Homo Faber 2018 – Honoring Craftsmanship: You know that Homo Faber will take place from 14-30 September 2018 in Venice, Italy! Today, Maison Valentina will tell you what type of Craftsmanship Arts you’ll be able to see at this prestigious event! That’s right, this September visitors to Homo Faber will be able to witness some of the incredible skills and techniques mastered by artisans working in the European luxury sector and presented in the exhibit Discovery and Rediscovery.
As you know, the word of luxury conjures money and status, but the original concept of luxury has a deeper meaning. Beneath the beauty of their outward appearance, luxury products can embody the values, culture and time-honoured skills of the master artisans who create them by hand, and Europe has long been a center of excellence for luxury products!
The Discovery and Rediscovery Exhibition will showcase 20 very special artisanal techniques inspired by the list of métiers d’art outlined by the French Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA). Each technique will be demonstrated by an artisan from a European luxury house whose history and ethos is closely linked to the skill on view.
Visitors will be able to interact with master artisans from each of the maisons as they work on site, making beautiful items that require skills such as crystal engraving, gem sculpting, hand weaving, Lunéville embroidery or bookbinding.
Visitors will leave with a real appreciation of the care, mastery of technique, respect for materials, passion for process and sheer man hours that go into finished products of the highest quality.
The métiers d’art, the participating luxury houses and the specific techniques they will demonstrate at the Discovery and Rediscovery Exhibition are as follows:
Bookbinding: Smythson (UK)
Crystal engraving: J. & L. Lobmeyr (Austria)
Cutlery making: Lorenzi Milano (Italy)
Embroidering (linen): Embroiderers from Madeira (Portugal)
Embroidering: Lesage (France)
Enamelling (grisaille enamel): Vacheron Constantin (Switzerland)
Eyewear making (bespoke spectacles): Bonnet (France)
Fabric weaving (silk): Antico Setificio Fiorentino (Italy)
Fan making: Duvelleroy (France)
Gemstone cutting (the ‘the Mystery Set™’): Van Cleef & Arpels (France)
Gemstone sculpting (glyptic art): Cartier (France)
Glassworking (decorating techniques): Venini (Italy)
Gold nib crafting: Montblanc (Germany)
Leather working: Dunhill (UK)
Perfume creating: Aquaflor (Italy)
Porcelain painting: Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Germany)
Saddle making: Hermès (France)
Shoemaking (Velatura on leather): Santoni (Italy)
Tapestry weaving (Aubusson tapestries): Robert Four (France)
Watchmaking: Jaeger-LeCoultre (Switzerland)