The Student Hotel Firenze

We often hear people say that Florence never changes, of course in some ways that’s true but in the many years since our relationship began we’ve seen a lot of new things happen in this historic city. One of the things that we at CPiF are most excited about is the growing international community. Year after year we are seeing how this community is taking the Renaissance city by storm and using their own ideas and creativity to help Florence to become a booming and relevant contemporary city while still holding onto its historic roots.

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One of the newest arrivals on the scene is the  The Student Hotel.  Before its doors officially opened to the public on July 1st, CPiF was honored to have been invited to participate in their signature tradition known as Bed Talks where we had the opportunity to talk about how traditions and contemporary trends weave together to make our city unique.

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At the core of The Student Hotel is the idea of collaboration and community the two concepts that have fueled Creative People in Florence since its very beginning stages back in 2012. What we love about this new space is that even though it’s a hotel and student housing it’s also a co-working and collaborative space where everyone is welcome. If you are passing though the city for a few days, or studying for a few months, you have the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community and maybe even get a chance to work with them in a real way. With slogans like ‘The Future is Bright’ and ‘May the Student in You Never Die’, we’re definitely excited about this new arrival.

We think TSH is a great space for CPiF members to get excited about too! Not only do they offer spaces for collaboration and co-working, but they also offer classrooms, presentation rooms and workshop space, game rooms, a gym, and of course a roof top pool! The possibilities are endless with so many ways to get creative. Just the environment alone gets the creative juices flowing!

In addition to all of this the ground floor is home to the new space known as OOO, which stands for Out of the Ordinary. Designed and realized by the team who brought us La Ménagère (one of the most beautiful locales in Florence), OOO is open to the pubic and consists of a restaurant, cocktail bar, smoothie bar, pizzeria, concept shop, bike shop, hair salon, DJ booth, and lots of space to hang out, meet up with friends, or just relax. We love this space so much that we decided to make it the location for our next Creative Aperitivo happening this Thursday, July 26th.  We’ll be hanging out in the courtyard with a little live music from a visiting acoustic artist We Speak in Colors, buckets of sidewalk chalk for you all to get your drawing on, and wine, beer and pizza**

The space also has some amazing work by street artists from all over the world. You can explore the space by taking a free tour with the lovely Michelle Davis at 18:30 or 19:00.* We start our festivities at 19:30 so there will be plenty of time before to get all the details on the space and see how you can get creative there! We hope you’ll come join us for a fun summer party!

Credits: Nicola Gronchi/INSO

‘Everybody Should Like Everybody’  The Party Happens Here, Everybody is invited! July 26th at 19:30

Untitled-1The Future is Bright is their catch phrase, and bright it is! TSH is planning to open two more locations in Florence by 2020. One will be located on Viale Belfiore and the other will be at the Manifattura Tabacchi in Piazza Puccini. We love seeing new life being brought back into these spaces.

*To reserve a tour please contact Michelle Davis at michelle.davis@thestudenthotel.com

**Aperitivo is €10 per person and includes wine or beer and three slices of pizza.


Creative People in Florence – The Map

Creative People in Florence is a cultural association made up of a vibrant international community of artists, designers, artisans, and creative thinkers founded to promote the contemporary arts in Florence

For centuries, workshops, ateliers, and studios have been a common sight in the small side streets of Florence. Our mission is to preserve the rich tradition of these artisan workshops while promoting fresh, innovative designs, techniques, and materials. The spaces on this map produce fashion, accessories and design objects that reflect top quality craftsmanship, all handmade on location.

We would like to give a shoutout to the super talented and super patient Trinity Mitchell for her amazing work in illustrating and designing this lovely map for us! She was absolutely wonderful to work with and did such an amazing job! Thank you Trinity!

 

CPiF map

*please keep in mind that the ‘R’ is very important while searching for an address in Florence. Keep your eye out for numbers that are physically written in RED/ROSSO. The color of the number will make sense in themselves. All RED/ROSSO numbers will proceed in order even if they are not right next to each other.  Google maps does not recognize this numbering system!

