Nuoro, Design, Metal

Nuoro, Sardinia. Bottega Artigiana Metalli (BAM) is a metal workshop based on a novel idea: to craft contemporary objects using ancient manual techniques. Here, metal is used as a structural element, but revisited in its tactile, textural aspects for results that combine art, craft and design. Vittorio Bruno is masterfully marrying the artisanal tradition he inherited from his father, who continues to work in the atelier with him and his brother, to contemporary design objects, interior design and experimental lighting. The innovative and modern results reflect a love of manual work and expert craftsmanship.

Vanessa Cavallaro è una giovane artigiana, specializzata nell’antica arte della glittica alla ruota. Fin da bambina frequenta il laboratorio di famiglia e, dopo aver compiuto il ciclo di studi al liceo artistico e successivamente allo IED-Istituto Europeo di Design, nel 1993 apre il suo laboratorio. Nel 2000 partecipa all’11° Salon décoration et jardin, nel Principato di Monaco e nel 2016 viene insignita del premio MAM-Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere della Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte

Venice, Designers, Design, Glass

Fabio Fornasier, is a master glassmaker from Murano: his chandelier LUMurano is certainly his most admired and acknowledged creation, thanks to the masterfully crafted glass elements that seem to be always in movement, changing aspect according to the view point of the observer.

Milan, Masters, Jewellery

Ornella Bijoux - an all-female success story made of talent, courage, competence and beauty - has dominated the scene of costume jewellery for 70 years. Maria Vittoria Albani Scala reveals how, together with her mother Piera Albani, she has managed to establish an atelier of world renown, creating costume jewellery for the big names of fashion, from Céline and Swarovski to Borbonese and Dolce & Gabbana.

Milan, Designers

Roberto Sironi is a young Italian designer. After graduating in design at Milan’s Politecnico, where he still works, he developed his style by investigating materials and the possibilities to work on them, reaching remarkable results. He presented his works in various exhibitions in Italy and Europe. In 2015 he received the Honorable mention at the ADI Compasso d’Oro International Award and his projects have been exhibited in New Delhi and Buenos Aires, within the travelling exhibition of Triennale Design Museum.

Milan, Masters, Saddlers

Aurelio Mutinelli, Selleria Pariani’s President, tells us the story of his company: a long-standing Milanese institution that created the world’s first modern saddle.

Milan, ceramics

Elio Cristiani is a Milanese ceramicist specialised in Raku, a Japanese pottery process. After a career working as marketing director, he decided to turn his life around and follow his passion for ceramics. In his workshop in Milan he creates unique products, such as Raku shaving brushes, and holds Raku, Grés, Paper Clay and Kintsugi classes.

Milan, Designers, Design

Marta Sala is a Milanese design editor. Following in the footsteps of her uncle Luigi Caccia Dominioni and her mother Maria Teresa Tosi, who founded Azucena in 1947, she proposes her own collections that blend refined design with the Italian artisanal knowhow.

Milano, Maestri, Moda

In their Milanese atelier, the Bassani sisters, Fabiana and Daniela, have been crafting bespoke wedding dresses on more than 30 years,. Using light fabrics, laces and precious silks they define every detail of their creations with wise mastery and passion.

Milan, Designers, Ceramic, Glass, Marble

Stories of Italy is an idea by Matilde Antonacci and Dario Buratto, two Milan-based creative designers that self-produce their pieces blending innovative style with historical using Italian craft traditions. The project’s fil rouge is the historical and cultural Italian heritage. Each piece is designed as an object of everyday use, that at the same time is an example of beauty and a communication icon.

Milan, Sculpture

The Gipsoteca Fumagalli & Dossi is one of the most fascinating and evocative Milanese ateliers. The workshop acquired part of the gypsum cast heritage of Gipsoteca Vallardi, after it went out of business in 1927. Generation after generation, the atelier is today conducted by Roberto Fumagalli and Mario Dossi and is the most important plaster casts supplier for art schools in Italy.

Milan, Restoration

Franco Vigorito and Luca Cagnola turned their common passion in their job. In their Milanese laboratory, with shop windows on the street, they painstakingly work at the restoration of wooden furniture both antique and modern: from precious Maggiolinis to more ordinary pieces of furniture. They also cooperate with the Superintendence for important restoration interventions.

