Homo Faber 2018 Boosts European Craftsmanship ⇒ Organized by the Michelangelo Foundation and held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Homo Faber is the leading craftsmanship event of 2018. The main focus of this event is Craftsmanship so, today, Best Design Guides will tell you what type of Craftsmanship you’ll be able to see at this prestigious event!
In September, the visitors of Homo Faber will be able to witness some of the incredible skills and techniques mastered by artisans working in the European luxury sector and presented in the exhibit Discovery and Rediscovery. As you know, the luxury world conjures money and status, but the original concept of luxury has a deeper meaning. Beneath the beauty of their outward appearance, luxury products can embody the values, culture and time-honoured skills of the master artisans who create them by hand, and Europe has long been a centre of excellence for luxury products.
The Discovery and Rediscovery Exhibition showcases 20 very special artisanal techniques inspired by the list of métiers d’art outlined by the French Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA). Each technique will be demonstrated by an artisan from a European luxury house whose history and ethos is closely linked to the skill on view.
Visitors will be able to interact with master artisans from each of the maisons as they work on site, making beautiful items that require great skills, such as crystal engraving, gem sculpting, hand weaving, Lunéville embroidery or bookbinding.
Visitors will leave with a real appreciation of the care, mastery of technique, respect for materials, passion for process and man-hours that go into the finished products of the highest quality.
The métiers d’art, the participating luxury houses and the specific techniques they will demonstrate at the Discovery and Rediscovery Exhibition are the following:
Bookbinding: Smythson (UK)
Crystal engraving: J. & L. Lobmeyr (Austria)
Cutlery making: Lorenzi Milano (Italy)
Embroidering (linen): Embroiderers from Madeira (Portugal)
Embroidering: Lesage (France)
Enamelling (grisaille enamel): Vacheron Constantin (Switzerland)
Eyewear making (bespoke spectacles): Bonnet (France)
Fabric weaving (silk): Antico Setificio Fiorentino (Italy)
Fan making: Duvelleroy (France)
Gemstone cutting (the ‘the Mystery Set™’): Van Cleef & Arpels (France)
Gemstone sculpting (glyptic art): Cartier (France)
Glassworking (decorating techniques): Venini (Italy)
Gold nib crafting: Montblanc (Germany)
Leatherworking: Dunhill (UK)
Perfume creating: Aquaflor (Italy)
Porcelain painting: Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Germany)
Saddle making: Hermès (France)
Shoemaking (Velatura on leather): Santoni (Italy)
Tapestry weaving (Aubusson tapestries): Robert Four (France)
Watchmaking: Jaeger-LeCoultre (Switzerland)
Source: Best Interior Designers
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