 

 eva
Eva di Franco
Via Bronzino 19r
E V A D I F R A N C O is a timeless wardrobe crafted in Florence using locally sourced high quality fabrics. The geometry of the cuts defines original, unexpected volumes and shapes.   email – instagram

 

 

Jane
Jane Harman
Via L. Bartolini
Antique furniture restoration. Upcycling vintage furnishings. Hand made wooden articles for the home, unusual gift items, ornaments, jewelry and lots more. Custom made pieces on request. Use of reclaimed wood, recycled  paper and fabric.
Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 9am-6pm Wednesday 9am-5pm
Saturday by appointment – 329 0704920
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Hello

Hello Wonderful
Via Santa Monaca 2
We love to sew garments that make you feel Wonderful! Discover the “Hello, Wonderful!” boutique in the historical heart of central Florence.
Mon-Sat 10-19:30
email –  instagram

 

 

 

 

Nora

Offcine Nora
Via dei Preti 2-4r
contemporary “bottega” in the artistic neighborhood of Santo Spirito. Go to this work+shop to check out unique pieces made by 6 different artists, or to experiment making one with your own hands!”
Tue-Sun h.3-6 pm, or whenever one of us is there, just try to ring the bell!
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Campuccio

Campucc10
Via del Campuccio 10r
Co sharing art Studio and gallery space with jewelry, sculpture, illustration, engraving, and many other lovely things.
+39 055 5121545
Tuesday – Friday – Saturday 10.30-13.30,  15.00-19.00
email  –  instagram

 

Alemanni
Tiziana Alemanni
Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 20
Haute Couture, Ready to wear, tailor made exclusive designs, wedding gowns, theatre apparel
Monday – Saturday 10pm – 7pm
055213372
email – instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara

Sara Amrhein
Via dello Sprone 9r
Bold and colorful statement jewelry made in polymer clay. Specializing in one-of-a-kind and custom-made pieces that combine art and jewelry design.
*Mon-Fri 11:30 -19:30 – Sat-Sun 12:00 -19:00  *Closed Tuesday
+39 392 961 3197
email – instagram

 

 

 

Joy
A Thousand Joys
Borgo San Jacapo 11
Unique handcrafted jewelry, inspired by
historic ornaments, made using traditional
Please call or email for an appointment
+39 349 426 5645
email – instagram

 

 

Torchio
Il Torchio
Via de’ Bardi 17
florentine bookbindery between tradition and design
mon-fri 10-1:30/2:30-7 . sat 10-1
0552342862
email –  instagram

 

 

 

 

 

ArloArlo Haisek
Via dei Bardi 20r
jewelry and micro Sculpture using historic inspiration and techniques Monday – Saturday 10-13 e 16-19 – Closed Sunday
055 0948316
email –  instagram

 

Diger

Digerolamo
Via Del Moro 58r
Digerolamo is a Florence based ‘Slow Fashion’ brand of leather accessories and jewelry. It’s name carries 3 generations of leather craftsmanship, and today it remains true to it’s artisan roots by proposing and creating unique handmade pieces.
Mon – Fri 10 -14 / 15- 19  Sat: 11 – 14 / 15 – 19  Sun: closed
0552298378
email  –  instagram

 

 

 

 

MK

M K Textile Atelier
Via Salvestrina 1
A textile studio based in an old green house, creating bespoke fabric products for the home and garden, made using natural fibres and pigments.
Please call for appointment +39 349 580 3147
mktextileatelier.com
email –  instagram

 

 

 

Newkid (1)
New Kid Footwear
Via del Ghirlandaio 18
Distinctly made in Tuscany, New Kid captures a naïve, yet wild sense of the world through unique footwear, clothing and accessories.
Mon-fri 10-1pm  15- 19  Sat 11-19
+39 331 492 2645   +39 366 710 2140
email –  instagram

 

 

Elio
Eleolab
Via Arnolfo 11r
Handmade silk flowers, created using traditional techniques & antique tools. Eleolab produces custom, wearable accessories that uphold the value of traditional, hand-crafted masterpieces.
Mon-Fri: 10-13:30 / 15:30-19:30 Sat:10:00-13:00 Sun: Closed
3475515759
facebook.com/eleolab
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Fashion Revolution Fair at Lottozero

Fashion Revolution Fair
Saturday April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Hours: 10-19
Lottozero / textile laboratories, Via Arno 10, Prato www.lottozero.org

This weekend, head out to Prato to take part in Fashion Revolution. For the second year in a row, Lottozero has gathered a group of top local designers and fabric stockists for a weekend to share their work and craft with the public. The Lottozero team explains their aim saying, “The goal of the project is to reconnect the public with production, with the value of work, with handmade unique pieces, and with quality textile production and tailoring.” Visitors can come browse, watch the designers, tailors, and dressmakers at work, or even commission a bespoke piece. By offering firsthand contact with the designers and their materials and craftsmanship, Lottozero draws attention to the question at the heart of Fashion Revolution, “Who made my clothes?”, pushing us as consumers to think differently about the way we shop.

