Michelangelo Foundation Homo Faber Event
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iGuzzini illuminates Homo Faber, the major cultural event dedicated to European craftsmanship, from 14 to 30 September in Venice

Venice, 12 September – Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future is a showcase for the skill and creativity of the very best craftsmen and women and designers that Europe has to offer. This major exhibition - event is organised by the Michelangelo Foundation at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in the splendid surroundings of Venice’s San Giorgio Island
Laser Blade XS © iGuzzini

A route with 16 themed stages is featured at the event for which iGuzzini illuminazione, international leader in architectural lighting, is the technical sponsor. The Recanati-based company provided its know-how and luminaires to ensure the best possible visitor experience with a compelling exhibition route created by a team of world-famous architects and designers such as Michele De Lucchi (architect and designer), Stefano Boeri (architect and President of the Milan Triennale Exhibition), Jean Blanchaert (gallery director) and India Mahadavi (interior designer).

Each curator imagined a space, emphasising both the materials and techniques. These range from more traditional trades to innovative, contemporary ones. The different lighting effects created for the occasion share a common goal: to provide light that is functional and perception-changing, able to make the most of the rooms, objects, installations and technologies presented.
All of the luminaires selected - entirely LED, DALI-compatible and control system ready - perfectly meet the requirements of the architects and lighting designers who have designed the spaces. Continuity between the different rooms in the itinerary is guaranteed by Palco spotlights. This line of luminaires with a soft, essential design is highly versatile thanks to its many accessories, sizes, luminous effects and technologies that allow a perfect integration with the architecture.

“We are delighted to pay tribute to European craftsmanship, a precious heritage for future generations. The skill and creativity which inspire contemporary art and design, celebrated at this leading event, fit perfectly with our company’s vision. We have always considered design to be a combination of formal research and technological innovation, something that improves people’s lives” said Adolfo Guzzini, President of iGuzzini illuminazione.

iGuzzini is also part of the exhibition - in the Discovery and Rediscovery area (Convitto Room) – with a dedicated iGuzzini Lounge designed by the architect Alessandro Pedron. Here, visitors will be able to admire one of the most well-known portraits by Flemish master Van Dyck, the recently restored Ritratto di Marcello Durazzo. Different tailored-made lighting schemes, created with luminaires from the Laser Blade and Palco ranges, enhances the impressive seventeenth-century painting offering unique and distinctive experiences to visitors. The dark colours have been superbly conveyed with high colour-rendering luminaires, giving the picture back its varying black and brown tones. As per regulations, brightness is kept under 50 lux guaranteeing the greatest respect for the preservation of the artwork. There is also special emphasis on the picture’s silk lampas backdrop, made by Gruppo Rubelli – representing Italian excellence in the sector of textiles, furniture and upholstered pieces and accessories.
For this, we chose a luminaire able to heighten the warm ruby red, gold and bronze shades, and a solution capable of lighting it evenly from top to bottom. The iGuzzini Lounge will also have on display two technologically sophisticated “gems”, Palco on a Low Voltage track and Laser Blade XS. These precision miniaturised systems successfully pull together colour quality, multiple optics, a clean beam, great evenness and visual comfort, providing lighting designers with innovative practical solutions.

Lighting projects

Discovery and Rediscovery
Curator: Michelangelo Foundation
The project: Twenty luxury maisons open their doors to reveal the talent and skills of their artisans and how their precious creations come to life. The general lighting of the single box, developed by Poplight design is provided by Palco luminaires on Low Voltage and Palco Framer tracks, installed on a large metal beam. Palco projectors on Low Voltage tracks provide the accent lighting for the niches. The passage areas between the boxes are lit by recessed pendant iSign and iN60 luminaires.

Creativity and Craftsmanship
Curator: Michele De Lucchi
The project: The creative talent of eight famous designers meets the skills of expert artisans. In their singular duets, master artisans and designers engage in dialogues that result in a collection of objects created exclusively for Homo Faber. The objects, placed on a pedestal and under a conical structure, are lit with accent lighting provided by Palco Framer and Front Light Superspot projectors. This striking setting reflects the powerful character of the historic salon.

Best of Europe
Curators: Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Boeri
The project: A journey to the heart of contemporary European craftsmanship, along with the master artisans and their work. The multi-faceted cultural heritage of the continent is interpreted by a multilayer exhibition table. The refined objects selected and the peerless skill of the artisans are illuminated by Palco projectors, with various optics and accessories, to increase visual comfort and concentrate the light on the exhibition table.

Imaginary Architecture
Curator: India Mahdavi
The project: Artisanal techniques meet materials and styles to bring beauty and marvel in the spaces in which we live. A surprising vortex and a game of textures and refined colours are achieved with two installations created by India Mahdavi, Raptan (rectangular) and Round. Raptan, which features a covering of bamboo, is enhanced by surface-skimming light (that emphasises the texture) created with Palco projectors on tracks suspended from the top of the walls. Whilst for Round, which plays with various hues of colour, the Palco projectors have been placed one metre from the walls, so that they light the seats and the walls uniformly, intensifying the light on the latter and on the perimeter of the pavilion.

