Video 21 Made In Florence

ARTEMEST partners with OMA the 'Osservatorio dei Mestieri D'Arte' of Florence for a special project: Video 21 Made In Florence. Twenty-one videos, each telling the story of expert Florence based artisans. Enter the magic workshops of Florentine silversmiths, wood carvers, ceramists, bookbinders and more to discover their stories and their one of a kind handmade décor pieces. Discover all the 21 Videos Made In Florence by ARTEMEST in partnership with OMA....​

​Cornici Maselli. In 1955, Paolo Maselli opened his first shop of antique prints and handcrafted frames in Florence. His son Gabriele studied gilding and frame restoration at the Institute for Arts and Restoration Palazzo Spinelli and in 1979 took over the business. After 60 years, Bottega d’Arte Maselli still guarantees impeccable quality and meticulous attention to detail for all its handcrafted creations, that are decorated using centuries-old techniques such as gilding “a guazzo”, silver plating, and color finishing.

Discover more on ​Cornici Maselli Online Shop.

​Franco Lapini. In 1963 Franco Lapini founded his namesake brand in Florence after studying at the Istituto D’Arte Internazionale in his hometown. After working as an apprentice in several workshops, he started his own collections, producing magnificent silver-plated objects inspired by the sumptuousness of Renaissance banquets. These trays, centerpieces, bowls, and candleholders enrich the table of exquisite homes, luxury hotels, and restaurants around the world.

Discover more on ​Franco Lapini Online Shop.

​Sbigoli Terrecotte. Sbigoli Terrecotte was founded in 1857 by the Sbigoli family in the district of Sant'Ambrogio, in Florence, where their workshop was known for its expertise and high quality products, specializing in the production of tableware and furniture. In the 1920’s they moved to the area of Sant’Egidio, where the workshop is today. Still operating according to the traditional Tuscan craftsmanship of Majolica, all pieces bear a Florentine style and a one-of-a-kind flair making them irreplaceable works of art.

Discover more on ​Sbigoli Terrecotte Online Shop.

​Baldi Firenze 1867. Paolo Consani Baldi’s grandfather, Vincenzo, was a famous sculptor. His neo-classical statues are displayed in prestigious locations such as the Uffizi Museum. Anna Ponziani Baldi came from a family of restorers with a deep knowledge of artisanal work. The unique patrimony of these two families merged in the company that Paolo founded: Baldi Firenze. Now Luca and Francesca Baldi, along with their sons, continue the family tradition of executing works of art with the greatest respect for the ancient techniques their families have carried over with each generation.

Discover more on​ Baldi Firenze 1867 Online Shop.

​Bitossi Ceramiche. Since 1871 the Bitossi family has manufactured ceramics in Montelupo Fiorentino, where ceramicists have thrived since the 16th century. The brand was established in 1921 and in the ‘50s Aldo Londi’s artistic direction started a successful collaboration with architect Ettore Sottsass and began a series of relationships with important designers who, attracted by the value of this historic brand, keep creating unique, handmade collections. This extraordinary heritage is now being rediscovered and developed under the direction of fourth-generation family member, Cinzia Bitossi.

Discover more on ​Bitossi Ceramiche Online Shop.

​Paolo Staccioli. Born in Scandicci, near Florence, Paolo Staccioli began his career as an artist in the 1970s, starting out as a painter. In the early 1990s, the need to experiment with a new artistic vocabulary encouraged him to move to Faenza, in the workshop of a local ceramist and potter. Having fully mastered the technique, Staccioli set up his own workshop in Scandicci, where he continued to experiment with the use of fire and copper oxides. Through the years, he has taken part in awards and exhibitions that have won him a place of prestige in the field of contemporary art.

Discover ​Paolo Staccioli Online Shop.

​Mangani 1858. Since the 19th century, in Florence, the Mangani family has been sculpting and passing down their knowledge from father to son. In 1958, Alfiero Mangani opened a workshop where he restored porcelain, along with his sons. The small workshop attracted the interest of Tiffany, whose buyers noticed the exquisite quality of a porcelain demi-cup made by Ivan. They started a collaboration that lasted decades and lead to the creation of superb objects and lamps. Now, the new generation continues the family tradition of creating unique pieces of timeless allure and great quality.

Discover more on​ Mangani 1858 Online Shop.

​Coltellerie Berti. David Berti started this artisanal company in 1895 and since then, with no interruptions, four generations have continued producing knives, passing down their artisanal methods from father to son. According to the family tradition, each piece is completed by the same hands that started it, so that each knife is entirely made by hand by one artisan. This unique technique, along with a careful choice of the finest materials and the rigorous tests every object undergoes, makes these knives real masterpieces of excellent quality and exquisite design. 

Discover more on ​Coltellerie Berti Online Shop.

Casa Della Cornice. ​Established in Florence, Casa della Cornice creates exquisite frames by mixing old Florentine manufacturing traditions with constant research and pursuit of innovation. Marco and Giovanni Pelacani are the second and third generation of a family that started this business in 1969 and since then has refined its expertise in woodcarving and in gilding objects using the centuries-old method of gouache. Casa della Cornice’s two workshops in Florence craft magical objects that are timeless and sophisticated.

Discover more on ​Casa Della Cornice Online Shop.

​Marioni. Founded in 1966, Paolo Marioni’s eponymous company is an important furniture maker that has achieved local and international success, but is characterized by a family approach and commitment to traditional Florentine craftsmanship, a tradition dating back to the late Middle Ages. Marioni's furniture, upholstery, lighting fixtures and home accessories creates an atmosphere where Hollywood glamour meets European sophistry and charm, drawing together the most luxurious materials, including ebony, rosewood, parchment, fine leather, marble.

