The foundation


We value a person’s ability to make lasting objects of beauty.

The ability to make something with our hands is a powerful way to express something about ourselves, and bring something valuable into the world. From lacemaking to leatherwork, from haute couture to crystal, from intricate musical instruments to the finest porcelain, mastering the techniques and materials required for master craftsmanship takes years of learning, dedication and talent.

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international non-profit entity that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design.

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Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the Foundation seeks to support men and women who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work.

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Our activities promote a bright future for master craftsmanship and lasting objects of beauty

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Opening up new realms of possibility

Bringing together designers and artisans to spark vibrant exchanges and unexpected ideas. We will support projects and ventures that spring from a dialogue that unites disciplines and crosses traditional lines.

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Taking heritage into the future

Creating spaces and opportunities for masters and students to come together, and supporting training, schools and apprenticeships. We believe in investing in the younger generation, to ensure an exciting future for master craftsmanship.

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Spreading the word

Rekindling the esteem associated with craftsmanship, informing the public, and stimulating a dynamic economy for the work of master artisans. Our communication platform will include events, publications and online resources.

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Creating a global network

Encouraging links and forming connections among diverse organisations, including museums and educational institutions and craftsmanship communities. From Europe to Asia to Africa, we will collaborate with all those working in this area with love, talent, and authenticity.

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Designer and artisans working as equals

We foster true co-creation, based on partnerships of mutual respect and understanding, as a source of both creative inspiration and competitive advantage.

Highest levels of excellence

We seek out the best and most ambitious artisans, apprentices and students and support their work, to help them thrive in a tough global economy.

International scope and outlook

We celebrate and support excellent craftsmanship, irrespective of where it comes from. Master craftsmanship is a language of its own, that crosses countries and cultures.

Work with value

We are accelerating a positive shift in attitudes towards the value of craftsmanship. We believe craftsmanship offers people a meaningful career, and gives the world desirable products with both economic and emotional value.


Bringing together hands, minds and hearts

The act of making is as powerful as the act of designing. Both creativity and craftsmanship are a fundamental part of creating culture and beauty in the world, yet a gap has grown between those who imagine things and those who make them. Bridging the gap between the world of design and the world of craftsmanship holds the key to attracting new talent and meeting contemporary demand.

We believe the future of craftsmanship lies in bringing together hands, minds and hearts to work together with unlimited potential.

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An international foundation

Craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of Europe for centuries, providing both a rich heritage and a competitive advantage in a global world.

The foundation will take Europe as a starting point for its activities, and from there, extend to other parts of the globe.

Our base is in Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva is a centre of international political, economic and scientific co-operation, located in the heart of Europe. Switzerland has a world-renowned reputation for quality, which is particularly important for our mission.