There are a few familiar faces among the designers this year (shout out to friends of CPiF Eva di Franco and Yojiro Kake!) as well as some others we can’t wait to meet including Paolo Di Landro, Jimi Roos and Pilvi Kids.

We’re also looking forward to browsing fabrics from this year’s featured stockists, Aviem Tessuti, Tex Ingro, and Textus.

Throughout the weekend there will be special events including an expert round table discussion, the launch of the second edition of Loom Est, a Prato based trend magazine (Saturday 21st April, evening), and a special edition of Caffè-Scienza Tessile, by the association Caffè-Scienza Prato-Firenze Centro per lo Studio di Dinamiche Complesse of the l‘Università of Firenze (Sunday April 22nd afternoon).

 


Gallery Spotlight: Cartavetra

If you haven’t been following along with the activities at Cartavetra, now is a great time to start! Located in the heart of the the Oltrarno in via Maggio, this gallery space also hosts frequent workshops and artist talks, and –take note printmakers– they even have a press in the gallery space that you can sign up to use for a small fee.

The founding members’ passion for illustration and printmaking keeps Cartavetra buzzing with an active line-up of shows by local and international artists throughout the year. Be sure to stop by the opening of Momento Flettente by Pietro Desirò on Friday, March 9.

Working with various etching techniques, Desirò combines his masterful technical abilities with a “pleasantly capricious” line that is rich in meaning which, according to curator Luca Sposato, traces both a physical and temporal space, creating an almost musical continuum for the viewer. The artist amplifies this multisensory effect with several video installations throughout the space. Scroll down to read more about the work in Italian.

Pietro Desirò: Momento Flettente
Opening March 9 at 6:30pm
Cartavetra
Via Maggio 64r

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MOMENTO FLETTENTE

La libertà illustrativa nell’arte è sinonimo di conquista.

La crociata dell’Artista ab illo tempore per affermare la propria dignità intellettuale e autoriale offre tutt’ora margini di riflessione esemplari per chi si affaccia a questo mestiere, l’unico al mondo che non si può scegliere, e per rievocare il bisogno umano e viscerale di sognare. Affatto scontato.

Se consideriamo il mondo antico, il ruolo dell’arte era certamente più funzionale e legato ad una simbologia precisa, dalle forme canoniche e codificate da uno studio selettivo del mondo naturale: le licenze artistiche si intravedevano maggiormente negli apparati decorativi, comunque ancorati ad un sapere matematico. La grottesca liberò piccole voglie immaginifiche, ma marginali. Nel medioevo si ha il primo autentico guizzo di fantasia, dovendo, per volere ecclesiastico a scopo di monito, rappresentare il Male. Non esisteva una vera e propria iconografia a riguardo, per cui in numerosi casi fu l’artista a escogitare virtuosi stratagemmi formali.
Nacque, in sostanza, un microcosmo visivo che dava volto a storie e leggende riuscendo a rendere più plastico e meno lirico addirittura il lavoro dei letterati, contribuendo ad alimentare l’ingordo immaginario collettivo.
L’evoluzione del ruolo dell’artista e l’importanza crescente del suo universo fantastico ha portato innovazioni e deformazioni nel campo estetico, tramutando il gusto e il senso della bellezza in una miriade di relazioni sociali: è la storia del mondo.

Premeva offrire questo preludio storico-romanzato per introdurre il lavoro così genuino e ricco di Pietro Desirò, caricando l’eredità che raccolgono le giovani promesse artistiche. Fedele ad un percorso di studi impregnato di tecniche calcografiche, Desirò conduce la sua sfrenata fantasia verso un astrattismo lucido e meticoloso, abbondante di segni. Distaccandosi da una precedente ricerca anatomica e narrativa, sorge il bisogno di un formalismo più liquido e impalpabile, ma accuratamente legato alla linea, alla traccia, sinonimo di un percorso fisico e temporale che l’autore sta affrontando; già introducendo i primi passi nella mostra si assapora la padronanza del tratto e un continuum quasi musicale, una partitura circolare a servizio di una libertà espressiva gradevolmente capricciosa. Nel flettere il segno inciso in interventi sempre più dinamici e sperimentali, non si poteva eludere dal fascino della casualità, rappresentata dalle bruciature di acido sulla carta e dalle barbe grafiche, impossibili da controllare, donando un tocco cromatico ed innalzando la composizione ad un tono più elaborato e multisensoriale. Il mondo di Desirò, geometricamente fiabesco, mostra chiaramente un’intenzione plastica, scultorea, quasi vivente, slanciandosi dalla carta drasticamente e animandosi in maniera sensibile e concreta, data la presenza di allestimenti video, sulla scia delle soluzioni di Escher, non per caso abile calcografo.

