Organized by the prestigious Michelangelo Foundation, the Homo Faber will be an exclusive event in Venice dedicated to European Craftsmanship. From 14-30 September, there will be a series of exhibitions and installations all across the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Today, Design Build Ideas will talk about two imperative components of the event, including an exceptional curated exhibition and about the future of craftsmanship through the minds of Homo Faber’s young ambassadors, so take a look.
Discovery and Rediscovery
The Discovery and Rediscovery Exhibition will showcase 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 skills such as crystal engraving, gem sculpting, hand weaving, Lunéville embroidery or bookbinding. This exhibit will all about showing passion for craftsmanship and materials.
Now discover the participating luxury houses and their specific techniques that will make this exhibition one to remember:
- 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)
The Young Ambassadors of Homo Faber
Representing 23 different nationalities and speaking 20 different languages, the 105 Young Ambassadors selected from Europe’s best educational establishments are studying a range of subjects from architecture and design to shoemaking, gemstone engraving, wax modelling, stone masonry and cabinet making. They constitute some of the very best in young European talent and put a face on the future of creativity and craftsmanship. The students will be present during the exhibition to interact with visitors in the 16 different exhibit spaces in a meaningful way, explaining the many fascinating objects on display and imparting their own knowledge of the skills and techniques being used by master artisans right before their eyes.
Participation in this one-of-a-kind programme offers the students a unique opportunity to meet some of Europe’s finest artisans, designers, institutions and luxury houses, as well as to interact with their peers and to form a network to carry with them into their future careers. The Young Ambassadors programme is an educational initiative of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in partnership with the Michelangelo Foundation.
Some of the institutions chosen were Ecolé Boulle (France), Akademie fur Kunst und Gestaltung (Germany), Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli, Istituto Europeo di Design Como (Italy), Art Academy of Latvia (Latvia), Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania); Escola Superior de Artes Decorativas, Ricardo do Esperito Santo Silva Foundation (Portugal), Escola Massana (Spain), City & Guilds of London Art School (United Kingdom), Mozarteum University Salzburg (Austria), UMPRUM, Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design (Czech Republic), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Denmark), Academy of Fine Arts (Poland), Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Institute of Architecture (Slovakia) and Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (Switzerland), just to name a few.
As a whole, Homo Faber will be an event fuelled by an ardent belief in the power and value of real human interaction. Visitors will have the opportunity to see things in real time and speak to artisans about their craft as well as virtually enter the ateliers of the masters, among many other aspects of the fine world of craftsmanship. It is definitely an authentic experience one should attend!
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