Such a pleasure to be involved with the 2018 Florence Art & Design Study Tour for students from PLC Sydney. October was the perfect time to be in Florence and the beautiful hilltop town of Fiesole, here are some photos!
We've just completed our Handwoven Textiles ~ Florence to Perugia 2018 tour and workshop with a wonderful group of weavers. Such a pleasure for us and so many great memories! Here are a few photos. Our 2019 workshops and tours are filling up fast, with only 1 or 2 spots left. Please contact us if you'd like to register.
We’re very pleased to announce our Scandinavian Design ~ Stockholm to Copenhagen tour for June 2019. This trip features highlights from design capitals Stockholm and Copenhagen, and select destinations in the Swedish countryside.
Our small group tour includes iconic art, craft and design destinations, showroom floor talks, a 2.5 day hands-on craft workshop, plus studio visits and guided walking tours with local designers and craftspeople. Enjoy 3 nights in beautiful Stockholm, 4 nights in the spectacular Swedish countryside and 3 nights in superb Copenhagen.
New episode of Craft in America: BORDERS premieres on PBS September 29, 2017. Here's a 1 minute preview.
BORDERS features master altar maker Ofelia Esparza, Self Help Graphics & Art, and the Day of the Dead celebration; master weaver J. Isaac Vásquez Garcia and family; weaver Jim Bassler and potter Veralee Bassler and the colorful Guelaguetza parade; and artist Kiff Slemmons and maestro Francisco Toledo at Taller Arte Papel.
We're looking forward to visiting ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO in Florence this May. Now in its 23rd year, the event brings together selected master craftspeople to showcase their work and skills in the beautiful grounds of Palazzo Corsini.
The primary objective of Artigianato e Palazzo is to provide a contemporary context for craftspeople and their work as an expression of quality and technique, while also focusing on the concept of artisan workmanship, which is by nature both 'modern' and solidly based in tradition.
The event also seeks to underscore the significance of artisans of the past whose workshops often prospered around the homes of the wealthy, the palazzo, as showcases and venues for experimentation and ongoing exchange, benefiting from a direct relationship with the public as well as tradition.
Every year organizers select approximately one hundred artisans who are the focal point of the event, most of them from Tuscany, but also many from other areas of Italy and Europe.
For more information and the complete list of artisans visit ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO
May 18 - 21, 2017
10 am to 8 pm
115 Via della Scala, Florence
Organisation in Design have released the following preview of Ventura Centrale, the latest event by Ventura Projects, opening at Centrale Station during Milan Design Week, 4 - 9 April 2017.
"A long strip of disused warehouses spreads out along both sides of the rails. Facing the Central Station, follow the pathway on the right-hand side and you will soon reach the Ventura Centrale vaults, which have undergone a massive transformation from depots into full-blown exhibition spaces. We now present you the itinerary for Ventura Centrale, giving you an overview of what to expect from this first edition.
At the first exhibition space you’ll encounter the work of Matteo Zorzenoni in collaboration with the brands MM Lampadari, Nason Moretti and Scapin. In the past, Matteo Zorzenoni has shown his liking for collaborative projects and has worked with some of the best-known designers, labels and institutions. This exhibition is composed of micro ‘sets’ of his latest projects in light, accessories and blown glass.
Turn to the next space to explore ‘PASSAGES’, a research project by the Swiss design studio Panter&Tourron. For the exhibition they have investigated heat, an energy force indispensable for living. The studio shows a series of objects treated with thermochromic ink that, once heated, create an ever-changing fluctuation of gradients and shades. They have collaborated with photographer Jagoda Wisniewska in producing pictures that represent these transitions.
As you continue to the third vault, a special collaboration appears. The rebellious label Lensvelt has teamed up with the anarchic MAARTEN BAAS, ensuring a real spectacle.
MAARTEN BAAS explains the exhibition as follows: “I like to use undiscovered locations during the Salone del Mobile. The space at Ventura Centrale is unique because it wasn't intended as an exhibition space. On top of that, it's an adventure to work with Lensvelt, a true 'rock n roll' furniture manufacturer.”
Are you starving after all you’ve seen? No worries. You have now hit Sea Food Mobile, a pop-up bar in the unconventional shape of a lifeboat, offering you mouth-watering seafood. Andrea Carletti, the initiator of Sea Food Mobile, has turned his passion for food design into various (outdoor) projects, ensuring circular economic values and recycling goals.
Once you’ve fuelled up, you can get familiar with the work of David Derksen, Sabine Marcelis, Klaas Kuiken, Daphna Laurens, Paul Heijnen and rENs. These six Dutch designers are united under the umbrella of
Baars & Bloemhoff. The exhibition ‘Transitions II’, a follow-up of the widely praised presentation at Ventura Lambrate last year, is curated by Daphna Laurens. The show will display six material-driven projects and aims to emphasise the relationships between space, products and materiality.
From colourful diversity to white uniformity – the next vault will show you the key pieces from Lee Broom’s 10-year career, transformed into a full white exhibition called ‘TIME MACHINE’. In the middle of the warehouse space a grand carousel spins around, giving the visitor a tour through the designer’s impressive legacy of work. Keeping up with the times, Lee Broom will also present a new exclusive piece in the form of a statuesque Carrara marble grandfather clock.
Chapter Seven & Eight
And if that wasn’t enough, dessert is yet to come. With not one but two vaults, the Italian company Salviati is thinking big. Making optimal use of the character of the space, the transformed vaults achieve a chapel-like atmosphere. Salviati will be presenting an impressive installation by Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham, showing glass craftsmanship.