Florence, Silver

Lorenzo Foglia represents the third generation of one of the most important families of silversmiths in Florence, active since 1935.

Milan, Masters, Fashion, Tailoring, Textile

Nicoletta Caraceni is the daughter of the great tailor Ferdinando Caraceni, originally from Abruzzo. In her atelier in via San Marco, in Milan, Nicoletta Caraceni and her team continue the family heritage with passion and dedication.

Vicenza, Design, Glass

Simone Crestani’s poetical and sculptural glass creations are the expression of a pure and elegant style: the perfect fusion of tradition and innovation.

Venice, Decoration, Fashion, Tailoring, Textile

The Bevilacqua family preserves and continues the ancient and refined tradition of weaving on hand-operated 18th-century looms, on which Emanuele, Mario’s son and Luigi’s descendent, creates beautiful and graceful fabrics.

Chiavari, Design, Wood

The Fratelli Levaggi workshop crafts authentic Chiavari Chairs since 1963. The baton is now in the hands of Gabriele and Paolo, who continue this venerable tradition and innovate it with experimental and formal research.

Milan, Master, Wood

Carlo Apollo is a creative artisan who gives antique wood a new life. His panels and floors are true works of art that are “tailor-made” to suit the desires of his numerous clients. Carlo Apollo is on, the new website dedicated to the best Italian artisans created by the Cologni Foundation and Whomade.

Umbria, ceramics

Master ceramicist Giovanni Mengoni is specialised in “bucchero”, a time-honoured technique typical of Umbria, his own native region. For many years, Mengoni has dedicated himself to research and innovation, merging tradition with contemporary design. For the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan he created a collection designed by Ugo La Pietra that is sold on

Switzerland, enamel, Watchmaking

The beautiful enamels that decorate some of the most precious Swiss watches have an Italian soul: the one of Vanessa Lecci.

Nove, ceramics

With his contemporary approach, Paolo Polloniato is the last descendant of a dynasty of master craftsmen who have dedicated their lives to the traditional ceramics of Nove since the early 19th century.

Milan, Masters, Metal

An eye drop factory in Milan, constructed in the 1930s, hosts the atelier of Gianluca Pacchioni, a master in the art of forging metals. Pacchioni is one of the 75 talented Italian artisans who have recently received the prestigious MAM-Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere award.

Perugia, Accessories

The boutique-workshop where the eyewear “couturier” Sandro Gonnella creates his bespoke glasses is hidden in one of the medieval streets of Perugia’s historic centre.

Nove, Mosaic

BottegaNove creates decorated mosaic pieces both in ceramics and porcelain. We have met Christian Pegoraro, a third-generation master ceramist, who has been able to re-interpret the ancient tradition of ceramics processing through innovative thinking.

Cantù, Embroidery

A year ago UnPizzo was founded by two designers from the city of Cantù, who started reflecting on the shape and everyday use of the typical “centrino” (doily), a long-standing traditional archetype

Milan, Fashion, Tailoring, Textile

We learned about this new initiative, which was recently born from the passion of four friends, aiming at enhancing the talent of the best knitting grandmas of Milan.

Milan, Tailoring

I decided to investigate more deeply into the evolution of form, starting from the hand-woven fabrics I was creating and turning the bi-dimensional character of fabrics into a three-dimensional volume, which is the fundamental element of my creations.

Florence, Mosaic

At the age of 13, Renzo Scarpelli began his apprenticeship in one of the most long-established workshops of commesso fiorentino (a mosaic technique developed in the second half of the 15th century) in the historic centre of Florence.

Matera, Masters, Fabrics, Fashion, Tailoring

We have interviewed Angelo Inglese of the famous tailor’s shop G. Inglese, which is greatly appreciated for the care and passion of its production.

Lucca, Graphic

This month’s interview is about a historical printing workshop, the Antica Tipografia Biagini in Lucca, taken over by Matteo Valesi, who is now continuing the activity and reviving the knowledge of an ancient tradition with expertise and great passion.

Accessories, Fashion

This month we have spoken with Tomas Than about his inspiration and the Maison's philosophy.

Masters, Fashion

This month’s interview focuses on Sartoria Orefice of Cernobbio, which for five generations has made excellence its outstanding feature.

Masters, Accessories

The workshop “Il Coccio”, belonging to ceramic artist Guido De Zan, is located right in the heart of Milan, next to the Colonne di San Lorenzo.

