Increasingly, young graduates can decide to use a screwdriver or a saw instead of their degree. So they become the new artisans described in the book “Futuro Artigiano” written by Stefano Micelli, professor of International Management at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. In Micelli’s opinion, being an artisan now is a way of being ready for the new challenges of the global world, especially here in Italy where there is a long tradition of “saper fare” (know-how) linked to the world of fashion, design and food. So now, to be good using your hands in creative work is an opportunity for employment and startups.
Here in Bologna, thanks to the Incredibol project, there are some good examples of these new artisan enterprises that have been born.
One of these is Vicolopagliacorta which since 2009 has been self-producing small series of furnishings and objects for the home with collections of jewellery, always hand made, from recyclable materials. There Marco Gambula e Katia Bocchi, the two designers behind Vicolopagliacorta, follow their projects from beginning to the end, from the concept to production and also personally through communication and distribution.
Vicolopagliacorta: Lego Tables
Manoteca on the other hand, is a studio led by Elisa Cavani producing unique pieces of furniture, fully hand made and treated with non-toxic paints. Also in this case, the furniture is realized with recycled materials, previously destined for the rubbish tip, assembled with a strong aesthetic sense, considered like art works. So each piece of furniture is made in order to tell a new story, becoming a kind a metaphor. One of the more famous Manoteca pieces is Indoor, a special table suitable for creative workers, which has been published in a lot of international design magazines and blogs. Another very emotional piece is Autunno, a piano for sonata at sunset with lamp and bookshelf.
Manoteco: Indoor desk.
Living in the Appennino Bolognese, Francesco Rossi founded Night Created Design a couple of years ago. He uses scrap materials as well, but in this case he recovered from the woods or river-sides in the mountains or in demolished cottages, combining them with minimal iron structures to create unique pieces of furniture including benches, bookshelves, lamps and tables.
All this happens during the night: for this reason Rossi gave this name to his activity. He collaborates also with an italian artist, Flavio Favelli, who lives in the same place, Savigno.
Below: Night Created Design