For the 2019 Salone del Mobile, the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is proud to present the fourth annual Doppia Firma: A Dialogue Between Design and Artisanal Excellence, in collaboration with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living – the Corriere della Sera magazine for interiors, design and lifestyle. From 9 to 14 April, during the Design Week, Milan’s Villa Mozart will showcase the fruit of a fertile dialogue between design and high craftsmanship.

Doppia Firma 2019 brings together innovative designers and master artisans from around Europe to produce a unique collection of 19 works and small-scale series. Each object is the result of a creative exchange between a designer/artist and an artisan/ manufacturer – where project culture and expertise are cross-fertilised in an authentic expression of regional excellence. This year’s event focuses on the international dialogue between creativity and fine craftsmanship. In just three years, Doppia Firma has emerged as a methodology and a mark of excellence. Now in its fourth incarnation, this event shines a spotlight on those who boldly choose to pursue a less prominent form of art or who espouse an artisan-friendly project culture, producing unique pieces and small series never before displayed in Milan. For this 2019 edition, designers and artisans worked with a wide variety of techniques and materials including glass, ceramic, paper, porcelain, marble, wood, silver and brass to make original interpretations of functional or decorative objects.

The 19 extraordinary designer-artisan collaborations selected by the project partners for Doppia Firma 2019 are:

atelier oï, Switzerland, with Masayuki Kajiwara, Japan;
Tomás Alonso, Spain, with Wiener Silbermanufaktur, Austria;
Emmanuel Babled, France, and the cabinet-making workshop of the Fundação Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva, Portugal;
Sam Baron, France, and porcelain manufacturer Vista Alegre, Portugal;
Boris Berlin with Mikkel Karlshøj and the students from NEXT Praktikcenter, Denmark;
Peter Bremers, Netherlands, and Zdenek Lhotský, Czech Republic;
Mathilde Bretillot and Antoine Leperlier, France;
Maarten de Ceulaer with Atelier Mestdagh, Belgium;
Laura Fiaschi and Gabriele Pardi (Gum Design), Italy, with porcelain manufacturer Risogama, Japan;
Roxanne Flick, Luxembourg and Michael Nätscher, Germany;
Christian Haas, Germany, and José Vieira, Portugal;
Masquespacio, Spain, and manufacturer Poggi Ugo,Italy (project curated by Valentina Guidi Ottobri);
Vito Nesta and the wallpaper design lab of San Patrignano, Italy;
Marcello Panza and the artisan Pasquale De Palma (project by Bottega Made in Cloister), Italy;
Nick Ross, Sweden, and the artisans of Dunedin Stone, Scotland;
Lachaert and Dhanis and Piet Stockmans, Belgium;
Karsten K. Krebs, Germany, and the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Germany;
Patricia Urquiola, Spain, and Bottega Ghianda, Italy;
Victoria Wilmotte, France, andGiorgio Angeli, Italy.