If it is true that the dialogue between artisans and designers – two precious interlocutors to create new future perspectives – is living a significant transformation, it is necessary for this partnership to open up to the market through design galleries. Collecting is a natural solution for limited editions and one-off produced by craftsmen. Therefore, the project Piemonte Handmade 2016 involves designers, Piedmont’s artisans and galleries committed in the realization of objects to be introduced within the world of design to collect.

The initiative was financed by the Development and Cohesion Fund 2007-2013.
The following texts by Annalisa Rosso – curator of Operæ 2016 – are extracts of the exhibition catalogue.

Baracche

Gallery: Camp Design Gallery
Designer: Paolo Gonzato
Artisan: Vetreria Cristal King


“We started from an idea, and we arrived somewhere else”, say the gallerists Beatrice Biancoe Valentina Lucio. The artist Paolo Gonzato challenged himself for the first time with glass,
and the experimentation process carried on with Vetreria Cristal King proved to be successful not only in solving problems, but also in the production of a series of brand new objects. The ordinary technique brought to the limits and reshaped in function of a common goal.

Baracche
Baracche

Rift

Gallery: Ferrero 1947
Designer: Luca Montrucchio
Artisan: Silvia Mattalia


The designer Luca Montrucchio and the artisan Silvia Mattalia chose to move into a direction that is completely different from the traditional use of chalk, developing the project around the theme Rift, with the double significance of innovation and loyalty to the very nature of the material. Their research developed a mix of powders that can create a monitored break, enhanced by blue hints and by the big dimensions of the objects, fitted out with a particular final opacity.

Rift
Rift

Insideout

Gallery: Galleria Luisa Delle Piane
Designer: Giorgia Zanellato
Artisan: La Bottega dell'Ebanista


How did the Flamingo end up there? True to her clear sign, Giorgia Zanellato chose to challenge herself with a geometric design, made from different wood inserts, colored corian and copper. A hexagonal volume with the hidden function of a desk, complete with chair, drawers and storage shutter concealed inside it. At its opening, each element reveals a part of the big stuck bird, an amused homage at the carefull inlay of La bottega Ebanista.

Insideout
Insideout

Meta

Gallery: Galleria Salvatore Lanteri
Designer: Odd Matter
Artisan: Desirò Roberto


Rima’s artificial marble is realized with an antic technique allowing hyper-realistic creations. Such is the case of the project Meta that puts together two stones perfectly reproduced in a combination that could not exist in nature. The encounter between the artisan Simone Desirò and the designers Odd Matter generated a virtuous short-circuit. 
The produced object is a founding element. A column, a monolith, “prefiguring and representing a symbolic future” explains the gallerist Salvatore Lanteri.

Meta
Meta

Risaie

Gallery: Galleria Von Hessenbeck
Designer: Josefina Muñoz
Artisan: Maglificio Franca


The designer Josefina Muñoz found the inspiration for the project Risaie – Paddy Fields – in Maglificio Franca’s surroundings. A collection of tapestries and privacy screens that recalls the harmony in the fields’ colors, flooded by the same water used by artisans in the cashmere production. The fabrics chosen for these collectible pieces express the symbolic strength of a very particular material highlighted, besides that for its proprieties, by the use of different techniques.

Risaie
Risaie

Valsusa

Gallery: Gallery S.Bensimon
Designer: Pool
Artisan: Druetta Antonello


The project Valsusa – Susa Valley - shows, through the tapestry tradition, the existing link between Piedmont and France. An armchair in blue velvet, chosen for its pleasantness, with an arm working as a table in hide and oak. The distinctive sign of the Parisian design studio Pool, together with the expertise of the artisan Antonello Druetta, led to the realization of an ultra-contemporary piece: a cozy and functional composition of geometric volumes.

Valsusa
Valsusa

Miroir #5

Gallery: Great Design Gallery
Designer: Antoine Espinasseau
Artisan: Laboratorio Orafo Alessandra Moneta


In the best goldsmith tradition balance is a fundamental element. In the same way, in the diptych Miroir # 5, the game of balances between the handmade brass frames and the photos generate an extremely interesting project, where aesthetics and functionality coexist and balance out. The research developed in the artisan studio referred to manufacturing techniques used by jewelers, applying them to an original refined object.

Miroir #5
Miroir #5

Petrografico

Gallery: Nero Design
Designer: Duccio Maria Gambi
Artisan: Italpietre


Duccio Maria Gambi, who usually works with concrete – the architectural material par excellence – like if it was liquid rock to solidify into the desired shape, faced the Lucerna’s Stone with the enthusiasm of discovery. “An incredibly interesting face to face for the artisan and the designer”, highlights the gallerist Michele Seppia. Petrografico – Petrographic – is a project-system taking into account the nature of materials, playing with the sour rifts in comparison with colored elements and shined parts.

Petrografico
Petrografico

Oblio

Gallery: Secondome
Designer: Gio Tirotto
Artisan: Vibel Group


A metaphoric objects that hides its real nature. A suspended mirror, acting on the room perspective by reflecting details of the surrounding space. At the same time an orientable lamp, reveals itself only if needed. Gio Tirotto founds his inspiration in Vibel Group’s studio. “The dialogue with the artisan worked”, says gallerist Claudia Pignatale. To realize Narciso they used harmonic steel and mirrors for uninterrupted facades.

Oblio
Oblio

Leatherscape

Gallery: Swing Design Gallery
Designer: Lucia Massari
Artisan: L'Orientale 2


A small architecture, able to interact with the environment around it. For Leatherscape, Lucia Massari decided not to use leather as a covering or decorative element. Following an intense experimentation carried on by both the designer and the artisan, the material became structure, essence of the product itself. The inspiration came by the artisanal techniques: leather stitching are greatly enhanced in the geometric panels that compose the privacy screen.

Leatherscape
Leatherscape