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iGuzzini illuminates Homo Faber

©Fred Merz

The major cultural event dedicated to European craftsmanship, from 14 to 30 September in Venice

Homo Faber is a showcase for the skill and creativity of the very best craftsmen and women and designers that Europe has to offer. This major exhibition - event is organised by the Michelangelo Foundation at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in the splendid surroundings of Venice's San Giorgio Island. A route with 16 themed stages is featured at the event for which iGuzzini is the technical sponsor.

iGuzzini illuminates Homo Faber
Creativity and Craftsmanship ©Alessandra Chemollo / Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

The company provided its know-how and luminaires to ensure the best possible visitor experience with a compelling exhibition route created by a team of world-famous architects and designers such as Michele De Lucchi (architect and designer), Stefano Boeri (architect and President of the Milan Triennale Exhibition), Jean Blanchaert (gallery director) and India Mahadavi (interior designer). Each curator imagined one of the exhibition stages, emphasising both the materials and techniques. These range from more traditional trades to innovative, contemporary ones. The different lighting effects created for the occasion share a common goal: to provide light that is functional and perception-changing, able to make the most of the rooms, objects, installations and technologies presented.  All of the luminaires selected - entirely LED, DALI-compatible and control system ready - perfectly meet the requirements of the architects and lighting designers who have designed the spaces. Continuity between the different rooms in the itinerary is guaranteed by Palco spotlights. This line of luminaires with a soft, essential design is highly versatile thanks to its many accessories, sizes, luminous effects and technologies that allow a perfect integration with the architecture.

iGuzzini illuminates Homo Faber
On the right: Imaginary Architecture © Tomas Bertelsen Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship 
On the left: Imaginary Architecture © Alessandra Chemollo / Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship
“We are delighted to pay tribute to European craftsmanship, a precious heritage for future generations. The skill and creativity which inspire contemporary art and design, celebrated at this leading event, fit perfectly with our company's vision. We have always considered design to be a combination of formal research and technological innovation, something that improves people's lives” said Adolfo Guzzini, President of iGuzzini illuminazione.
iGuzzini is also part of the exhibition - in the Discovery and Rediscovery area (Convitto Room) – with a dedicated iGuzzini Lounge designed by the architect Alessandro Pedron. Here, visitors will be able to admire one of the most well-known portraits by Flemish master Van Dyck, the recently restored Ritratto di Marcello Durazzo. Different tailored-made lighting schemes, created with luminaires from the Laser Blade and Palco ranges, enhances the impressive seventeenth-century painting offering unique and distinctive experiences to visitors.  The dark colours have been superbly conveyed with high colour-rendering luminaires, giving the picture back its varying black and brown tones. As per regulations, brightness is kept under 50 lux guaranteeing the greatest respect for the preservation of the artwork. There is also special emphasis on the picture's silk lampas backdrop, made by Gruppo Rubelli – representing Italian excellence in the sector of textiles, furniture and upholstered pieces and accessories. For this, we chose a luminaire able to heighten the warm ruby red, gold and bronze shades, and a solution capable of lighting it evenly from top to bottom.  The iGuzzini Lounge will also have on display two technologically sophisticated “gems”, Palco on a Low Voltage track and Laser Blade XS. These precision miniaturised systems successfully pull together colour quality, multiple optics, a clean beam, great evenness and visual comfort, providing lighting designers with innovative practical solutions.
iGuzzini illuminates Homo Faber
Van Dyck restoration © Tomas Bertelsen / Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

To find out more details about the Homo Faber thematic stages and their lighting, download the iGuzzini Press Kit here

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