Backed up by the Richemont Group, the Milan-based international Creative Academy is a very special design school in Milan. Each year only 20 students are carefully selected from the prestigious design schools around the world to complete their studies in jewellery, watchmaking and accessories design. The students have the opportunity to create real life projects with the prestigious brands of the Richemont Group which includes an impressive list consisting of Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, Lancel, Azzedine Alaia and Chloé… Many of the projects need to be kept behind Creative Academy’s door due to the industrial trade secret policy of the group.
For the 2017 edition of Salone del Mobile, the 20 students of the Academy, under the guidance of Alberto Nespoli and Domenico Rocca of Eligo, realised a collection, Natural Talent, by using wood and woodworking techniques: marquetry and wood turning.
The students designed wooden objects, based in their personal research of archetypes connected to their cultural origins varying from South Africa to France from Ukraine to Israel, which were then came alive by the hands of two Lombard master craftsmen; Giordano Viganò, a renowned cabinet-maker and Carlo Meloni, one of the last Masters of woodturning left in the region.
Natural Talent is a unique project that needed to be showcased in an exceptional venue. The Poldi Pezzoli Museum is the location for the exhibition that will be open to public till the end of May 2017.
The set designed by Eligo at this magnificent museum home will guide the visitors to the discovery of this original collection of special objects through a suggestive and poetic visual installation, a tribute to the forest, symbol of Mother Nature.
April 4 – May 29 2017
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Via Manzoni 12
10.30 am – 7.30 pm
Free admission during Salone del Mobile (4 – 9 April 2017)
Paid admission to Museo Poldi Pezzoli (April 10 – May 29 2017)