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Venetian Way
Susanna Pozzoli’s poetry in pictures takes you behind the scenes and into the heart of the workshops of 21 master artisans in Venice and the Veneto region. Feel the spirit of creation entwined in glass, ceramics, lace-making, brocade and more.

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Italy  Stefano Nicolao Theatre tailoring Millefeuille: Renaissance ruffles in cotton or horsehair with metal lace, from the film Elizabeth.
Stefano Nicolao
Costume designer
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Nicolao Atelier Sartoria Teatrale

Cannaregio 2590 30121 Venice
+39 041 5207051
atelier@nicolao.com
www.nicolao.com

Contact

Nicolao Atelier Sartoria Teatrale

Cannaregio 2590 30121 Venice
+39 041 5207051
atelier@nicolao.com
www.nicolao.com

Métier

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.

Italy  Riccardo Bisazza Glass mosaic tiles Soffioni: first phase of gold plating where blown glass bubbles are broken and used for the handcrafted application of the 24K gold leaf.
Riccardo Bisazza
Mosaic maker
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. 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 puts a strong focus on design and innovation. In 2003, Orsoni was incorporated into the Trend Group.

Métier

[b]Orsoni[/b] 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 puts a strong focus on design and innovation. In 2003, Orsoni was incorporated into the Trend Group.

Maison

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.

Contact

Fornace Orsoni

Cannaregio, 1045 30121 Venice
+39 041 244 0002 3
info@orsoni.com
www.orsoni.com

Contact

Fornace Orsoni

Cannaregio, 1045 30121 Venice
+39 041 244 0002 3
info@orsoni.com
www.orsoni.com

Métier

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.

Italy  Silvio Antiga Movable type printing workshop and museum Wood-cut letters: wood typefaces, introduced in 1800, handcrafted using pear and cherry wood.
Silvio Antiga
Typography
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Typefaces are set on paper and passed through a hand-operated printing press.

Métier

Typefaces are set on paper and passed through a hand-operated printing press.

Maison

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.

Contact

Tipoteca Italiana Foundation

Via Canapificio, 3 31041 Cornuda
+39 0423 86338
museo@tipoteca.it
www.tipoteca.it

Contact

Tipoteca Italiana Foundation

Via Canapificio, 3 31041 Cornuda
+39 0423 86338
museo@tipoteca.it
www.tipoteca.it

Métier

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.

Italy  Marino Menegazzo of Mario Berta Battiloro Handmade gold leaf Perfect gold leaf: hand-beaten, cut and carefully positioned between thin layers of paper.
Marino Menegazzo of Mario Berta Battiloro
Handmade gold leaf
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Marino works with his wife Sabina and their two daughters in the atelier Mario Berta Battiloro in Venice. Founded in 1969 by Sabina’s father, Mario Berta, the small workshop aims to continue the family trade started in 1926. 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. Marino rhythmically beats stacks of gold foil with a large hammer on a marble table that naturally cools the gold to the right temperature, creating fragile sheets of high quality gold leaf. Using an ancestral technique, Marino beats gold leaf by hand on top of a grey marble surface.

Métier

Using an ancestral technique, Marino beats gold leaf by hand on top of a grey marble surface.

Maison

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. Marino works with his wife Sabina and their two daughters in the atelier Mario Berta Battiloro in Venice. Founded in 1969 by Sabina’s father, Mario Berta, the small workshop aims to continue the family trade started in 1926. 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. Marino rhythmically beats stacks of gold foil with a large hammer on a marble table that naturally cools the gold to the right temperature, creating fragile sheets of high quality gold leaf.

Contact

Mario Berta Battiloro

Fondamente Nove, 5182 30121 Venice
+39 041 522 2802
info@berta-battiloro.com
www.berta-battiloro.com

Contact

Mario Berta Battiloro

Fondamente Nove, 5182 30121 Venice
+39 041 522 2802
info@berta-battiloro.com
www.berta-battiloro.com

Métier

Biography

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.

Italy  Andrea Zilio Creative glasswork To each art its tools: compasses used to check the diameter of spheres and drinking glasses during the blowing process.
Andrea Zilio
Glass Blower
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Fornace Anfora

10 Localita' Sacca Serenella 30100 Murano
+39 041 5275416

Contact

Fornace Anfora

10 Localita' Sacca Serenella 30100 Murano
+39 041 5275416

Métier

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.

