Double Signature. A dialogue between design and artisanal excellence

For the 2019 Salone del Mobile, the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is proud to present the fourth annual Doppia Firma, in collaboration with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living Corriere della Sera. This year’s event focuses on the international dialogue between creativity and fine craftsmanship. Several of the works were commissioned specifically for Doppia Firma, while others were sourced by the project’s partners, who searched Europe for creations that embody the spirit of Doppia Firma.

The Doppia Firma designers went beyond the borders of their country in search of extraordinary artisans – from Belgium to Czech Republic to Germany, from the United Kingdom to Sweden to Portugal, from France to Austria to Italy, and from Switzerland to the Netherlands to Japan (the only non- European country in the selection). In some cases, designers and artisans from the same country connected – or reconnected – with each other in pursuit of creative innovation.  This project offered craftsmen and women the chance to explore new realms of expression while giving designers an opportunity to be inspired by new techniques, materials, and practices. For this 2019 edition, designers and artisans worked with a wide variety of techniques and materials including glass, ceramic, paper, porcelain, marble, wood, silver and brass to make original interpretations of functional or decorative objects.

The creations – true narrative icons – will be exhibited at the Villa Mozart, a picturesque gem from the 1930s in the heart of Milan, studio of the designer and artist Giampiero Bodino, author of magnificent jewels. The event takes place in the evocative suite of rooms on the ground floor.

The 19 extraordinary designer-artisan collaborations selected by the project partners for Doppia Firma 2019 are: atelier oï, Switzerland, with Masayuki Kajiwara, Japan; Tomás Alonso, Spain, with Wiener Silbermanufaktur, Austria; Emmanuel Babled, France, and the cabinet-making workshop of the Fundação Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva, Portugal; Sam Baron, France, and porcelain manufacturer Vista Alegre, Portugal; Boris Berlin with Mikkel Karlshøj and the students from NEXT Praktikcenter, Denmark;
Peter Bremers, Netherlands, and Zdenek Lhotský, Czech Republic; Mathilde Bretillot and Antoine Leperlier, France; Maarten de Ceulaer with Atelier Mestdagh, Belgium; Laura Fiaschi and Gabriele Pardi (Gum Design), Italy, with porcelain manufacturer Risogama, Japan; Roxanne Flick, Luxembourg and Michael Nätscher, Germany; Christian Haas, Germany, and José Vieira, Portugal; Masquespacio, Spain, and manufacturer Poggi Ugo (project curated by Valentina Guidi Ottobri), Italy; Vito Nesta and the wallpaper design lab of San Patrignano, Italy; Marcello Panza and the artisan Pasquale De Palma from Capodimonte (a project by Bottega Made in Cloister), Italy; Nick Ross, Sweden, and the artisans of Dunedin Stone, Scotland; Lachaert and Dhanis with Piet Stockmans, Belgium; Karsten K. Krebs, Germany, and Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Germany; Patricia Urquiola, Spain, and Bottega Ghianda, Italy; Victoria Wilmotte, France, and Giorgio Angeli, Italy.

Photo credits © Laila Pozzo

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Villa Mozart
Via Mozart 9,
from Tuesday 9 April to Sunday 14 April
10am to 7pm. Last entry at 6:45pm

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