specialized in luxury accessories, bottega conticelli presents during the homo faber exhibition in venice a work inspired by horses — a custom vespa wrapped in a precious leather skin — or like his creator likes to call it, a motor horse. created by italian designer stefano conticelli, the motorcycle matches the iconic italian postwar design with meticulous handmade production methods complete with incredible attention to detail.

bottega conticelli wraps iconic vespa in a precious leather skin designboom
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bottega conticelli celebrates the vespa — an icon of modernity — by transforming it into a luxurious timeless piece. shaped by the designer’s own hands, the custom vespa’s new leather skin is water-resistant, and it promises to its own patina over time. as for preservation, the leather is finished with beeswax, creates an organic yet practical layer. here time-honored craftsmanship is paired with pioneering research and careful manufacturing.

 

‘the leading role is played by a provocative yet harmonica twine of elements, through which the author intends to challenge the world of habits to merge the boundaries between modernity and tradition.’ – bottega conticelli

bottega conticelli wraps iconic vespa in a precious leather skin designboom
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bottega conticelli wraps iconic vespa in a precious leather skin designboom
image © designboom

bottega conticelli wraps iconic vespa in a precious leather skin designboom
image © designboom

bottega conticelli wraps iconic vespa in a precious leather skin designboom
image © bottega conticelli

bottega conticelli wraps iconic vespa in a precious leather skin designboom
image © bottegaconticelli

 

 

about homo faber:

 

homo faber is a major cultural exhibition in venice, italy, dedicated to the very best in european craftsmanship running from september 14th to 30th 2018. organized by the michelangelo foundation, it aims to put fine craftsmanship on the global map and increase recognition and visibility for master artisans. the exhibition will bring together a range of materials and disciplines, from jewelry to bespoke bicycles, from the rare artisanal techniques to some of the most iconic examples of the finest european workmanship. created by a hand-picked team of world-class designers, curators and architects, the exhibition stretches over a number of spaces throughout the fondazione giorgio cini.