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Visionnaire partners with Michelangelo Foundation for project ‘Homo Faber’
Callia floor lamp and Pavone armchair by Visionnaire
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Visionnaire partners with Michelangelo Foundation for project ‘Homo Faber’

The Italian brand makes a captivating contribution to the project, showcasing its allegiance to the nation’s artistic history.

by Visionnaire
Published on : Apr 12, 2022

Italian luxury interior design brand Visionnaire has made a special addition to its list of international collaborations, with Switzerland based Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an extension of the ambitious project of Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni to re-establish strong connections with the design world by enhancing and sustaining art. The Homo Faber event, an offshoot of the foundation’s mission, following a successful initiation, returns to Venice to get its second edition rolling, which will be open to visitors from 10th of April to 1st of May, 2022. The project this year has 15 exhibitions with 22 international curators, all with a shared love and dedication for arts and crafts. The event will unfurl in the Italy based Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and will provide the visitors with an opportunity to marvel at the architectural complex of the Giorgio Cini Foundation and explore the island. “Visionnaire’s participation in Homo Faber marks an important milestone for the brand that for years has focused its attention to international events related to the world of art and culture,” says Eleonore Cavalli, Art Director of Visionnaire.

Four products by Visionnaire: the Pavone armchairs, designed by Marc Ange for “The Garden of Beauty” installation project and the Donovan Roll sofa, designed by La Conca, chosen by Tapiwa Matsinde - curator of the “The Artisan: a crafted tea room” exhibition, will be instrumental in creating a setting that rekindles the relationship between art and our everyday lives. Matsinde envisioned it to be “a space where natural and healthy nutrition provides nourishment to the body, while beauty of craftsmanship and design provides nourishment to the soul.” Presented inside an artisanal tea room, the setting aims to provide memorable experiences to users via gestures as mundane as sitting down, relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea.

‘The Artisan: a crafted tea room’ guides the public through a rather forgetful set of actions, coercing them at every step, to acknowledge the skill, time, care and attention to detail that was needed to create the art they are surrounded by. “The brand has tailoring in its DNA gained by extensively sourcing materials and processing techniques, almost an ‘obsession’ of attention to detail and the ability to create unique yet reproducible objects. It makes us proud that we were selected by the curator herself Tapiwa Matsinde allowing us to take part in this heartfelt project made up of ‘maker men’ and ‘knowhow’, ” points out Eleonore.

Visionnaire has also set up the Sala del Soffitto, the Foundation’s VIP lounge, which displays two ranges by the brand: the Babylon Rack by Alessandro La Spada - a project conceived as a work of modular mini-architecture tending to an array of functions for study, work and relaxation - and the Arkady dining room, a work of art by the same designer.

With this collaboration, Visionnaire and Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship express their aligned vision and love for one’s territory and history of craftsmanship savoir-faire and allow the visitors to embark on an unforgettable journey through their art.

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