Designers including India Mahdavi, Nathalie du Pasquier and Ini Archibong have worked with Italian master artisans to create a range of unique objects, including totem-like vases and contemporary Venetian masks.
Thirteen international designers were invited to participate in Doppia Firma – meaning Double Signature in Italian – which is a Milan design week exhibition that pairs contemporary designers with master artisans from Venice and the Veneto region.
The results were presented during Milan design week in an exhibition at Villa Mozart, a 1930s building that is usually inaccessible to the public.
Now in its third edition, the project was conceived by the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art, developed with interiors magazine Living, and presented by The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship.
This year's show featured a wide spectrum of Venetian crafts, in glass, ceramics, porcelain, marble, gold leaf, wood, lace, brocade, silver, silkscreen printing and spinning.
Pepa Reverter created a totem pole made up of colourful vases"The project offers master artisans the possibility to explore new realms of expression, while designers have the opportunity to interact with new techniques, materials and practices," said the organisers in a statement.
Each object on display is accompanied by photos and videos illustrating each step of the process, underlining the contribution of both its creators.
These knitted textiles by Ini Archibong are designed to represent the fabric of space and the experience of a dream.