The world of craftsmanship

Discover Italian craftsmanship and all its most fascinating workings

Place you visit, tradition you find. This is the great richness of Italy, that in a handful of kilometers changes voice, taste, sound, colors and style, showing the thousand faces of beauty. This is also true, and perhaps even more so, for the artisan traditions that dot our country from north to south, depending on […]

The world of craftsmanship

Craftsmanship in Italy region by region

Every region in Italy has its own traditions and typicality. We go through them from north to south to discover the historical trades that most characterize them (click on the name of the region to know all our craftsmen in that area). AOSTA VALLEY Typical of this mountain region, propped up by large expanses of […]

The world of craftsmanship

The spectacle of Beauty. From Benvenuto Cellini to the contemporary artists

On the occasion of the recurrence of 25 years of activity of the Fondazione Cologni, a special volume of the by now historical series “Mestieri d’Arte” is published for Christmas by Marsilio, starting from the image of the logo of the Foundation itself, which has taken as its symbol the famous Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini. […]

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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.  Homo Faber Guide places the world of fine craftsmanship in Europe at your fingertips. Experience excellence with access to a selection of the best master artisans, rising talents, galleries, ateliers, […]

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The appeal to save arts and crafts has reached 2000 signatures. Let’s not stop

The Urgent Appeal for Italian Artistic Craftsmanship has been delivered to the Government: a cry of pain and alert from the sector, which has been deeply in crisis for some time due to the consequences of the health emergency. To sign the petition also about 50 protagonists of excellence of Italian craftsmanship, master owners of […]

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scuolemestieridarte.it

Training and supporting a new generation of masters of art, to protect and hand down the great Italian heritage of culture, beauty and know-how, is an increasingly vital necessity for the economic and productive system of our country. For this reason, the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte has decided to renew its commitment to promoting […]

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‘Contest OMA 20>40’ and Bottega Strozzi Award’ 2021

The eighth edition of the Contest 20>40 of OMA and the third edition of the Bottega Strozzi Award. The Contest 20>40 offers five thousand euros to encourage the development of a company of artistic craftsmanship and the enhancement of technical and creative skills of the trade. The Bottega Strozzi Award, now in its third edition, […]

The world of craftsmanship

Bianco Home Tuscany

Bianco Home Tuscany is a collection of art objects created by Giovanni Bianco, architect and interior designer graduated at the Art Institute of Pisa. Tuscany is one of the Italian territories historically richer than any other in examples of craftsmanship excellence: from glass to ceramics, from silver to porcelain, from jewelry to textiles, Tuscan art […]

Events

Napoli, Napoli. Di lava, porcellana e musica

The exhibition curated by Sylvain Bellenger, General Director of the Capodimonte Museum and Royal Woods, winner of the MAM- Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere special prize in the Heritage category, as a Supporter of Excellence in the Métiers d’Art, opened in September and will remain open until early April. The Royal Apartment of the Reggia di […]

21/09/2019 - 06/04/2021
Napoli

Restoration
Restoration

Laura Menegotto

Laura Menegotto si occupa di conservazione e restauro di dipinti su tela, tavola, rame e opere policrome. Dopo anni di bottega e cantieri di restauro, nel 1997 apre il suo laboratorio a Milano, all’interno della suggestiva corte settecentesca di palazzo Fagnani Ronzoni. Ogni operazione è realizzata con metodi differenziati a seconda delle tecniche artistiche. L’attenzione […]

Milano

Home Decor
Furniture

Laboratorio Avallone

Craftsmen Gennaro Avallone and Giordano Ciminaghi make a wide range of made-to-measure furniture in various sizes and for different uses. Their one-of-a-kind pieces are made of wood, stucco and aluminum and are highly spectacular. The furniture’s surfaces are usually treated with stucco, as well as the frames, which look more like sculptures and can be […]

Milano

Events

Glass art and design made in the USA in Venice

Venice and the American Glass Studio, this is the title of the exhibition in progress at “Le Stanze del Vetro”, on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, until January 10, 2021. 133 glass works by 60 artists, American and Venetian, are presented, comparing modernity and tradition, experimentation, carried out with the most consolidated Murano techniques, […]

06/09/2020 - 10/01/2021
Venezia

Home Decor
Fabrics

Carnica Arte Tessile

The art of weaving is a deeply-rooted and centuries-old tradition in Carnia. This region has been committed to textile manufacturing since the 1700s, because of the Republic of Venice’s high demand for these products. Carnica has been producing with artisan methods and selling throughout Italy and abroad top-quality houselinen for over 50 years. The heirs […]

Villa Santina (UD)

