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GIULIO GIANNINI

INFORMATION:
Giulio Giannini e Figlio
Founded in 1856, the artisan Workshop Giulio Giannini e Figlio continues a tradition spanning six generation of family members. Known worldwide for its high quality hand-tooled leather book bindings, the firm also produces items such as marbled paper made by hand, decorated paper printed with traditional folk designs. They have further developed the production of marbled paper, which is used to cover objects, and part of the firm’s historic inventory. The methods used in leather and paper workmanship continue to be traditional, and the materials selected are always of the finest quality.

address:
Giulio Giannini e Figlio
P.zza Pitti, 37/R
50125, Firenze
Tel: +39 055 212621
www.giuliogiannini.it

MARIA TERESA SOTTILE

INFORMATION:
Maria Teresa Sottile is an Italian goldsmith and jewelry designer, based in Florence. She has been practicing this time-honored, artisan craft for almost twenty years with a versatile sensibility, and transitions easily from traditional to modern idioms. A glance at her portfolio demonstrates a continuous collaboration with fashion designers to explore new trends and push the boundaries of accessories. Whether working in silver or gold, her designs often feature semi-precious or precious stones, and emphasize the natural, rough-hewn beauty of precious metals and gems. Her jewelry can be found in the most important boutiques in Italy and is collected by an international clientele.

address:
Maria Teresa Sottile
Via dè Guicciardini 16
50125 Firenze
Tel:+39 3387425653
mariateresasottile.blogspot.com

CECILIA FACIAI

INFORMATION:
Cecilia Falciai
I am specialized in the art of Scagliola and in the technique of the Florentine mosaic made by hard stones and marbles.
I design and manufacture different types of creations, from tables and panels to small interior decors and jewellery. The art of Scagliola has always fascinated me. A few years ago I started working with my father, who is also a Florentine artisan.
From him I have inherited everything I know about this technique, and in 2016 I decided to open my own workshop, with the ambition to carry on the family tradition and to develop my personal vision and projects.

address:
Cecilia Falciai
Via De’ Macci 25/r
50122 Firenze
ceciliafalciai@gmail.com
www.ceciliafalciaiscagliola.com

UGO POGGI

INFORMATION:
Ugo Poggi
The pot remains still and man, as in ancient times, turns around the jar. With skill and ability, only with the help of elementary tools such as a wooden stick, a sponge, a stick, and a piece of cotton the clay can be shaped. Clay molding, drying, kiln raising, cooking, cooling, are all very delicate phases that require great engagement and skills that can only be achieved with long experience and attention. Each item requires a minimum of 25-30 working days, up to 100-120 days for the largest. Our capabilities allow us to create new models and shapes at customer’s request, making us ready to face new challenges at any time.

address:
Ugo Poggi
Via Imprunetana per Tavarnuzze, 16
50023 Impruneta, Firenze
Tel:+39 0552011077
www.poggiugo.it

OFFICINA S.M. NOVELLA

INFORMATION:
Officina Santa Maria Novella
Right from the Middle Ages, the friars cultivated Balsamite considered to be a plant rich in interesting herbal properties. This magic herb of the Dominican tradition inspired Fra’ Angiolo Marchissi who in 1614 created Acqua Antisterica (Antihysterics Water) today known as Acqua di Santa Maria Novella.
Acqua di S.M.Novella is the oldest fragrance. It is the perfume that Caterina de’ Medici commissioned the Dominican monks to create in 1533, and she took it with her to France when she married Enrico di Valois. It is a bouquet of fresh citrus notes with a base of Calabrian bergamot.

address:
Officina Santa Maria Novella
Negozio Museo
Via della Scala, 1650123 Firenze
tel. +39 055 216276
www.smnovella.com

LOCCHI

IINFORMATION:
Locchi
Crystal in Florence since the 19th century.
The Locchi mill produces glass and crystal items for tableware and interior decoration. The origins of the Locchi mill date back to the late 1800s when, in the district of San Frediano, at the heart of the Florentine Oltrarno, an artisan workshop was opened to create beautiful glasses for use on luxury ships and in opulent hotels seeking extraordinary refinement.
The crystal items, designed individually, are dedicated to those who appreciate true artisan workmanship, something that has always distinguished the Made in Italy.

address:
Locchi
Via Domenico Burchiello, 10
50124 Firenze
Tel:+39 055 2298371
www.locchi.com

PAMPALONI ARGENTI

INFORMATION:
Pampaloni Argenti
We were born and raised in the family home above our factory. For us, the sound of the machines is a reassuring sign of life of the company that our grandfather founded over 100 years ago and for which we have worked since we were young. As children, we spent our summer months perfecting the basics of silver work.
While learning that “handmade” often many difficult and repetitive, we developed a respect for the machines that aided our labour. The machines are poetic instruments; like poetry, they help us create but do not cause fatigue.

address:
Pampaloni Argenti
Via Porta Rossa
50123 Firenze
Tel:+39 055 289094
www.pampaloni.com

BARTOLOZZI E MAIOLI

INFORMATION:
Bartolozzi e Maioli
The Bartolozzi and Maioli art studio was founded in 1938. From the early years of its activity, it collected many examples of wooden artefacts recovered from the dismantling of churches in central Italy during the liturgical reform. The findings, albeit incomplete, all date back to the 18th century. That collection is still used today, along with structural restorations, in which the style must be perfectly recreated, avoiding any errors of execution. Today, the Bartolozzi and Maioli art studio is run by Fiorenzo Bartolozzi’s daughter, Fiorenza, and is seen as a typical continuation of the Florentine Renaissance studios.

