Double Signature. A dialogue between design and artisanal excellence
The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is a private, international, non-profit foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Established by Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, the Michelangelo Foundation’s mission is to preserve, encourage and promote fine craftsmanship. The Michelangelo Foundation is aware that, in spite of the advent of modern technologies, human hands will always possess the unique ability to create meaningful objects, spared from standardisation and homogeneity. Thus the Foundation seeks to facilitate connections between European master artisans and a conscious, curious clientele, enabling the latter to discover – either directly or through digital experience – the workshops, ateliers and artisanal businesses active throughout distinct regions and territories. To safeguard the competitive advantage of the artisanal sector, which produces objects that reflect the human character of creativity and make our lives more beautiful, the Michelangelo Foundation fosters exchange and collaboration between fine craftsmanship and design, and between master artisans and those who commission bespoke creations. The ultimate aim is to encourage the growth of a new cultural movement, one which would bring with it both social and economic rewards, most notably increased employment opportunities for artisans. Furthermore, through its dynamic and multinational network, the Michelangelo Foundation cultivates synergies to stimulate ideas, exchange and new projects.
The Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art is a private, non-pro t institution, founded in Milan by Franco Cologni in 1995. It promotes cultural, scienti c and educational initiatives for the protection and diffusion of artistic crafts. Through the book series “Mestieri d’Arte” (Métiers d’Art) and “Ricerche” (Researches), published by Marsilio Editori, it aims to retrace these highly skilled practices throughout history up to the present day. Together with Swan Group, the Cologni Foundation publishes the magazine “Mestieri d’Arte & Design” (Arts & Crafts & Design). Through the apprenticeship programme “A School, a Job. Training to Excellence”, the Cologni Foundation supports high-quality training in the crafts for the younger generations.
Living is the magazine for interiors, design and lifestyle from the Corriere della Sera newspaper. A monthly magazine, a digital edition, and a website are at the heart of the first vertical distribution system in the home furnishing sector present in Italy and on major social networks. Dedicated to new ways of experiencing household spaces, the monthly RCS magazine, edited by Francesca Taroni, starts with the home and then incorporates everything connected to it: food, art, fashion and green living. There is a special focus on “Made in Italy” excellence – from industrial design to artisan craftsmanship, and an international perspective and strong attention to customer service are reflected on each page of Living throughout all its projects.