Master, Paper

Fabscarte specialises in the production of handmade and painted wallpaper. It was established through the joint effort of four talented craftsmen.

Food, New Talents

We met the young chef Raffaele Lenzi (b. 1984) from Naples.

ceramics, Master, Plates

We have visited the Laboratorio Paravicini, an artisanal workshop located in a historic district of Milan known as the “Cinque Vie”. Workshops in this area will be open to visitors on the weekend celebrations of the European Artistic Crafts Days (28-29 March 2015).

Metal, New Talents

Marco Ripa is a craftsman and a designer. In his workshop, situated in the Marche Region, he makes unique home accessories and furniture in iron and steel.

Masters, Art, Landscape

The Adachi Museum of Art, in the Shimane prefecture, is located in the Chugoku region, facing the sea of Japan.

Design, New Talents

My passion for wood grew in a craftsman’s workshop where I used to spend a lot of time during my university years.

Milan, Masters, Food

Tucked away in the centre of Milan, Ernst Knam’s pastry and chocolate shop “L’Antica” is a wonderful world to discover.

Fashion, Milliner

Gemma Vernò, designer and maker of unique hats, is one of the three artisans who share a workshop situated in the courtyard of a typical old Milanese house.

Masters, Fashion, Milliner

Lorenzo Borghi's story started in 1952, when at the age of twelve, he started working at the Lionello Passerini's millinery shop.

Fashion, Master

Barbara Milani has followed in the footsteps of her parents, who made clothes for specialised shops as well as supplying a number of Italian fashion houses.

Accessories, Fashion, Lacework

Francesca Bencivenni is one of the few remaining authorities in Aemilia Ars needle lace, an ancient tradition of Bologna. She was born in the province of Bologna, where she developed a passion for lace and embroidery since childhood. Today she contributes to preserving and spreading this time-honoured technique.

Fashion, Master, Shoe

Bruno and Simone Peron’s workshop is situated in one of Bologna’s most charming spots.

Masters, Fabrics, Fashion, Tailoring

The Musella Dembech label represents a long-standing tailoring tradition, which Francesco Musella started many years ago. Today, we can discover it through the words of Gianfrancesco, his young heir.

Accessories, Fashion, Master

The handcrafting of leather goods is a long-established tradition in the city of Modena.

Milan, Metal

This interview was carried out as part of the project for the thesis “If intangible, then…” by Andrea Bergamini and Stefano Mori (Facoltà di Architettura, Milan Polytechnic, 2013),

Masters, Wood

As with past interviews, this one is first of all a cognitive investigation that is useful for understanding individual cases in Lombardy, and secondly a collection of data to identify different spatial and mechanical necessities.

Masters, Fashion, Tailoring, Textiles

Carlo Andreacchio is a tailor of world renown and an authority on Italy’s tailoring tradition, which he celebrates in his refined and prestigious creations.

Fashion, Master

With Giuseppe Tisci, current owner of the furrier’s shop bearing his name, this age-old family of furriers has arrived at the fourth generation.

Fashion, Master

The inauguration, in November 2013, of the “Four Living National Treasures of Japan” exhibition by The Fine Art Society at the New Bond street gallery

Metal, New Talents

This month’s interview is dedicated to Daniele Mingardo young designer-maker of unique metal pieces distinguished for the contemporary design.

Fashion, Master

Driven by his passion for crocodile skin and the long experience he gained in his father’s leather goods laboratory, in 2004 Giorgio Santamaria opened “Giosa: la bottega del coccodrillo” in Via Ciovasso, in Milan’s Brera district.


Nello storico distretto di Maniago, in provincia di Pordenone, si realizzano da generazioni coltelli esclusivi.

Master, Theatre

In Milazzo, on the northern coast of Sicily, the atelier Previtera-Pracanica for over forty years has been creating sacred images and works in papier mache, in addition to the production of handmade ornaments and to the restoration of wooden works.


Milan can boast of an age-old tradition in tanning. The little Travi workshop, located in the heart of Milan, across from the church of San Lorenzo and its columns,


Ottavio Re’s workshop, founded in 1935, was taken over in 1973 by Emanuele Coletto, who had been working there as an employee since 1949.

Master, Music

At the Fazioli headquarter in Sacile, Mr Paolo Fazioli illustrated his personal and professional quest for the perfect sound. The Fazioli pianos are exported all over the world and are admired and appreciated for their unique quality.