La forma cubica riecheggia il senso rigoroso proprio di ogni incisore, nonché la modularità sviluppata dalla tecnica, con qualche piccola licenza ludica, ma in linea con l’intuizione materica che quest’arte suggerisce, senza scomodare tutta la cultura artistica a riguardo, da Mondrian a Malevic a Munari. Il ritmo incalzante e frenetico si prende, proseguendo, una giusta pausa, un «flashback» se si preferisce, nel mezzanino con il torchio calcografico, esibendo un lavoro datato ma significativo, uscente da quel mondo acquatico e surreale sviluppato da Desirò agli esordi, in odore di Lovecraft, piuttosto interessante nella sua metateatralità di rappresentare il processo di stampa, sintetizzando nel piccolo spazio pertinente tutta l’escalation della mostra. Finale doveroso, le forme elicoidali che sublimano il movimento della ruota del torchio, un moto più gentile e cadenzato nonostante l’asprezza delle forme, quasi ipnotico, la bellezza di medusa che ci pietrifica senza che ce ne accorgiamo.

Luca Sposato


CREATIVE APERITIVO: 22.2.2018

Creative Aperitivo
La Cova Tapas Bar – Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 19r (MAP)
Florence
22.2.2018 / 19:30-21.30
10 euros for a glass of wine and a selection of tasty tapas

Creative Aperitivo is back! New ideas, fresh projects? Come share yours and meet other creatives! All are welcome.

Creative Aperitivo è tornato! Nuove idee e progetti? Venite a condividerli con altri creativi. Siete benvenuti tutti!

Join the Facebook event here.


Merry & Bright!

Join us for Merry & Bright at Palazzo San Niccolò!

Creative People in Florence is pleased to announce our third annual holiday event bringing together a selection of artists, artisans and designers for a weekend of holiday cheer, including a pop-up market featuring top quality jewelry, accessories, homewares and more, workshops, tastings and live music, all at the spectacular location of Palazzo San Niccolò. On Saturday and Sunday December 9-10, visitors are invited to browse for unique, handmade gifts and get to know the artisans and designers who made them, or stop in for a workshop (for adults and children!) or a tasting. On Saturday evening there will be a festive aperitivo and live music. We are incredibly grateful to our generous sponsors, Oronero and Castello Banfi.

WHERE: Palazzo San Niccolò, Via San Niccolò 79
WHEN: Saturday December 9 from 11am-9pm // Sunday
December 10 from 11am-6pm

SATURDAY, December 9:
>>11-19: Pop up shop featuring an exclusive selection of products all made in Florence: Featured Designers: Tiche / Miruna Almasan / Elena Rivetti / Jacqueline Harberink / Tago Design Firenze / Jane H. Restoration / La Serra MK Textile Atelier / Teresa Cambi / New Kid / Officine NORA / Sara Rabà labPaco & Camelia
>>15-18: Watercolor workshop with artist Allie Wong. Learn new techniques and make your own holiday greeting cards. 45 euro per person. Reservation required: creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com
>>16-17: Complimentary tea tasting sponsored by Oronero led by Palazzo San Niccolò’s own Federico Bonechi
>>19-21: Cozy aperitivo with live music by the incredible piano-playing duo Mad Emoiselle Sarabande. Catch up with friends and get in the holiday spirit!

