While the Homo Faber event which was organised by the leading Swiss-based entity, Michelangelo Foundation, won’t be taking place in Paris but instead in Venice, it will focus exclusively on the importance that European craftsmanship has in the development of the industries of art and design. The event will occur from 14-30 September at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, nevertheless, one can count on the presence of many Parisian designers, architects, artisans, and overall, creators.
This unique exhibition will put fine craftsmanship in the international design spectrum and give recognition to master artisans. Spread throughout numerous historical and architectural spaces, Homo Faber encompasses a wide variety of arts and disciplines, from jewellery to bespoke designs as well as showcasing the rarest artisanal techniques.
These unique spaces will be adorned with most exquisite pieces, innovative installations as well as live showcases of artisans working on their respective arts. It will have a total space of around 4,000 square metres and it will be the largest one ever held in the Fondazione, offering the public an immersive experience of European craftsmanship, “a world that relies on connection: connecting the hand, head and heart to create authentic works of lasting value.”
“Homo Faber is an expression that was first coined during the Renaissance and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings. The exhibit will provide a panoramic view of European fine craftsmanship but it will nevertheless have a singular undercurrent: what human beings can do better than machines.” – Johann Rupert, Co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation.
The Homo Faber also involves a stellar combination of world-class designers, creators and architects, including Michele de Lucchi, Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Micelli. Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, the Triennale Design Museum, and the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art have also partnered with Michelangelo Foundation to create this exclusive event.
Two of the art techniques that will be heavily featured at the event are Azulejos and the art of filigree. One brand that represents the legacy of both is Boca do Lobo. The contemporary luxury furniture brand will be showcasing two of its most iconic designs, the Heritage sideboard, an exclusive piece that is lined with hand-painted tiles while its interiors feature four drawers finished in gold leaf and two shelves in bronze glass, and the Filigree Mirror, a completely hand-crafted piece that flourishes the tradition, art and culture of Portugal. Boca do Lobo will exhibit at Sala degli Arazzi, where visitors will be able to wander through exquisite objects specifically sourced for the event and observe the skill of master artisans in real time and at close quarters.
As a whole, “Homo Faber is fuelled by an ardent belief in the power and value of real human engagement”. 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!