CRAFTS

Patrizia Fabri and Antica Manifattura Cappelli

At only seventeen, Patrizia Fabri stepped into Loris Cirri’s workshop and fell in love with the world of top hats, cloche hats, bowlers and...

Mario Berta Battiloro’s Venetian splendor

“Gold to fire / proves its every splendor”: Pindar wrote these verses (Nemean IV) to describe the victories of young fighter Timisarchus of Aegina,...

Glories of the past in Antonia Sautter’s imaginative world

Antonia Sautter’s atelier – at the very heart of Venice, near Piazza San Marco – is a slice of pure charm. It is a...

Distilleria Le Crode, distilling grappa according to tradition

Distilleria Le Crode – located along river Piave, between Valdobbiadene and Feltre – is one of the few remaining plants in Italy to uphold...

The art of clouds by Alberto Valese

Some people keep their head in the clouds so they can create wonders – and Alberto Valese is one of them. A few decades...

The Color Library at the Orsoni Glassworks

Orsoni is a dive into color, in a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of hues ready to spark a twinkle in your eye. This historical Venice glassworks...

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence

Marble, porphyry, granite, alberese stone, limestone, flowered, cotognino and Egyptian alabaster, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, jasper, agate... each precious stone has an exotic name...

Cantina Santa Margherita, work and wine

On an elegant plaque at the entrance of the Vittorio Emanuele Marzotto Center, the Marzotto family’s Latin motto – “Sua texit labor fata” –...

Castagnari accordions and Leopardi’s music

Giacomo Leopardi considered music the most important form of art, because “The other arts imitate and express nature, from which feeling is drawn, but...

Solomeo, work and beauty

Solomeo is a lovely, small medieval town in the province of Perugia and the home of Brunello Cucinelli Spa, one of the most important...

The run-up to Saint Ambrose starts with Chiostro in Fiera

Milan welcomes the fall with three days dedicated to craftsmanship and art: from 5 to 7 October the Saint Eustorgio Cloisters will host the...

Gucci ArtLab: a celebration of business success and creativity

On April 19th 2018, Gucci inaugurated a new 37,000-square-meter center for 800 of their employees working in Scandicci: the Gucci ArtLab is the new...

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Rococo luxury at the Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th...

Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...