining an MA in Ceramics and Glass in 2004. His works can be found in public collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, National Museum, Scotland, the Musée National de Ceramique de Sevres, France, the Musée Ariana, Geneva and in various private collections worldwide.

  Spiral, 2018 Stoneware This sculpture comprises combined sections of wheel-thrown, oxide-stained stoneware. The exterior of this circular dark earth brown sculpture contrasts with the blue ceramic interior of the object. The multiple visible layers have been mathematically constructed.
Matthew Chambers
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Patera is a satin oxidised silver bowl inspired by astronomy. To Kevin Grey, beauty is expressed through simplicity of form, lines and volume. The decorative quality of Patera is achieved through the repetition of these simple elements.

Biography

Kevin Grey

Kevin Grey creates unique silver pieces, using TIG welding techniques to join individual formed pieces of metal. For 25 years, Kevin worked within the luxury automotive industry, handmaking pieces for Rolls Royce, Bentley and the Morgan Motor Company as well as for clients around the world. Kevin then started silver work in 2007 upon commencing a two-year programme at the Birmingham School of Jewellery, followed by a two-year artist residency. His accumulated knowledge has provided him with an approach to silver work that extends beyond and complements silversmith traditions. His creative design process invariably leads to a technical challenge that he enjoys resolving. To do so he draws on his intuitive approach and his ability to stretch, shape and join metal precisely, with extraordinary levels of skill and creativity.

  Patera 925 Sterling Silver Patera is a satin oxidised silver bowl inspired by astronomy. To Kevin Grey, beauty is expressed through simplicity of form, lines and volume. The decorative quality of Patera is achieved through the repetition of these simple elements.
Kevin Grey
Silversmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This highly textured, hand formed raku fired ceramic vessel is inspired by the patterns of the land which are formed by its geology, erosion and by human intervention.

Biography

Patricia Shone

Patricia Shone is a potter who has worked and lived on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, for the past twenty years. Her highly textured ceramics are entirely hand formed using the weight of the clay to stretch and distort patterns on the surfaces. Her work has developed significantly using this technique, which with various firing methods results in a range of ceramic objects reflecting the geology of the island. The power of remote landscapes, the weather and the inhospitable nature of the Isle of Skye are themes central to Patricia’s works. Her work tries to give a sense of this force of nature through spontaneously formed textures, unpredictable firing techniques, and the acceptance of failures as well as successes.

  Erosion Jar 37 ‘moon 3’ Earthenware ceramic This highly textured, hand formed raku fired ceramic vessel is inspired by the patterns of the land which are formed by its geology, erosion and by human intervention.
Patricia Shone
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This white porcelain sculpture is constructed from a complex, repetitive pattern based on the structure found in coral. The work combines the principles of regular geometry from natural forms in the overall dimensions and the principles of fractal/irregular geometry in the structure of the piece.

Biography

Nuala O’Donovan

Nuala O’Donovan, is an Irish sculptor who primarily works with porcelain clay. Her abstract forms take their inspiration from natural forms, in particular the patterns and geometry of living organisms in the plant and animal kingdoms. Living forms are a progression rather than a static form, they are in a constant process of change. The forms in her work evoke this progression, evolving during the making process but becoming static after being fired. Each element of the pattern is individually made, the form is constructed slowly over a period of weeks or months. Nuala completed a BA in Three-Dimensional Design at Middlesex University in the UK in 1994 and studied Ceramics at the Crawford College of Art and Design, graduating with an MA in 2008.

  Coral Hollowed Form Porcelain clay This white porcelain sculpture is constructed from a complex, repetitive pattern based on the structure found in coral. The work combines the principles of regular geometry from natural forms in the overall dimensions and the principles of fractal/irregular geometry in the structure of the piece.
Nuala O’Donovan
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Parabola-shaped bowls with porcelain thorns spread throughout the surface of the object, engraved with finely graded lines.

Biography

Arnold Annen

Born in 1952 in Gstaad, Switzerland Arnold Annen studied at the Bern Design School and completed his practical training in Jean-Claude de Crousaz, Pierre Mestre's (France) and Sakakibara's (Japan) workshops. In 1989, he opened his own studio in Basel. Arnold is famous above all for his works in Limoges porcelain. Over the years, he has refined his technique, which is an unmistakable hallmark of his work. He makes transparent bowls as thin as paper. To reach this level of perfection, his procedures involve a disciplined approach, along with sophisticated manual techniques. He has developed small and large porcelain objects, dedicating particular attention to space, volume and interstitial spaces.The extremely thin walls of his bowls make it impossible to correct errors. Even the smallest bubble would ruin a piece.

  Bowl Porcelain Parabola-shaped bowls with porcelain thorns spread throughout the surface of the object, engraved with finely graded lines.
Arnold Annen
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Amphorae-shaped sculptures with different sized circular holes spread throughout the surface of the object. The sculptures rest on their sides. These objects reveal different types of transparency. The sculptures are irregular, like skeletons, and their shapes create a complex system of shadows.

Biography

Arnold Annen

Born in 1952 in Gstaad, Switzerland Arnold Annen studied at the Bern Design School and completed his practical training in Jean-Claude de Crousaz, Pierre Mestre's (France) and Sakakibara's (Japan) workshops. In 1989, he opened his own studio in Basel. Arnold is famous above all for his works in Limoges porcelain. Over the years, he has refined his technique, which is an unmistakable hallmark of his work. He makes transparent bowls as thin as paper. To reach this level of perfection, his procedures involve a disciplined approach, along with sophisticated manual techniques. He has developed small and large porcelain objects, dedicating particular attention to space, volume and interstitial spaces.The extremely thin walls of his bowls make it impossible to correct errors. Even the smallest bubble would ruin a piece.

  Eucyrtis Porcelain Amphorae-shaped sculptures with different sized circular holes spread throughout the surface of the object. The sculptures rest on their sides. These objects reveal different types of transparency. The sculptures are irregular, like skeletons, and their shapes create a complex system of shadows.
Arnold Annen
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This purple vase in the Art Deco style was designed by Josef Hoffmann and manufactured by Johann Oertel & Co. around 1920. The sides of the moulded crystal vase have been cut using an abrasive tool. A light grinded glass finish provides the somewhat matt finish.

Biography

Johann Oertel & Co.

Johann Oertel & Co. is a family-run glassblowing business founded in Haida in 1869, in the then Austro-Hungarian Empire. It produces mainly crystal glass and lead crystal. The founder of the company, Johannes Christian Oertel, filed several glassmaking patents, including for a method for producing coloured decoration on hollow glass objects. With the redrawing of national borders in 1945, the company moved to Welzheim, near Stuttgart, where its headquarters are still located. In 2014, the brand name was changed to OertelCrystal.

Biography

Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists that included Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser. Hoffmann was a prominent architect and a designer of consumer goods. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and from 1899 taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts), now the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

  Vase Grinded crystal This purple vase in the Art Deco style was designed by Josef Hoffmann and manufactured by Johann Oertel & Co. around 1920. The sides of the moulded crystal vase have been cut using an abrasive tool. A light grinded glass finish provides the somewhat matt finish.
Johann Oertel & Co.
Glass work
Josef Hoffmann
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The exterior of the vase is covered in symmetrical patterns. These alternate between a blue glaze on one face of the vase and a darker glaze on the other. The body and the base of the vase are connected by triangular white glazed structures. A gold glaze shines out of the interior of the vase.

Biography

Rydl & Thon Svijany-Podoli

Biography

Jaroslav Horejc

Born in Prague in 1886, Jaroslav Horejc devoted his life to design and sculpture, both teaching and producing important works in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Horejc began working at a lithographic workshop at the age of 14, but after a few weeks switched to the vocational school for jewelers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and metal. Between 1906 and 1910, he studied at the Prague School of Applied Arts, becoming a teacher at the same school in 1912 until his retirement in 1949. His works derive much of their themes from Greek mythology and the Old Testament.

Czech Republic  Vase Ceramic, ceramic glaze
The exterior of the vase is covered in symmetrical patterns. These alternate between a blue glaze on one face of the vase and a darker glaze on the other. The body and the base of the vase are connected by triangular white glazed structures. A gold glaze shines out of the interior of the vase.
Rydl & Thon Svijany-Podoli
Ceramicist
Jaroslav Horejc
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This three-sided, pyramid-shaped ceramic vase with a triangular base was designed by Vlastislav Hofman and manufactured by Rydl & Thon Svijany-Podoli in 1914. Shades of red glaze alternate and contrast with white glaze. The vase, painted with triangular patterns, is representative of pre-First World War Czech Cubism.

Biography

Rydl & Thon Svijany-Podoli

Biography

Vlastislav Hofman

Best known for his architectural designs influenced by the Cubist movement, Vlastislav Hofman (1884-1964) was also an accomplished designer and artist. He studied in Prague between 1902 and 1907 but was also a self-taught artist. As well as working as an architect, artist and set and furniture designer, he wrote a number of essays on political thought and the philosophy of art.

Czech Republic  Vase Ceramic, ceramic glaze, clear glaze
This three-sided, pyramid-shaped ceramic vase with a triangular base was designed by Vlastislav Hofman and manufactured by Rydl & Thon Svijany-Podoli in 1914. Shades of red glaze alternate and contrast with white glaze. The vase, painted with triangular patterns, is representative of pre-First World War Czech Cubism.
Rydl & Thon Svijany-Podoli
Ceramicist
Vlastislav Hofman
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

A purple pink ceramic octopus placed at the opening of the vase spreads its tentacles down the sides of a progressively darker green vase. The organic lines of the tentacles gradually become transparent and merge into the green glaze of the vase. The vase was manufactured by Rörstrand in Stockholm in 1900, at the height of the Art Nouveau period.

Biography

Rörstrand

Rörstrand was one of the most important Swedish manufacturers of ceramics and porcelain. The factory was built in 1726 and originally produced faience. It succeeded in producing bone china in 1857 and porcelain in the 1880s. By the 1900s, the factory was a major porcelain manufacturer with an international reputation. After 280 years of production and a number of owners, Rörstrand finally closed its doors in 2005. In 2007, Fiskars bought Iittala, which included the Rörstrand brand.

Switzerland   Vase Ceramics, porcelain, glazed ceramics
A purple pink ceramic octopus placed at the opening of the vase spreads its tentacles down the sides of a progressively darker green vase. The organic lines of the tentacles gradually become transparent and merge into the green glaze of the vase. The vase was manufactured by Rörstrand in Stockholm in 1900, at the height of the Art Nouveau period.
Rörstrand
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This plywood pot is normally part of a large installation. The installation is set up in such a way that a machine with all the components to complete the building of the pot operates while the public looks on. The number of components operating at any one time depends on the number of people looking at the work. Colours, materials and glues are all applied separately. Therefore, the creation of the work results from the participation of a collective audience.

Biography

mischer'traxler

Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) co-founded mischer'traxler studio in 2009. They both completed BAs in product and furniture design at the New Design University in St Pölten, Austria, and at Kingston University in London, before going on to do MAs in conceptual design in context at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Based in Vienna, mischer'traxler studio designs objects, furniture, processes, installations and more. It focuses on experimentation and conceptual thinking within a given context.

Austria  Collective Works Plywood This plywood pot is normally part of a large installation. The installation is set up in such a way that a machine with all the components to complete the building of the pot operates while the public looks on. The number of components operating at any one time depends on the number of people looking at the work. Colours, materials and glues are all applied separately. Therefore, the creation of the work results from the participation of a collective audience.
mischer'traxler
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This flattened, ovoid-shaped vase with a wide centre and thin base and opening is representative of Antoni Cumella’s exploration of form, three-dimensionality, space and rotation. A matt, ochre-red glaze covers a light, earth-coloured glaze. Cumella’s architectural approach to ceramics offers a contemporary take on glazed stoneware.

Biography

Antoni Cumella

Antoni Cumella (1913-1985) was a Spanish ceramicist from Barcelona. His stepfather taught him the basics of this art from an early age and Cumella participated in his first exhibition at the age of 15. The International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929 introduced him to the works of artists such Mies van der Rohe and Manolo Hugué. He then took evening classes at the Escola del Treball in Barcelona, where he became familiar with the works of Gaudí. Cumella began teaching ceramics at the Grup Escolar Lluís Vives in Barcelona in 1935. He held his first major exhibition in 1955 at the newly opened Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Madrid, and soon after held his first international exhibition in Bonn, Germany, alongside Joan Miró.

Spain   Vase Glazed earthenware
This flattened, ovoid-shaped vase with a wide centre and thin base and opening is representative of Antoni Cumella’s exploration of form, three-dimensionality, space and rotation. A matt, ochre-red glaze covers a light, earth-coloured glaze. Cumella’s architectural approach to ceramics offers a contemporary take on glazed stoneware.
Antoni Cumella
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Two white monkeys casually sit on the opening of a porcelain vase, their tails dangling down the side. The vase, designed by Virginia González and made by Lladró, is reminiscent of Chinese porcelain designs. A thick purple base provides a foundation for the rounded body of the vase to rest on. White pyramid-shaped porcelain forms protrude from the green surface of the vase, which is covered in white floral patterns. These lend a seemingly rectangular quality to the object. The playful, fantasy quality of the design contrasts with González's artistic detail.

Biography

Lladró

Brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró made their first porcelain creations in a furnace built in their own home near Valencia in 1953. They started out creating vases and jugs, but in 1956 began producing figurines, which would become emblematic of the Lladró brand. At the end of the 1950s, Lladró opened its first store in Valencia. The 1960s saw the establishment of a recognisable style, characterised by its elongated lines and forms. With the increasing mastery of their production techniques, the pieces progressively became more complex, sometimes challenging the limits of porcelain. Lladró has not only created an internationally recognisable and innovative design and style but also researched and innovated firing techniques that have earned the company numerous awards. Lladró porcelain figurines can be found in homes and museum collections around the world.