“Washi” is the name of traditional Japanese handmade paper (“wa” meaning Japanese and “shi” meaning paper).


Siniscalchi shirtmakers was founded by Vittorio Siniscalchi in 1948.


On the occasion of "Twelve", designed by Alessandro Mendini and produced by Riva 1920, we had a chat with Maurizio Riva, who manages the firm together with his siblings.


Fabio Ognibeni is an artisan/entrepreneur who lives in Trentino Alto Adige, and more specifically in the area in the Dolomites around Fiemme.

Cinema, Tools

We have visited the studio Rancati, active from 1864 for the ideation, realization and rental of stage equipments.


The male item of clothing par excellence, the necktie has undergone a continuous evolution over the centuries.


In Florence, the Santo Spirito district has always had a definite flair for artisanry: here, there have been engravers’, goldsmiths’ and shoemakers’ workshops ever since the Renaissance.


Patience and dedication to work are fundamental for these people, who have been making handmade wigs for the performing arts since 1874.


The 18th century Encyclopédie writes "Everything that’s necessary in life is made by craftsmen; those who visit a craftsman’s studio will notice the functionality and the cleverest wisdom to be perfectly intertwined".

Master, Pipe

Pipa Castello started out in 1947, the year when founder Carlo Scotti created a little workshop with the aim of producing pipes of the highest quality and that would be technically and aesthetically at the top.


Galeotti Piume’s firm, thoroughly artisan, has never left its production headquarters amidst the rolling hills of the Apennines in almost fifty years. It figures not only as excellent and innovative, but also as extremely rare.


Interview with Maria Grazia Lenti, Il giardino dei punti.

Master, Silver

De Vecchi is a silversmith’s workshop established in Milan at the end of the 1930s.

Masters, Foundry

This month’s interview is dedicated to Danilo Bosio, Director of the Fonderia Battaglia in Milan, one of the historical foundries present in the Milan area; in 2013 it will celebrate 100 years of operation.

Masters, Coral, Engraving

Interview with Enzo Liverino, coral engraver and carver.

Masters, Cinema, Illustrator

The interview of this month is dedicated to Victor Togliani, illustrator and sculptor.


This month’s interview is dedicated to Annagemma Lascari, stylist, fashion designer and style-consultant.

Masters, Metal

We interviewed Alessandro Rametta, who, together with Christian Casati, founded La Fucina di Efesto, a wrought iron workshop that belongs to the DOC circuit (Dergano Officina Creativa) in Milan.

Masters, Glass

March's interview is dedicated to Molera Locchi, one of the top in the Florence area who carries on a centuries-old tradition of glass carving.

Foundry, New Talents

This month’s interview is with Marcello Calvi, a talented young man who learned the art of casting from his father and cultivates it with passion and dedication.


For over one hundred years now, the Vetrate d'Arte Giuliani (Giuliani Artistic Windows) Atelier of Rome has actively been designing and producing windows with great mastery and incredible skill. Accordingly, its work can be found all over the world in a wide range of settings.


Maria Vittoria Ovidi Pazzaglia, President of the association Bolsena Ricama, has intervied for the Cologni Foundation Mr. Giuseppe Parolo, an itinerant master weaver: he creates his own looms with his hands, in small dimensions, and brings them along during his trips to Italy and abroad.


Artisan Simona Casadio's firm's headquarters are in Faenza, in the province of Ravenna: she specializes in gilding, lacquering and restoration. She started in 1930 with Mario, Simona's grandfather, to whom this interview is dedicated.

Masters, Ceramic

The interview of December is dedicated to the workshop La Stele of Milan, one of the last lombard boutiques that for more than 60 years produces and restores sacred art and statues for the nativity scene.

Masters, Metal

We met Giuseppe Drali in his workshop in Milan, in the Naviglio Pavese area – he is "the bike magician".


The interview of this month is dedicated to Marina Gioitti, an artisan from Friuli who in the beautiful landscape of her mountains creates objects, pieces of furniture and works of art in wood, decorating them with freehand natural techniques.

Masters, Fashion

The interview of this month is dedicated to Milady Atelier, an excellent Florentine

Masters, Music

Marco Fracassi is the artistic director of Casa Pedrini Cremona Organi, an organ maker’s workshop founded at the beginning of the 20th century.