SUNDAY, December 10:
>> 11-18: Pop up shop featuring an exclusive selection of products all made in Florence
>> 11-17: Paint your own hand-made ceramic Christmas ornament with Jenna Basmagy and Hannah Dobke. For children and adults!
>> 15-17: Wreath-making workshop with floral designer Sonja de Graaf. 38 euro per person. Reservations required:creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com
>> 16-17: Complimentary tea tasting sponsored by Oronero led by Palazzo San Niccolò’s own Federico Bonechi

More info here.
2 entry fee to benefit Associazione Banco Alimentare della Toscana

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Creative People in Florence presenta per la terza volta il suo evento natalizio! Quest’anno siamo lietissimi di collaborare con Palazzo San Niccolò nel loro bellissimo e nuovissimo spazio, in una delle zone più belle di Firenze! Merry & Bright, A Creative People in Florence Holiday Event avrà luogo il 9 e 10 Dicembre e oltre ai workshops, degustazioni e un aperitivo il Sabato sera, comprenderà anche un Pop-Up Market esclusivo con un numero limitato di venditori che rappresentano la migliore qualità artigiana della città. Siamo grati ai nostri  sponsors Oronero and Castello Banfi  per la loro generosa presenza.

DOVE: Palazzo San Niccolò, Via San Niccolò 79
QUANDO: Sabato 9 Dicembre dalle 11 alle 21 // Domenica 10 Dicembre dalle 11 alle 18

SABATO 9 Dicembre:
>>11-19: Pop up market—dove potete trovare i regali perfetti, tutti fatti a mano!
>>Designers: Tiche / Miruna Almasan / Elena Rivetti / Jacqueline Harberink / Tago Design Firenze / Jane H. Restoration / La Serra MK Textile Atelier / Teresa Cambi / New Kid / Officine NORA / Sara Rabà labPaco & Camelia
>>15-18: Workshop di acquerelli dell’illustratrice Alexandra Wong, dove potete imparare nuove tecniche e realizzare una vostra opera originale. 45 euro. Prenotazione obbligatoria: creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com
>>16-17: Degustazione di tè da Oronero, a cura di Federico Bonechi di Palazzo San Niccolò.
>>19-21: Aperitivo natalizio accompagnato dalla musica dell’incredibile duo di pianiste Mad Emoiselle Sarabande!

DOMENICA 10 Dicembre:
>>11-18: Pop up market continua
>>11-17: Decorare gli addobbi di Natale in ceramica con Jenna Basmagy and Hannah Dobke. Per bambini e adulti!
>>15-17: Imparare a fare la ghirlanda di Natale con la fioraia Sonja de Graaf. 38 euro. Prenotazione obbligatoria. creativepeopleingflorence@gmail.com
>>16-17: Degustazione di tè da Oronero, a cura di Federico Bonechi di Palazzo San Niccolò.

Ingresso: €2 per sostenere Associazione Banco Alimentare della Toscana


Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Miruna Almasan

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Per questa serie di Spotlight Interviews parliamo con gli artigiani e i designers che partecipano al nostro pop-up shop Merry & Bright a Palazzo San Niccolo il 9-10 Dicembre!

Quali sono tre (o anche più di tre) aggettivi che descrivono il tuo brand? 
Magico, fiabesco, emozionante, misteriosa, romantica, gioiosa, ricca

Perché Firenze è la città giusta per sviluppare il tuo brand? 
Ho scelto Firenze per la bellezza di questa città, per l’arte, il design, l’architettura, per la sua posizione geografica, per il sole, cibo, meraviglioso paesaggio toscano, per la gioia di vivere che l’italiani hanno nel cuore, ma soprattutto per l’amore che ho trovato qua. Quando hai tutto questo intorno, come fai a non creare?!

A CPiF celebriamo la collaborazione fra creativi. In questo momento stai preparando qualche progetto in collaborazione con altri designer, artigiani o creativi, o stai cercando collaboratori per progetti futuri?
Adoro la collaborazione fra creativi, quando queste persone lavorano insieme per creare la bellezza, qualcosa di magico succede, quindi sono sempre aperta ai collaboratori per progetti futuri.

L’ultima collezione è nata da una collaborazione insieme alla grande artista rumena Ana Wagner ed il suo atelier Wagner Arte. Abbiamo creato una collezione inedita, su porcellana fine dipinta a mano con oro, dove i personaggi di Miruna Almasan prendono vita in una maniera surreale.