Events

Per Gioco (For play), antique toys at the Museum of Rome

The exhibition, visible until January 20, 2021, presents the collection of antique toys recently acquired by the Capitoline Superintendence. Twenty-two rooms of Palazzo Braschi house about 700 antique toys, made between 1860 and 1930, which reproduce different subjects: the city and the countryside with palaces, mills and farms, courtyard and street games, the circus and […]

25/07/2020 - 10/01/2021
Roma

Music and Theatre
Musical Instruments

Francesco Bissolotti & Sons

Born as a carver and engraver, Francesco Mario Bissolotti discovered his passion and talent for violin making in the 1950s. He continues to cultivate his passion along with his children in the workshop he opened himself in Cremona. An expert in the ancient Cremonese art of violin making and connoisseur of the art of constructing […]

Cremona

Jewelry, Watches, Costume Jewelry
Jewelry and Watches

Le Sibille Atelier

Le Sibille was born out of the skill and passion of three young women- Camilla Bronzini, Francesca Neri Serneri and Antonella Perugini- who started a dynamic and versatile Renaissance workshop. Each with her own style and expertise creates wonderful jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces made by using the ancient Roman micromosaic technique reinterpreted in a contemporary manner. […]

Roma

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New light in the Baptistery of Pisa: ancient and modern stained glass windows

The 19th-century stained-glass windows have been carefully restored by the Centro Conservazione e Restauro de La Venaria Reale of Turin to repair the damage caused by time and by the bombing of 1944. Four new stained glass windows were, instead, the object of an international competition, promoted by the Opera della Primaziale Pisana. They are […]

Decorative Arts
Pottery

Porta Pepice

If you are looking for traditional artisan products from Matera, then head to the Porta Pepice workshop belonging to Aldo Urgo and Marisa Saponaro, where you’ll find pieces inspired by the tradition of Lucania, created with a touch of irony and a great deal of originality. The business was founded in 1996, initially producing primarily […]

Matera

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Sineo Gemignani: realist painter of civil commitment 1917-1973

A recent book traces the life, works and civil commitment of Sineo Gemignani (1917-1973) whose training began at the Regio Istituto d’Arte di Porta Romana in Florence, a school for artistic and artisan training. Later he became a teacher at the Art Institute of Florence, Siena and Pisa. From a young age, he was a […]

Events

Mirabilia. A Wunderkammer to discover the Milanese art professions

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Triennale Milano start a collaboration on the theme of applied arts, presenting as the first event in the space of the Quadreria di Triennale the cycle of exhibitions Mestieri d’Arte e Design. Crafts Culture. Five exhibitions that propose a new point of view on contemporary art crafts. This partnership […]

20/10/2020 - 10/01/2021
Milano

Miscellaneous and curios
Art prints

Studio d’Arte Tipografica di Leboroni

For more than 30 years Mariaelisa Leboroni has been using the woodcut technique, an art born in China three thousand years ago and that continues to live on in the Perugia workshop. In the artistic print studio original prints, books, stationery and games are made as well as bookplates, engraved on wood, printed with old […]

Perugia

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The great ceramist Sandro Soravia

He was an artist endowed with great sensitivity who moulded ceramics, but also wood and bronze, into works intriguing for their figurative beauty, for the tactile sensation of the material. His works invite to reflect on the human condition, in the search of balance and harmony, giving life to an emotional involvement. Soravia had learned […]

Ceramica

Jewelry, Watches, Costume Jewelry
Jewelry and Watches

Bottega Barbanti

In the Barbanti workshop, the goldsmith’s art is a family tradition. The pieces of jewelry are the fruit of many years of experience, combined with undiminished passion and ongoing professional enrichment. In addition to classic jewelry, customers can have pieces made to their own design and taste. All creations are of the highest quality, which […]

Modena

Events

MAM-Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere, III edition, 2020

This is the third edition of the biennial title of MAM-Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere, created by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte in collaboration with ALMA-La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana. The aim of this initiative was to create an independent “Master of Art” title, to enhance and bring to the attention of the general public […]

26/10/2020 - 26/10/2020
Milano

Fashion and Accessories
Leather

Damiano Chiappini

Damiano Chiappini comes from a long line of cobblers. He learned the trade secrets from his father Luigi who, in the 1930s, as was the custom at that time, went to the customers’ houses to make their shoes, completely by hand and all made to measure. Patience, hard work and attention to detail: these are […]

Montegranaro (FM)

Fashion and Accessories
Leather

Dimitri Villoresi

Tradition, craftsmanship and passion are the mission of Dimitri Villoresi, who has been creating custom-made leather bags and accessories, at first under the brand name MonacoMetropolitano and now as DV Bags, at his workshop in the heart of Florence’s Oltrarno area, since 2004. He also strives to hand down his knowledge and craft by teaching […]

Firenze

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