Biography

Virginia González

Spain   Monkey Tall Vase Hard-paste porcelain
Two white monkeys casually sit on the opening of a porcelain vase, their tails dangling down the side. The vase, designed by Virginia González and made by Lladró, is reminiscent of Chinese porcelain designs. A thick purple base provides a foundation for the rounded body of the vase to rest on. White pyramid-shaped porcelain forms protrude from the green surface of the vase, which is covered in white floral patterns. These lend a seemingly rectangular quality to the object. The playful, fantasy quality of the design contrasts with González's artistic detail.
Lladró
Porcelain pottery
Virginia González
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Showtime 10 is a series of varying-shaped, figure-like vases made of white porcelain with small circular holes on the surface and a larger hole at the top. For the tenth anniversary of the Showtime collection designed by Jaime Hayon for Lladró, this new series has been created using a new shade of white enamel, with some of the circles on the surface gilded in 24-carat gold.

Biography

Jaime Hayon

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon (1974) studied industrial design in Madrid and Paris. He joined the Fabrica design and communication research centre in Treviso, Italy in 1997, where he headed the design department until 2003. He then set up his own design studio and is now an internationally acclaimed designer. His knowledge of the artistic crafts has enabled him to push the boundaries of many media, resulting in numerous and varied collaborations with traditional companies such as Baccarat, Choemon, Bosa and Lladró, collaborations that emphasise and embody his dedication to the preservation and transmission of artistic craft skills.

Biography

Lladró

Brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró made their first porcelain creations in a furnace built in their own home near Valencia in 1953. They started out creating vases and jugs, but in 1956 began producing figurines, which would become emblematic of the Lladró brand. At the end of the 1950s, Lladró opened its first store in Valencia. The 1960s saw the establishment of a recognisable style, characterised by its elongated lines and forms. With the increasing mastery of their production techniques, the pieces progressively became more complex, sometimes challenging the limits of porcelain. Lladró has not only created an internationally recognisable and innovative design and style but also researched and innovated firing techniques that have earned the company numerous awards. Lladró porcelain figurines can be found in homes and museum collections around the world.

Spain   Showtime 10 Porcelain, gold leaf Showtime 10 is a series of varying-shaped, figure-like vases made of white porcelain with small circular holes on the surface and a larger hole at the top. For the tenth anniversary of the Showtime collection designed by Jaime Hayon for Lladró, this new series has been created using a new shade of white enamel, with some of the circles on the surface gilded in 24-carat gold.
Jaime Hayon
Designer
Lladró
Porcelain pottery
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This vase, created in 1900, is an outstanding example of the Art Nouveau style. The opening of the vase, coloured with an iridescent cobalt blue, gradually fades into shades of oil-like green at the base of the vase. The green then merges with an organic-shaped bronze mount that grows into two handles. Very few manufacturers were able to perfect this combination of blue-green cobalt and bronze.

Biography

Johann Lötz Witwe

Johann Lötz Witwe was a glass factory founded in 1836 in Klostermühle and bought in 1850 by Frank Gerstner and his wife, Susanne, the widow of Johann Lötz, a glassmaker ("Witwe" means widow in German). The factory was one of the most important factories in what is now the Czech Republic and enjoyed international fame. It began by grinding glass but later switched to producing coloured glass. Around the turn of the 19th century, the factory started to explore close collaboration with Viennese artists and designers such as Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. It enjoyed growing success in the early 20th century, but the First World War saw a sharp decline in productivity, and the redrawing of national borders after the Second World War marked the company's demise.

Austria  Vase AD 2255 Glass, bronze This vase, created in 1900, is an outstanding example of the Art Nouveau style. The opening of the vase, coloured with an iridescent cobalt blue, gradually fades into shades of oil-like green at the base of the vase. The green then merges with an organic-shaped bronze mount that grows into two handles. Very few manufacturers were able to perfect this combination of blue-green cobalt and bronze.
Johann Lötz Witwe
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Designed in 1946, this light-green, free-blown lead crystal glass was cut and engraved by Riihimäen Lasi Oy. The intertwining lines of Baroque are emblematic of the designer Gunnel Nyman's work, which sought to focus on the various features of glass itself.

Biography

Riihimäen Lasi Oy

Riihimäen Lasi Oy was a glassware company based in Riihimäki, Finland and established in 1910. The factory began by producing domestic glass and glass containers and then diversified to making also glass bottles and windows. The factory worked alongside many acclaimed designers such as Gunnel Nyman, Greta-Lisa Jäderholm-Snellman and Aimo Okkolin, producing basic to high-quality glassware and, later, cut glass. After merging with Kaukalahti in 1927, the company became the largest glass factory in Finland. The name was officially changed from Riihimäen to Riihimäen Lasi Oy in 1937. The company changed owners a number of times before closing its doors in 1990.

Biography

Gunnel Nyman

Gunnel Nyman (1909-1948) was a Finnish glass and metal artist. Born in Turku, Finland, she moved to Helsinki in 1922, studying furniture design there at the Central School of the Industrial Arts. Although trained in furniture design, Nyman also produced a number of lighting designs and created metalwork for clerical use. She gradually turned her attention to glassware and became a leading figure in modern Finnish glass design and a proponent of early mass-produced glassware.

Finland   Baroque Light green free-blown lead crystal glass, cut and engraved
Designed in 1946, this light-green, free-blown lead crystal glass was cut and engraved by Riihimäen Lasi Oy. The intertwining lines of Baroque are emblematic of the designer Gunnel Nyman's work, which sought to focus on the various features of glass itself.
Riihimäen Lasi Oy
Glass work
Gunnel Nyman
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Paadarin Jaa (Paadar’s Ice) was designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Finnish glassmaker Iittala in 1960. The piece is made up of two blocks of colourless cast glass. The sides show a constant linear pattern that runs from the top to the bottom of the sculpture. The surface of the top seems to sink into the glass itself, creating a melted glass effect.

Biography

Iittala and Karhula

Originally a glassworks company founded in 1881, Iittala has grown to become one of Finland's leading brands, working alongside designers at the forefront of Scandinavian design, such as Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto. The company specialises in tableware and cookware and has a rich heritage of glassware designs. The company has diversified from glass to other materials such as ceramics and metal.

Biography

Tapio Wirkkala

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a Finnish designer and sculptor. His range of designs was immense, from glassware and jewellery to furniture and even a Finnish banknote introduced in 1955. As well as designs for mass production, Wirkkala created individual sculptures in a number of media. He gained international recognition after his success at the 1951 and 1955 Milan Triennale. Wirkkala worked with a number of internationally recognised brands, including Levi’s design studio in New York, the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal and Murano glass manufacturer Venini.

Finland   Paadarin Jaa Paadarin Jaa (Paadar’s Ice) was designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Finnish glassmaker Iittala in 1960. The piece is made up of two blocks of colourless cast glass. The sides show a constant linear pattern that runs from the top to the bottom of the sculpture. The surface of the top seems to sink into the glass itself, creating a melted glass effect.
Iittala and Karhula
Glass work
Tapio Wirkkala
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This globular glass vase shaped like a bunch of grapes with a cylindrical neck is emblematic of Kaj Franck’s pursuit of creating universal, combinable tableware.

Biography

Kaj Franck

Kaj Franck (1911-1989) is a quintessential reference when talking of the origins of present-day Finnish design. His works stimulate the senses and provoke emotions beyond that of aesthetic appreciation. His pursuit of creating universal, functional, combinable tableware stripped of unnecessary decoration has been an inspiration for contemporary minimal design. Moderation, ecology and equality were Franck’s principles. He strove to minimise the number of everyday objects we need in our lives, drawing attention to the sustainability and life cycle of products. He taught at the Helsinki School of Art and Design and his work earned him international acclaim and numerous awards.

Biography

Nuutajarvi Notsjo

Established in 1793 in Urjala, Finland, Nuutajarvi Notsjo originally produced glass windows and bottles. The company changed hands a number of times until it was bought by the Wartsila Group in 1950. Kaj Franck was appointed artistic director, holding the position until 1976. The company has employed numerous ground-breaking designers. It merged with Iittala in 1988 and its wide array of glass objects are currently marketed under that name.

Finland   Rypäleterttu (Grappolo d’uva) This globular glass vase shaped like a bunch of grapes with a cylindrical neck is emblematic of Kaj Franck’s pursuit of creating universal, combinable tableware.
Kaj Franck
Designer
Nuutajarvi Notsjo
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The rippled texture of this tall ovoid container gives the vase its name: Vase Peau de Serpent (Snakeskin Vase). Covered in a gold-black snakeskin-like decoration, the fascinating construction of the vase echoes the naturalistic trends of Art Nouveau.

Biography

Jean Dunand

Jean Dunand (1877-1942) was a Swiss/French bronzesmith, sculptor and interior designer who is widely recognised as one of the greatest lacquer artists of his generation. His work developed at the height of the Art Nouveau movement and gradually merged into the Art Deco style. He began studying sculpture at the Geneva School of Industrial Arts at the age of 14. Having gained his diploma in 1897, Dunand moved to Paris to study at the National School of Decorative Arts. He remained in France and worked with a Japanese lacquerer to learn some of the ancestral techniques that had been lost in France.

Switzerland   Vase Peau de Serpent Bronze The rippled texture of this tall ovoid container gives the vase its name: Vase Peau de Serpent (Snakeskin Vase). Covered in a gold-black snakeskin-like decoration, the fascinating construction of the vase echoes the naturalistic trends of Art Nouveau.
Jean Dunand
Metal-work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Designed by Charles Catteau and manufactured by Faïencerie Boch in La Louviére in 1927, this vase is characteristic of Art Deco design. It is part of a composition of six ceramic receptacles, with brightly coloured wavy lines contrasting strongly with the black base. The piece is reminiscent of tribal masks and characteristic of the artistic philosophy of Primitivism, prevalent at the beginning of the 20th century.

Biography

Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau (1880-1966) was a French Art Deco designer. He first trained at the National Ceramics School in Sèvres and then at the National Porcelain Factory in the same town. In 1906, he moved to La Louvière in Belgium, where he started to work at the Faïencerie Boch. The following year, he was appointed head of the earthenware factory's Decoration Department, a position he held until his retirement in 1948.

Biography

Royal Boch - Keramis

Royal Boch - Keramis is an earthenware company in La Louvière, Belgium. The company was founded in 1841 and marketed its products under the name Keramis. The company saw rapid success, growing from 250 workers in 1893 to almost 1,000 in 1900, reaching a peak of 1,350 by 1936. The company hired Charles Catteau as a designer in 1906 and appointed him head of the decoration department a year later, when he was only 27. He renamed the department the Fantasy Workshop in 1920. The company changed names and owners a number of times.

Belgium   Polychrome Designs Ceramic
Designed by Charles Catteau and manufactured by Faïencerie Boch in La Louviére in 1927, this vase is characteristic of Art Deco design. It is part of a composition of six ceramic receptacles, with brightly coloured wavy lines contrasting strongly with the black base. The piece is reminiscent of tribal masks and characteristic of the artistic philosophy of Primitivism, prevalent at the beginning of the 20th century.
Charles Catteau
Designer
Royal Boch - Keramis
Earthenware
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Floral designs decorate the sides of this thick dark green cylindrical vase designed by Henri Heemskerk and manufactured by SA Verreries de Scailmont in Belgium in 1930. The organic shapes of this Art Deco vase have been cut out by sandblasting.

Biography

SA Verreries de Scailmont

Scailmont was a Belgian glassworks company established in Manage in 1901 by H.R. Hirsch. In 1924, the company opened a department specialising in non-crystal decorative glass headed by Henri Heemskerk and directed by Charles Catteau. The two became the company’s most distinguished designers. The company went through a period of great success in the 1920s and 1930s, employing over 800 people at its peak. It merged with Durobor in 1976, taking the name Hainaut and later Vereno. Scailmont is associated in particular with satin-finished glass in the Art Deco style.

Biography

Henri Heemskerk

Henri Heemskerk (1886-1953) was a student of Charles Catteau and strongly influenced the production of Art Deco ceramics in Belgium. He first worked as director of the painting studio at Scailmont, but his designs were quickly used in glassware. Often working alongside Catteau, Heemskerk produced works made from moulds or blown pressed glassware, with the surface sandblasted or acid etched.

Belgium   Vase Glass
Floral designs decorate the sides of this thick dark green cylindrical vase designed by Henri Heemskerk and manufactured by SA Verreries de Scailmont in Belgium in 1930. The organic shapes of this Art Deco vase have been cut out by sandblasting.
SA Verreries de Scailmont
Glass work
Henri Heemskerk
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This red, rock-shaped vase was created by the German company Ingrid Glas in 1960. The base of the vase is made of colourless glass and the upper part is a thick but translucent red colour.

Biography

Ingrid Glas

Little is known about this German-based company which started production in the 1960s and closed in 1979. Among other glass pieces, Ingrid Glas is well known for its variety of textured bark vases.

Germany  Vase Glass This red, rock-shaped vase was created by the German company Ingrid Glas in 1960. The base of the vase is made of colourless glass and the upper part is a thick but translucent red colour.
Ingrid Glas
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This black ceramic vase was created by Barbara Stehr in Germany in 1976.

Biography

Barbara Stehr

Barbara Stehr is a German ceramicist born near Hanover in 1936. She studied at the School of Applied Arts in Hanover from 1957 to 1958, going on to study first painting at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg and then ceramics in the workshops of Bontje van Beek and Otto Lindig. Barbara opened her own studio in 1961, and in 1970 started working as a designer for the Søholm stoneware and faience factory in Denmark. She has also taught at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the University of Applied Science in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Germany  Vase This black ceramic vase was created by Barbara Stehr in Germany in 1976.
Barbara Stehr
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The form of an antique vase is first photocopied. This results in a blurry outline evoking the essence of the original shape. Designer Hanna Krüger then asks ceramicists and glassworkers to create works based on the photocopy. This branching colourless vase is the fruit of this open interpretation.

Biography

Hanna Krüger

Hanna Krüger was born in Berlin in 1979 . She studied at the Kunsthochschule (Academy of Fine Art) in Kassel, Germany, between 2005 and 2011. She is a product designer, focusing mainly on furniture and exhibition architecture. She opened her own design studio, Studio Hanna, in 2011. Her unique conceptual works have been exhibited in museums and galleries both in Germany and internationally.

Germany  Vase Glass The form of an antique vase is first photocopied. This results in a blurry outline evoking the essence of the original shape. Designer Hanna Krüger then asks ceramicists and glassworkers to create works based on the photocopy. This branching colourless vase is the fruit of this open interpretation.
Hanna Krüger
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This tulip vase in the Art Nouveau style decorated with Lötz cobalt Papillon stained glass was created by the Johann Lötz Witwe glassworks in 1899.

