News
June 2022
Milan, Communication
The deadline to apply for the Artigiano del Cuore competition organised by the Wellmade platform, expired on 6 June. Fondazione Cologni's internal commission, after examining the applications received, has selected the finalists who will be able to access the next stage
June 2022
Milan, Communication
Great success for the sixth edition of Doppia Firma. Dialogues between design and artisanal excellence, the successful project of Fondazione Cologni and Living, presented by Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship.
June 2022
Milan, Communication
Help us support the Italian metiers d’art: just a simple donation that costs nothing, but makes a difference. We have important projects for next year: to increase the number of young apprentices, for example.
May 2022
Milan, Exhibition, Ceramic, Textile
The sixth edition of Double Signature. A dialogue between design and artisanal excellence, a project by Fondazione Cologni and Living Corriere della Sera, presented by Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, takes place this year at Palazzo Litta, in the heart of Milan.
May 2022
Milan, Exhibition, Glass
Creative Academy, Richemont Group's post-graduate design school based in Milan, offers every year to 20 talented young designers from the world's best design schools a unique training program.
May 2022
Milan, Exhibition, Ceramic, Textile
ArtiJanus/ArtiJanas is a cultural project that was born in Sardinia to stimulate the local artisanal workshops to reinterpret their productions, hybridise them, generate innovation and new development opportunities.

Interviews
Faenza, Master, Ceramic

Elvira Keller was born and raised in Naples. After graduating, she devoted herself to learning ceramic techniques in several studios. She specialised in the art of majolica at the Ballardini Institute in Faenza: here she settled and opened the workshop where she still practices her profession. Thanks to her expertise and know-how, she has taken part in personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Her highly personal poetics are inspired by cosmic space and nature, with architectural contaminations.

Milan, Master, Paper

In 1873, Domenico Conti Borbone founded the bookbindery that still bears his name. An accomplished master bookbinder, he left the baton to his niece Giuseppina and her husband Isacco Marchesi. The two moved to Corso Magenta in 1919, and it is still here that their grandsons, Gianluca, Gabriele and Angelo, officially at the helm of the company since 2000, cultivate and innovate the art of bookbinding. The workshop produces marbled papers, special colouring on leather, gold embossing and perfect bindings. Everything is done by hand, from sewing the book, gluing, cutting, making the cover to the beautiful decoration and printing.

Cuneo, Maestri, Ceramic

Lorenza Bessone is the driving force behind Solelò, a brand of handmade ceramics with a minimalist style. In her workshop in Saluzzo (Cuneo), the city where she was born and raised, she crafts objects and accessories in stoneware entirely by hand, from the design to the processing, from the finishing to the enamels, which are also handmade. In 2021 she was one of the finalists in the "Artigiano del Cuore" (Artisan of the Heart) competition of the platform Wellmade.

Vicenza, Master, Art, Graphic, Print, Typography

The Busato family print shop has been based for over 70 years in the historic centre of Vicenza, in a 16th-century building. Giancarlo Busato has inherited the workshop founded in 1946 by his grandfather Ottorino, who had worked for over twenty years in the most important print shops in the Veneto region. His grandson continues the family passion and has been working since 1996 in chalcography and lithography, using exclusively artisan printing systems that have remained unchanged over time, spending his days among the presses, templates, inks and paper. A visit to the print shop in the heart of the city is a truly fascinating and very special experience. Its passionate owner is always ready to welcome visitors with stories and live demonstrations. Busato also does a lot of teaching to pass on his beloved craft to young people.

Naples, Master, Fashion, Textile, Tailoring

Giuseppe Peluso, known as Pino, is one of the most illustrious names of the prestigious Neapolitan tailoring tradition. Born in 1972 in Caivano, his father was a tailor and his mother worked as an embroiderer. At the age of fourteen he already made and signed his first jackets, after having learned to cut and sew vests, jackets and trousers to perfection. Since 2017, Sartoria Peluso has been welcoming its customers to Posillipo, in a splendid and panoramic lounge overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

Master, Ceramic

Martha Pachon Rodriguez is Colombian, but Italian by adoption: for more than 20 years, in fact, she has been designing and manufacturing beautiful porcelain artefacts in her atelier in Faenza, one of the most important centers of Italian ceramics. With her experimental and creative attitude, Martha draws inspiration above all from nature and human spirit, creating a perfect combination of shapes, colors and sounds. A poetic and refined know-how that fascinates anyone who crosses the threshold of her magical cave. An overwhelming passion, a happiness of doing that captivates since the first meeting.


Events
June 2022
Milan, Publishing, Design, Communication
On May 17th , the baroque rooms of Palazzo Litta in Milan hosted the presentation of the latest title in the Storietalentuose series, edited by Carthusia with Fondazione Cologni with the support of Bonacina1889.