Homo Faber - The Best of European Craftsmanship to the backdrop of the Canals of Venice
Whilst visiting design events around Europe this past summer, there seemed to be one mysterious event which no one knew much about - yet everyone was talking about: Homo Faber. It was like a game of telephone, where the few reliable keywords we were able to distill from the buzzing gossip were ‘European Craftsmanship in Design’. Was it a tradeshow? An exhibition? An installation? A symposium? Quite frankly, I had no bloody idea - which made it all the more enticing. Twenty-nine hours in Venice booked.
I think most people and or members of the media tend to do quite a bit of research on the places and projects they are to visit (makes sense, non?). I, on the other hand, rarely do any research before heading off to events or new destinations. In my case, ignorance and having no expectations or preconceived notions about what I am about to discover has become a key element in the equation to my discovery process. Bref, as expected the tactic served me well as I approached the small island Palazzo complex turned exhibition playground by boat.
Once left to my own devices on this picture perfect Italian Island, I discovered a labyrinth of exhibitions all centered around European craftsmanship and how it relates to contemporary design. From exhibitions on the history and evolution of craftsmanship in design to a working lab showcasing the process of art restoration in a myriad of different mediums, workshops with master artisans from British bookbinders to French couturiers showcasing their craft and a final exhibition showcasing ‘the best’ of Europe in craftsmanship in design. After hours of discovery, I highlighted some of my favourite moments from the event below.