Biography

Johann Lötz Witwe

Johann Lötz Witwe was a glass factory founded in 1836 in Klostermühle and bought in 1850 by Frank Gerstner and his wife, Susanne, the widow of Johann Lötz, a glassmaker ("Witwe" means widow in German). The factory was one of the most important factories in what is now the Czech Republic and enjoyed international fame. It began by grinding glass but later switched to producing coloured glass. Around the turn of the 19th century, the factory started to explore close collaboration with Viennese artists and designers such as Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. It enjoyed growing success in the early 20th century, but the First World War saw a sharp decline in productivity, and the redrawing of national borders after the Second World War marked the company's demise.

Czech Republic  Tulpenvase, Dekor Cobalt Papillon Glass This tulip vase in the Art Nouveau style decorated with Lötz cobalt Papillon stained glass was created by the Johann Lötz Witwe glassworks in 1899.
Johann Lötz Witwe
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Master cabinetmaker Steven Leprizé distinguishes himself by his relationship with innovation and his ability to conceptualise wood in all its forms. He is greatly interested in passing on his knowledge, both in the context of his workshop and at the École Boulle where he teaches.

Biography

Steven Leprizé

Recipient of a cabinetmaking DMA (Diplôme des Métiers d'Arts) from the École Boulle in Paris, Steven Leprizé created ARCA Ébénisterie, his own cabinetmaking workshop, with other alumni of his school. It was here that he created WooWood. The creation results from extensive research into the treatment of the wood surface, conducted in his workshop.

  VR - Arca – Atelier De Recherche et Création En Ameublement (Val-De-Marne) Master cabinetmaker Steven Leprizé distinguishes himself by his relationship with innovation and his ability to conceptualise wood in all its forms. He is greatly interested in passing on his knowledge, both in the context of his workshop and at the École Boulle where he teaches.
Steven Leprizé
Cabinetmaker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Research has always been at the heart of Aki and Arnaud Cooren's work. Their encounter with an atypical character like David of Gourcuff allowed them to implement their taste for innovation.

Biography

David de Gourcuff

Fusions SARL started as a foundry installed in David de Gourcuff’s garage. A few years later, this had developed into a factory with more than thirty artisans. The foundry in the Puy de Dôme department in France gives life to works designed and commissioned by national and international artists and designers.

Biography

Aki and Arnaud Cooren

Aki Cooren is the daughter of a Japanese jewellery designer. She grew up moving between France, Japan and the United States. She returned to France at the age of 18 and studied interior and product design at the École Camondo. Arnaud Cooren was born and raised in northern France. He first studied contemporary art in Belgium before moving to Paris to study at the École Camondo.

  VR - Fonderie Fusions (Puy-De-Dôme) Research has always been at the heart of Aki and Arnaud Cooren's work. Their encounter with an atypical character like David of Gourcuff allowed them to implement their taste for innovation.
David de Gourcuff
Foundry worker
Aki and Arnaud Cooren
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Engraver and typographic printer Didier Mutel has an exceptional technical knowledge but his practice also constantly evolves in a daring, sensitive and poetic manner. The richness of his personality and his desire to convey his practice makes this testimony essential.

Biography

Didier Mutel

Intaglio engraver Didier Mutel graduated from the École Supérieure Estienne and from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Didier then went on to study at the Atelier National de Création Typographique (the National Workshop of Typographic Creations), where he gained knowledge of traditional methods of typography and applied this knowledge to contemporary creation. He teaches at the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Besançon. His work is characterised by a constant search for innovation based on traditional techniques of engraving and intaglio printing.

  VR - Atelier Didier Mutel (Jura) Engraver and typographic printer Didier Mutel has an exceptional technical knowledge but his practice also constantly evolves in a daring, sensitive and poetic manner. The richness of his personality and his desire to convey his practice makes this testimony essential.
Didier Mutel
Intaglio engraver
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

The work of this label is valuable not only because it supports exceptional craftsmanship, but also because of its interest in economic and social issues. The label perfectly embodies the values of the Prix Parcours, giving the Foundation the opportunity to support a vital initiative for this region.

Biography

Label « Dentelles de Calais-Caudry » - created by the Fédération Française des dentelles et broderies / Interview with Romain Lescroart

Romain Lescroart is the President of the Fédération Française des Dentelles et Broderies (French Federation of Lace and Embroidery).

  VR - Maison Sophie Hallette (Nord) The work of this label is valuable not only because it supports exceptional craftsmanship, but also because of its interest in economic and social issues. The label perfectly embodies the values of the Prix Parcours, giving the Foundation the opportunity to support a vital initiative for this region.
Label « Dentelles de Calais-Caudry » - created by the Fédération Française des dentelles et broderies / Interview with Romain Lescroart
Embroidery
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Nicolas Marischael is the successor of a dynasty of goldsmiths, Felipe Ribon is a visionary designer. Their joint work testifies to a productive complicity, brought to life by a perfect knowledge of one another’s talents and a successful use of their complementary knowledge.

Biography

Nicolas Marischael

Nicolas Marischael follows in the footsteps of a long line of silversmiths. He often creates contemporary pieces of his own design but also works with a number of designers and artists. This practice of working with designers led him to work with Felipe Ribon.

Biography

Felipe Ribon

French-Colombian designer Felipe Ribon studied engineering at the École des Mines and then industrial design at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle ENSCI (National School of Industrial Design), graduating in 2008. In 2009, he won the Design Grand Prix of the City of Paris and in 2012 was a winner of the Audi Talent Awards.

  VR - Atelier de Nicolas Marischael (Paris) Nicolas Marischael is the successor of a dynasty of goldsmiths, Felipe Ribon is a visionary designer. Their joint work testifies to a productive complicity, brought to life by a perfect knowledge of one another’s talents and a successful use of their complementary knowledge.
Nicolas Marischael
Silversmith
Felipe Ribon
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

These two strong personalities describe the creation of a work entirely made by four hands. Printed on Japanese paper, it displays both editorial and aesthetic innovations. This exceptional work signalled a decisive turning point in both of their careers.

Biography

Laurent Nogues

Laurent Nogues is an embosser who graduated from the Ecole Olivier de Serre and decided to work with the Créations Fournier printing house that had long been managed by his father. In 1994, he created his own company Créanog. Laurent constantly seeks to innovate and push boundaries. His series of tactile embossed books was born from this desire. These books give the blind the possibility of discovering French heritage though embossed images.

Biography

Christian Bessigneu

  VR - Atelier de Laurent Nogues (Paris) These two strong personalities describe the creation of a work entirely made by four hands. Printed on Japanese paper, it displays both editorial and aesthetic innovations. This exceptional work signalled a decisive turning point in both of their careers.
Laurent Nogues
Embosser
Christian Bessigneu
Metal engraver
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Passionate guide of the Pôle d’excellence des Matériaux souples (Centre of Excellence of Soft Materials) at the Compagnons du Devoir, Grégoire Talon guides us in the daily life of this institution and presents his remarkable colleagues, who speak of their vocations.

Biography

Association Ouvrière des Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France / Interview with Grégoire Talon

Grégoire Talon studied at the Haute École des Arts du Rhin, graduating with a degree in fine and plastic arts followed by design and applied arts studies at ENSCI. Grégoire started to work with the Compagnons du Devoir in 2010 and in 2015 became the director of the Center of Excellence of Soft Materials section of the Compagnons du Devoir.

  VR - Maison des Compagnons de Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) Passionate guide of the Pôle d’excellence des Matériaux souples (Centre of Excellence of Soft Materials) at the Compagnons du Devoir, Grégoire Talon guides us in the daily life of this institution and presents his remarkable colleagues, who speak of their vocations.
Association Ouvrière des Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France / Interview with Grégoire Talon
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Director of the Centre International d’Art Verrier (International Centre for Glass Arts), Yann Grienenberger, has developed a magnificent institution in a region where the craft seeking to be preserved is in great difficulty. Dedicated to the art of glassmaking, the CIAV was created on the site of a former factory converted into a contemporary art and training centre.

Biography

Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal / Interview with Yann Grienenberger

Yann Grienenberger has been at the head of the Centre International d’Art Verrier (International Centre for Glass Arts) since the 2000s and plays a key role in promoting glass arts, an emblematic craft of this French region. Yann has long believed that the sustainability of this activity lies in modernisation and collaboration. The centre, which is rooted in contemporary creation, reflects Yann’s way of thinking.

  VR - CIAV (Moselle) Director of the Centre International d’Art Verrier (International Centre for Glass Arts), Yann Grienenberger, has developed a magnificent institution in a region where the craft seeking to be preserved is in great difficulty. Dedicated to the art of glassmaking, the CIAV was created on the site of a former factory converted into a contemporary art and training centre.
Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal / Interview with Yann Grienenberger
Glass work
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Mylinh Nguyen’s creative distinctiveness is primarily due to her exceptional knowledge of metalwork, a field seldom specialised in. She has invented and developed many techniques. Mylinh likes the idea of "collective intelligence" and integrates her experience in her work.

Biography

Mylinh Nguyen

Inspired by both living and extinct animal forms, master metalworker Mylinh Nguyen welds fantastic sculptures from brass, bronze and silver. Each work originates as a sketch before taking shape as an intricately detailed metal sculpture. Her works articulate the smallest details of fantastic animals such as the minutely detailed tentacles of her sea creature sculptures. She has been fascinated by metal turning since the very first time she tried this technique and enjoys the different states of malleability of metal. Parallel to her larger works, Mylinh also produces jewellery and accessories that are also inspired by an animal theme. Mylinh trained in two artisanal techniques. She holds a diploma in metalwork from the National School of Applied Arts and Crafts Olivier de Serres and a diploma in embroidery from the School of Applied Arts Duperré in Paris.

  VR - Atelier de Mylinh Nguyen (Finistère) Mylinh Nguyen’s creative distinctiveness is primarily due to her exceptional knowledge of metalwork, a field seldom specialised in. She has invented and developed many techniques. Mylinh likes the idea of "collective intelligence" and integrates her experience in her work.
Mylinh Nguyen
Metal turner
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

The development of Maison Siegeair's traditional work was turned upside down when it encountered the world of design. This exchange allowed the company to question its know-how and open up its work to unexpected and exciting fields.

Biography

Jean-Paul Mahé

Saddler Jean-Paul Mahé graduated from a technical university with a degree in mechanical engineering, training in sewing techniques and leatherwork. For this combined project, Jean-Paul uses foam and mesh fabric to create the piece, adapting methods acquired in sewing workshops and tanneries.

Biography

Maurice Barnabé

Seat carpenter Maurice Barnabé studied at the École Boulle, Paris, where he obtained a certificate of professional aptitude in upholstery. He joined the Maison Siegeair in 1983 and became the head of the carpentry workshop in 2006. For this project, Maurice makes raw wood elements for furniture.

Biography

Bernadette N'Guyen

Bernadette N'Guyen works as a cutter and tailor at Maison Siegeair. She graduated with a certificate of professional aptitude in sewing in 1980. For this project, Bernadette assembles the different parts made of leather and fabric.

Biography

Robert Stadler

Austrian born Robert Stadler studied design at the IED Milan and at the ENSCI, Paris. In 1992, he cofounded the Radi Designers group , which stayed active until 2008. The group produced commissioned pieces for Galerie Kreo and major industrial commissions such as the meal set for Air France. In 2001, Robert set up his own design studio that produces works for numerous names in the luxury industry and limited edition designs for carpenters. His works are to be found in a number of museums such as the MAK in Vienna, and he has himself curated several exhibitions. Robert’s designs question objects' identities and explore the exhibition space to distort the usually defined categories of art and design.

  VR - Maison Siegeair (Val-de-Marne) The development of Maison Siegeair's traditional work was turned upside down when it encountered the world of design. This exchange allowed the company to question its know-how and open up its work to unexpected and exciting fields.
Jean-Paul Mahé
Upholsterer
Maurice Barnabé
Chair-maker
Bernadette N'Guyen
Upholsterer
Robert Stadler
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Guillaume Bardet's experience is a perfect example of the transposition of know-how. This film reveals everyday gestures and plunges us into the world of a ceramics workshop which mixes traditional techniques and new technologies. Guillaume drew one object a day for one year. The ceramicist from Dieulefit (a town whose name means “God made it”) then realised his works. They show respect for the past coupled with a passion for modernity.

Biography

Dominique Pouchain

Dominique Pouchain is a bronze and ceramic worker. He carried out his apprenticeship in the family workshop. He started to explore sculptural works in 1981, and since 1985 has exhibited his works. He has produced sixty works with Guillaume Bardet.

Biography

Raelyn Larson

Born in Wisconsin, United States, Raelyn Larson finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin in 1993. In 1994, she moved to Paris, France, and then to the Drôme region in 1997. She here met Guillaume Bardet and has produced a dozen works of his.

Biography

Séverine Dufust

An artisan's daughter, Séverine Dufust studied at the fine arts school in Cherbourg. In 2005, she obtained an aptitude certificate in ceramic turning and continued her professional training in 2010 at a ceramic house in Dieulefit. Séverine has produced sixty pieces for designer Guillaume Bardet.

Biography

Jean Dufour

Jean Dufour started working in a workshop from the age of sixteen. He received his professional diploma in ceramic art in 2004 and a diploma from the Maison de la Céramique in Dieulefit, France in 2011. He has produced twenty pieces for Guillaume Bardet.

Biography

Zélie Rouby

Zélie Rouby received her professional diploma in ceramics turning in 2004 and a professional diploma in ceramics from the Maison de la Céramique in Dieulefit, France in 2008. She has produced sixty pieces for Guillaume Bardet.

Biography

Quentin Marais

Born in 1988, Quentin Marais arrived in Dieulefit in 1989. He graduated with a professional aptitude diploma in ceramics from the same city in 2009. For Guillaume Bardet he interpreted two ceramic works.

Biography

Guillaume Bardet

Born in 1971 in Rouen, Guillaume Bardet moved to Paris at the age of 15. He competed his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, in 1999 and worked with Jean-Marie Massaud until 2001. Since then, he has worked independently for a number of European companies. Guillaume develops innovative designs for home furnishings including intensive studies related to lighting. He has also developed his activity as an interior designer. Since 2005, he has taught in the ateliers of the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle. In 2009, he moved with his family to Dieulefit in the Drôme region.