Chi sono i tuoi designers o artigiani preferiti a Firenze che tutti dovrebbero conoscere? 
Marco Zedone, Alexandra Tudorache, Simafra, Chiara de Filippis, Elena Camilla Bertellotti, Andreas Senoner

C’è qualche regalo in particolare che speri di trovare sotto l’albero quest’anno? 
Questa domanda mi fa un po’ sorridere perché di solito voglio tante cose, ma quest’anno vorrei soltanto più bontà e consapevolezza nel cuore delle persone; più gioia, salute e tranquillità nella mia famiglia, sono cose che non lì puoi mettere sotto l’albero, però lì puoi regalare.

Sito: www.mirunalmasan.com
Instagram: @miruna.almasan
Facebook: www.facebook.com/miruna.ruxandra.almasan
#mirunaalmasan

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Three words (or more) to describe your brand:
Magic and fairy tales, exciting, mysterious, romantic, joyful, rich

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
I chose Florence for its beauty, its art, design, architecture, for its geographic location, for its sun, food, the beautiful Tuscan countryside, for the joy for life that Italians have in their hearts, but most of all for the love that I found here. When you have all of this around you, how can not be creative?!

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
I love collaborations between creative people! When people work together to create something beautiful, something magical happens, so yes, I’m always open to new collaborations for future projects.

My latest collection came out of a collaboration with the great Romanian artist Ana Wagner and her atelier Wagner Arte. We created a new collection on fine porcelain, handpainted in gold, in which the my characters come to life in a surreal way.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
Marco Zedone, Alexandra Tudorache, Simafra, Chiara de Filippis, Elena Camilla Bertellotti, Andreas Senoner

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
This question makes me smile because I usually want lots of things, but this year all I want is more kindness and consciousness in people’s hearts, more joy, health and peace for my family. These are things that you can put under the tree, but you can still give them as gifts.

Web: www.mirunalmasan.com
Instagram: @miruna.almasan
Facebook: www.facebook.com/miruna.ruxandra.almasan
#mirunaalmasan

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!

Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Officine Nora

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Get straight to the point with the designers from Officine Nora in this short-and-sweet interview. Be sure to come by and see their work up close this weekend!

 

Three adjectives (or more) to describe your brand:
international, one of a kind, contemporary, surprising, tailor made

What makes Florence the right place for your work?
It’s always been a hub for goldsmiths and it gathers people interested in art, beauty and crafts from all over the world.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
All Officine Nora members have a special taste for collaboration and we’re always open for new ones!

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
Jane H. Restoration, Il Torchio, New Kid, Dimitri Villoresi, Tiziana Alemanni

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
Tools tools tools!

IG:@officinenora
FB @officinenora
web: www.officinenora.it

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!

MERRY & BRIGHT Spotlight: Francesco Ciai

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Meet Francesco Ciai, author and director of the Claudio Ciai Foundation. Come by Merry & Bright for reading from his new children’s book, “Paco & Camelia” in both English and Italian.

(Italiano )

Three adjectives (or more) to describe your work:
Florentine DOC. Whimsical. Inspirational.

What makes Florence the right place for what you do?
As a born and bred Florentine, I have always been passionate about my city, its history and all of the remarkable things it offers. And so, when writing my first book for kids titled “Paco & Camelia: The Venus’ Mystery and Other Secrets,” I naturally had to make the city itself the protagonist.

I also founded and run the Claudio Ciai Foundation in honor of my father (www.FondazioneClaudioCiai.com). The organization aims to assist with the ongoing support and recuperation of road accident victims suffering brain injuries or permanent disabilities, particularly in Florence and Tuscany.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
Currently, I am working on writing the sequel to Paco & Camelia and am looking to collaborate with a graphic designer to help recreate the style of the first book. I also work closely with Erika Marchetti who is my editor, and Daniel Hernandez Lyon who translated the first Paco & Camelia book and helps with all marketing.

Who are your favorite local artists, artisans, or creatives that everyone should know about?
Daniel has always helped me with marketing and communications and has been a great help putting my projects out there (his portfolio can be viewed at www.hernandez-lyon.com). Erika, is also a magical editor.

Aside from my collaborators, I particularly love The Florence Art Academy and all their work. The remarkable organization was co-founded by an American expat Susan Tintori.

I also love Jessica Russo Scherr’s work who, while living in Florence, volunteered for an artistic initiative for my Foundation and created a gorgeous collage portrait of my father that I cherish very much and eventually became the cover of another book I wrote, “La Strada della Dignità: Il Movimento #CiaiCoraggio”. This book tells the story of what happened to my father and my family following a tragic car accident and is acclaimed for being the first manual in Italy’s history that easily outlines the steps families need to take when a loved one remains severely injured and disabled after an accident.

