Double Signature. A dialogue between design and artisanal excellence


Doppia Firma (Double Signature) is a project of Fondazione Cologni, carried out in collaboration with Living Corriere della Sera, presented by Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship. The first edition took place in 2016: since then, each year the project brings together artisans a designers from all over the world to create truly unique works of art.

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte is a private, non-profit institution, founded in Milan by Franco Cologni in 1995. It promotes cultural, scientific and educational initiatives for the protection and diffusion of artistic crafts. Through the book series “Mestieri d’Arte” (Métiers d’Art) and “Ricerche” (Researches), published by Marsilio Editori, it aims to retrace these highly skilled practices throughout history up to the present day. Fondazione Cologni publishes the magazine «Mestieri d’Arte & Design. Crafts culture». Through the apprenticeship programme “A School, a Job. Training to Excellence”, Fondazione Cologni supports high-quality training in the crafts for the younger generations. With the website it presents a selection of the best Italian artisanal ateliers. Every two years it assigned the title of MAM-Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere to the best Italian Masters. Is an institutional partner of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship for the international event “Homo Faber: Crafting more human future”.
Living is the magazine for interiors, design and lifestyle from the Corriere della Sera newspaper. A monthly magazine, a digital edition, and a website are at the heart of the first vertical distribution system in the home furnishing sector present in Italy and on major social networks. Dedicated to new ways of experiencing household spaces, the monthly RCS magazine, edited by Francesca Taroni, starts with the home and then incorporates everything connected to it: food, art, fashion and green living. There is a special focus on “Made in Italy” excellence – from industrial design to artisan craftsmanship, and an international perspective and strong attention to customer service are reflected on each page of Living throughout all its projects.
The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is a private, international Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Michelangelo Foundation was established to preserve, promote and support master craftsmanship, and to ensure its continuation in the future by strengthening its connection to the world of design. Unique in its kind on the international scene of artistic crafts, the Michelangelo Foundation transcends boundaries and cultures; fostering dialogue and synergies, it creates a dynamic network to stimulate interchange and the development of new projects. The Foundation operates at the confluence of high craftsmanship and design, aiming to stimulate a lively and productive dialogue. The Michelangelo Foundation’s mission is to establish networks and promote communication and educational programmes, events, projects and practical experimentations with the purpose of creating work opportunities and sustaining the economic development of master craftsmanship.