  VR - La Fonderie d’art Barthélémy de Crest (Drôme) Guillaume Bardet's experience is a perfect example of the transposition of know-how. This film reveals everyday gestures and plunges us into the world of a ceramics workshop which mixes traditional techniques and new technologies. Guillaume drew one object a day for one year. The ceramicist from Dieulefit (a town whose name means “God made it”) then realised his works. They show respect for the past coupled with a passion for modernity.
Dominique Pouchain
Ceramicist
Raelyn Larson
Ceramicist
Séverine Dufust
Ceramicist
Jean Dufour
Ceramicist
Zélie Rouby
Ceramicist
Quentin Marais
Ceramicist
Guillaume Bardet
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Winners of the first edition of the Prix Dialogues, Claude Aïello and Mathieu Lehanneur perfectly embody the spirit of this award, since they complement each other in a productive way. Their work combines the brilliancy of a singular designer and the know-how of a master ceramicist.

Biography

Claude Aïello

Claude Aïello is a ceramicist from Vallauris who comes from a long line of ceramicists. In 1998, in an attempt to revive their ceramics industry, the town of Vallauris organised an event where designers and ceramicists paired up to create original pieces. Of all the artisans associated with this venture, only Claude would make this method of collaboration a central feature of his work.

Biography

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur is a French designer at the forefront of the design scene who graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle. He turns to science for inspiration and applies this to the fields of arts and craftsmanship. His works can be found around the world in museums inicluding the MOMA in New York. Mathieu has designed works for international brands.

  VR - Vallauris (Alpes-Maritimes) Winners of the first edition of the Prix Dialogues, Claude Aïello and Mathieu Lehanneur perfectly embody the spirit of this award, since they complement each other in a productive way. Their work combines the brilliancy of a singular designer and the know-how of a master ceramicist.
Claude Aïello
Ceramicist
Mathieu Lehanneur
Designer
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

François-Xavier Richard brilliantly illustrates the contribution of a contemporary vision to a craft in rapid decline. This outstanding artisan experiments, shakes up traditions and gives life to paperwork while evoking its importance from an aesthetic and societal point of view.

Biography

François-Xavier Richard

François-Xavier Richard is a painter, sculptor and engraver. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Angers, during which time he also worked on designs for theatre and scenography. It was at this time that he first got a taste for artisanal methods of production. After his studies, he was asked to participate in an experiment teaching crafts to young students. It was here that he first came into contact with the world of wallpaper. After working for a wallpaper-producing company he decided to create Offard's studio. He now specialises in making handmade wallpaper and prints contributing to the renewal of a craft almost forgotten since the mid-20th century. The studio explores new avenues, including combining traditional printing techniques with the use of new technologies.

  VR - Atelier de François-Xavier Richard (Indre-et-Loire) François-Xavier Richard brilliantly illustrates the contribution of a contemporary vision to a craft in rapid decline. This outstanding artisan experiments, shakes up traditions and gives life to paperwork while evoking its importance from an aesthetic and societal point of view.
François-Xavier Richard
Wallpaper maker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Emmanuelle Dupont is one of those creators who transforms tradition, revitalising professions that are on the way to being forgotten. She has a highly creative way of working, which she is constantly questioning.

Biography

Emmanuelle Dupont

Emmanuelle Dupont graduated in 2005 from the École supèrieure des arts appliqués Duperré (ESAA, Paris) in textiles and lacework. She developed her own style of lacework, giving this medium an artistic status of its own. She defines herself as a painter and sculpture who uses lace as her primary material, exploring visual and tactile elements of lacework. Her work uses traditional stitches while developing new, innovative pieces. Her subjects revolve around the animal kingdom and vegetation. She produces work for brands in the luxury industry such as Valentino, and has worked on numerous projects including the creation of jewellery.

  VR - Atelier d’Emmanuelle Dupont (Gard) Emmanuelle Dupont is one of those creators who transforms tradition, revitalising professions that are on the way to being forgotten. She has a highly creative way of working, which she is constantly questioning.
Emmanuelle Dupont
Lacework
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Ludovic Avenel is considered the leader of a new generation of cabinetmakers, respectful of its past but anchored in the 21st century. His vibrant personality and his desire to pass on his knowledge should awaken the desire in others to undertake this profession.

Biography

Ludovic Avenel

Ludovic Avenel trained at the École Boulle in Paris, and created his own cabinetmaking workshop in 2008. Ludovic embraces techniques and knowhow of the past, integrating them into his contemporary, avant-garde and innovative works. His experimentation with new materials questions traditional knowledge. The sometimes conventional aspect of his works seeks to reconcile contemporary materials, design and craftsmanship.

  VR - Atelier de Ludovic Avenel (Paris) Ludovic Avenel is considered the leader of a new generation of cabinetmakers, respectful of its past but anchored in the 21st century. His vibrant personality and his desire to pass on his knowledge should awaken the desire in others to undertake this profession.
Ludovic Avenel
Cabinetmaker
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Roland Daraspe is part of the great tradition of artisans who combine personal creativity and mastery of a demanding craft. Master of Art, he devotes a large part of his time to passing on his knowledge to younger generations, imparting his values as much as the virtuosity of his techniques.

Biography

Roland Daraspe

Named Master of Art in 2002 by the French Ministry of Culture, Roland Daraspe is an essential goldsmith reference in France. He first trained as a boilermaker and later as a naval aviation mechanic. For a while, he was interested in glasswork, but came back to metalwork. He produces works for tableware and decoration. He approaches goldsmith work in an innovative manner, reinterpreting traditional methods of working precious metals as well as creating new gestures. His creative process also involves drawings. His works can be found in numerous collections and galleries in France and around the world. Roland is eager to pass on his knowledge, and has over the years taken on a number of trainees and apprentices.

  VR- Atelier de Roland Daraspe (Gironde) Roland Daraspe is part of the great tradition of artisans who combine personal creativity and mastery of a demanding craft. Master of Art, he devotes a large part of his time to passing on his knowledge to younger generations, imparting his values as much as the virtuosity of his techniques.
Roland Daraspe
Goldsmith
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

Passionate about literature, Florent Rousseau welcomes us into his workshop in the heart of New Athens in Paris. He introduces us to the intimacy of a bookbinder who passionately practises his art and passes it on through his teaching, as demanding as it is generous.

Biography

Florent Rousseau

Florent Rousseau is a graduate of both the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (UCAD, Paris) in binding, gilding and decoration, and the Estienne School (Graduate School of Arts and Graphic Industries) Paris, in binding and decoration. Florent undertook an apprenticeship in leathers and skins in the family workshops les établissements Jullien in Paris. In 1988, he opened a small workshop in the same city and worked to bringing bookbinding techniques from the Middle East to the Western European book market. He has experimented with numerous materials and techniques focusing on transforming paper and leather. Adamant in his desire to pass on his knowledge, Florent taught techniques of bookbinding and decoration and founded the APPAR (Association Pour la Promotion des Arts de la Reliure) in the mid-1990s, to teach both amateurs and professionals.

  VR - Atelier de Florent Rousseau (Paris) Passionate about literature, Florent Rousseau welcomes us into his workshop in the heart of New Athens in Paris. He introduces us to the intimacy of a bookbinder who passionately practises his art and passes it on through his teaching, as demanding as it is generous.
Florent Rousseau
Bookbinder
Space: Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Description

White slip-clay, applied to the surface of a low-temperature pink glaze, peels off a slip-cast earthenware ceramic apothecary jar. The peeling effect emulates the symptoms of a common skin disease, Psoriasis. The jar is based on a 17th–18th century design.

Biography

Tamsin van Essen

British artist Tamsin van Essen works primarily in ceramics. She completed a BA in ceramic design at Central Saint Martins between 2004 and 2007, and an MA in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art in London between 2010 and 2012. Her work is mainly concept driven, exploring notions of beauty and impermanence through scientific, medical and social-historical themes. Material experimentation is a distinguishing feature of her work, probing the technical properties of ceramics and the limits of its behaviour. Tamsin has exhibited her work internationally, including at Sotheby’s and the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Design Miami, the Nobel Museum in Stockholm and the Musée National de Céramique-Sèvres in Paris. Her works feature in a number of public and private permanent collections.

UK  Psoriasis White earthenware, pink low-temperature glaze and white slip White slip-clay, applied to the surface of a low-temperature pink glaze, peels off a slip-cast earthenware ceramic apothecary jar. The peeling effect emulates the symptoms of a common skin disease, Psoriasis. The jar is based on a 17th–18th century design.
Tamsin van Essen
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Biography

Silvio Antiga

The Tipoteca Italiana foundation was inaugurated in 1995 and a museum to promote and preserve the heritage of Italian typography opened its doors in 2002. The foundation also hosts educational workshops for schools, scholars and enthusiasts from around the world. Silvio Antiga opened Grafiche Antiga printing company in 1968. During the 1980s, the desire to preserve the character of early printing motivated Silvio to collect artefacts related to traditional methods of printing.

  Tipoteca Italiana Typographic print
Silvio Antiga
Typography
Space: Venetian Way
Description

This Delft Blue tulip vase is part of the One Minute Delft Blue collection designed by Marcel Wanders. With abstract motifs, the vase combines modern design and traditional craftsmanship.

Biography

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a leading product and interior design studio in Amsterdam under the creative leadership and direction of Marcel Wanders and with the support of creative director Gabriele Chiave. The studio’s work excites, provokes and polarises as it seeks to bring a human touch back to design. The studio employs 52 design and communication experts. Over 1,900 of the studio’s products and interior design experiences can be found around the world, made for private clients as well as brands such as Alessi, Baccarat, Christofle, KLM and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The studio’s works are featured in numerous museums and galleries such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Biography

De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

The Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, more commonly known as Royal Delft, is the last of the 32 earthenware factories established in the Dutch town of Delft in the 17th century. The company was created in 1653 by David Anthonisz van der Pieth, who converted his house into a factory. The company changed hands soon afterwards. Then, owing to a sudden drop in availability in Europe of chinaware imported from China, Delft earthenware rapidly grew in popularity. The rise of another earthenware producer in Europe was likely the cause of the decline of Delft ceramics in the 19th century, and Royal Delft is the only factory that is still active today.

Netherlands   One Minute Delft Blue, tulip vase Earthenware, white and blue glaze

This Delft Blue tulip vase is part of the One Minute Delft Blue collection designed by Marcel Wanders. With abstract motifs, the vase combines modern design and traditional craftsmanship.
Marcel Wanders
Designer
De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
Earthenware
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Danish porcelain manufacturer Bing & Grøndahl made this blue ceramic vase in 1900. The vase is composed of two sections. The base, which resembles that of a classic vase, is cut off at its opening by a second bowl-like segment. These two sections merge through five handles. The green design of the handles merges with the upper part in a spiral shape.

Biography

Bing & Grøndahl

Bing & Grøndahl was a Danish porcelain manufacturer founded in 1853. The tree towers that make up the manufacturer's trademark stamp originate from the Copenhagen coat of arms. The company’s emblematic dinnerware series with a seagull motif, created in 1952 by designer Fanny Garde, became known as the national service of Denmark in the 1950s, when a census discovered that one in ten Danish households owned one or several pieces of this collection. In 1987, the company merged with the Royal Porcelain Factory under the name Royal Copenhagen.

Denmark   5-handle Vase Ceramic (clay) blue glaze Danish porcelain manufacturer Bing & Grøndahl made this blue ceramic vase in 1900. The vase is composed of two sections. The base, which resembles that of a classic vase, is cut off at its opening by a second bowl-like segment. These two sections merge through five handles. The green design of the handles merges with the upper part in a spiral shape.
Bing & Grøndahl
Porcelain pottery
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The minimalist colour range of this vase forces the viewer to focus on the texture and the shapes of the vessel. The black tones that resemble a flock of birds contrast sharply with the colourless glass. Worked in traditional Venetian techniques the overall style of the vase is evocative of the Scandinavian style.

Biography

Tobias Møhl

Danish master glassworker Tobias Møhl trained at the Holmegaard Glass Factory and Royal Copenhagen. He also attended a number of master classes in the United States. Tobias works use traditional Venetian techniques such as reticello, murrineand filigree. He combines his knowledge of traditional techniques with innovative designs and techniques. His works have been exhibited internationally and are found in numerous public and private collections.

Denmark  Glassweaver Vessel The minimalist colour range of this vase forces the viewer to focus on the texture and the shapes of the vessel. The black tones that resemble a flock of birds contrast sharply with the colourless glass. Worked in traditional Venetian techniques the overall style of the vase is evocative of the Scandinavian style.
Tobias Møhl
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This vase is part of a series of vases designed in the early 1920s by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann for the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres. The cone-shaped body of the vase is mounted on a gilded bronze cubic foot. The white porcelain interior is accentuated by its gilded edge.

Biography

Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann

Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann (1879-1933) was a French interior and furniture designer and a leading exponent of the French Art Deco style. Ruhlmann was born in Paris to parents who worked in the decorating business. However, it was not until he had completed his military service that he began to take an interest in the subject, designing and creating furniture from home as a self-taught artist. When his father died in 1907, he took over management of the family business. His increasingly Art Deco designs were heavily influenced by those of the 18th century. In 1919, Ruhlmann created Ruhlmann et Laurent with Pierre Laurent, specialising in the design and production of luxury home goods such as furniture, wallpaper and lighting made from exotic and precious materials.

Biography

Manufacture nationale de Sèvres

The Manufacture nationale de Sèvres is a leading European porcelain manufacturer. Since its creation in 1740, the factory has been closely linked to the the French political order. It was established with the support of Louis XV in order to compete with the porcelain manufactories in Chantilly and Meissen. The company then came under imperial and subsequently national management. It still produces works in accordance with its origins, that is, ceramic works using artisanal techniques. It reproduces iconic pieces using its rich collection of moulds, as well as contemporary pieces. The ceramics are produced both for state needs and for commercial purposes.

  Vase n.3 Glazed Sèvres porcelain with gold-plated base This vase is part of a series of vases designed in the early 1920s by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann for the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres. The cone-shaped body of the vase is mounted on a gilded bronze cubic foot. The white porcelain interior is accentuated by its gilded edge.
Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann
Designer
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This series of white and black hand-blown cylindrical glass vases was designed by Pierre Charpin and created with the assistance of the Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques (CIRVA) in Marseille. The vases are evocative of the minimalist and colourful style of the Memphis Group, with whose members Charpin worked in his early career.

