The noble beauty of crafts

Made by hand often means made better, and home decoration gains value from just that conviction

The MDV Collection by cc-tapis, Design Marco de Vincenzo - Photo © Gaia Bonanomi
The MDV Collection by cc-tapis, Design Marco de Vincenzo - Photo © Gaia Bonanomi

These objects tell a story, that of a territory and of the hands that made these things, the people – designers or craftsmen – who with their expertise and effort create products that are true works of art, unique, each one different from the others.

Craftsmanship often joins forces with innovation to achieve a perfect mix, as in the case of the MDV Collection, a series of carpets that brings together the colorful-metallic world of Marco de Vincenzo and fine weaving. Together with Marco de Vincenzo, cc-tapis has decided to meet the challenge of translating iconic lurex fabrics into rugs. Lurex is a material very seldom utilized in this field, extraneous to the traditional world of Indian weaving. The experimentation has led to a new collection that reflects the identity and spirit of both brands.

Himalayan Skin by G.T.DESIGN
Himalayan Skin by G.T.DESIGN
Natural Arty by GAN
Natural Arty by GAN

Himalayan Skin is a new project of natural and ethical design by G.T.DESIGN. This contemporary carpet is made with fibers of wild plants from the slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal. The ecological nettle fiber is biodegradable and has been used for centuries by local artisans to produce a wide variety of items, from apparel to bags. Himalayan Skin is entirely made by hand, without the use of any machinery, preserving the ecosystem of the region and the craft skills of its population. The fiber is extracted from the plant and processed by hand with a technique that has existed for 2000 years. Once again, G.T.DESIGN combines crafts practices with advanced technology to create custom luxury products.

Natural Arty is the high-quality carpet created by the in-house team of GAN using wool without dyes in neutral colors, woven by hand in India. Thanks to the ancient Dhurrie technique, Natural Arty is light, reversible and versatile. The collection is made only with virgin wool, making the products particularly strong, warm and pleasant to the touch. Density, thickness and organic chromatic shadings blend in an irregular way in every thread, creating patterns and bringing out the authenticity of the creations.

Minnie, Urban Minerva by Bosa, Design Elena Salmistraro - Photo © Riccardo Urnato
Minnie, Urban Minerva by Bosa, Design Elena Salmistraro – Photo © Riccardo Urnato
Smart Home Diffuser by Acqua di Parma & Poltrona Frau, Design GamFratesi - Photo © Irina Boersma
Smart Home Diffuser by Acqua di Parma & Poltrona Frau, Design GamFratesi – Photo © Irina Boersma

Hand-decorated ceramics for Urban Minerva, based on the collaboration between Bosa and Disney and the creativity of Elena Salmistraro, who has created Minnie to keep Mickey company. Thanks to the three-dimensional patterns, the metallic hues and special gloss-matte effects, which can only be achieved thanks to Bosa’s workmanship, the piece reinterprets the style of the most famous female cartoon mouse. Urban Minerva and Mickey Forever Young are three-dimensional figures with a height of 50 cm, made and decorated by hand. The numbering of the limited edition is painted under the right feet.

Acqua di Parma, together with Poltrona Frau, presents the first Smart Home Diffuser. In the new project, GamFratesi blends rigor and poetry, advanced technology and fine craftsmanship. The Smart Home Diffuser is based on the form of the circle, always a reference in the world of Acqua di Parma. The covering in FRAU® leather, finely crafted with sartorial stitching and details, embodies the remarkable prowess of Poltrona Frau.

Circus by Karman, Design Matteo Ugolini & Edmondo Testaguzza
Circus by Karman, Design Matteo Ugolini & Edmondo Testaguzza
PH2/2 Question Mark by Louis Poulsen, Design Poul Henningsen
PH2/2 Question Mark by Louis Poulsen, Design Poul Henningsen

Made by hand with an age-old technique dating back to the 16th century, involving the wrapping and stretching of strips of white milk glass on the surface of the glass before blowing, the Circus line by Karman, with three blown glass suspension lamps, creates beautiful luminous effects. Matteo Ugolini and Edmondo Testaguzza have designed contrasting motifs that bring soft effects of symmetry, with a reminder of circus tents (hence the name). The result of complex know-how, each piece is unique, and the lamps are offered in three different sizes, which can be combined to make original compositions.

Louis Poulsen launches PH 2/2 Question Mark, in a limited edition. The lamp is a demonstration of the ability of Poul Henningsen to create glare-free light through high-quality craft processes. The edition comes with a brass finish, combined with shades in blown opaline glass, ready to add character to any space.

The Onyx Light by Michael Anastassiades
The Onyx Light by Michael Anastassiades

Atmospheric lighting is also the feature of the Onyx Light by Michael Anastassiades. The lamp is taken from a single block of onyx, carefully selected for its transparency and grain. About 20 units can be derived from a single block, and each lot has similarities in terms of character and color. Every Onyx Light series is a unique edition, created only in the moment in which it is possible to find a block of onyx with just the right qualities.