“I'm fascinated by the depiction of humans throughout culture and history,” Luca Nichetto says. “This project with Salviati wasn’t just about coming up with a product. We had the chance to work on something that inspired us.”
FaberExposize – dress up the world
The Dutch company of FaberExposize is a specialist in large print projects that have the ability to completely transform any interior. Through printing walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and furniture FaberExposize creates a unique world immersed in gorgeous patterns by your own design. FaberExposize embraces the idea of design and is always on the look-out for new and inspiring collaborations that embellish the world. We are the proud partners of i.g. Nike, Studio Job and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam."
Bookings for our Milan Design Week April 2017 tour are closing soon!
For many, visiting Milan Design Week will be a once in a lifetime experience; it will be the first and only time they visit the world’s biggest design event. So why not make it the best it can be.
With thousands of events on offer and less than a week to see them, making the most of MDW is all about choosing the very best and forgetting the rest. If you've never visited MDW before you can waste precious time simply getting around and visiting events that may fall short of your high expectations. Visiting with someone who's been before can make all the difference, providing inside information on what to see, not to mention where to eat, shop and stay.
The week of the Salone is Milan's busiest time of the year, accommodation is highly sort after and rooms book out early. Much of the accommodation for MDW 2017 is now already booked out. Having stayed in different areas of Milan we've experienced some of the pros and cons of various areas. Here's our list of suggestions for where to stay during MDW.
1. Brera - Pros: Great cafes, bars, restaurants, design stores, good location to base yourself if you want to be in the heart of the Fuorisalone. Cons: Expensive
2. Centrale - Pros: Convenient national and international train and airport connections from beautiful Stazione Centrale, easy to access all MDW events and design districts. Plenty of hotels and traveller amenities nearby. Cons: Can lack the character on offer in other parts of central Milan.
3. Duomo - Pros: Beautiful hotels, shops and architecture in central location, close to Milan's main tourist sites and easily accessible to MDW events. Cons: Expensive and lots of tourists.
4. Saronno - Pros: Affordable, conveniently located between Malpensa airport and the centre of Milan. Away from the tourist trail, staying in Saronno can give you a taste of everyday Milanese life in the suburbs. Cons: Distance from the city centre, Saronno is a 20 minute train ride from the centre of Milan.
5. Osnago - Pros: The quiet, leafy towns and villages north of Milan on the way to Lecco and Lago Como offer a pleasant escape from the busy centre of Milan. Great value for money, more affordable than the city centre which during MDW can be astronomic. Cons: Distance from the city centre, 35 minute train ride to central Milan.
Better still, come and stay with us! Our MDW 2017 hotel rooms are already booked at a stylish hotel in central Milan.
See it for yourself, nothing beats experiencing the world's biggest design event!
Supported by the Designer Society of America
This week Dezeen released its 2016 Hot List, ranking the most newsworthy, searched-for and influential designers, architects, events and brands from the past year.
Milan Design Week ranked #1 in the Event category and #3 in the overall Hot List of 400 items. Read the Dezeen story below and checkout our Milan Design Week 2017 tour.
"Milan's design week is the biggest annual get-together in the calendar and the highest-ranking event in our Hot List. Its position at number three is testament to Milan's enduring importance to the design world and proof that no other design week comes close to matching its influence.
Interestingly "Milan Design Week" is not really a thing at all but rather a made-up umbrella term used as shorthand for all the various design-related activity that takes place in the city each April.
The biggest of these is the official Salone del Mobile furniture fair, which is located in the giant Rho Fiera fairground outside the city and runs concurrently with activities located in defined areas such as Ventura Lambrate and Brera Design District.
But for our audience these distinctions don't seem to matter – either that or they are confused about what the week is called and don't know where to go for information. This is borne out by the diversity of the search terms our readers used to find our Milan content, with people entering all kinds of different combinations of terms and spellings.
Our most popular posts about Milan this year were thematic previews and reviews that rounded up highlights from across the city, suggesting that our readers crave tips on how to navigate the vast number of exhibitions in the city, and want help deciphering what is important.
The lack of any single online resource for the week (and the generally poor websites of the big events) works to our advantage, since baffled fairgoers end up on our site. But it's also fair to say that the sheer number of stories we post about Milan – 250 this year, compared to 140 for the London Design Festival – creates a critical mass of content that generates strong Google juice, which in turns leads to lots of traffic."
Checkout our Milan Design Week 2017 tour
Applications are now open for Ventura Lambrate at Milan Design Week 4-9 April 2017. Organisation in Design presents the 8th edition of Ventura Lambrate, the district of Fuorisalone during the Salone del Mobile where anything is possible.
Ventura Lambrate invites all designers, design studios, brands, academies, design schools and institutions to apply. This international call goes out to those who have valuable creative projects in mind. If you'd like to know more about Ventura Lambrate and how to apply, visit Ventura Projects.
The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016.
“There is no denying that this is a unique event that captures the true spirit of creativity. A diverse mix of up-and-coming designers from around the world, leading design schools and established names all coming together for the same cause - the ultimate celebration of design”. Yellow Trace
To celebrate the release of our 2017 Handwoven Textiles workshops and tours, we’re giving away a stunning silk and cashmere cotton blend scarf handwoven and handknotted by master weavers Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a mano Giuditta Brozzetti of Perugia, Italy.
Enter on both for two chances to win!
Entries close 30th November, winner announced 1st December 2016.