Biography

Pierre Charpin

French-born artist and designer Pierre Charpin graduated from the Fine Art School of Bourges in 1984. Since the early 1990s, he has dedicated himself to furniture and object design. His practice revolves around experimental and research projects, working with the support of numerous institutions, including the Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques. Following his first solo exhibition in 1999, Charpin began producing limited series. He has also taught at the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Reims and at the industrial design department of the Cantonal School of Art in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Biography

CIRVA - Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques

Based in Marseilles, France, the International Centre for Research in Glass and Visual Arts (CIRVA) was created in 1983 in a former industrial building in the centre of the city. CIRVA is a research and production workshop hosting artists, designers and architects who wish to work on innovative projects with glass. For more than 30 years, CIRVA's technical team has worked with more than 200 artists on numerous projects in fields as varied as contemporary art, design and applied arts. The centre boasts a collection of some 750 pieces, which are exhibited in temporary and permanent collections in France and abroad.

  Série Élastique Glass This series of white and black hand-blown cylindrical glass vases was designed by Pierre Charpin and created with the assistance of the Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques (CIRVA) in Marseille. The vases are evocative of the minimalist and colourful style of the Memphis Group, with whose members Charpin worked in his early career.
Pierre Charpin
Designer
CIRVA - Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The Darkside Oups! vase is a reinterpretation of the iconic Eurydice crystal vase, designed by Philippe Starck with characteristic imagination and humour. This vase within a vase has a tiny black crystal vase encapsulated in a large, transparent crystal vase. It is a poetic vase for a single flower, with surprising visual effects.

Biography

Philippe Starck

In the course of his career, Philippe Starck has designed over 10,000 objects, and still counting. Through his work, the Frenchman has a mission, a vision: that creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. To Starck, sharing his ethical and humanist vision of a more equal planet is a duty, if not a moral imperative, resulting in unconventional projects that bear surprising fruits. The purpose of his designs is evident: an object must be useful before being beautiful. His childhood spent beneath the drawing table of his aeronautical engineer father taught him an important lesson: everything should be organised elegantly and rigorously, in human relationships as much as in the concluding vision that presides over every creative gesture.

Biography

Baccarat

Baccarat is a French crystalware manufacture located in the town of Baccarat in north-eastern France. The company was founded in 1764 when Louis XV of France allowed the creation of a glassworks factory that would initially produce window panes, mirrors and stemware. By the time the first crystal production started on the site in 1816, the factory employed over 3,000 people. State control of the company ended after the defeat of Napoleon III. Around this time, Baccarat started to import designs from Asia, in particular Japan, and to export its products worldwide. Perfume bottle production also grew significantly. In the late 1930s, the company began producing its works from scratch when it expanded operations to include acid and sandblasting. Today, Baccarat continues to produce high-quality crystal homeware using a rich heritage of techniques and designs, while embracing modern techniques and working alongside innovative designers.

  Darkside Oups! Crystal glass The Darkside Oups! vase is a reinterpretation of the iconic Eurydice crystal vase, designed by Philippe Starck with characteristic imagination and humour. This vase within a vase has a tiny black crystal vase encapsulated in a large, transparent crystal vase. It is a poetic vase for a single flower, with surprising visual effects.
Philippe Starck
Designer
Baccarat
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This transparent hand-blown glass sculpture was designed and made by Beate Einen in 2015. The glass vessel has been hand-blown and shaped. The interior of the vessel is gilded using gold leaf and the exterior surface of the vessel is covered with a sand-like pigment.

Biography

Beate Einen

Born in 1979, Norwegian glass designer Beate Einen first studied 3D ceramic and glass design at the University of Central England between 1999 and 2000 before graduating with a BA in 3D glass design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 2002. Beate continued her studies with a three-year training course in glassblowing at Kosta Glass School before completing an MA in glass design at the University of Sunderland. On finishing her studies in 2007, Beate founded her studio, Beate Einen Glass & Design. She hand-blows most of her creations but sometimes also works alongside master glassblower Micke Johansson. She produces functional objects such as glasses and dishes, as well as sculptural chandeliers and unique pieces. Her works are displayed in a number of galleries in Norway and in international exhibitions.

  Elixir of Life Glass, gold leaf, pigment This transparent hand-blown glass sculpture was designed and made by Beate Einen in 2015. The glass vessel has been hand-blown and shaped. The interior of the vessel is gilded using gold leaf and the exterior surface of the vessel is covered with a sand-like pigment.
Beate Einen
Glassblowing
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This plaster vase is characteristic of Studio Jeroen Wand’s unconventional use of materials. Combining paper, epoxy and plaster, it has created a fragile-looking yet sturdy vase. The vase is held in place by three wooden legs.

Biography

Jeroen Wand

Jeroen Wand is a Dutch designer born in 1985. He studied product design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht and received an MA in applied arts from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. After graduating, he founded Studio Jeroen Wand in 2008.

  Plaster vase Plaster, paper, wood and epoxy This plaster vase is characteristic of Studio Jeroen Wand’s unconventional use of materials. Combining paper, epoxy and plaster, it has created a fragile-looking yet sturdy vase. The vase is held in place by three wooden legs.
Jeroen Wand
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This vase, designed in 2005, is part of a series of vases made entirely by bees in 2006. The white sculpture forms the skeletal base of a body made exclusively of beeswax.

Biography

Tomáš Libertíny

Through his art, Slovakian artisan Tomáš Libertíny explores the beauty and intelligence of nature and questions existential issues of the human mind’s relationship with nature. He embraces present-day methods of production while acknowledging the vital role of the artist’s hand in his work. His awareness of patterns in nature are central to his drawings, paintings and sculptures. The last are executed with industrial precision but, paradoxically, controlled randomness is essential to their production process. Born in Slovakia in 1979, Tomáš studied engineering and design at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia and subsequently art and design at the University of Washington in Seattle. He continued to study painting and conceptual design at the University of Bratislava before completing an MFA at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Netherlands. He currently lives and works in Rotterdam.

  The Honeycomb Vase Beeswax This vase, designed in 2005, is part of a series of vases made entirely by bees in 2006. The white sculpture forms the skeletal base of a body made exclusively of beeswax.
Tomáš Libertíny
Wax sculptor
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This classically shaped vase from Sebastiaan Straatsma's "Dust Collector" series was created in 2011. It is made from an epoxy resin and depicts a tree with pink-purple blossoms rising from the bottom to the top of the vase. The brown tree trunk, the green foliage and the pink blossoms contrast with the rest of the black patterned vase.

Biography

Sebastiaan Straatsma

Sebastiaan Straatsma both designs and produces his own pieces. Objects with historical and emotional value fascinate him, and he reuses and reinterprets these in his work. Since 2006, he has focused mainly on vases. He starts by reinterpreting a classical form, altering its purpose, design, material and history. To realise these works, Straatsma has developed his own innovative and unique technique using epoxy resin on the surface of moulds designed from classical forms. Between 1993 and 1999, Straatsma studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2000, he moved to Rotterdam, where he established a design studio, which he subsequently moved to Schiedam in 2003.

  Blossom Trompet Epoxy resin This classically shaped vase from Sebastiaan Straatsma's "Dust Collector" series was created in 2011. It is made from an epoxy resin and depicts a tree with pink-purple blossoms rising from the bottom to the top of the vase. The brown tree trunk, the green foliage and the pink blossoms contrast with the rest of the black patterned vase.
Sebastiaan Straatsma
Plastic sculptor
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This lamp is part of the Frozen in Time collection inspired by the extreme freezing that occurred in the Netherlands on 2 March 1987. The structure of the vase’s handles has been replaced with flowering tree climbers. The glass of the vase is finished in opaque white, reminiscent of frozen windows or dew.

Biography

Studio Wieki Somers

Dutch designers Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg founded Studio Wieki Somers in Rotterdam in 2003. The duo studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the late 1990s. Their creations are known for their attention to the materials, technological ingenuity and the introduction of fantasy to commonplace household objects. The studio provides an enlightened reading of the everyday environment. It collaborates with numerous international manufacturers, museums and galleries, and its works feature in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

  Frozen vase Glass, silk flowers, resin and UV topcoat This lamp is part of the Frozen in Time collection inspired by the extreme freezing that occurred in the Netherlands on 2 March 1987. The structure of the vase’s handles has been replaced with flowering tree climbers. The glass of the vase is finished in opaque white, reminiscent of frozen windows or dew.
Studio Wieki Somers
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This jar was made using a mould construction by overlapping plaster blocks, in a controlled as well as random way. The main goal is to explore creative factors, such as fortuity, imperfection or error.

Biography

Vítor Agostinho

Vítor Agostinho is a product designer with extensive experience in the ceramics industry. Following research in this area, he shifted his focus from pure design to that of customisation and self-production. His experience with ceramics provided him with the opportunity to develop his glassworking method of production alongside ceramic making and moulding.

  CBS.V#01 Glass, clay This jar was made using a mould construction by overlapping plaster blocks, in a controlled as well as random way. The main goal is to explore creative factors, such as fortuity, imperfection or error.
Vítor Agostinho
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This colourless cut crystal vase is part of the Patches collection. The vase illustrates the techniques of fine glass cutting for which the Czech Republic is known.

Biography

Lasvit s.r.o.

Lasvit is a creative hub of glassmaking talents, fresh ideas and daring designs founded in 2007 and based in the Czech Republic. This young and innovative company creates custom-made installations exhibited around the world. Lasvit’s dedication to producing limited glassware series or mostly made-to-order individual pieces in exclusive designs has captivated designers and made it an award-winning company. Lasvit was founded by Leon Jakimič, who manages the company with the utmost respect for the Czech Republic’s rich glassmaking tradition. Over the years, Lasvit has worked alongside numerous designers and artists, such as the Campana Brothers, Kengo Kuma, Yabu Pushelberg, Nendo and Ross Lovegrove.

Biography

Oki Sato of Nendo

Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato created Nendo in 2002. Under his direction, Nendo, which means “clay” in Japanese, provides furniture design, interior architecture and graphic design that aim to be as flexible as clay is to work with. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1977, Oki Sato completed an MA in architecture from Waseda University, Tokyo in 2002 and immediately opened his own studio. In 2005, he established a Milan office and has since received international recognition for his innovative designs. In 2012, he started lecturing at Waseda University. Nendo designs aim to provide fresh perspectives by combining eco-design and traditional manufacturing processes.

  Patchwork Crystal glass This colourless cut crystal vase is part of the Patches collection. The vase illustrates the techniques of fine glass cutting for which the Czech Republic is known.
Lasvit s.r.o.
Glass work
Oki Sato of Nendo
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This classical tin-glazed Royal Delft vase looks as if it was pushed to its side by a powerful blast of wind. It is decorated with typical Dutch scenes painted in the characteristic blue and white of Delft ceramics.

Biography

De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

The Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, more commonly known as Royal Delft, is the last of the 32 earthenware factories established in the Dutch town of Delft in the 17th century. The company was created in 1653 by David Anthonisz van der Pieth, who converted his house into a factory. The company changed hands soon afterwards. Then, owing to a sudden drop in availability in Europe of chinaware imported from China, Delft earthenware rapidly grew in popularity. The rise of another earthenware producer in Europe was likely the cause of the decline of Delft ceramics in the 19th century, and Royal Delft is the only factory that is still active today.

Biography

Front

Swedish design studio Front was founded in 2003 by three designers, Anna Lindgren, Sofia Lagerquist and Charlotte v.d. Lancken, and has been creating as well as pushing boundaries ever since. Its works are based on discussion, exploration and experimentation, and its members collaborate on all projects, from initial concept to final product. The design process also involves computers and robots and is inspired by animals, thus ensuring innovation and unexpected outcomes. In addition to objects for mass production, Front also creates many one-off pieces for collectors and galleries. The studio’s works feature in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

  Blow Away Vase Earthenware, tin glaze This classical tin-glazed Royal Delft vase looks as if it was pushed to its side by a powerful blast of wind. It is decorated with typical Dutch scenes painted in the characteristic blue and white of Delft ceramics.
De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
Earthenware
Front
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This ceramic vase is decorated with a gilded metal frame of seashells at the bottom of the vase and wavy seaweed patterns making their way up it. The reflective blue glaze of the vase contrasts with the gilded interior glaze. The cylindrical blue glazed vase was produced by Royal Copenhagen in 1908.

Biography

Royal Copenhagen

The Royal Porcelain Factory, commonly known as Royal Copenhagen, is a Danish porcelain manufacturer founded in 1775 under the aegis of the Danish dowager queen, Juliane Marie. Three wavy blue lines make up the trademark that symbolises Denmark’s three seas. Royal Copenhagen originated in the context of a widespread European fascination with the white and blue porcelain imported from China during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was founded by Danish chemist Frantz Heinrich Müller in a converted post office, and King Christian VII took over financial responsibility for the factory in 1779. Royal Copenhagen has grown and changed hands several times since, merging with other companies such as George Jensen and Bing & Grøndahl.

  Vase Clay, metal This ceramic vase is decorated with a gilded metal frame of seashells at the bottom of the vase and wavy seaweed patterns making their way up it. The reflective blue glaze of the vase contrasts with the gilded interior glaze. The cylindrical blue glazed vase was produced by Royal Copenhagen in 1908.
Royal Copenhagen
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This brown glazed earthenware vase was designed by Stig Lindberg and manufactured by Gustavsberg. The vase is made in two segments. The cylindrical base of the vase is textured, revealing the vessel's base glaze. The body of the vase has a smooth surface.

Biography

Gustavsberg

Gustavsberg was a Swedish porcelain, ceramics and faience factory founded in 1826 and broken up and sold off in the 1990s. At its peak, Gustavsberg porcelain was found in many Swedish households in the post-war era. Stig Lindberg was one of the factory's emblematic designers and is credited with being one of the principal reasons for the factory's survival after the 1940s economic crisis.

Biography

Stig Lindberg

Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was a Swedish ceramics, glass, textile and industrial designer, as well as a painter and illustrator. He is best known for his china, enamel and textile designs and is considered one of Sweden’s most influential post-war designers. He studied painting at Stockholm's University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. He went on to work for Gustavsberg in 1937 and was named artistic director in 1949, a position he held until his retirement in 1980, designing individual objects as well as tableware for the company.