Fashion Inside and Out
Curator: Judith Clark
The project: A dive in spectacular waters, where creativity is perfectly fused with craftsmanship, in an exhibition that focuses on the fundamental role of the collaboration between stylists and artisans. The former Gandini swimming pool and its garden are the ideal space to show the haute couture pieces and accessories selected by the well-known curator Judith Clark. Placed on platforms backlit by the cold light of Underscore 15, the handmade mannequins are set off by the focused light of Palco projectors installed on Low Voltage tracks, that enhance the textures of the precious materials used to create these haute couture masterpieces.

Singular Talents
Curator: Michelangelo Foundation
The project: A journey exploring twelve extraordinary ateliers through short films that reveal the master artisans whose work is not only rare but unique. Three stations, lit with the general lighting of iPlan luminaires, will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a virtual reality experience and discover the incredible techniques and ancient skills indispensable to create mosaics in hard stone and enamels. A giant suspended hand, spectacularly lit by the focused light of Palco projectors installed on a Low Voltage track, is the protagonist of the room.

Centuries of shape
Curator: Triennale Design Museum
The project: The evolution of design and craftsmanship is presented through an extraordinary selection of vases enhanced with Palco accent light on a Low Voltage track. The luminaires have been installed inside metal frames, that recall the exhibition structure and create a homogenous space. Lines of Underscore 15 light applied longitudinally to the room, prevent a tunnel effect and give breadth to the space, with indirect lighting on the two sides. Finally, single sections of Underscore InOut have been installed inside metal frames, to light the information supports.

Doppia Firma
Curator: Michelangelo Foundation
The project: Now at its third edition, the Doppia Firma project has been developed by the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living-Corriere della Sera. The collection of new works by thirteen international designers in collaboration with master artisans from Venice and the Veneto region is lit with Palco luminaires on Low Voltage track, based on a project by the Solaris lighting design studio. The projectors have been installed in gold finish bars, which can be adjusted to achieve the best lighting effect for the object being exhibited.

Venetian Way
Curators: Susanna Pozzoli and Denis Curtis
The project: Concentred cones of light by Palco InOut light the exclusive photography exhibition that reveals the beauty that is at the heart of the best artisan workshops in Venice and the Veneto region. A journey that encompasses glass, ceramics, lace and brocade, crafts that are an intrinsic part of the history of this land. The lighting used for these photographic masterpieces, contributes to creating a simple but precise exhibition space. Palco InOut projectors are used to light the infographics that provide visitors with additional information about the photographs.

Michelangelo Bookstore
Curator: Michelangelo Foundation
The project: In a space containing books dedicated to master artisans and design, visitors can discover the values and missions of Michelangelo Foundation. Underscore lighting is used to light the covers of the volumes. Whilst the ambient lighting is provided by a system of Palco tracks and projectors.

Workshop Exclusives
Curator: Stefano Micelli
The project: The accent light of the Palco projectors highlight the cars, motorbikes, bicycles and even a helicopter, presented in the exhibition space, along with the instruments and components used in their creation and restoration. Master artisans will give demonstrations of their work on a special exhibition space, lit with accent lighting created with Palco projectors, whilst videos will show all the techniques that cannot be performed live. Visitors will be able to appreciate from the gallery, lit with Palco projectors, the process involved in crafting custom bicycles.

Restoring Art’s Masters
Curator: Isabella Villafranca Soissons
The project: An exceptional opportunity to admire master restorers at work in their laboratories as they breathe new life into five works of art from different periods. All the works are lit with accent lighting from Palco projectors installed on tracks that will allow the various artisans to follow their performance and enhance the materials and hues of the works being restored. Furthermore, Palco projectors on Low Voltage track have been used to ensure the correct lighting of the exhibition cases at the entrance.

About iGuzzini
Established in 1959, iGuzzini Illuminazione is a leading international group that operates in the architectural lighting sector with approximately 1,500 employees. The company is dedicated to researching, designing and producing indoor and outdoor lighting systems in collaboration with the best lighting designers, architects, planners and research centres around the world. Based in Recanati, in the Marches region of Italy, iGuzzini is active in over 20 countries spread across 5 continents. The company’s main focus is to use light in cultural, work, retail, urban, infrastructure and hospitality & living contexts to improve the relationship between humans and the environment through its research, manufacturing, technology and knowhow. In 2017, the company’s consolidated revenue reached €
232.3 million, recording a 26% increase over the last 5 years. For more information please visit the iGuzzini website: www.iguzzini.com.

Notes for editors

Homo Faber
Crafting a more human future 14-30 September
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice Free entry upon registration at homofaberevent.com
Homo Faber is the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to the very best in European craftsmanship.Organised by the Michelangelo Foundation, it aims to put fine craftsmanship on the global map and increase recognition and visibility for master artisans. The exhibition will bring together a vast range of materials and disciplines, from jewellery to bespoke bicycles, from the rarest artisanal techniques
to some of the most iconic examples of the finest European workmanship. Created by a hand-picked team of world-class designers, curators and architects, the exhibition stretches over a number of magnificent spaces throughout the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. homofaberevent.com

Michelangelo Foundation
The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international, nonprofit 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 and in the realities and challenges of today’s 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 craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of the region for centuries. michelangelofoundation.org

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