You say Cantù and you immediately think of the history of furniture, the epicentre of sophisticated woodworking that has nourished homes around the world for 150 years. Italian design would not have been as we know it, if the masters had not been able to rely on those manufacturing hubs that have enabled them, over time, to realise their challenging ideas, subjected to the expertise of craftsmen capable of bringing to fruition the most refined and complex project.
A rich palisensto
Cantù's excellence will be on show from Friday 10 to Sunday 19 November with Cantù Città del Mobile - Festival del Legno, a packed schedule of free events, exhibitions, workshops and visits to artisan workshops to discover the world of made-in-Italy wood-furnishing with the big names in architecture and design.
From tradition to the green deal
The theme of the eleventh edition of the exhibition is Visions, a word that brings together Cantù's woodworking tradition and the European green deal, inspired by the paths taken by the Lombardy city starting in 2022 and inspired by the values and objectives of inclusion, beauty and sustainability disseminated by the European Union for the relaunch of the post-Covid economy. These are the same values underlying the renewed vision of the area's craft culture, which in recent months has seen the birth of the Mome, Museum of Furniture and Lace City of Cantù: the project is in fact the winner of the New European Bauhaus call for proposals and the focal point of the international ideas competition Europan Living Cities 17.
Companies: open doors for visitors
For the festival, Canton's companies open their doors to professionals, citizens and visitors with events and guided tours, also accredited by the Order of Architects, to come into contact with the know-how of master craftsmen and witness the transformation of wood into furniture and design products. Porro, Riva 1920, Tabu, Eredi Marelli, Pifferi&Alpi, Bruno Longoni Atelier, La Fer, and Arredaesse are some of the protagonists of the exhibition, which also livens up the streets of the centre. To welcome tourists and visitors, the Bench designed and created by Tabu, eight metres long and carved from a single trunk with a double seat. On one side sixteen coloured wooden seats, on the other raw surface. Streets and squares will come alive with the Shopping&Design® initiative, transforming the centre into a design showcase.
Exhibitions and displays
Canturina's symbolic cultural venues, Villa Calvi, Ex Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio, Enaip Factory and Liceo Artistico Melotti, will host exhibitions and displays designed for young and old. Multisensory and design will investigate how the senses influence our behaviour, while the collection hosted by Enaip Factory is dedicated to Bruno Munari. The former Church of Sant'Ambrogio will host an itinerary of iconic products that have marked the history of design, signed by great masters and architects such as Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Karim Rashid, Mark Newson and Philip Starck.
Opportunity for fun and recreation
The Wood Festival is also an opportunity for fun and discovery for the craftsmen of tomorrow: so here are workshops for manipulating wood and other materials where the little ones will put their skills to the test. At Villa Calvi, a master craftsman will work with wood live. There will also be dance performances, tastings and theme evenings.