  Vase Earthenware This brown glazed earthenware vase was designed by Stig Lindberg and manufactured by Gustavsberg. The vase is made in two segments. The cylindrical base of the vase is textured, revealing the vessel's base glaze. The body of the vase has a smooth surface.
Gustavsberg
Ceramicist
Stig Lindberg
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This earth-coloured pot designed by Kati Tuominen-Niittylä and created in 2015 reflects Tuominen-Niittylä's minimalistic exploration of surface structure. The pot has two small handles that face each other at opposing sides of the pot’s mouth. The stoneware has been left bare after firing.

Biography

Kati Tuominen-Niittylä

Kati Tuominen-Niittylä (1947) is a Finnish designer best known for her designs for Arabia and Iittala. She graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 1976. She worked in Arabia's Art Department from 1980 to 2003, when she left to set up on her own. However, she still maintains her studio in the Arabia factory. Archetypal shapes of buckets, sieves, bowls and baskets found on farms inspire Tuominen-Niittylä's forms. Her hand-thrown, hand-built coarse stoneware clay is fired at a high temperature and has an almost geological appearance. The surface of her works are patinated with colour oxides or carved with tools, revealing an interplay of colour and textures. Tuominen-Niittylä was awarded the Grand Prix and the Gold Medal at the International Ceramics Festival in Mino, Japan in 1998 and 2002, respectively, as well as the prestigious Kaj Franck Design Prize.

  Vase Stoneware, metal oxides This earth-coloured pot designed by Kati Tuominen-Niittylä and created in 2015 reflects Tuominen-Niittylä's minimalistic exploration of surface structure. The pot has two small handles that face each other at opposing sides of the pot’s mouth. The stoneware has been left bare after firing.
Kati Tuominen-Niittylä
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This Libellula shaped vase in hand-blown glass was designed by Vittorio Zecchin and manufactured by Capellin Venini & Co. in 1922. The large organic shape of the handles meticulously attached to the lip of the vase are evocative of Art Nouveau designs.

Biography

Vittorio Zecchin

Vittorio Zecchin (1878-1947) was an Italian painter and designer. The son of a Murano glassmaker, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. He frequented the Venice Biennales, where he met artists, architects and designers exhibiting their works. He was especially interested in the artistic trends of the time, in particular the avant-garde Vienna Secession movement, and developed an interest in applied arts, ranging from embroidery to tapestry and especially glass, which became a passion of his. In 1914, Zecchin presented a series of pieces he had made at the Barovier glassworks. Between 1921 and 1925, he was artistic director for Capellin Venini & Co., designing modern pieces based on classical 16th-century Murano works. After leaving Capellin Venini, he began designing for a number of glass producers. In the 1930s, he also dedicated himself to teaching and working with schools.

Biography

Cappellin Venini & Co.

Paolo Venini and Giacomo Cappellin founded Cappellin Venini & Co. in 1921. The company split a few years later, leading to the creation of Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Venini & Co., with Napoleone Martinuzzi as artistic director. Over the years, thanks to his passion for sculpture, Martinuzzi developed stunning innovations, brought to life by the skills of the master glassworkers in the Venini workshop. Venini has remained at the forefront of the industry and has set contemporary glasswork trends by continuously collaborating with cutting-edge designers and artists. Creations bearing the Venini signature have found their place amongst the iconic works exhibited in museums around the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cartier Foundation in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

  Vaso Libellula (Libellula Vase) Glass This Libellula shaped vase in hand-blown glass was designed by Vittorio Zecchin and manufactured by Capellin Venini & Co. in 1922. The large organic shape of the handles meticulously attached to the lip of the vase are evocative of Art Nouveau designs.
Vittorio Zecchin
Designer
Cappellin Venini & Co.
Glass work
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This alabaster vase with a cone-shaped body was designed by Ugo La Pietra and made by the Cooperativa Artieri Alabastro in 1992. The sculpture presents a play of textures, the base is rough and the chisel marks are still visible. In contrast, the body is smooth, and a bulb fitted in the interior brings out the light-coloured tones of the alabaster.

Biography

Ugo La Pietra

Architect by training, Ugo La Pietra is an artist, designer, architect, filmmaker, editor, musician, cartoonist and teacher. Originally born in Bussi sul Tirino, in Abruzzo, Italy, Ugo was raised in Milan. In an era characterised by machines and mass production, Ugo has dedicated his career to rediscovering age-old artisanal techniques. Ugo has exhibited his works both in Italy and internationally and curated numerous exhibitions including those at the Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, the FRAC Centre in Orléans and the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza.

Biography

Cooperativa Artieri Alabastro

The Cooperativa Artieri Alabastro was founded in 1895 and is the oldest alabaster-producing structure in Volterra, Italy. The mission of the cooperative is to bring alabaster artisans with the necessary artistic, technical and commercial qualifications together with a view to ensuring quality products. Today, the cooperative has 27 partners. The artisans of the cooperative create works using traditional techniques. As well as its standard range of products, which is partially renewed each year, the cooperative makes custom-made pieces for its customers.

  Vaso Merletto Alabaster, light bulb This alabaster vase with a cone-shaped body was designed by Ugo La Pietra and made by the Cooperativa Artieri Alabastro in 1992. The sculpture presents a play of textures, the base is rough and the chisel marks are still visible. In contrast, the body is smooth, and a bulb fitted in the interior brings out the light-coloured tones of the alabaster.
Ugo La Pietra
Designer
Cooperativa Artieri Alabastro
Stone sculptor
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Bright red molten-like resin seems to slide down the surface of this vase creating the base on which the vase rests.

Biography

Gaetano Pesce

Born in La Spezia in 1939, Gaetano Pesce is an Italian architect, painter, designer, sculptor and philosopher and a pioneer of Italian design in the postwar era. Pesce studied architecture at the University of Venice and during his early career was a member of Gruppo N, an architectural collective strongly influenced by the Bauhaus movement. During the 1950s, he worked as an architect, urban planner and industrial designer. From the 1960s, he researched the function and form of utilitarian objects such as furniture and jewellery, inspired by studies on human emotions and perception, resulting in an avant-garde style. Bold and strong use of colours and innovative use of materials characterise Pesce's works.

  Red and Green Vase Resin Bright red molten-like resin seems to slide down the surface of this vase creating the base on which the vase rests.
Gaetano Pesce
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Geology was designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr and manufactured by Alessio Sarri Ceramiche in 2000. The sculptured vase is composed of 15 individual layers of boxes of different sizes, in nine different matt glazes, and with an inner container for flowers in white porcelain. The overall form (gestalt) is reminiscent of that of a classical vase. The vase is characteristic of Sottsass's post-modern design and concept of utilitarian sculptural objects.

Biography

Alessio Sarri

Alessio Sarri was born in 1957 in Sesto Fiorentino. He attended the Art School of Porta Romana in Florence and subsequently developed an interest in dance and theatre. In 1981, he met Matteo Thun and created the first prototype of a container. The complete collection of Rara Avis containers was presented during the Memphis Group's exhibition in 1982. From thereon, Sarri followed a path of research in the fields of design and ceramics, experimenting with new methods and techniques.

Biography

Ettore Sottsass Jr

Ettore Sottsass Jr (1917-2007) was an Italian architect and designer known for his furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting and office designs. Born in Innsbruck, Austria, and raised in Turin, he studied at the Politecnico di Milano, graduating in 1939 with a degree in architecture. After the war, he worked with his father, also an architect, rebuilding houses, often in a Modernist style. In 1947, he moved to Milan, where he opened an architecture and industrial design studio. The studio was awarded numerous contracts that required him to work regularly in the United States from the late 1950s, and to design electronic devices and the first Italian mainframe computer for Olivetti. These experiences would lead to the creation by Sottsass of the Memphis Group in the early 1980s. The group is famous for its Postmodern designs produced during the 1980s.

  Geology Porcelain clay Geology was designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr and manufactured by Alessio Sarri Ceramiche in 2000. The sculptured vase is composed of 15 individual layers of boxes of different sizes, in nine different matt glazes, and with an inner container for flowers in white porcelain. The overall form (gestalt) is reminiscent of that of a classical vase. The vase is characteristic of Sottsass's post-modern design and concept of utilitarian sculptural objects.
Alessio Sarri
Ceramicist
Ettore Sottsass Jr
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

This transparent vase designed by Andrea Branzi and created by Metea for the Giovanni Scacchi Gallery was made from plexiglas in 2005. The vase has two openings that evolve into two organic forms creating receptacles for flowers.

Biography

Giovanni Scacchi Gallery

The Giovanni Scacchi Gallery was founded in 2003 in Milan. The gallery collaborates with international artists, designers and architects such as Andrea Branzi, Toyo Ito and Alessandro Mendini. It deals with contemporary design and places particular emphasis on developing work in the field of plexiglas.

Biography

Andrea Branzi

Architect and designer Andrea Branzi (1938) has worked and lived in Milan since 1973, when he moved from his native Florence. In 1966, with fellow architects and designers, he founded Archizoom Associati to promote avant-garde architecture. In 1976, he joined the Alchemia design group founded by Alessandro Guerriero, which was known for its experimental industrial design. Branzi was also one of the founders, in 1983, of the Domus Academy, the first international postgraduate school of design. His works feature in many museums and exhibition spaces, such as the permanent collection of the Cartier Foundation in Paris. He was named Honorary Royal Designer by the United Kingdom in 2008.

  Enzimi 8 Plexiglas This transparent vase designed by Andrea Branzi and created by Metea for the Giovanni Scacchi Gallery was made from plexiglas in 2005. The vase has two openings that evolve into two organic forms creating receptacles for flowers.
Giovanni Scacchi Gallery
Plastic sculptor
Andrea Branzi
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The 24 concentric rings that make up this vase come from three slabs of Carrara marble cut by waterjet. The vase was designed by Paolo Ulian and made by UpGroup in 2008.

Biography

Paolo Ulian

Paolo Ulian is an Italian designer born in Massa-Carrara in 1961. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, attending classes by Getulio Alviani and Luciano Fabro. Uliani then enrolled at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Florence, graduating in 1990. In 1992, he opened a studio in Tuscany with his brother Giuseppe. He has exhibited his work both in Italy and abroad and won the first edition of the international Design Report Award presented by the German Design Council. He has gone on to glean further awards and has worked on designs for a number of Italian companies, such as Fontana Arte, Luminara and Zani e Zani.

  Vaso Vago (Vague Vase) Carrara marble The 24 concentric rings that make up this vase come from three slabs of Carrara marble cut by waterjet. The vase was designed by Paolo Ulian and made by UpGroup in 2008.
Paolo Ulian
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

Hand-blown borosilicate glass vases in different shapes and sizes are held together by strips of flower-printed fabrics. The smaller vases are knotted to one bigger central vase, as if it represents the original shape from which the secondary “roots” branch off. Radici was presented at Galleria Luisa Delle Piane in Milan in 2015 during Design Week.

Biography

Andrea Anastasio

Andrea Anastasio studied philosophy before embarking on a cultural journey that led him to cooperate on projects entailing the cataloguing of Islamic architecture in India, research on innovation in traditional craftsmanship techniques, and partnerships with architectural practices, publishers and museums. Fascinated by the study of the poetics of conceptual art and its potential convergences with industrial design, he designs furniture and objects for Italian companies that play a leading role on the international scene. His research focuses on the manipulation of objects, consumer goods and domestic materials to generate cross-contamination of languages and meanings.

  Radici (Roots) Glass and fabric Hand-blown borosilicate glass vases in different shapes and sizes are held together by strips of flower-printed fabrics. The smaller vases are knotted to one bigger central vase, as if it represents the original shape from which the secondary “roots” branch off. Radici was presented at Galleria Luisa Delle Piane in Milan in 2015 during Design Week.
Andrea Anastasio
Designer
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

The works of Cathrine Raben Davidsen explore a dialogue between art and design, such as this vase that combines the utilitarian with a work of art. The vase is full of life. It gives the impression that it is holding a face that is trying to break free.

Biography

Cathrine Raben Davidsen

The works of Danish artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen combine historical, fictional or mythological material with personal memories. Her work is characterised by a desire to explore different artistic techniques and challenge traditional hierarchies in the arts, such as artisan, designer and artist. In recent years, ceramics have played an increasingly important role. She draws inspiration from pre-Columbian, Japanese and late Bronze Age Scandinavian craft traditions and techniques, as well as raku firing. Cathrine trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at academies in Holland and Italy. Her works have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Denmark and around the world.

  Vessel head Earthenware
The works of Cathrine Raben Davidsen explore a dialogue between art and design, such as this vase that combines the utilitarian with a work of art. The vase is full of life. It gives the impression that it is holding a face that is trying to break free.
Cathrine Raben Davidsen
Ceramicist
Space: Centuries of Shape
Description

"Books of Disquiet" is an ongoing series of works reflecting the desire to control the fleeting thought process and freeze moments of this liquid space. These opaque glass books are physical manifestations of the intangible phenomenon of imagination.

Biography

Anne Petters

Anne Petters is a multimedia artist with a strong background in glass. In 2011, she received her MFA in Sculpture/ Glass from Alfred University, New York. Born in Dresden in 1978, Anne grew up in the German Democratic Republic. She understands the political change in her country, which she experienced as a displacement of reality, as a basic influence on her lifestyle and artistic work. Her interest in controlling and displaying moments of fleeting and vulnerable existence leads her to a poetic, metaphoric use of glass and other materials. Anne has been awarded numerous artist residencies. In 2014, she received the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholarship. Anne has taught as visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London and is currently leading the glass studio at the City and Guilds of London Art School.

  Books of Disquiet Glass "Books of Disquiet" is an ongoing series of works reflecting the desire to control the fleeting thought process and freeze moments of this liquid space. These opaque glass books are physical manifestations of the intangible phenomenon of imagination.
Anne Petters
Glass work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

The head of Michelangelo’s iconic David lies profile sideways. A tiny porcelain woman has taken shelter inside the rough interior surface of the broken head.