Italy  Emanuele Bevilacqua Brocade and fine fabrics Loom in motion: red silk threads.
Emanuele Bevilacqua
Weaving
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Weavers work on Jacquard looms cutting each millimetre of the fabric by hand. The intricacy of the woven process means that only 30 to 80 centimetres of velvet can be woven per day.

Métier

Weavers work on Jacquard looms cutting each millimetre of the fabric by hand. The intricacy of the woven process means that only 30 to 80 centimetres of velvet can be woven per day.

Maison

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.

Contact

Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua

Santa Croce, 1320 30135 Venice
+39 041 721566
bevilacqua@luigi-bevilacqua.com
www.luigi-bevilacqua.com

Contact

Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua

Santa Croce, 1320 30135 Venice
+39 041 721566
bevilacqua@luigi-bevilacqua.com
www.luigi-bevilacqua.com

Métier

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.

Italy  Sergio & Massimo Boldrin Papier-mâché masks Sleeping masks: a detail of the workshop.
Sergio & Massimo Boldrin
Mask maker
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. The masks are created by combining traditional elements, typical to the creation of Venetian masks. The masks are modelled in plaster moulds, then decorated with acrylic or watercolour paint.

Métier

The masks are created by combining traditional elements, typical to the creation of Venetian masks. The masks are modelled in plaster moulds, then decorated with acrylic or watercolour paint.

Maison

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.

Contact

La Bottega dei Mascareri

Calle dei Saoneri, 2720 30125 Venice
+39 041 522 3857
info@mascarer.com
www.mascarer.com

Contact

La Bottega dei Mascareri

Calle dei Saoneri, 2720 30125 Venice
+39 041 522 3857
info@mascarer.com
www.mascarer.com

Métier

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.

Italy  Giovanni Bonotto Fine fabrics Mechanical frenzy: warp of the 1956 shuttle loom still in use.
Giovanni Bonotto
Weaving
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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'.

Métier

Maison

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'.

Contact

Bonotto S.P.A

Via dell'Artigianato, 39 36060 Molvena VI
+39 0424 411701
bonotto@bonotto.com
www.bonotto.biz

Contact

Bonotto S.P.A

Via dell'Artigianato, 39 36060 Molvena VI
+39 0424 411701
bonotto@bonotto.com
www.bonotto.biz

Métier

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'.

Italy  Mario Bertolin Potter's wheel ceramics Twins: one clay piece fresh from the wheel and one ceramic “biscuit” just after the first firing.
Mario Bertolin
Ceramicist
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Ceramiche Artistiche 3B

Via Martini, 4 36055 Nove VI
+39 0424 829410

Contact

Ceramiche Artistiche 3B

Via Martini, 4 36055 Nove VI
+39 0424 829410

Métier

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.

Italy  Egidio Fiorin Limited edition artists’ books Colophonarte composition: paper and artists' special editions from historical books to ongoing projects.
Egidio Fiorin
Bookbinder
Atelier
Story

Atelier

Métier

Maison

Contact

Colophonarte

Via Torricelle 1 32100 Belluno
+39 0437 941480
www.colophonarte.it

Contact

Colophonarte

Via Torricelle 1 32100 Belluno
+39 0437 941480
www.colophonarte.it

Métier

Biography

Egidio Fiorin

Italy  Bruno Barbon wood inlay and antiques restoration Contemporary creation: hands of a blossoming young woman.
Bruno Barbon
Cabinetmaker
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Bruno Barbon

Calle dei Calegheri, 2856 30125 San Polo
+39 04152 22312
info@brunobarbon.com
www.brunobarbon.com

Contact

Bruno Barbon

Calle dei Calegheri, 2856 30125 San Polo
+39 04152 22312
info@brunobarbon.com
www.brunobarbon.com

Métier

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.

Italy  Giorgio Morelato Wood furniture Gold on white: series of small armchairs with dormeuse after being painted.
Giorgio Morelato
Cabinetmaker
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Morelato S.R.L

Via Valmorsel, 540 37056 Salizzole
+39 045 695 4001
assistance@morelatoebanisteriaitaliana.com
www.morelato.it

Contact

Morelato S.R.L

Via Valmorsel, 540 37056 Salizzole
+39 045 695 4001
assistance@morelatoebanisteriaitaliana.com
www.morelato.it

Métier

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.

Italy  Gianpaolo Fallani Artistic silk screen printing Suspension: the screen-printing squeegee on the hand-printing machine.
Gianpaolo Fallani
Silk-screen printing
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. An original (drawing, print, painting etc.) is photographically transferred to a silk screen, blocking non-printing areas like a stencil. Ink is then wiped across the screen and ink that is not blocked transfers onto a substrate surface.

