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Inspiration is around the corner: Experience a selection of the best French craftsmanship through Homo Faber Guide

Homo Faber Guide is an online, searchable guide, which showcases artisans, ateliers, museums, galleries and experiences linked to the world of fine craftsmanship around Europe. The portal connects art enthusiasts, collectors, clients, galleries, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence

Sylvie Deschamps at work - ©All rights reserved

• Looking to discover France through new eyes?
• Searching for a one-of-a-kind bespoke handcrafted object?
• Curious to learn of Christian Lacroix’s best kept addresses?
• Eager to see the rare skills of an eventailliste or find the last passementier?
• Would you like to try your hand at basket weaving or at jewellery making?

Homo Faber Guide places the world of fine craftsmanship in Europe at your fingertips. Experience excellence with access a selection of the best master artisans, rising talents, galleries, ateliers, manufacturers and museums from all over the continent. The guide is created in collaboration with the international network of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship which provides local expertise, recommends, evaluates and endorses featured participants.

Rediscover France in a new light, revisiting your favourite places, enriched by new encounters and experiences. Follow the recommendations of our carefully selected French city ambassadors and prestigious partner institutions to find hidden gems as they share the craftsmanship found on their doorsteps. Wherever you are in France, find courses around the corner to express your own creativity.

First to the city of lights, follow in the footsteps of city ambassador India Mahdavi and you will wind your way to the workshop of Parisian lacquerer, Anne Midavaine. Here at Atelier Midavaine, you will find large-scale lacquer panelling, folding screens and elegant furniture. Feast your eyes on the tools, the colours and the vibrancy of her creative surroundings. Paris seen through the eyes of designer Pierre Marie will take you to the 20th arrondissement in search of the last passementerie workshop of its kind. Book a visit to see the archives of Duvelleroy or transform plastic into delicate flowers under the watchful eye of master artisan William Amor. Be led to the workshop of innovative metalworker, Hervé Wahlen by Institut National Métiers d’Art.

Venture to the West Coast to Rochefort to find the gold thread embroiderer, Sylvie Deschamps, see for yourself the incredible skill and detail required to embroider pieces of haute couture, military dress and to restore antique costumes. Then make your way to the workshop of ceramicist Juliette Clovis near to Bordeaux, and witness the wonder of her sculptural creations. Take a detour to discover the beautiful creations of silversmith, Roland Daraspe, in Macau, upon the recommendation of Fondation Bettencourt Schueller. Stop on your way at Limoges to become acquainted with the prestigious Bernardaud Manufacture or at Aubusson to see how artisans are taking traditional tapestry techniques and transforming them with contemporary twists.

Set sail to the South of France and see it like never before, as Christian Lacroix shares his best-kept secrets, as the ambassador for Nîmes. Step into the nearby workshop of Rogan Brown and witness his extraordinary mastery of paper art or create your own piece of jewellery at the atelier of Sara Bran. Visit the workshop of woodturner, Alain Mailland, in Chamborigaud, to see for yourself why Ateliers d’Art de France recommended him. Pack your bags for the North, first stop Mauviel 1830 for a memorable experience, visiting the manufacturer, and learning of the materials, shapes and finishes mastered by the artisans. Head to the Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie to immerse yourself in an endangered craft tradition. Book an experience at the workshop of Valérie Colas des Francs in Nemours to have a go at straw marquetry.

The Birth of the Viking Ships crafted by Alain Mailland - ©Alain Mailland Explore the East with a new perspective, marvel at the meticulous skills of master weaver Franz Ippoldt, the last of his kind to weave exact replicas of historical tapestries. Take a detour to discover the gifted cabinetmaker Emmanuel Joussot, who continues his family tradition of creating handcrafted frames and wooden furniture. Follow your heart northwards and catch a glimpse of the magic behind the eponymous Baccarat crystal glass.

Create your own unique craftsmanship itinerary
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User guide:

Homo Faber Guide is structured into different sections: Discover, Visit, Experience and Ambassadors.

Discover: Find a selection of the best master artisans and rising talents, ateliers and manufacturers of excellence from all over Europe. Connect with them directly through the guide.

Visit: Find museums, galleries and shops linked to fine craftsmanship to visit in all corners of the continent.

Experience: Find a curated list of workshop visits, artisan master classes, guided tours, and temporary exhibitions and fairs across Europe.

Ambassadors: Renowned individuals and partner institutions within the craft, creativity and design world who recommend their favourite artisans, galleries and experiences in their home cities.

Subcategories: search by country, city, craft or material.

Notes for editors

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international, non-profit institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, which celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence as well as in the realities and challenges of our current global economy, the foundation seeks to support men and women 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 fine craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of the region for centuries. Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future is the foundation’s first major cultural exhibition dedicated to the very best in European craftsmanship, which welcomed 62,500 art enthusiasts to its inaugural edition in Venice in 2018.

Homo Faber Guide launched on 17 September 2020 is an online, searchable guide, which showcases artisans, museums, ateliers, manufacturers, galleries and experiences linked to the world of fine craftsmanship around Europe. It is the foundation’s signature digital project. The portal connects art enthusiasts, collectors, clients, galleries, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence. It features over 650 artisans across over 25 European countries. Newly selected artisans appear weekly, with the aim of presenting over 1,000 masters and rising talents by 2021.

Franz Ippoldt Artisan©All rights reserved Sylvie Deschamps Artisan©All rights reserved The Birth of the Viking Ships Alain Mailland Artisan©Alain Mailland Undefined title Sara Bran Artisan©Yohann DESLANDES William Amor Artisan©William Amor Christian Lacroix Homo Faber Guide Ambassador©Patrick Swirc India Mahdavi Homo Faber Guide Ambassador©Paolo Roversi