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".
Functionality and wisdom are two of the most evident qualities in Giordano Viganò’s precious objects. Unique master in the art of woodwork, not only does he execute it to perfection, over the years he has also grown to interpret every project in the most perfect way.
In his workshop in Novedrate, in the Brianza region, a place known the world over for its excellence in furniture design, Giordano Viganò is able to create his own perfect prototypes designed by famous architects and designers: Kuramata’s chests of drawers for Cappellini ― still in production ― are just one example of the master’s versatility, who lends his art and profession at the disposal of names such as Sawaya and Moroni, Giorgetti, Studio Vitruvio, Porro, Promemoria and architects as Carlo Rampazzi, Peter Marino. No project is too challenging for Viganò: “not only does he know the grammar of furniture: incision, turning, inlaying, veneering, gilding, lacquering, painting, polishing…“, but also its syntax - that is to say, “project, function, symbolic character, personalization, stylistic individuality, cultural dimension of the object”, says Enrico Marelli.
No project is too challenging for Viganò: “not only does he know the grammar of furniture: incision, turning, inlaying, veneering, gilding, lacquering, painting, polishing…
Intelligent, able, wise hands, which are still seeking new challenges and new projects to develop with design companies of course, but also luxury brands.
When visiting the workshop in Mariano Comense, the scent of wood and the carpenters’ ancient gestures reveal not only a technically advanced, but also a stylistically open vision, one on a par with the highest contemporary design, though never forgetting the essence of the beauty in this precious material. In the "La sapienza delle mani" collection, which is a result of a personal journey, Giordano Viganò contributes to innovating the use of wood by combining it with glass, metal, silver, bone, but also galuchat, different woods, gold leaf.
The small, extremely precious objects created by Viganò embody the poeticness of a masterpiece: portable ebony and galuchat chess sets, wood and precious leather pochettes, superiorly elegant wood and leather desk sets with bone finish. His large palm wood tables are also marvellous, as are the special creations where his craftsmanship never stops pushing limits.
Viganò is a true interpreter. He is always looking for novelty, always finds motivating sensations, and it is in his collaborations with young people, designers, architects, that his enthusiasm is best expressed.
Working on a prototype with Giordano Viganò should be a fundamental didactic and professional experience for each young designer because, as Marelli reminds us, Giordano Viganò is the embodiment of the craftsman’s new role “with a specific professional quality recognized by today’s society and by the current, active culture”. Intelligent, able, wise hands, which are still seeking new challenges and new projects to develop with design companies of course, but also luxury brands, young creators and anyone who has a solid project to be translated into a meaningful piece of work.