Last March 31, 2022, the deadline for submitting nominations for the second edition of the La Grande Bellezza Award, promoted by Starhotels, expired.

While waiting to submit the shortlist of candidates for the coveted award to the vote of the authoritative jury, made up of excellent names and accredited personalities in the sector, we can already confirm the great success in terms of applications. The applications accepted for the 2022 edition have been 164, with a significant increase compared to the first edition, already very popular. The artisans, designers and creatives have proposed works of artistic craftsmanship from every region of Italy, an expression of great know-how linked to tradition but able to open up to the contemporary. On the theme "The Beauty of Nature", the artisans expressed themselves through high quality artifacts, made with the most varied materials. Many historical ateliers have enrolled and, compared to the first edition, the collaboration between designers and artisans stands out. Numerous materials were used: terracotta, ceramics and porcelain remain among the first positions for the realization of decorative and furnishing objects that can be well combined with the hospitality sector; but also fabric, metals, plaster and scagliola, glass and plastic materials are well represented.

Among the techniques offered are mosaic, Venetian needle lace, embroidery, marquetry, lost wax casting and much more. Paper pays homage to the theme of sustainability by offering variations on the most traditional workmanship with unexpected combinations of different materials. There is a wide range of nature-themed objects for home decor, with pieces for the table, vases, screens, lamps, armchairs, tapestries... All the works presented express well, often in a very personal and original way, the chosen theme and represent an extraordinary map of Italian know-how, the authentic character of our made in Italy so appreciated in the world and fortunately supported by this initiative of patronage wanted by the Starhotels group, which will reward the first prize with a sum of money of € 10,000 and a series of promotional initiatives: exhibitions, articles, communication actions, acquisitions of works. The Award is part of the wider project "La Grande Bellezza", promoted by Starhotels with its partners Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte, OMA - Osservatorio dei Mestieri d'Arte and Gruppo Editoriale, to support our great national heritage of know-how and design culture.