Métier

An original (drawing, print, painting etc.) is photographically transferred to a silk screen, blocking non-printing areas like a stencil. Ink is then wiped across the screen and ink that is not blocked transfers onto a substrate surface.

Maison

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.

Contact

Fallani Venezia – Centre for the Arts

Cannaregio 4875 30121 Venice
+39 041 523 5772
info@fallanivenezia.com
www.fallanivenezia.com

Contact

Fallani Venezia – Centre for the Arts

Cannaregio 4875 30121 Venice
+39 041 523 5772
info@fallanivenezia.com
www.fallanivenezia.com

Métier

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.

Italy  Roberto Tramontin Gondolas shipyard From father to son: a wall inside the shipyard with a portrait of the founder.
Roberto Tramontin
Boat building
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Domenico Tramontin e Figli

Dorsoduro 1542 30123 Venice
+39 41 5237762
tramontingondole@alice.it
www.tramontingondole.it

Contact

Domenico Tramontin e Figli

Dorsoduro 1542 30123 Venice
+39 41 5237762
tramontingondole@alice.it
www.tramontingondole.it

Métier

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.

Italy  Carlo Semenzato Artistic metalwork in brass and bronze Treasures from the archive: patinated bronze ornament for a gondola.
Carlo Semenzato
Foundry worker
Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Metal casting in bronze and brass following traditional foundry techniques of production.

Métier

Metal casting in bronze and brass following traditional foundry techniques of production.

Maison

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.

Contact

Fonderia Artistica Valese

Madonna dell'Orto 3535 30121 Venice
+39 041 720234
email info@valese.it
valese.it

Contact

Fonderia Artistica Valese

Madonna dell'Orto 3535 30121 Venice
+39 041 720234
email info@valese.it
valese.it

Métier

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.

Italy  Andrea Zilio Creative glasswork 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.
Andrea Zilio
Glass Blower
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

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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.

Contact

Fornace Anfora

10 Localita' Sacca Serenella 30100 Murano
+39 041 5275416

Contact

Fornace Anfora

10 Localita' Sacca Serenella 30100 Murano
+39 041 5275416

Métier

With his left hand, the artisan holds a metal punty with a large opaque piece of cast glass joined to its tip. The approximately five-foot rod, known as a punty, rests on a wooden support, permitting the artist to rotate the glass. With his right hand, the artisan shapes the glass with a pair of metal tweezers called a jack.

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.

Italy  Emanuele Bevilacqua Brocade and fine fabrics 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.
Emanuele Bevilacqua
Weaving
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Weavers work on Jacquard looms cutting each millimetre of the fabric by hand. The intricacy of the woven process means that only 30 to 80 centimetres of velvet can be woven per day.

Métier

Weavers work on Jacquard looms cutting each millimetre of the fabric by hand. The intricacy of the woven process means that only 30 to 80 centimetres of velvet can be woven per day.

Maison

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.

Contact

Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua

Santa Croce, 1320 30135 Venice
+39 041 721566
bevilacqua@luigi-bevilacqua.com
www.luigi-bevilacqua.com

Contact

Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua

Santa Croce, 1320 30135 Venice
+39 041 721566
bevilacqua@luigi-bevilacqua.com
www.luigi-bevilacqua.com

Métier

Master weavers’ hands carefully separate red threads of the warp to prepare the Jacquard loom for weaving brocade patterns. The 18th century loom originally used for silk weaving here weaves velvets, silks and damasks.

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.

Italy  Stefano Nicolao Theatre tailoring 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.
Stefano Nicolao
Costume designer
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

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Maison

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.

Contact

Nicolao Atelier Sartoria Teatrale

Cannaregio 2590 30121 Venice
+39 041 5207051
atelier@nicolao.com
www.nicolao.com

Contact

Nicolao Atelier Sartoria Teatrale

Cannaregio 2590 30121 Venice
+39 041 5207051
atelier@nicolao.com
www.nicolao.com

Métier

A tailor firmly holds down a piece of fabric with one hand, and with the other marks alterations onto the fabric with a chalk. The lines and marks will be brushed off the material once the alterations have been made.

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.

Italy  Lucia Costantini Merletto lacemaking 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.
Lucia Costantini
Lacework
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. In order to hand-sew the needle stitches that make up the detailed lace patterns, Lucia first makes a line drawing of the design. She layers this with paper and uses a Singer Treadle sewing machine to sew the outline of the design.