Discover more on ​Marioni Online Shop.

​Il Papiro. Francesco Giannini and Gianni Parenti created the company Il Papiro in Florence in 1976, inspired by their passion for the tradition of decorated paper of their native city and the ancient techniques used to produce it. The high quality of the materials and the excellent manufacturing of each piece makes Il Papiro successful around the world. Using hand marbling, lithography, letterpress, and hand engraving, these artisans create exquisite objects to pass down for generations.

Discover more on ​Il Papiro Online Page.

​Argentiere Pagliai. Pagliai is a Florentine family bottega now in its third generation. This historic silversmith workshop has in fact been open since the 1950s, when it was founded by Orlando Pagliai in the basement of a famous convent. Later, the atelier moved to the current location in the Oltrarno, where many other historical silversmiths work. The perfection of Pagliai's production has earned international recognition since the 1960s, when Tiffany & Co. commissioned Orlando Pagliai the production of different silver pieces, some of which are still reproduced and are on offer here.

Discover more on​ Argentiere Pagliai Online Shop.

Scuola del Cuoio. Scuola del Cuoio was founded in Florence by the Gori and Casini families, leather artisans since the 1930s. Today, Scuola del Cuoio is the largest laboratory in the city where clients can witness the artisans create leather goods following centuries-old traditions. The vision of the school lives on through Marcello Gori’s daughters, Laura, Francesca and Barbara, and grandchildren Tommaso, Filippo and Beatrice. The Gori family continues to be committed to the great tradition of quality products that has allowed Scuola del Cuoio to establish a refined clientele worldwide.

Discover more on ​Scuola Del Cuoio Online Shop.

​Pampaloni. Over a hundred years ago, in 1902, grandfather Pampaloni founded a workshop that would become one of the most prestigious silver factories in Florence, just a short walk from Palazzo Vecchio. Their difficult labor still achieves impressive results, thanks to innovative design and traditional techniques coupled with the skilled hands of Gianfranco and Francesco Pampaloni and their busy machines. Like their ancestors, they respect machines, maintaining that "handmade" is not better per se. Artisans achieve their best when coupling their skilled hands with the aid of machines.

Discover more on ​Pampaloni Online Shop.

​AtelierGK Firenze. Lapo Giannini and Michiko Kuwata began L'Atelier GK Firenze in 2010, integrating six generations of history and over twenty years of experience in the fields of restoration, bookbinding and the crafting of novelty Items. Traditional Florentine techniques and Japanese spiritual simplicity merge with the highest quality materials and equipment, with the goal of producing and restoring functional luxury home decor items, operating on their philosophy, "Innovation, without neglecting the past."

Discover more on​ AtelierGK Firenze Online Shop.

AquaFlor. Aquaflor Florence is a perfume shop with old world charm dedicated to the craftsmanship of perfumes, all of which are carefully made with the use of natural and raw materials and are rare and personalized through the choice of the fragrance or "smell" to which each of us is intimately linked, as well as organic soaps, creams for face care and body care, herbal baths and bath salts. The Boutique is located in Florence, just a few steps away from the Basilica of Santa Croce, in the Serristori Corsini Antinori Palace.

​Fratelli Lisi. Established after the end of WW II, Fratelli Lisi is a family-owned silversmith workshop in Florence. Lisi artistic silver pieces are defined in particular by their realistic quality as well as a flair for nature and wild life, although usually retaining also a functional value. Fratelli Lisi's handmade silverware is a repeated playful exercise of exceptional true-to-life detailing. This attitude derives from the origins of the workshop: in a time of need and mass production, the Lisi brothers were among the first to develop unique objects and techniques.

Discover more on ​Fratelli Lisi Online Shop.

Leone Cornici. Founded by Massimiliano Sernissi (called Leone) with daughters Simona and Valentina, Leone is one of the most important restoration workshops in Florence, frequented by collectors, antique dealers and museums. Leone specializes also in making frames and mirrors that are entirely hand crafted using techniques known since the 14th century and gilded with a gouache finish in pure gold. The most important museums in the world, among which the MET in New York, the Uffizi in Florence and the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, display art framed in pieces made or restored by Leone.

Discover more on ​Leone Cornici Online Page.

​Tessilarte. Founded by Vittoria Camerino Martinetti, Tessilarte creates beautiful handcrafted textile pieces in precious linen since 1947. Today the creative direction is managaed by Paola Martinetti Graziano that designs and produces refined textiles characterized by a classic design inspired by the renaissance with a contemporary twist. Tessilarte gives the chance to its customers to experiment with colors and customize sizes making every piece truly unique.

Foglia Firenze. Founded in Florence in 1935 by Carlo Foglia, skillful engraver and wax carver; since then two generations followed by working to make the business a true statement thanks to high quality silver home décor and jewelry pieces. The traditional and masterly expertise mixed with innovation and original designs is what makes Foglia Firenze works appreciated worldwide.

​Mariotti.  Located in the Santo Spirito neighborhood in Florence, famous area for craftsmanship and arts, after more than 50 years from its opening Mariotti Lampadari continues its traditional production of rigorously handcrafted chandeliers, appliqués and table lights. The works are defined by the expert use of leaf gilding and gold bath techniques, silvering, lacquer and Czechoslovakian crystals to beautifully adorn each piece.

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