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
I’d love to find some beautiful decorative items to take with me to my friends and family in Miami over the holidays!


Website: www.pacocamelia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PacoCamelia
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Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!

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Quali sono tre (o anche più di tre) aggettivi che descrivono il tuo lavoro?
Fiorentino DOC, magico e ispiratore

Perché Firenze è la città giusta per il tuo lavoro?

Come fiorentino di nascita, sono sempre stato appassionato della mia città, della sua storia e di tutte le cose straordinarie che offre. E così, quando ho scritto il mio primo libro per bambini intitolato “Paco & Camelia: Il mistero di Venere e altri segreti”, ho voluto naturalmente rendere la città stessa protagonista.

Ho anche fondato la Fondazione Claudio Ciai in onore di mio padre (www.FondazioneClaudioCiai.com) e ne sono il Presidente. L’organizzazione si propone di assistere con il sostegno continuo le vittime di incidenti stradali che hanno acquisito disabilità permanenti, in particolare a Firenze e in Toscana.

A CPiF celebriamo la collaborazione fra creativi. In questo momento state preparando qualche progetto in collaborazione con altri designer, artigiani o creativi, o stai cercando collaboratori per progetti futuri?

Attualmente sto lavorando alla stesura del sequel di Paco & Camelia e sto cercando di collaborare con un illustratore per ricreare lo stile del primo libro. Lavoro sempre a stretto contatto con Erika Marchetti, che è la mia editor, e Daniel Hernandez Lyon, che ha tradotto il primo libro Paco & Camelia e mi aiuta per quanto riguarda il marketing.

Chi sono i vostri artisti, artigiani o creativi preferiti a Firenze che tutti dovrebbero conoscere?
Daniel mi ha sempre aiutato con il marketing e le comunicazioni ed è stato di grande aiuto nel lanciare tutti i miei progetti (il suo portfolio: www.hernandez-lyon.com). Erika invece è semplicemente la migliore editor che io abbia mai conosciuto!

Oltre ai miei collaboratori, amo particolarmente la Florence Art Academy e il lavoro fantastico che svolgono. La straordinaria organizzazione è stata co-fondata da un’americana che vive a Firenze, Susan Tintori.

Adoro anche le opere di Jessica Russo Scherr che, mentre viveva a Firenze, si è offerta volontaria per un’iniziativa artistica per la mia Fondazione e ha creato uno splendido ritratto in collage di mio padre che è stato apprezzato da tutti moltissimo e che alla fine è diventato la copertina di un altro libro, “La Strada della Dignità: Il Movimento #CiaiCoraggio “. Questo libro racconta la storia di quello che è successo a mio padre e alla mia famiglia a seguito del suo tragico incidente automobilistico ed è acclamato per essere il primo manuale nella storia italiana perché delinea facilmente i passi necessari che le famiglie devono seguire quando una persona cara rimane gravemente ferita e disabile dopo un incidente.

C’è qualche regalo in particolare che sperate di trovare sotto l’albero quest’anno?
Mi piacerebbe trovare dei bellissimi oggetti decorativi da portare con me ai miei amici e alla mia famiglia a Miami durante le vacanze!

Website: www.pacocamelia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PacoCamelia
Instagram: www.instagram.com/PacoCamelia

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79

Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Tiche Clothing

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Today we’re hearing from Tijana Stankovic about her fashion label Tiche Clothing and what inspires her to keep creating.

Three words (or more) to describe your brand:
Timeless, unique, natural elegance, comfortable, sensual, contemporary, simplicity

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
I love art, design, artisans, architecture, nature, I love people and I love eating. Florence is a melting point and inspiration comes from everything, even if you don’t recognize it at the time.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative
projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
I love working with people that share my sense of passion. Other people push you in different direction and you evolve. I would love to collaborate with visual artists, film makers, art photographers — people free from commercial constraints of fashion.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
I come from an art background, so I follow more artists then designers. Artists in Tuscany — Margherita Moscardini, Chiara Camoni, Francesco Carone.

Any holiday gifts you’re particularly pining for this year?
A ticket for a long weekend in nature or an other city would be a perfect gift.

Instagram -­‐ @ticheclothing
Facebook -­‐ ticheclothing
#ticheclothing #tichestyle
www.ticheclothing.com

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!