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Doppia Firma: two signatures, one unique artwork as international designers and Italian artisans collaborate creatively

Doppia Firma is an annual project that brings together innovative designers and master artisans in a creative and cultural exchange, resulting in the realisation of unique contemporary objects

Ugo Poggi Artisan_Duccio Maria Gambi Designer - ©Laila Pozzo

• Iconic objects or collections imagined by Barnaba Fornasetti, Sabine Marcelis, Ugo La Pietra and other renowned designers

• A diverse display of artisanal techniques and materials on show: from lace to ceramics, mosaic, metals, wood and textiles

• A fruitful dialogue between the dexterity of 12 Italian artisans and the creative imagination of international designers, who collaborate on an equal basis to enhance each other’s talents

This September visitors to the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice will have the opportunity to view Doppia Firma (Double Signature). Now in its fifth year, this exciting project brings designers and master artisans together to create fruitful relationships and intriguing, boundary-pushing, original artworks.

For the edition of Doppia Firma, 12 international designers collaborate with Italian master artisans to create a unique object, or a small-scale series, that bears the signature of both. The 12 creative partnerships take their inspiration from the theme of outdoor living, and their creations will be unveiled during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, in the aristocratic court of Palazzo Morando.

Highly-skilled artisans, from small and well established Italian ateliers, working with metal, marble, ceramics, textiles, wood and other materials or techniques, partner with inspiring designers from all over Europe, each bringing their different cultures, approaches and perspectives to the project. Visitors will discover the fruits of a creative exchange where project culture and expertise are cross-fertilised in an authentic expression of excellence, in an outdoor exhibition staged in the gardens of Fondazione Giorgio Cini, designed by Milan-based Studio Salaris.

The project was developed by the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living Corriere della Sera with the support of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship to further their mutual aim to create a dialogue between the worlds of craftsmanship and design. In just five years, Doppia Firma has emerged as a methodology and a mark of excellence. The Doppia Firma designers go beyond the borders of their country in search of extraordinary artisans in pursuit of creative innovation. Each of the works speaks to the inclusive and borderless language of talent and craftsmanship.

“Doppia Firma highlights the fundamental collaboration between artisans and designers, and enhances the dialogue that is sparked when creativity crosses regional boundaries to feed into forward-thinking craftsmanship. In the variety of these collections there is a value that never loses its beauty: the originality of the gesture.” – Alberto Cavalli

List of the designer and artisan partnerships:

- Adam Nathaniel Furman, United Kingdom, with Bottega Nove (ceramics)
- Barnaba Fornasetti, Italy, with Giovanni Bonotto (textiles)
- Dorothee Meilichzon, France with Morelato (wood)
- Destroyers/Builders, Belgium, with Fonderia Artistica Battaglia (metal)
- Duccio Maria Gambi, Italy, with Poggi Ugo (terracotta)
- Elena Salmistraro, Italy, with Carraro Chabarik (mosaic)
- Federica Elmo, Italy, with Dimensione Marmo (marble)
- Odd Matter, The Netherlands, with Bam Design (metal)
- Marcin Rusak, Poland, with Poignee (metal)
- Philippe Malouin, United Kingdom, with Daniele Mingardo (metal)
- Sabine Marcelis, The Netherlands, with Stylnove (ceramics)
- Sebastian Herkner, Germany, with UnPizzo (lace)
- Ugo La Pietra, Italy (special guest)

Artisan Christian Pegoraro from Bottega Nove and designer Adam Nathaniel Furman - ©Laila Pozzo Doppia Firma is set in the gardens of Fondazione Giorgio Cini. It is one of the 17 exhibition spaces that comprise Homo Faber, organised by the Michelangelo Foundation.

Notes for editors
Homo Faber
Crafting a more human future
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
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Homo Faber is the main event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an international non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, which was set up to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the foundation aims to support those who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work. The Foundation focuses on Europe as a starting point for its activities, in recognition that craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of the region for centuries, providing both a rich heritage and a competitive advantage in a global world.

Studio Salaris was established by professional interior designer Alessandra Salaris in the historic centre of Milan. Alessandra studied interior design at IED Istituto Europea di Design, Milan and Politecnico di Milano, as well as undertaking further studies in London. Alessandra is specialized in designing custom-made sets and unique interior spaces with her flare for contemporary aesthetics.

Living is the magazine for interiors, design and lifestyle from the Corriere della Sera newspaper. A monthly magazine, a digital edition, and a website are at the heart of the first vertical distribution system in the home furnishing sector present in Italy and on major social networks. Dedicated to new ways of experiencing household spaces, the monthly RCS magazine, edited by Francesca Taroni, starts with the home and then incorporates everything connected to it: food, art, fashion and green living. There is a special focus on “Made in Italy” excellence – from industrial design to artisan craftsmanship, and an international perspective and strong attention to customer service are reflected on each page of Living throughout all its projects.

Collaborating on Homo Faber with the Michelangelo Foundation are partner organisations that share its vision including: the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and The Japan Foundation.

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte
The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1995. Based in Milan, it promotes cultural, scientific and educational initiatives for the protection and diffusion of artistic crafts. The Fondazione Cologni’s mission is to inspire a “new Renaissance” of the artistic crafts and rescue them from the threat of extinction. Many of its initiatives focus on young people and training future generations of artisans.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini
The Fondazione Giorgio Cini is a non-profit cultural institution based in Venice, Italy. Established by Vittorio Cini in 1951 with the aim of creating an international cultural centre re-integrating the San Giorgio Maggiore Island into the life of Venice and the region, today it is an important centre of humanistic studies and encourages the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in the surrounding territory.

The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation, established in 1972, in Tokyo develops international cultural exchange programmes globally. The foundation’s aim is to promote Japanese culture to the world through programmes and activities in the following categories: art, cultural exchange, Japanese-language education and Japanese studies. The foundation has a global network, with 25 overseas branches in 24 countries. As part of their cultural programme, the foundation offers successful applicants support in the form of grants, research scholarships and training opportunities.

Barnaba Fornasetti Designer_Giovanni Bonotto Artisan©Laila Pozzo Christian Pegoraro Artisan_Adam Furman Designer©Laila Pozzo Daniele Mingardo Artisan_Philippe Malouin Designer©Laila Pozzo Dimensione marmo Artisans_Federica Elmo Designer©Laila Pozzo Franco Zenovelio Stylnove Artisan_Sabine Marcelis Designer©Laila Pozzo Artisans from Bam design_Designers from Odd Matter©Laila Pozzo Roberta Cinque Artisan_Marcin Rusak Designer©Laila Pozzo Ugo Poggi Artisan_Duccio Maria Gambi Designer©Laila Pozzo