From Thursday 14 to Sunday, May 17, 2015 returns ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO (Craft and Palace), the Florentine event conceived to highlight the ancient crafts now in its 21st edition, which every year brings together some of the best Italian and foreign craftsmen at Garden Corsini. The protagonist of Mostra Principe (“Main Exhibition”) will be Fabriano, which continues in Florence the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of Fabriano paper with the exhibition “750 years + 1, Fabriano paper since 1264” in Limonaia Piccola pavillion, with an installation made by the production designer Anusc Castiglioni.
You will have the possibility to admire the workmanship of handmade paper with master papermaker and the beauty of the watermark, touch the raw materials – such as cotton, cellulose, animal glue – know the hidden technology in banknote paper that Fabriano produces for the central banks of many countries in the world, the cards designed for painters and engravers and many stationery products of Fabriano Boutique, where tradition and quality of materials meet a refined modern design.
Alongside this extraordinary fact there will be about eighty master craftsmen who – for four days, continuous hours from 10AM to dusk – will liven up the seventeenth-century Italian garden designed by Gherardo Silvani, exceptionally open to the public for the occasion, offering live demonstrations of traditional techniques that use valuable raw materials to achieve personalized artifacts.
Corsini Family’s history
The Corsini family is a noble family from Florence. The most famous exponent was Pope Clement XII. The origins of the family are usually identified with the arrival of Neri Corsini in Florence in the second half of the twelfth century, from the countryside of Poggibonsi.
Merchant family, they began to enrich like many other urban families with the manufacture and trade of wool and silk in the fourteenth century, to which it was later added a Bank. There were many political offices held in republican Florence.
The facade of one of the buildings along what was known as the Prato d’Ognissanti (Meadow of All Saints) hides one of the most beautiful gardens in Florence.
In 1591 Alessandro Acciaiuoli, having bought land on the Meadow of All Saints, asked Bernardo Buontalenti to design a “mess of delights” (casino di delizie) with a large garden. Buontalenti built the complex hydraulic system to bring water to the fountains, with tracks for the paths bordered by rare and lavish espaliers of cedars, the loggia and large windows kneeling, that we can see today.
At the time there were in the garden the famous “Four Seasons” which are now located at both ends of the bridge of Saint Trinity: the Summer and Autumn of Giovanni Caccini, the Spring of Pietro Francavilla and the Winter by Cristofano Stati. Another important sculpture was part of the furnishings of the Acciaiuoli garden, the Bacchus of Giambologna, now in the Bargello Museum.
Purchased the property in 1620 by Filippo and Maddalena Corsini after the failure of the Acciaiuolis, they gave the job to complete the mess to Gherardo Silvani who intervened also on the layout of the garden. The work of Silvani is grasped in some particular areas of land, such as decorations in architectural moldings. It is in the Italian garden however, bordered by large orangeries, with geometric flowerbeds of refined design, the box hedges, the basins of the lemon trees and the central boulevard with statues, that the baroque taste of the architect manifests itself, with his propensity to stage design. To increase the impression of greater length and depth of the avenue, the architect used the trick to put the statues and their pedestals at gradually degrading heights, placing the main point of view from the back porch of the building to Via della Scala, as demonstrated by the cherub and by the two lions above the gate and the inward facing pillars.
In 1834, this residence is intended to house of Don Neri Corsini and his wife, who commissioned works both architectural and decorative. In the same years, the garden is modified in a romantic accent: they come groves, a small mountain and a lake, a transformation that is still noticeable in the two small woods that close the garden as green wings. More recently, the garden with its spring bloom of pink and red cistus, lavender, roses, peonies and cherry-trees, has been the subject of an intervention of accommodation by Olivia di Collobiano.
Contest organized in collaboration with the Foundation Ferragamo, attentive since forever to the enhancement of craftsmanship and the support of the younger generation:
“Young people – argues Wanda Ferragamo, President of Honor of the maison and Honorary President of the Foundation – are the driving force of every society, the one able to guarantee continuity and future. But they must have a chance to prove their worth and their capabilities. Adults, institutions, companies have a duty to give them these opportunities and to make available the expertise of craftsmanship, creativity and technology, but above all, desire to move forward, to overcome every obstacle, of which the life and work of my husband are witnesses.“
From this spirit it was born the collaboration between the Foundation Ferragamo and ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO for BLOGS & CRAFTS, project that testifies and promotes the craftsmanship, but at the same time looks toward technological innovation and creativity, and that is supported by QN / THE NATION for communication.
