The poetic lightness of Nymphemburg and Riso Porcelain, the vibrant colours of Atelier Mestdagh’s artistic glassworks, the silver textures of Wiener Silber Manufactur: the fourth edition of Doppia Firma scours Europe and goes as far as Japan in search of fascinating contemporary artisans and rare and precious production techniques.
This geographic choice stems from our desire to document the synergy between ancient manufacturing traditions and contemporary design beyond the borders of Italy, with the aim of giving a new boost to this joint project of Living, Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship. This year, 19 international couples, sharing the same aptitude for experimentation and appreciation of materials, rise to the challenge of creating a dialogue between craft and design.
The marble sculpted by Giorgio Angeli from a design by Victoria Wilmotte, the organic wooden trays by Patricia Urquiola carved by the cabinetmakers of Bottega Ghianda, the postmodern terracotta of the Spanish studio Masquespacio modelled by the Poggi Ugo factory, the Capodimonte porcelain, the wallpaper by Vito Nesta with the San Patrignano team, these are just some examples of the unique works arising when design meets manual know-how.
“Only dialogue allows us to overcome every technical difficulty,” explains French designer Sam Baron, author of an ironic porcelain sculpture inspired by the animal themes typical of the Vista Alegre factory. By focusing on reinterpretating ancient techniques, their collaboration generated surprising results. While the digital age is oriented towards dematerialisation and the primacy of robotics, Doppia Firma draws a creative map that reaffirms the value and potential of human skill, focusing on man’s ability to experiment with new forms of beauty, so much so that it has become a landmark of the international design landscape.