During the Milan Design Week, fine craftsmanship and creativity will be on show once again in the magnificent halls of Palazzo Litta, the historical venue of the Regional Secretariat of the Italian Ministry of Culture. Thanks to its ongoing partnership with Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte, Palazzo Litta has become one of the most important places where the culture of craftsmanship and design meet, thanks to a rich program of seminars, lectures, events and exhibitions open to the public.
Fondazione Cologni will present its acclaimed programme "Arts & Crafts & Design at Palazzo Litta" as part of Milan Design Week 2023. From 18 to 23 April, in the Ducal apartment on the first floor, Michelangelo Foundation, Fondazione Cologni and Living Corriere della Sera will present the seventh edition of "Doppia Firma", in which 24 couples of artisans and designers from all over the world express the value of their creative dialogues, focusing on the fascinating concept of "playful".
Two of the couples are featured in the "Artijanus / Artijanas" programme, developed under the curatorship of Triennale Milano. Other four exhibitions will explore the dialogue between craft skills and design in the prestigious spaces of Palazzo Litta: Gianluca Pacchioni, artist and master artisan, will display his talent in the Richini courtyard with Time, a site-specific sculpture based on the theme of time that enhances the colours of a magnificent natural stone; in the Esedra hall, designer Sara Ricciardi presents La Grande Bellezza, by Starhotels, a project promoted by Starhotels which supports fine Italian craftsmanship in collaboration with Fondazione Cologni, OMA and Gruppo Editoriale; Bonacina 1889 will showcase its new collection Francis Sultana X Bonacina, pieces in woven natural fibres created in collaboration with the London-based designer and decorator Francis Sultana, in the halls adjacent to the gallery on the first floor; also on the first floor, Creative Academy, Richemont Group's international design school, will present Zodiac, a tribute to "constellations" curated by Eligo Studio, resulting from the collaboration between the 20 students and Lodi-based master ceramicist Tonino Negri, with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24
Open to the public from Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 April, 10:00 – 19:00