Biography

Andrea Salvatori

Andrea Salvatori lives and works near Faenza in Italy. He attended the Istituto d’Arte per la Ceramica in Faenza where he first began to work with glazed earthenware. He graduated in Sculpture from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna in 2000. Andrea’s works juxtapose meticulous copies of classical stone statues with new subjects, contrasting contemporary themes with kitsch aesthetic. Andrea sometimes combines his porcelain sculptures with objects such as Murano glass vases, Meissen porcelain miniatures and Ginori period ceramics that he finds in flea markets across Europe. His detailed works demonstrate his mastery of ceramics. Since 1997, Andrea has exhibited his works in several national and international solo and collective exhibitions.

  Testone Semi-refractory glaze and porcelain clay The head of Michelangelo’s iconic David lies profile sideways. A tiny porcelain woman has taken shelter inside the rough interior surface of the broken head.
Andrea Salvatori
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This large brass sculpture illustrates Elie Hirsch’s desire to bridge a connection between sculpture and jewellery. The form is reminiscent of a tightly fitted necklace.

Biography

Elie Hirsch

Elie Hirsch graduated in ceramic design in 2001 and metal sculpture in 2003. For two years, he worked with sculptor Hervé Wahlen in his workshop. Elie is a laureate of the competition "Jeunes créateurs des ateliers d'art de France" in which he participated in 2007. He participates every year in numerous fairs and exhibitions in France and abroad.

  Beauty Belt Brass This large brass sculpture illustrates Elie Hirsch’s desire to bridge a connection between sculpture and jewellery. The form is reminiscent of a tightly fitted necklace.
Elie Hirsch
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These three flower pattern porcelain cylinders with inlaid colours were made as the result of a visit to the gardens of Wakehurst in the UK.

Biography

Maria Ten Kortenaar

To Maria Ten Kortenaar, porcelain is a medium that allows her to express what she perceives, feels and experiences in everyday life. Through porcelain, she is able to translate her impressions into artworks. Happiness, sunsets, rainy days and landscapes that she observes in real life all find their way into her artwork. The titles are links to her personal memories. There are two different layers to her work. The visible layer: to emphasise the many colours in her works, Maria chooses to keep the form as simple as possible, choosing the cylinder. Her cylinders are built up from smaller fragments. To draw the attention of the viewer, she disturbs the pattern just slightly. This uneasiness catches the eye. There is harmony and there is disharmony, created with a rhythm. The emotional layer: the colours and composition tell her story, while the white porcelain serves as the blank sheet of paper on which her story is written. It is her aim to translate our inner life in such a way that it becomes visible to others.

  Flowerbomb Porcelain clay These three flower pattern porcelain cylinders with inlaid colours were made as the result of a visit to the gardens of Wakehurst in the UK.
Maria Ten Kortenaar
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This steel, bronze and copper cyclopean orchid was forged, wrought and finished with a mirror polish and is a tribute to the Classicism and to the philosophical reflection. The Greeks called this orchid "Kosmosandalon”, sandal of the world

Biography

Alessandro Rametta

Italian master metalworker Alessandro Rametta is a self-taught sculptor. He is inspired by the infinite expressive possibilities of metal, the distant memories that reverberate through the matter, the familiarity of a material that holds ancient secrets. Alessandro works in an intuitive manner, developing his own refined techniques while experimenting on the subjects that he believes to have the highest expressive potential to explore. Alessandro founded La Fucina di Efesto over 20 years ago and has since been creating works for renowned artists and designers, including sculptures for collections in Italy and around the world. Alessandro places special importance on transferring knowledge and teaching, and places much emphasis on creative ethics. The Cologni Foundation in Milan gave Alessandro the title of Master of Art.

  I volti di Kosmosandalon (The faces of Kosmosandalon) Stainless steel, bronze, silver alloy This steel, bronze and copper cyclopean orchid was forged, wrought and finished with a mirror polish and is a tribute to the Classicism and to the philosophical reflection. The Greeks called this orchid "Kosmosandalon”, sandal of the world
Alessandro Rametta
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

The concave frame of this circular mirror was hammered from a single sheet of brass. The frame of the mirror, which extends across the wall, is made from brass cords, gilded with 18k gold. The name of the mirror is taken from the technique used to make the frame, filigree. This is one of the oldest jewellery making techniques known.

Biography

Boca do Lobo

Furniture designers and manufacturers Boca do Lobo strive to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces passionately handcrafted in Portugal by master artisans who love what they do. Their designers possess an undeniable talent for composing pieces that stir emotions. Boca do Lobo artisans' knowledge, accumulated over years of experience, is imparted with love through their craftsmanship. A dynamic process of innovation, within both technology and design, forces Boca do Lobo to continually reinterpret the brand. No detail or element is overlooked as they offer the very best pieces at the frontier between design and art. Each piece brings the viewer into Boca do Lobo’s world - a world of emotions.

Biography

Rui Pinto

Rui Pinto is a natural-born artisan, with 16 years’ experience in jewellery design and making. He masters several jewellery techniques, predominantly the delicate filigree technique. Trained in the North of Portugal, his art represents a fine narrative in a new generation of artists. His artisanship expresses a personal artistic path and honours his country’s history and traditions. Rui emphasises his creative expression and his designs are essential for the development of fine art. As an artisan developing high value jewellery concepts, his knowledge is perceived as equivalent to the preciousness of the materials his works are made from.

  Filigree Mirror Brass sheet, brass cords, gilded in 18k gold, glass The concave frame of this circular mirror was hammered from a single sheet of brass. The frame of the mirror, which extends across the wall, is made from brass cords, gilded with 18k gold. The name of the mirror is taken from the technique used to make the frame, filigree. This is one of the oldest jewellery making techniques known.
Boca do Lobo
Filigree
Rui Pinto
Jeweller, Goldsmith
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade white porcelain sculpture resembles the delicate structure of coral. The circular pieces of porcelain placed side by side are almost translucent in their width.

Biography

Claudia Biehne

Claudia Biehne’s works merge sculptural and applied art disciplines together. Porcelain is worked in a modern way articulating her signature. Claudia takes great pleasure in experimenting and is simply curious to discover and push the limits of what is possible. Her works draw inspiration from and reflect natural marvels and developments, because she finds in nature the archetype of all creations and the cradle of experience. Claudia’s works are found in several museums and international private collections. Claudia’s porcelain workshop strives to obtain a high-ranking position in the German ceramics scene. The porcelain studio located in the former cotton-spinning mill in Leipzig, is open to visitors.

  Between the tides Porcelain clay This handmade white porcelain sculpture resembles the delicate structure of coral. The circular pieces of porcelain placed side by side are almost translucent in their width.
Claudia Biehne
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This multicoloured jagged-edged ceramic bowl was created as part of a collection of works that build upon an ongoing interest in the pattern book “The Grammar of Ornament” by Owen Jones. At first sight, the bowl would seem to be made of different sections fitted together like a puzzle. Each “section” is made up of intricately decorated patterns.

Biography

Frances Priest

Frances Priest graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with a BA and PGDip in Ceramics in 1999. She combines studio-based practice with site-specific projects. Frances uses drawing and ceramics to explore and interpret languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history. From her Edinburgh studio, she creates ceramic objects using clay as a canvas on which to build surfaces of inlaid line, coloured glaze and enamel decals. The relationship between making and drawing is essential to these explorations, with ceramics as an ideal material to push between the two states. Her work has been recognised at a national and international level with pieces held in private and public collections including National Museums Scotland, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum. She lives and works in Edinburgh.

  Gathering Places | Grammar of Ornament - India ii Clay This multicoloured jagged-edged ceramic bowl was created as part of a collection of works that build upon an ongoing interest in the pattern book “The Grammar of Ornament” by Owen Jones. At first sight, the bowl would seem to be made of different sections fitted together like a puzzle. Each “section” is made up of intricately decorated patterns.
Frances Priest
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This ornate alabaster bowl was hand turned on a lathe. The surface of the bowl has been minutely sculpted in a bas-relief. The dark colour of this agate alabaster derives from deposits of iron salts.

Biography

Gloria Giannelli

Gloria Giannelli lives and works with alabaster in Volterra, Italy. Her works enhance the qualities of the materials she works with and demonstrate the transparency of alabaster. Gloria started to work with alabaster from an early age. Her works have a feminine style and distinguish themselves with elaborate floral motifs and carved embroideries. The considerable experience that Gloria has gained over many years permits her to realise increasingly complex objects. Her works also draw from the professional knowledge of two master artisans in Volterra, turner Cerone Homer and ornament worker Gazzanelli Renzo. Gloria has been awarded a number of prizes throughout her career such as the Gremigni Award. She has participated in numerous exhibitions both in Italy and internationally.

  Ciotola con petali (Bowl with petals) alabaster agate This ornate alabaster bowl was hand turned on a lathe. The surface of the bowl has been minutely sculpted in a bas-relief. The dark colour of this agate alabaster derives from deposits of iron salts.
Gloria Giannelli
Stone sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This alabaster bowl was made on a lathe. The bowl was made from several pieces of different colour alabaster glued together and turned.

Biography

Gloria Giannelli

Gloria Giannelli lives and works with alabaster in Volterra, Italy. Her works enhance the qualities of the materials she works with and demonstrate the transparency of alabaster. Gloria started to work with alabaster from an early age. Her works have a feminine style and distinguish themselves with elaborate floral motifs and carved embroideries. The considerable experience that Gloria has gained over many years permits her to realise increasingly complex objects. Her works also draw from the professional knowledge of two master artisans in Volterra, turner Cerone Homer and ornament worker Gazzanelli Renzo. Gloria has been awarded a number of prizes throughout her career such as the Gremigni Award. She has participated in numerous exhibitions both in Italy and internationally.

  Bowl two bands with mosaic border Alabaster varieties: agate, scaglione, cenerino, bardiglio and marble This alabaster bowl was made on a lathe. The bowl was made from several pieces of different colour alabaster glued together and turned.
Gloria Giannelli
Stone sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This alabaster bowl was made on a lathe. The bowl is made from several multicoloured pieces of alabaster that have been glued together. The translucent bowl has been highly polished.

Biography

Gloria Giannelli

Gloria Giannelli lives and works with alabaster in Volterra, Italy. Her works enhance the qualities of the materials she works with and demonstrate the transparency of alabaster. Gloria started to work with alabaster from an early age. Her works have a feminine style and distinguish themselves with elaborate floral motifs and carved embroideries. The considerable experience that Gloria has gained over many years permits her to realise increasingly complex objects. Her works also draw from the professional knowledge of two master artisans in Volterra, turner Cerone Homer and ornament worker Gazzanelli Renzo. Gloria has been awarded a number of prizes throughout her career such as the Gremigni Award. She has participated in numerous exhibitions both in Italy and internationally.

  Ciotola tre fasce con bordo a mosaico (Bowl three bands with mosaic border) Natural alabasters: agate variety, echelon This alabaster bowl was made on a lathe. The bowl is made from several multicoloured pieces of alabaster that have been glued together. The translucent bowl has been highly polished.
Gloria Giannelli
Stone sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

The geometric forms of this translucent framed feather design generate a number of symmetrical patterns such as triangles and diamonds, evocative of classical mosaics. The meticulously cut feathers create a flower-petal type pattern. Janaïna proposes an experimental, technical approach inspired by textile handcrafts such as lace, weaving and embroidery.

Biography

Janaïna Milheiro

From her Parisian workshop, feather worker Janaïna Milheiro creates textiles, sculptures and other pieces made from feathers. She develops and invents new skills and techniques in order to provide a very personal, innovative vision of feather work for the luxury, fashion and home decoration industries. This experimental and technical approach to feather work gives life to extremely visual pieces with sometimes very surprising purposes. Trained in several handcrafted textile techniques, Janaïna creates unlikely lacework made of feathers, silks woven with feathers, feather flocking as well as three dimensional grids or sculptures in feathers. She is both an artisan and designer. Since 2011, she has been working with passionate clients such as collectors, interior designers and highly demanding fashion houses or luxury brands. Born in 1985 in Brazil, Janaïna graduated from the ENSCI and Ecole Duperré in Paris.

  Mosaïque Turkey and pheasant feathers, brass, wood The geometric forms of this translucent framed feather design generate a number of symmetrical patterns such as triangles and diamonds, evocative of classical mosaics. The meticulously cut feathers create a flower-petal type pattern. Janaïna proposes an experimental, technical approach inspired by textile handcrafts such as lace, weaving and embroidery.
Janaïna Milheiro
Feather-worker
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These vessels represent a selection of objects from Juliette Bigley's installation TABLE. Drawing on the traditions of still life and silversmith work, these vases represent an interpretation of a table at the end of a meal. The objects are made from mixed metals. Their matte finish, clean lines and minimalist forms are characteristic of Juliette’s works.

Biography

Juliette Bigley

Juliette Bigley is a master metalworker who works with base and precious metals. Juliette creates sculptures that are both familiar and abstract, re-interpreting recognisable forms of containers to create ambiguous spaces that question how we relate to the physical world around us. Her works place a strong emphasis on lines and thresholds. At the heart of her works are three relationships, those between people, that of the objects with other objects and the relationship between people and objects. Juliette initially pursued classical singing and then healthcare management. She chanced upon what would become her love for metal during evening classes. Juliette then studied Architecture and Design at the Cass School of Art, training as a silversmith and obtaining both a BA and a research MA.

  TABLE (selection) Nickel silver, sterling silver, copper, gilding metal and brass.
Patina: copper, brass, nickel silver, steel and silver.
These vessels represent a selection of objects from Juliette Bigley's installation TABLE. Drawing on the traditions of still life and silversmith work, these vases represent an interpretation of a table at the end of a meal. The objects are made from mixed metals. Their matte finish, clean lines and minimalist forms are characteristic of Juliette’s works.
Juliette Bigley
Metal-work
Space: Best of Europe
Description

These three handmade boxes built in sand cast pâte-de-verre seem to have been shaped by a 3D printer. The shapes are evocative of desert rocks or a rocky sea surface, eroded by time.