The contest is open to ten selected craftsmen under 35, who will participate for free in the XXI edition, and ten bloggers that will document their work and all events and curiosities during the four days of the event.
At Garden Corsini in Florence you can admire the work of: Antonino Versaci, that manufactures Siciliani and Sanfratellani knives; Gabriele Pici sculpting Lecce stone creations for furniture inspired by the colors and mutable shapes of nature; Anna Rita Giannandrea and Sara Pelacchi that build architectural models in the Unoadue laboratory; the goldsmith Margherita De Martino Norante that experiments unconventional techniques and materials applying them to jewelry, and will present here the collection “The Wait – L’attesa“, in which she worked metal wires with the traditional crochet technique.
Formaliz3d, brand created by designers Matteo Meraldi, Simone Colombo and Dario Sartori, which produces lamps, decorative items and fashion accessories products using 3D printing combined with methods of craftsmanship; Pamphile, study of textile design and hand weaving workshop, where Giulia Ciuoli uses frames and pedal levers to make small batches of clothing, accessories and home furnishings; Dezen Dezen by Marco Cernogoraz uses the ancient technique of the silkscreen to print the original designs on t-shirt; Gemma Vernò offering hats with innovative shapes and volumes; Arual Dem by Laura De Martino that uses paper from magazines and comics and old buttons to create contemporary and ecological jewelery; Essences Jewelry by Valentina Marelli who creates objects of jewelry by mixing precious metals and precious woods.
The craftsmen under 35, and all the other craftsmen who will give live demonstrations of their skills and creativity, will be photographed, filmed and interviewed ten bloggers, selected among the leading experts in handicrafts, tourism, culture, fashion and lifestyle that will tell on their blogs advances, the protagonists, planned initiatives and the spirit of the show.
Make the experience of the participants unique, diverse and training, this is the goal of the Foundation Ferragamo: ten bloggers will be invited Thursday, May 7 at the opening exhibition of the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo “The Palace and the City“, while Monday, May 18 the artisans will enjoy a special visit to the Archive of Salvatore Ferragamo, keeper of the company’s tradition and know-how so dear to the Founder.
At the end of the four days of the exhibition, will be published the final articles, where each blogger will describe the experience, on the website of La Nazione and through an online survey will be declared the winner of the best bloggers Blogs & Crafts – Qn / La Nazione.
“RICETTA DI FAMIGLIA” (Family Recipe) will be the project carried out in collaboration with Richard Ginori, by the food writer Annamaria Tossani and with a special appearance by Costantino della Gherardesca. The authors of the original cookbooks Beppe Bigazzi, Mariavittoria Andrini, Allan Bay, Aurora Baccheschi Berti, together with cooks Sara Guadagnoli, Emanuela Notarbartolo di Sciara, Caterina Piccolomini Mandolo, Rossella Rossi, will prepare for visitors of CRAFTS AND PALACE some recipes taken from the presented books, dedicated to contemporary reinterpretation of traditional flavors and the rediscovery of the traditions of Italian cuisine. Appreciated by the public, this event will take place every day at 18.
The dishes will be served on plates and trays fine provided by Richard Ginori, a leading manufacture of porcelain, which this year celebrates 280 years since its foundation.
They will be awarded the Organizing Committee Prize for the most beautiful stand and the Prix Perseus for the exhibitor most appreciated and voted by the public during exhibitions. As always there will be free guided tours to the Garden Corsini organized by the Città Nascosta association, discovering plants and corners of the garden that have a lot to tell and that are part of the calendar of “Chelsea Fringe”, the London festival of gardening that for the first time arrives in Florence.
Thursday 14, friday 15, saturday 16 and sunday 17 may 2015 – Open all day 10AM/9PM
Entrance 8,00 euro, 6,00 euro reduct, free for kids up to 12 years – tickets in advance at a reduced price on: www.boxol.it