address:
Bartolozzi e Maioli
Via dei Vellutini, 5R
50125 Firenze
Tel:+39 055 281723
www.bartolozziemaioli.it

TAKAFUMI MOCHIZUKI

INFORMATION:
Zouganista di Takafumi Mochizuki
Inlayer
Born in Tokyo in 1979 he lives in Florence since 2007.
During the year 2008 he learned the skills of antique furniture restauration and of wood marquetry at Master Renato Olivastri’s craftman studio.
In 2014 he sets up shop in San Frediano area,
where, he applies his method of marquetery
not only on classical pieces of furniture but also on various kinds of objects of curvilinea like: shoetrees, hatblocks, light fixtures, coat hangers, ect.
He creates something unique and special.

address:
Zouganista di Takafumi Mochizuki
Via dei Cardatori 20/r,
50124 Firenze
Tel:+39 3318223767
http://www.zouganista.com/

MAZZANTI PIUME

INFORMATION:
Mazzanti Piume
“For three generations Mazzanti Piume has made dreams come true. In 1935, my grandmother, Natalina Mazzanti, began her craft business transforming feathers and silk flowers into precious ornaments for hats and dresses. My interest in the family business began when I was small as I would spend my days, after school, in the company, enchanted by the skill and patience with which the vast ranges of feathers were produced.
The company is still family-run. My father and I seek to mix tradition and innovation harmoniously, using the same artisan techniques passed down passionately through three generations of our family.”

address:
Mazzanti Piume
via Reginaldo Giuliani, 144/int
50141 Firenze
Tel:+39 055 431752
www.mazzantipiume.it

SUPERDUPER HATS

INFORMATION:
SuperDuper Hats was born in 2010.
It was a very long and difficult process to bring the hat to where it is now – from an old fashioned item to something totally contemporary, that can be used and ‘lived’ each day of our daily life.
A use of the highest quality of raw materials, together with zero km artisanal production, and combined with a pure creative approach. SuperDuper Hats is all based around local production in Tuscany.
Thanks to this we have found and developed our own way to have a ‘green’ and ethical approach to both production and stock management.

address:
SuperDuper Hats
Via delle Cascine 33
50144 Firenze
www.superduperhats.com

MANNINA

INFORMATION:
The Mannina artisanal workshop was founded in the heart of the historic centre of Florence in 1953. Master Calogero Mannina founded his business in a craftsman’s workshop in Via de’ Barbadori, where he designed and fashioned his shoes, unique models originating from the passion of fine, handcrafted work. Despite the passing years, the company has maintained its traditional style and this is why it is instantly recognizable: originality and quality, to meet the spectrum of needs and desires expressed by its customers. The company has successfully kept apace with the changes in fashion, without sacrificing its exceptionally high quality and keeping the original style.

address:
Mannina
Via Guicciardini 16r
50122 Firenze
Tel:+39 055 282895
www.manninafirenze.com

TOMMASO DE CARLO

INFORMATION:
Tommaso de Carlo
At that moment the shapes of the past and the varied iconographic repertoire become the source of inspiration and the search for a new creative process. Every artistic item has a deep link with the history, the knowledge of past styles is the best guarantee for the success of new creations and new languages.
The traditional materials used in my work are absolutely natural and the working processes are in harmony with the external environment.
I believe that beauty represents an absolute value because through its search moral values like the Good and the Truth can be experimented.

address:
Tommaso de Carlo
Via Giano Della Bella, 20/1
50124 Firenze
Tel:+39 055/224128
www.tommasodecarlo.it

LAURA DE CESARE

INFORMATION:
Laura de Cesare
The textile language is a code. For me it is also a code for living life. Weaving, design and creativity of a fabric has taught me how to put my thoughts in order.
Patterns have been and still are a source of great joy, a channel to reach the wonder of Life.What I really like is studying and working on the third dimension of the fabric.
Generally, the result that fascinates me of this game that I play are sculptures or decorative panels. Weaving to communicate, to enjoy, to experiment. When I have the opportunity to try and learn about new materials, I always welcome the challenge.

address:
Laura de Cesare
Via Montanelli 83,
56121 Pisa
Tel:+39 328 355 4303
www.lauradecesare.it

LORETTA CAPONI

INFORMATION:
Loretta Caponi
All’artigiano non piace ripetersi; ama conservare tecniche antiche, per non disperdere, anche da un punto di vista culturale, un patrimonio manuale importantissimo, ma ad ogni lavoro le sperimenta in modo diverso per ottenere risultati sempre nuovi e migliori.
Ogni ‘creazione’ viene realizzata appositamente per ogni cliente e poi archiviata scrupolosamente con nome e cognome, campioni di stoffa e fili usati, per evitare di ripeterla per altri. Pezzi unici che in realtà sono un grande stimolo a progettare disegni sempre nuovi per forma e per insieme di colori.

address:
Loretta Caponi
Via delle Belle Donne 28/R
50123 Firenze
Tel: +39 055 213668
www.lorettacaponi.it

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