homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship

homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship

from jewelry to bespoke bicycles, homo faber will exhibit the finest of european craftsmanship with the aim of ‘crafting a more human future’. as well as being a celebration of artisanal excellence, it aims to increase the recognition for master artisans and inspire interest in their skills and talents. as such, the major exhibition is one-of-a-kind and will demonstrate first-hand the incredible skills that machines cannot better.


overlapping with the venice architecture biennale 2018 and presented by the michelangelo foundationhomo faber runs from september 14th to 30th 2018, at the fondazione giorgio cini on san giorgio maggiore island in venice, italy.

homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
bellerby & co globemakers ‘celestial globe’
image © jade fenster
(main image: venice cini foundation,  [email protected] fondazione giorgio cini)



homo faber is an expression that was first coined during the renaissance and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings,johann rupert, co-founder of the michelangelo foundation, says. ‘the exhibit will provide a panoramic view of european fine craftsmanship but it will nevertheless have a singular undercurrent: what human beings can do better than machines.’ 


created by a hand-picked group of world class designers, architects and curators, the team behind homo faber – presented by the michelangelo foundation, a swiss-based entity dedicated to supporting craftsmanship – includes michele de lucchi, stefano boeri and india mahdavi. it will be the largest exhibit to date at the fondazione giorgio cini, spanning across nearly 4,000 square meters, and will display a vast range of materials and disciplines, from traditional artisanal skills to exquisite examples of contemporary craftsmanship.

homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
saura vignoli ‘spirale bizantina’
image © cesare baccari



homo faber will offer a truly immersive experience, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see the skilled work of craftsmen and women first-hand. showcasing the close relationship between artisans and their materials, and encouraging interaction between maker and customer, the exhibition is a celebration of the power and value of real human engagement.

homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
bazàn ‘leather bowls’ susanna pozzoli
image © michelangelo foundation for creativity and craftsmanship



do not miss it — get your free ticket to the exhibition by registering online.

homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
marlies von soden polypropylene
image © lucie jansch


homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
lobmeyr ‘altdorfer jagd’
image © lobmeyr


homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
‘bird, diamonds and stripes’ by india mahdavi and lucia costantini
image © laila pozzo per doppia firma – MFCC, FCMA, living


homo faber celebrates the very best of european craftsmanship
michael behrens kin-casted glass ‘seaforms’
image © paul niessen



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