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 visitors have to see is “Discovery and Rediscovery” and although it has little to do with our main concern, the Luxury bathrooms blog believes that every design enthusiast should know about this.
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 center of excellence for luxury products!
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.
The purpose of this exhibit is for one to understand how arduous and time-consuming the process of creating something like truly is. Passion needs to be there otherwise the final result won’t be the same, the respect for the materials and the care for this type of projects is key for success and quality.
The métiers d’art, the participating luxury houses and the specific techniques they will demonstrate at the Discovery and Rediscovery Exhibition are as follows:
- 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)
- Leather working: 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)
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