La Fucina di Efesto
La Fucina di Efesto – a wrought-iron workshop in one of Milan’s central districts, Bovisa – is named after Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire, sculpture, engineering and metallurgy.
In his “Iliad”, Homer celebrated Hephaestus’s physical puissance, vigorous arms and unsurpassed ability in forging – while also noting his ugliness and ill nature. The famed literary work of the greatest of epic poets is also the only ancient source to report that the clunky, “technological” deity lived in wedded bliss with one of the Charites, a goddess of grace and quintessential harmony.
Like the flames in his scorching, underground forge shop constantly leaping up, Hephaestus harbored a tension towards beauty that was passionate and incessant. In his marriage vigorous practicality became one with aesthetic grace.
Thus there is so much to discover behind the name of this workshop, founded in 1997 in a stable built in the first half of the 17th century, ad once owned by the Benedictine monks.
This is a place where metal is shaped today – and where craftsmen Alessandro Rametta, Nicolò Mulazzani and Andrea Capriotti set the world of fire with their artful ideas.