Every year, in May, the beautiful seventeenth-century garden of Palazzo Corsini opens its doors to the exhibition Crafts and Palace, the event dedicated to the noble Tuscan artisan art but not only, now in its XXV edition.
For four days, visitors can admire and purchase original hand-made objects - including jewelry, perfumes, accessories, clothes, sculptures and lamps - the fruit of the inventiveness and skill of a hundred highly selected craftsmen of excellence. occasion.
The protagonists of the exhibition are jewelers, decorators, potters, leather workers, carpenters, creators of essences and soaps that, in addition to exhibiting their refined and colorful manufactured goods, often also illustrate the specifications used to make them.
Here, then, looking around the stands, you happen to find yourself admiring a goldsmith intent on forging a metal or a ceramist who is about to shape his creation. A great 'open air laboratory' which allows you to get in touch with a fascinating work, and perhaps little known today, which only thanks to the skill of the craftsman is able to transform the bare material into a work of art, unique and unrepeatable.
Not only furniture and furnishings, because 'craftsmanship' is also the production of high quality soaps and cosmetics, which always uses 100% natural and organic ingredients.
“In addition to our very fragrant biosaponi, handcrafted with the method of cold saponification, among the various products we present today I am pleased to remember the line for children, enriched with organic chamomile and calendula extracts, ideal for children with delicate skin ", he tells us Valentina Tocci, Owner of Soap Workshop of Prato.
Among the numerous furnishing objects, some natural wood lamps that look like real aerial sculptures and vaguely recall Leonardo da Vinci's models catch the attention.
"We create Platonic, Archimedean, Kepler-Poinsot solids and more or less complex geometric shapes to make lamps pendant or wall lamps but also floor lamps. Platonic solids for us are figures that seem to come directly from the very form of matter. Perfect for creating design objects. Someone also asks us to use them as sculptures or as a base for a glass table ”, he explains Michelangelo Ricci, owner of the Florentine artisan laboratory Fulcrum.
The creation of jewels and costume jewelery has always been one of the most creative and sought after craft sectors. Walking through the picturesque Italian garden of Palazzo Corsini, we come across a stand of truly special jewels, all inspired by nature, and more precisely by the world of botany.
“I specialized in 'botanical jewels' - she tells us Anna della Torre, creator of the Anna Della Torre Jewels - all my jewels are made of ceramic and papier-mâché and have the particularity of referring to the world of botany, so they have the shape of artichokes, tomatoes, blackberries, lemons and many others. An idea that came to my mind while walking through the woods, collecting various natural finds. It is a very long work process because each element is created by hand, emptied inside and then reassembled. In fact, my jewels are very light ".
Scattered here and there, hanging in plain sight from some trees in the garden, we find some very original forged chandeliers, a vintage and colorful reinterpretation of ancient lamps which, overall, create a truly surprising scenographic effect.
“This year, for the first time, we have shifted our production to somewhat special chandeliers, designed to set up the exteriors, to be inserted in the green of the gardens, perfect for special occasions. - he explains Raffaello Nebbiai, holder of AzimuT Chandeliers Florence - They are assembled by us with vintage material from the 50s-60s, for example with opalines that are nowhere to be found, really fascinating. And then they have interesting colors and shapes, they look good in the trees and with a little breeze they also produce a nice sound. "
Leather craftsmanship has always been a source of pride for Tuscany and Florentine excellence is not lacking in this important market exhibition.
“This year we celebrate thirty years of business with our family shop - he is keen to point out Mirko Fanara di Bussetto Florence - We make purses, cigar cases but also business card holders, pocket or desk pen holders, eyeglass cases and leather boxes. We work mainly with the Florentine leatherette technique which allows us not to use the seams on our products, we model the vegetable tanned leather, always Tuscan, after having wet it, on the wooden shapes. This allows us to obtain rounded, three-dimensional shapes, very different from those of classic leather goods which are usually two-dimensional ".
The handmade dress, when made with flair and passion for fashion, is to be considered a real diamond point in the industry, especially if the refined Italian taste marries fine fabrics and all natural.
"I design the dress from start to finish and take care of everything, from the sketch, to the paper pattern to the choice of fabrics - he tells us Elke Veronika Bologni, Owner of Veronika K - for the more constructed clothes we have a pack with five people Our workforce is all made in Italy because we care about our craftsmanship which for us is the best in the world. Our fabrics are all natural, we do not use synthetic fibers, except a 2% only for stretch percale cottons. We mainly use cotton, sangallo, linen, plumetis, silk and in winter also chachemire. Our dresses have the characteristic of being soft but very feminine ".
The event was born in the 1995, from an idea of Neri Torrigiani and promoted by the princess Giorgiana Corsini, mainly to re-evaluate and re-frame the figure of the artisan and his work today, considering it a high expression of quality and technique, linked to the client, but insisting on the idea of a handicraft by its nature "modern", with no this forget the fundamental element of tradition.
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