Biography

Karen Lise Krabbe

Karen Lise Krabbe began her glassmaking career in the early 1990s. Her works focus on the use of composite materials where two or more materials melt together and form a new one with other properties and expressions. The baseline in all of her works is characterised by intensive material research. She principally uses glass, silicates and bio-materials. Her works explore composite materials’ aesthetics and physical potentials, exposing them to diverse techniques, partly with the knowledge of traditional techniques of glass and ceramic craftsmanship in mind and partly techniques that the new materials themselves intentionally or spontaneously lead her to. Her handmade 3D-print exhibited at Homo Faber is characteristic of this. Karen runs her own workshop in Aarhus, Denmark and is often presented at international and national exhibitions.

  Blind Box For No Thing Glass & olivine These three handmade boxes built in sand cast pâte-de-verre seem to have been shaped by a 3D printer. The shapes are evocative of desert rocks or a rocky sea surface, eroded by time.
Karen Lise Krabbe
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade object built from sand cast pâte-de-verre seems to have been shaped by a 3D printer. The jagged layered shape is evocative of a large seashell.

Biography

Karen Lise Krabbe

Karen Lise Krabbe began her glassmaking career in the early 1990s. Her works focus on the use of composite materials where two or more materials melt together and form a new one with other properties and expressions. The baseline in all of her works is characterised by intensive material research. She principally uses glass, silicates and bio-materials. Her works explore composite materials’ aesthetics and physical potentials, exposing them to diverse techniques, partly with the knowledge of traditional techniques of glass and ceramic craftsmanship in mind and partly techniques that the new materials themselves intentionally or spontaneously lead her to. Her handmade 3D-print exhibited at Homo Faber is characteristic of this. Karen runs her own workshop in Aarhus, Denmark and is often presented at international and national exhibitions.

  SEED Glass & olivine This handmade object built from sand cast pâte-de-verre seems to have been shaped by a 3D printer. The jagged layered shape is evocative of a large seashell.
Karen Lise Krabbe
Glass fusing
Space: Best of Europe
Description

A structure made of iron rods contains a masterfully modelled hand-blown glass vase. The green vase seems to look for an escape route, its fragile sinuous curves stopped by the rigid metal interspaces.

Biography

Lorenzo Passi

Lorenzo Passi’s enthusiasm for glass began while studying at the Francesco Arcangeli Art institute when he attended a workshop led by glass artist Joan Crous. Aged 20, he moved to Venice and began a glasswork apprenticeship on the island of Murano in the workshop of Archimede Seguso and “Zanetti Veteria Artistica”. He started training in techniques for manufacturing blown and solid-worked glass. In 2009, he moved to Nuutajärvi, Finland, where he continued training in glass works, graduating three years later. While in Finland Lorenzo began experimenting, matching blown glass to other diverse materials such as metals and wood. This technique would become the basis of his poetic creativity. Upon graduating, he returned to Venice to the workshop of Archimede Seguso and Zanetti glassworks. Lorenzo held his first exhibition in 2013 and has since exhibited his works internationally.

  Eterno Cantiere #2 Glass, reinforced recycled iron A structure made of iron rods contains a masterfully modelled hand-blown glass vase. The green vase seems to look for an escape route, its fragile sinuous curves stopped by the rigid metal interspaces.
Lorenzo Passi
Glass Blower
Space: Best of Europe
Description

The design of this earthenware ceramic crown emulates the structure of wheat. Braided wheat stems make up the crown’s arches, while a bouquet made from wheat ears rests on top of the crown.

Biography

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen

London based ceramicist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen works with mixed media sculpture, making and arranging multiple components into complex narrative displays of visual excess. The dialogue between components and the way one's unconscious can direct the composition interests her. Malene’s detailed surreal ceramic works draw on motifs from the domestic and natural worlds. Her works evoke visions of excess by merging several seemingly incompatible worlds. Memories, daydreams and childhood nostalgia are all called upon by the artist who weaves them together into a fairytale of her own making. Her surreal narrative is an eclectic collection of ideas comprising mythological creatures, popular graphic culture and her own childhood in rural Denmark. Malene’s interest in forests stems from their recurrence in European literature and myths, ancient cults, pagan rituals and as a metaphor for the hidden realms of the unconscious mind.

  Corn Dolly Crown Earthenware clay, coloured underglazes and glazes The design of this earthenware ceramic crown emulates the structure of wheat. Braided wheat stems make up the crown’s arches, while a bouquet made from wheat ears rests on top of the crown.
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
Ceramicist
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This freestanding sculpture was created from tens of thousands of Dentalium shells sustainably harvested along the Pacific coast of Northwest America. The two distinctive surface areas within Pithváva Praegressus III are created from opposing ends of the shells, with the intention of celebrating the true beauty of the material itself.

Biography

Rowan Mersh

Rowan Mersh is a multimedia sculptor who explores form through intuitive application of a material’s inherent qualities. His diverse and experimental approach to creation is epitomised by his ability to take very ordinary materials and transform them into the extraordinary. From textile sculpture to kinetic and interactive installation, Mersh’s pieces are inventive and multipurpose, bridging the realms of art, design and fashion. Regularly exhibiting internationally with Gallery FUMI, Mersh’s sculptures have been acquired by major private and public collections the world over, most notably the V&A, Jerwood and The Crafts Council collections. His commissions and special projects include works for the Mercury Music Prize, Fendi and Veuve Clicquot.

  Pithváva Praegressus III Dentalium Shells, epoxy resin This freestanding sculpture was created from tens of thousands of Dentalium shells sustainably harvested along the Pacific coast of Northwest America. The two distinctive surface areas within Pithváva Praegressus III are created from opposing ends of the shells, with the intention of celebrating the true beauty of the material itself.
Rowan Mersh
Multimedia Sculptor
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This sculpture has been turned from green (wet) oak. The wood grain is deliberately oriented so as to influence the final form of the object during the drying process. Fissures and cracks, produced through the natural deformation of the wood, are held together with wooden butterfly keys. The surface is treated with clay.

Biography

Ernst Gamperl

Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, Munich born Ernst Gamperl stumbled on woodturning by chance. Equipped with a book on woodturning he starting training in this craft as an autodidact, unhampered by convention in his approach to turnery. After a few years, by means of patience, exercise and research, he perfected this technique and established his first workshop in 1990. Although Ernst used to prefer working with precious, exotic woods, he has since come to focus on working with European wood varieties like maple, beech, Italian olive tree and principally oak. After three years, he entered the design school in Hildesheim, Germany, and was awarded the title "Meister"(Master). Ernst exhibits his work extensively throughout Europe and internationally. His objects have earned him numerous prizes and are found in museum and private collections worldwide.

  object of oak Bavarian oak This sculpture has been turned from green (wet) oak. The wood grain is deliberately oriented so as to influence the final form of the object during the drying process. Fissures and cracks, produced through the natural deformation of the wood, are held together with wooden butterfly keys. The surface is treated with clay.
Ernst Gamperl
Wood turning
Space: Best of Europe
Description

This handmade basket has been made from driftwood and homegrown willow rods. Raw pieces of driftwood have been used to cover the opening of the brown basket.

Biography

Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan has worked as a basket-maker since 1977 and opened his own workshop at Loch Na Fooey in the west of Ireland in 1978. He was drawn to basket making because it offered the possibility of living in that beautiful area and growing their own willow. For many years Joe concentrated on making functional baskets and improving his skills. He also researched and made most of the indigenous baskets of Ireland, the baskets that were used for fishing and farming. For the past 20 years, Joe has become increasingly interested in making artistic baskets. These are usually inspired by finds of wood. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection to nature.

  Basket on driftwood fork Driftwood and homegrown willow rods. This handmade basket has been made from driftwood and homegrown willow rods. Raw pieces of driftwood have been used to cover the opening of the brown basket.
Joe Hogan
Basket weaving
Space: Best of Europe
Description

Carlo Bonini’s Bonini Garage will be displaying two restored Ferraris at Homo Faber. Based in Cadelbosco di Sopra, a small town near Reggio Emilia, Carlo Bonini has been expertly restoring cars for more than 30 years.

Biography

Carlo Bonini

The Bonini garage has been providing mechanical assistance specifically dedicated to Ferraris for nearly 30 years. It has been officially authorised as a Ferrari service and works with the latest electronic equipment for diagnosis and tuning. All this without forgetting the classic old Ferraris on which the company actively performs all kinds of restoration and repairs.

  Bonini Garage Carlo Bonini’s Bonini Garage will be displaying two restored Ferraris at Homo Faber. Based in Cadelbosco di Sopra, a small town near Reggio Emilia, Carlo Bonini has been expertly restoring cars for more than 30 years.
Carlo Bonini
Car restoration
Space: Workshop Exclusives
Description

Konner S.R.L will be showcasing the assembly of the company's K1 two-seater helicopter during Homo Faber. Visitors will gain first-hand insight into the world of cutting-edge aeronautical products.

Biography

Sergio Bortoluz

Sergio Bortoluz founded Konner S.R.L in 2002. He has used his 25 years of experience in the field of turbine construction and precision engineering to develop two key products: the TK250 turbine and the K1 two-seater helicopter. Konner’s products use ground-breaking technology that allows them to reach an optimal power/weight ratio, and they are unique in their use of highly available fuels such as diesel.

  Konner S.R.L Konner S.R.L will be showcasing the assembly of the company's K1 two-seater helicopter during Homo Faber. Visitors will gain first-hand insight into the world of cutting-edge aeronautical products.
Sergio Bortoluz
Helicopter building
Space: Workshop Exclusives
Description

David Borras (alias El Solitario), superstar of customised motorbikes, will be displaying two motorbikes at Homo Faber. His company prefers to build and ride vintage-engineered bikes made from iron rather than more modern solutions, but it also likes the thrill of a challenge. Borras believes in giving bikes character by using traditional craftsmanship and taking obsessive care over the small details.

Biography

David Borras

From his garage in the heart of Galicia in northern Spain, David Borras alias El Solitario creates custom-made motorbikes, embracing all the separate elements in a motorbike, separating them and highlighting them instead of hiding them. He creates a distinct style which is instantly recognisable. The bikes combine the pinnacle of motorcycle technology with features of classic design. Each motorbike is the product of the company's experience and, much like the unique nature of experiences, so each motorbike is unique too.

  El Solitario David Borras (alias El Solitario), superstar of customised motorbikes, will be displaying two motorbikes at Homo Faber. His company prefers to build and ride vintage-engineered bikes made from iron rather than more modern solutions, but it also likes the thrill of a challenge. Borras believes in giving bikes character by using traditional craftsmanship and taking obsessive care over the small details.
David Borras
Building motorbikes
Space: Workshop Exclusives
Description

Metalworker Caren Hartley will be working on creating and assembling custom-made city bikes at Homo Faber. Caren will be present for six days during the exhibition. She is passionate about making bikes for both men and women that are equal in beauty and performance and, most importantly, perfectly fitted to the rider.

Biography

Caren Hartley

Hartley Cycles is the culmination of over 10 years of fine metalwork and a love of cycling. From a small workshop in South London, award-winning frame builder Caren Hartley creates beautiful steel and stainless steel bicycles uniquely tailored to each client. Her bikes are made by combining a variety of metalwork techniques such as bronze brazing and silver soldering. Some are specific to bicycle manufacture and she developed others during her multidisciplinary metalwork career.

  Hartley Cycles Metalworker Caren Hartley will be working on creating and assembling custom-made city bikes at Homo Faber. Caren will be present for six days during the exhibition. She is passionate about making bikes for both men and women that are equal in beauty and performance and, most importantly, perfectly fitted to the rider.
Caren Hartley
Bicycle building
Space: Workshop Exclusives
Description

Pedemonte Bikes will be present during one week in Stefano Micelli’s Workshop Exclusives space at Homo Faber. Pedemonte Bikes uses their technical knowledge gained over 30 years of manufacturing carbon fibre frames for cars to produce bike frames that match their customers' every requirement while ensuring optimal quality and comfort.

Biography

Sergio Pedemonte

Pedemonte started to manufacture carbon fibre car frames in late 1970 for some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. Pedemonte has now built on this unique expertise and transferred this technology to the creation of custom-made bikes. Like a racing car, each Pedemonte bike frame is engineered and built to fit the exact requirements of the customer, aiming to provide optimal comfort. Thanks to customer participation throughout the production phase, Pedemonte ensures that each bike frame is tailor made and unique.

  Pedemonte bike Pedemonte Bikes will be present during one week in Stefano Micelli’s Workshop Exclusives space at Homo Faber. Pedemonte Bikes uses their technical knowledge gained over 30 years of manufacturing carbon fibre frames for cars to produce bike frames that match their customers' every requirement while ensuring optimal quality and comfort.
Sergio Pedemonte
Bicycle building
Space: Workshop Exclusives
Description

Artisans from Bottega Conticelli will be present throughout Homo Faber working on customising two Vespas. The artisans will display their methods of customising a Vespa with leather details, equipping the vehicle with pockets, detachable bags and numerous custom-made accessories.

Biography

Bottega Conticelli

Stefano Conticelli founded Bottega Conticelli in the heart of Umbria, Italy. The company specialises in luxury accessories, developing their objects and furnishings entirely in-house. Attention to detail and the high quality of the finished works have helped establish the company's place in the market. Fully designed and engineered according to the brand’s unique vision of ultimate quality, their work stems from time-honoured local craftsmanship, pioneering research and development as well as careful manufacturing, all based on unique designs by Stefano Conticelli.

  Bottega Conticelli Artisans from Bottega Conticelli will be present throughout Homo Faber working on customising two Vespas. The artisans will display their methods of customising a Vespa with leather details, equipping the vehicle with pockets, detachable bags and numerous custom-made accessories.
Bottega Conticelli
Luxury accessories
Space: Workshop Exclusives
Description

For one week at Homo Faber, Stajvelo will be assembling their RV01 eco-bike in the Workshop Exclusives space curated by Stefano Micelli. Thanks to a careful selection of materials, their handmade bikes are environmentally-friendly, grease-free, chainless and recyclable. Simplicity is never easy but Stajvelo’s bikes go straight to the essentials.

Biography

Thierry Manni

Stajvelo's philosophy is rooted in simplicity, ecology, comfort, design, and above all, riding pleasure. Thierry Manni created the company in 2017. The expert knowledge of ten or so people was brought together to produce their first eco-bike, RV01. The advanced components of the bike frame make it unique. Its automatic transitions, simple maintenance and easy on and off parts make it simple to use. The bike's well-studied geometry, shock-absorbing handlebar and latest model seat ensure it is comfortable to ride.

  Stajvelo For