Collaborations & Sponsors
The Michelangelo Foundation and its partners are extremely grateful for the support of all the sponsors and collaborators who have helped make Homo Faber possible. By contributing to this unprecedented showcase of the finest European craftsmanship, these companies and institutions are demonstrating their dedication and commitment to Homo Faber’s valuable mission: to promote craftsmanship and its link to design, to celebrate human talent and to help ensure a bright future for European master artisans.
Caran d'Ache (Suisse)
For this first edition of Homo Faber the Michelangelo Foundation has worked with Caran D’Ache to develop a range of coloured crayons especially for Homo Faber, along with postcards to colour in, based on the photographs taken by Susanna Pozzoli for the exhibition Venetian Way. What’s more, a huge fresco will be mounted on the wall and visitors can colour it in with the special Caran d’Ache crayons during the course of the exhibition. All these elements can be found in the room Michelangelo & More.
About Caran d'Ache
Dedar was founded in 1976 in the traditional silk district of Como. The Dedar collections artfully interpret cultured research into the world of yarns and textiles with a taste that is decidedly contemporary, through innovative creations which highlight both stylistic traits and manufacturing techniques. An international textile editor, Dedar constructs its identity and raison d’etre on the cornerstones of style, innovative product research and design. To produce its collections, Dedar makes use of carefully selected textile mills, specialised in various materials and manufacturing techniques. Dedar principally draws on the specialist know-how of Como and the surrounding area, with its history of textile manufacturing. Dedar is Hermès's partner in the production and distribution of its furnishing fabric and wallpaper collections.
With its strong Italian roots over its 65 years of history, EMU has developed an international awareness and interest that make its outside furniture collections suitable for every situation, in both the business and the private sector, in settings with different styles, from Northern Europe to Australia, from European Mediterranean countries to North America, from South America to Asia. The country is present throughout the world, enjoying growing success, thanks to the comfort and elegance of its products, with their strong design, expressed in harmony with the recognisable shapes and identity of its collections made in steel and aluminium, combined with innovative technological materials.
Established in 1959, iGuzzini illuminazione is a leading international group that operates in the architectural lighting sector, being active in over 20 countries and employing approximately 1,500 employees. Manufacturing indoor and outdoor intelligent lighting systems, the company’s main focus is to use light in cultural, work, retail, urban, infrastructure, and hospitality & living contexts, to improve the relationship between people and the environment.
Open Care (Italy)
Open Care – Servizi per l’arte, established in 2003, is the only company in Italy that provides integrated art services in premises equipped with the most innovative technologies and with the support of handling, conservation, restoration and art consulting experts. It conserves, manages and promotes both public and private art works and collections out of its headquarters in Milan, in the recently renovated historic former industrial complex of Frigoriferi Milanesi (1899).
About Open Care
Opere Sonore (Italy)
The music in the Creativity and Craftsmanship and Restoring Art’s Masters rooms is diffused in a natural way thanks to Opere Sonore. These exclusive, handmade loudspeakers are made according to the principles and techniques of the art of violin-making, using the tonewood of the Fiemme Valley (a raw material with outstanding acoustic properties). Made to sound like real musical instruments, these unique objects combine fine design with the ability to reproduce a natural and immersive sound, and are crafted one by one for every client as an expression of Italian excellence..
About Open Sonore
San Giorgio Abbey (Italy)
Benedicti Claustra, the non-profit branch of San Giorgio Maggiore Abbey, was created in 2013. It arose out of the Benedictine monks’ steadfast desire to promote and support projects aimed at preserving and developing art and art research, which have long served as effective channels for spreading an authentic humanism. Its mission is to safeguard, promote and develop sites of historical and artistic interest.
San Giorgio Abbey
Pietro Virzi, Master of Arts and Crafts, trained as an upholsterer in Milan and has worked with some of the most important artisans of the Lombard capital. In 1981 he established his own atelier, VIMAS. Careful interpreter of the evolutions of style and design, Master Virzi only uses excellent products and raw materials, with constant research to find the best silks, linens, cottons and organdies, and choosing the best accessories for every creation. He always knows that the most important raw material is the client’s wish and the artisan’s ability to make it come true. For Homo Faber, Master Virzi has crafted the sofas that India Mahdavi designed for her pavilion “Henri Rousseau Forever”.
YOOX, established in 2000, is the world’s leading online lifestyle store for fashion, design & art, offering an extensive assortment of hard-to-find clothing and accessories for men and women from the world’s most prestigious designers, as well as a unique selection of home design objects, exclusive collaborations with internationally-renowned artists, socially and environmentally responsible brands and kidswear.