Métier

In order to hand-sew the needle stitches that make up the detailed lace patterns, Lucia first makes a line drawing of the design. She layers this with paper and uses a Singer Treadle sewing machine to sew the outline of the design.

Maison

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.

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The merlettaia (lacemaker) carefully pulls a thin piece of white thread through the fabric. Triangle shaped outlines are sewn onto a piece of green fabric preparing it for intricate merletto lacemaking.

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.

Italy  Roberto Tramontin Gondolas shipyard 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.
Roberto Tramontin
Boat building
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

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Maison

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.

Contact

Domenico Tramontin e Figli

Dorsoduro 1542 30123 Venice
+39 41 5237762
tramontingondole@alice.it
www.tramontingondole.it

Contact

Domenico Tramontin e Figli

Dorsoduro 1542 30123 Venice
+39 41 5237762
tramontingondole@alice.it
www.tramontingondole.it

Métier

This picture catches the fleeting moment when the cutting edge of a carpenter’s adze is powerfully swung down towards a large dowel-like piece of wood to carefully remove a layer of wood.

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.

Italy  Sergio & Massimo Boldrin Papier-mâché masks 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.
Sergio & Massimo Boldrin
Mask maker
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. The masks are created by combining traditional elements, typical to the creation of Venetian masks. The masks are modelled in plaster moulds, then decorated with acrylic or watercolour paint.

Métier

The masks are created by combining traditional elements, typical to the creation of Venetian masks. The masks are modelled in plaster moulds, then decorated with acrylic or watercolour paint.

Maison

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.

Contact

La Bottega dei Mascareri

Calle dei Saoneri, 2720 30125 Venice
+39 041 522 3857
info@mascarer.com
www.mascarer.com

Contact

La Bottega dei Mascareri

Calle dei Saoneri, 2720 30125 Venice
+39 041 522 3857
info@mascarer.com
www.mascarer.com

Métier

The artisan carefully reworks the surface of a handmade papier-mâché mask made in a plaster mould. Two other masks lie on the artisan's table.

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.

Italy  Riccardo Bisazza Glass mosaic tiles 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.
Riccardo Bisazza
Mosaic maker
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. 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 puts a strong focus on design and innovation. In 2003, Orsoni was incorporated into the Trend Group.

Métier

[b]Orsoni[/b] 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 puts a strong focus on design and innovation. In 2003, Orsoni was incorporated into the Trend Group.

Maison

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.

Contact

Fornace Orsoni

Cannaregio, 1045 30121 Venice
+39 041 244 0002 3
info@orsoni.com
www.orsoni.com

Contact

Fornace Orsoni

Cannaregio, 1045 30121 Venice
+39 041 244 0002 3
info@orsoni.com
www.orsoni.com

Métier

A glasswork artisan rolls a piece of freshly blown glass across the surface of a metal marver to form it into a cylindrical shape and cool the glass down. The glass that is held on a punty will eventually be blown and cut out to make glass gold leaf mosaic tiles.

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.

Italy  Giampaolo Babetto Artistic jewellery 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.
Giampaolo Babetto
Jeweller, Goldsmith
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Giampaolo Babetto

Via Aganoor 75 35032 Arquà Petrarca
+39 0429 718005
giababet@tin.it
www.babetto.com

Contact

Giampaolo Babetto

Via Aganoor 75 35032 Arquà Petrarca
+39 0429 718005
giababet@tin.it
www.babetto.com

Métier

A goldsmith inspects a piece of precious metal that has just been hand-shaped using a dappling block. It is shaped by hammering different types of dappling punches into the metal, which is placed in the metal cube-forming block with half-round grooves.

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.

Italy  Gabriella, Reanna & Alessandro Ballin Shoemaking 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.
Gabriella, Reanna & Alessandro Ballin
Shoemaking
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Ballin shoes

Vicolo B. Cellini, 4 30032 Fiesso d’Artico
+39 041 51 37 211
Info@ballin-shoes.it
www.ballin-shoes.com

Contact

Ballin shoes

Vicolo B. Cellini, 4 30032 Fiesso d’Artico
+39 041 51 37 211
Info@ballin-shoes.it
www.ballin-shoes.com

Métier

The artisan is connecting the stretched and stapled upper to the wood inner sole of the shoe.

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.

Italy  Giovanni Bonotto Fine fabrics 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'.
Giovanni Bonotto
Weaving
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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'.

Métier

Maison

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'.