Masters, Fashion

This month we interviewed Laura Tonatto, master perfumer since 1986, has created fragrances for Elio Fiorucci, Ornella Vanoni and Asia Argento.

Masters, Ceramic

Interview with Lorenzo Andrei, Owner and Commercial Director of Poggi Ugo.


Davide Gatti is the great-nephew of Riccardo, founder of the “Bottega d’arte Ceramica Gatti” of Faenza,

Masters, Theatre

The interview of this month is dedicated to Eugenio Monti Colla of Puppetry Company Colla and Sons.
The interview has been realized at the company's Atelier-Theatre in Milan.

Masters, Decoration, Sculpture

Alessandro Bianchi, master of the ancient Florentine technique of scagliola decoration, talked to us about his passion for his work.

Designers, Fashion

Right before the opening of his exhibition at the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, the great couturier Roberto Capucci reveals his thoughts about crafts professions, haute couture and research.

Accessories, Pen

The firm was born in Turin in 1919 as the Fabbrica Italiana di Penne a Serbatoio (manufacturer of fountain pens). Today Aurora has become the leading firm in the production and commercialisation of writing instruments, fine leather products,


Interview with Maria Giovanna Varagona, co-owner and founder of the “La Tela” atelier and museum in Macerata.

Candle, Decoration

The candle factory Cereria Terenzi, born 40 years ago, is one of today's corporate realities that perfectly unites research, tradition, innovation and artisans' savoir-faire. The portrait of a truly "illuminated" entrepreneur: Paolo Terenzi.


My interest for harpsichords started when I became more involved in music, which was during my years at the Polytechnic in Turin.

Masters, Ceramic

Gabriella Sacchi tells us about her experience in the manufacture of ceramics

Masters, Design, Silver

Lino Sabattini is an old-time craftsman. His objects, characterised by a light, elegant sense of form, span an over fifty-year long period of active research and are exhibited in important international museums.


The Massimo Del Chiaro Artistic Foundry is in Pietrasanta, in the province of Lucca. Massimo Del Chiaro and his son Roberto told us the story of the company and the reason why internationally renowned artists choose their foundry for creating their works.

Art, New Talents

This month the interview is dedicated to a young art master specializes in paintings, the Milanese Fabio Colombini.

Masters, Design, Wood

Pierluigi Ghianda is one of the most famous Italian cabinet makers in the world: he has worked with prestigious luxury firms like Hermès, and has collaborated with Italian artists and architects like Gae Aulenti, Cini Boeri, the Castiglioni brothers, Gianfranco Frattini, Vico Magistretti, Gio Ponti, Richard Sapper and Ettore Sottsass.


Franco Lorenzi, together with his brother Aldo, is the rightly proud owner of the most famous, historic and renowned boutique in Milan of razors, blades and shaving items: in this Q&A he shares their truly unique collection.

Fashion, New Talents

We visited the atelier Alige, where Alice welcomed us and explained how works today a corset maker.

Food, New Talents

The Italian cake designer Mela Prina has settled down in London and has founded “Kicca Cakes”, a workshop of bespoke cakes.

Accessories, Art, New Talents

Laura does not consider a frame an ordinary object - to her it is a casket of memories, a place for storing affection and emotion.

Food, New Talents

Made with passion. A very individual selection of chocolate melting in mouth. Little masterpieces like the whiskey truffles, simply tantalizing.

Masters, Embroidery, Fashion

Pino Grasso is a master in the art of embroidery. For sixty years, his Milanese workshop has been a reference point for the most renowned haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion houses. A continuous research into new materials and designs enriches his prestigious archive and stimulates the creativity of his clients.

Masters, Paper

We met Rebecca J Coles (paper artist) in her workshop.

Masters, Ceramic

We spoke with Yoshimi Azuma about his experience as an independent ceramist.

Music, New Talents

This month we have visited the atelier of Violin maker Lorenzo Rossi.

Designers, Architecture, Design

We met Ugo La Pietra (Architect, artist and designer) in his studio-atelier in Milan.

Masters, Graphic, Print

We visited the Upiglio Printworks (Stamperia Upiglio), which is hidden away in a courtyard near the Pirelli skyscraper, in Milan.


The main passion is for my work, doing things, being creative; by creativity I don't just mean making a "thing" but also a method for finding solutions, finding ideas, perceiving and transforming them.