Innovation, the capacity to change something pre-existing by adding new elements, is often associated with new technologies and just as often positioned in contrast to tradition. Yet, it is innovation that keeps tradition alive and shepherds it into the future. The crucial dialogue between innovation and fine craftsmanship yields new and original materials, tools, forms, styles, functions and aesthetics to respond to the evolution of changing tastes, markets, costs and values.

©D.Garofalo for Italia Su Misura

We spend every free moment experimenting, for example to test the response of iron to acids, salt, rust and abrasion. We hope one day to publish the results of our research. Research and experimentation are vital for us: without them there can be no future. They constitute an investment in our business.

Alessandro Rametta and Andrea Capriotti
Metal Sculptors

Alessandro Rametta and Andrea Capriotti are the heart of La Fucina di Efesto, a Milan workshop named after the Greek god of fire and metallurgy. Highly skilled in both traditional and innovative techniques, they often experiment on metals such as iron, copper and brass to enhance the beauty of the raw material.

T. Bertelsen ©Michelangelo Foundation 2016

You need to have a mindset which is constantly pushing you to pursue new and different ways of doing things, spurning the obvious, taking risks all the time.

Filippo Villa

As Director at the Villa Company, founded by his great-grandfather in 1876, Filippo Villa oversees a team of skilled artisans creating exclusive pieces for private clients. A ceaseless innovator, Villa pioneered the technique of black rhodium plating in homage to his great-grandfather – who had tried, but failed, to create ‘black gold’.

© Peter Elovich
© Peter Elovich