Contact

Bonotto S.P.A

Via dell'Artigianato, 39 36060 Molvena VI
+39 0424 411701
bonotto@bonotto.com
www.bonotto.biz

Contact

Bonotto S.P.A

Via dell'Artigianato, 39 36060 Molvena VI
+39 0424 411701
bonotto@bonotto.com
www.bonotto.biz

Métier

After a machine finishes preparing the weft threats, a worker manually knots the weft to keep the right number of threats separated.

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'.

Italy  Mario Bertolin Potter's wheel ceramics 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.
Mario Bertolin
Ceramicist
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Ceramiche Artistiche 3B

Via Martini, 4 36055 Nove VI
+39 0424 829410

Contact

Ceramiche Artistiche 3B

Via Martini, 4 36055 Nove VI
+39 0424 829410

Métier

Using a metal fluting tool, the artisan shapes the surface of a clay jug being formed on a spinning lathe.

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.

Italy  Giovanni Battista Fadigati Ceramics and painted porcelain 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.
Giovanni Battista Fadigati
Ceramicist
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Liquid clay is poured into plaster moulds. Once the moulds absorb the water, the fragile objects are closely inspected, then fired. Digitally designed motifs are then transposed by hand to the white porcelain.

Métier

Liquid clay is poured into plaster moulds. Once the moulds absorb the water, the fragile objects are closely inspected, then fired. Digitally designed motifs are then transposed by hand to the white porcelain.

Maison

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.

Contact

Este Ceramiche Porcellane

Via Sabina, 31 35042 Este
+39 0429 2270
info@esteceramiche.it
www.esteceramiche.com

Contact

Este Ceramiche Porcellane

Via Sabina, 31 35042 Este
+39 0429 2270
info@esteceramiche.it
www.esteceramiche.com

Métier

An artisan is poised to continue painting an air-balloon design by hand on the surface of a plate held up in their right hand. The colour will change during the firing so the artisan has to know exactly how it will look once fired. A complete version of the plate’s painted design can be seen in the background.

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.

Italy  Tiziano Spigariol Tailoring traditional Venetian capes 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.
Tiziano Spigariol
Tailor
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Tabarrificio Trevisino

Via Fratelli Cervi, 4 31122 Preganziol
+39 0422.634240
info@tabarrificiotrevisano.com
www.tabarrificiotrevisano.com

Contact

Tabarrificio Trevisino

Via Fratelli Cervi, 4 31122 Preganziol
+39 0422.634240
info@tabarrificiotrevisano.com
www.tabarrificiotrevisano.com

Métier

Master tailor Tiziano Spigariol cuts dark fabric following a drawn chalk line.

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.

Italy  Egidio Fiorin Limited edition artists’ books
Egidio Fiorin
Bookbinder
Métier Atelier
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Maison

Contact

Colophonarte

Via Torricelle 1 32100 Belluno
+39 0437 941480
www.colophonarte.it

Contact

Colophonarte

Via Torricelle 1 32100 Belluno
+39 0437 941480
www.colophonarte.it

Métier

A bookbinder is passing a thread with a needle through carefully stacked sheets of paper in order to hold them together.

Biography

Egidio Fiorin

Italy  Marino Menegazzo Handmade gold leaf 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.
Marino Menegazzo
Handmade gold leaf
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Using an ancient technique, the artisan beats gold leaf by hand on top of a grey marble surface.

Métier

Using an ancient technique, the artisan beats gold leaf by hand on top of a grey marble surface.

Maison

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.

Contact

Mario Berta Battiloro

Cannaregio, 5182 30121 Venice
+39 041 5222802
info@berta-battiloro.com
www.berta-battiloro.com

Contact

Mario Berta Battiloro

Cannaregio, 5182 30121 Venice
+39 041 5222802
info@berta-battiloro.com
www.berta-battiloro.com

Métier

An expert artisan has cut the gold leaf and now places the leaves one by one onto the paper pages of a booklet using long tweezers. The artisan uses wood pincers to avoid the electrostatic energy. Once filled, the booklet will be hammered intensively until the gold leaf reaches the desired thickness.

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.

Italy  Bruno Barbon wood inlay and antiques restoration 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.
Bruno Barbon
Cabinetmaker
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

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Maison

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.

Contact

Bruno Barbon

Calle dei Calegheri, 2856 30125 San Polo
+39 04152 22312
info@brunobarbon.com
www.brunobarbon.com

Contact

Bruno Barbon

Calle dei Calegheri, 2856 30125 San Polo
+39 04152 22312
info@brunobarbon.com
www.brunobarbon.com

Métier

Using a paring chisel, cabinetmaker Bruno Barbon carefully carves floral patterns onto a wooden surface. He uses the force of his left hand to push the chisel and guides it with his right hand.

