Homo Faber will be an exclusive event dedicated to European Craftsmanship that will be taking place from 14-30 September at the prestigious Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. The unique event that seeks to honour arts and its creators will be organized by the Michelangelo Foundation and one of the main exhibits one can expect for is the Imaginary Architecture created by the Queen of color, India Mahdavi.
With fine craftsmanship in mind, India Mahdavi has applied her vivid imagination to narrate a personal story of her relationship with the world of master artisans. As a result, during this imperative event, the highly skilled creator will be presenting two ingenious spaces that showcase the passion and excellence of artisans as well as the visionary designer.
The Henry Rosseau Forever ⇒ In this abstract winter garden, Mahdavi pays homage to Rousseau, the French post-impressionist painter known for his rich forest scenes. She does this by using rattan, a natural material she has always loved and has used in her designs for a long time. Here, she collaborates with some of the few remaining rattan artisans in Europe to create beautiful handmade chairs, masks and intricate rattan marquetry panels.
Mahdavi tells the story of her relationship with rattan, showing how this noble, traditional material can be transformed in new and sophisticated ways. These beautiful rattan creations are offset by a black and white mosaic floor, bespoke mirrors and dramatic lighting created especially for this exhibit by Italian master craftsmen. Together, the artisans in this space show how traditional skills can make a vital contribution to contemporary living.
Merry-Go-Round ⇒ This contemporary upholstered living space in the shape of a rotunda draws on Mahdavi’s characteristic use of bold colour and her long history of working with master upholsterers. The walls feature exquisite embroidery made by a long-time collaborator, while the upholstery is so complex it can only be handmade by specialist artisans.
Mahdavi pays tribute to the exhibit’s beautiful setting in Venice by using Italian fabrics such as velvet and satin and designing a typically vibrant colour scheme that evokes the sea. With its intricate handmade details, this space demonstrates the importance of the human hand in contemporary design, showing how fine craftsmanship gives added value to interiors in a way in which machines simply cannot.
During Homo Faber, visitors will have the chance to commune with designers and artisans and see live showcases, making it a complete design experience. Make sure to visit the event and regard India Mahdavi’s exceptional exhibition.
You May Also Be Interested In Reading These Articles:
SUBSCRIBE HERE TO OUR NEWSLETTER
and get the latest news about the world of design! Feel free to follow us on social media for more inspiration: Instagram | Pinterest
Source: Homo Faber