Artisans in Florence.
From the 12th century, Florence began its artistic growth thanks to the flowering of an incredible number of great masters, becoming the cradle of the Humanism and the Renaissance.
In an age in which there was no clear distinction between the arts and the crafts, the workshops or “botteghe” were authentic centers of culture. Infact, some of the most famous artists, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, started their activity working as handcrafts.
Still today, walking throCraftmugh the streets close to Palazzo Belfiore -Via dei Velluti and Via Toscanella- you could see the craftsmen at work!!
We have discovered some of theese for you…
Wood carver and furniture restorer, Luigi has a little workshop (bottega) in Via dei Velluti, Florence, Italy.
She makes silver jewelry. Specifically Silvia uses particular materials to give bright and light to silver, adding a touch of color to the metal.
He restores wooden works such as antique and inlaid furniture, frames, candlesticks, polychrome statues and paintings on wood.
Part of a famous family of artisans who started his business in 1856, he is specialized in vellum bindings, finely decorated with gold leaf impressions and enriched with inlaid leather. His works have marked an era, determining what in the history of Italian binding is known as “Florentine style”.
BORGHESI & CHITI:
The history of this company begins in 1949. With new materials like brass, copper and coloured glass, they produce the famous “star-shaped lantern”, which adapts itself to every type of interior design according to its coat. This lantern is the most representative object of the firm.
CARLO E STEFANIA MARTELLI:
Specialized in the restoration of wooden works of art, golden and lacquered, they works for famous Florentine museums like the Museum of s. Croce, Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi. On the other hand, they organize workshops to pass down their techniques.
Artisan and restorer, Andrea is specialized in the production of little wooden handmade objects, like statues, frames and his famous miniature houses and landscape.