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.

Italy  Giorgio Morelato Wood furniture 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.
Giorgio Morelato
Cabinetmaker
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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.

Métier

Maison

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.

Contact

Morelato S.R.L

Via Valmorsel, 540 37056 Salizzole
+39 045 695 4001
assistance@morelatoebanisteriaitaliana.com
www.morelato.it

Contact

Morelato S.R.L

Via Valmorsel, 540 37056 Salizzole
+39 045 695 4001
assistance@morelatoebanisteriaitaliana.com
www.morelato.it

Métier

Standing in his workshop, Giorgio Morelato inspects the curved surface of joined pieces of wood assembled in the workshop.

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.

Italy  Carlo Semenzato Artistic metalwork in brass and bronze 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.
Carlo Semenzato
Foundry worker
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Metal casting in bronze and brass following traditional foundry techniques of production.

Métier

Metal casting in bronze and brass following traditional foundry techniques of production.

Maison

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.

Contact

Fonderia Artistica Valese

Madonna dell'Orto 3535 30121 Venice
+39 041 720234
email info@valese.it
valese.it

Contact

Fonderia Artistica Valese

Madonna dell'Orto 3535 30121 Venice
+39 041 720234
email info@valese.it
valese.it

Métier

A master metalworker stands over a glowing hot crucible embedded in the ground of the foundry. Using a glove, he places a rod into the crucible.

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.

Italy  Gianpaolo Fallani Artistic silk screen printing 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.
Gianpaolo Fallani
Silk-screen printing
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. An original (drawing, print, painting etc.) is photographically transferred to a silk screen, blocking non-printing areas like a stencil. Ink is then wiped across the screen and ink that is not blocked transfers onto a substrate surface.

Métier

An original (drawing, print, painting etc.) is photographically transferred to a silk screen, blocking non-printing areas like a stencil. Ink is then wiped across the screen and ink that is not blocked transfers onto a substrate surface.

Maison

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.

Contact

Fallani Venezia – Centre for the Arts

Cannaregio 4875 30121 Venice
+39 041 523 5772
info@fallanivenezia.com
www.fallanivenezia.com

Contact

Fallani Venezia – Centre for the Arts

Cannaregio 4875 30121 Venice
+39 041 523 5772
info@fallanivenezia.com
www.fallanivenezia.com

Métier

A screen printer spreads an emulsion mixture on the screen with the squeegee. The emulsion will cover a slightly larger area than the desired print.

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.

Italy  Bocchese Knitwear 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.
Bocchese
Knitted textile
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Digitally controlled knitting machines making jacquard and fur stiches are combined with a variety of artisanal techniques to create innovative designs. Garments are modelled and tailored, each piece is linked together and the finishing touches sewed stitch by stitch.

Métier

Digitally controlled knitting machines making jacquard and fur stiches are combined with a variety of artisanal techniques to create innovative designs. Garments are modelled and tailored, each piece is linked together and the finishing touches sewed stitch by stitch.

Maison

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.

Contact

Maglificio Miles

Viale dell'Industria, 75 36100 Vicenza
+39 0444 961451
www.maglificiomiles.it

Contact

Maglificio Miles

Viale dell'Industria, 75 36100 Vicenza
+39 0444 961451
www.maglificiomiles.it

Métier

Following a designed white chalk line, a tailor carefully cuts black knitted textile fabric using a pair of sharp scissors. The scissors must be very sharp and the movement precise as the fabric cannot always be retouched.

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.

Italy  Silvio Antiga Movable type printing workshop and museum 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.
Silvio Antiga
Typography
Métier Atelier
Story

Atelier

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. Typefaces are set on paper and passed through a hand-operated printing press.

Métier

Typefaces are set on paper and passed through a hand-operated printing press.

Maison

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.

Contact

Tipoteca Italiana Foundation

Via Canapificio, 3 31041 Cornuda
+39 0423 86338
museo@tipoteca.it
www.tipoteca.it

Contact

Tipoteca Italiana Foundation

Via Canapificio, 3 31041 Cornuda
+39 0423 86338
museo@tipoteca.it
www.tipoteca.it

Métier

Lucio Botteselle, one of Tipoteca's typographers, is printing on the "Optima" cylinder press, built by Augusta in Turin, 1914. The press comes from Tipografia Ghibaudo, based in Cuneo, it was restored at Tipoteca and is still working.

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.