Big event dedicated to artistic crafts at Fondazione Cini: great masters pay their tribute to the traditions of fine craftsmanship and its relationship with design and fashion

HomoFaber 2018 Venice ©CiniFoundation

From today to 30 September 2018, the over 4,000 sq m of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore will be hosting Homo Faber #HomoFaber2018, the largest exhibition/event dedicated to European craftsmanship. From fashion to writing, from woodcarving to the restoration of sailing boats, to the creation of special papers, Homo Faber showcases the most representative traditional crafts related to luxury to express the industry’s respect for master craftsmen and their importance.

The ruby set in the nib of a Mont Blanc fountain pen ©Mont Blanc

Expertise, passion and talent unveil the human side of luxury objects, considered as bearers of values, culture and the ancient know-how of those who created them with their own hands. Twenty artisanal techniques are illustrated by  masters who reveal how the iconic products of the most renowned fashion houses or exclusive brands are born.

Mannequin for a finger purse ©Judith Clark- Rosie Taylor Davies

The 16 exhibition spaces have been curated by 16 leading figures in the design field, including Michele De Lucchi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, who have chosen galleries, cloisters, libraries and the Gandini swimming pool, usually closed to the general public.

Peter Bellerby Globemaster [Courtesy of Julian Love]

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Triennale Design Museum are the valuable partners that collaborated in the organization of the exhibition presented by Swiss Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship dedicated to the preservation of artistic crafts, strengthening their relationship with design. [Text Giulia Bruno]

Admission to the largest exhibition organized at Fondazione Cini is free upon registration on, every day from 14 to 30 September 2018.