Doppia Firma for London Craft Week

Taking place last week across London, London Craft Week was a great excuse for The Michelangelo Foundation to presents Doppia Firma at The Hospital Club. The showcase brought together 15 artworks that were created by a collaboration of renowned European designers with some of Italy’s best craftspeople and artisans.

Cristina box

Cristina Celestino, an Italian designer and winner of the special jury prize at Salone del Mobile 2016, and Massimo Borgna, transformed mirrors into sculptural lamps that sparkle with magic. When the ‘Little Prince’ lamps are switched off, the  polychrome mirror facets show another universe made of geometries, and alternative galaxies: when switched on they reveal a texture of small patterns through which the light filters.

Raw edges

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, from the British design studio Raw-Edges and Milan-based artisan Carlo Apollo to create the wooden tray ‘You can have your cake and eat it.’ Using Apollo’s knowledge derived from a 40-year long career, the trio explored the traditional techniques of wooden inlay and marquetry, practices which the areas around Milan are famous. A mirror creates a repetitive pattern of the colourful wooden tray and appears to duplicate the cake, as if it had never been eaten.


French graphic designer Pierre Marie, met Leonardo Scarpelli, a master artisan of commesso fiorentino – a Florentine art of stone marquetry that dates back to the Renaissance and is only practised by a handful of artisans today. The technique is so refined that it can be described as painting with stone. Their tray ‘Nascita di una stella’ shows the designer’s unique style of forms and shapes that appear to be three-dimensional.

To find out more about the exhibition and any future exhibitions from the Michelangelo Foundation, click here.

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