The finest craftsmanship tell the story of Italian savoir faire and not only among works of art of an enlightened nature, including reinterpretations of ancient weaving and straw-making techniques, particular wooden workings with a checkered motif with crossed veins and manually screen-printed leathers with water

Craftsmanship and art meet and give new stimuli to creativity. The artistic work of Velasco Vitali has given lifeblood to the design pieces chosen by me to underline the value of sartorial care and manual workmanship of great executive skill. The photo shoot was made in Milan by Assab One during the Goldwatch exhibition by Velasco Vitali, in a game of looks and relationships between the works of art and the furnishings. The large paintings were coupled and hung from the ceiling, thus becoming double-sided and defining new spaces and unprecedented points of view. They tell the days of contagion and confinement experienced by the artist starting from March 2020 within the walls of the garden adjacent to his studio. Meditations, Dialogues and Silences - these are the titles of the works - portray corners of vegetation taken from the real day after day, while nature exploded in the spring, regardless of the world that had stopped. Almost a metaphor of these moments of life, in which the hours are all the same and the space takes on a new dimension, forcibly intimate. The exhibition can now be visited in the spaces of the Circolo in Bellano (Lc).

Chair with armrests The Sensitive Light Chair, in snow white stained solid beech and seat with gray textile upholstery, handmade in Japan, Time & Style edition for De Padova. Helena bookcase, design Álvaro Siza for Bottega Ghianda, foldable and transportable, in maple wood with brass hinges.

MOS bookcase designed by GamFratesi for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, with black lacquered bent beech structure and Vienna straw inserts, ash shelves and brass tips. Tessa armchair, designed by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, here in the outdoor version, in turned solid iroko, with traditionally made joints and intertwining in polypropylene cord. Coffee table in hand-polished galvanized cast aluminum, Dialma Brown.

Drops side tables, left and right, designed by Zanellato / Bortotto for De Castelli, inspired by the irregular shapes of water drops; they are in wrought and hand-forged copper with tops in DeNuance and Verdigris finishes made thanks to the combined action of fire, oxidation and pigments. Clop rocking seat in birch plywood, design Dominic Siguang Ma & Feng Wei for Giorgetti, with leather saddle: by rotating it it becomes an armchair. Abstract Purple Fields of Gravity Carpet from the Kama collection by Deanna Comellini for G.T.Design in hand-woven viscose fiber, soft to the touch and brilliant to the eye; conceived in 2001, this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The stackable Ada armchair with armrests from the Nostalgica collection by Nodo2014 revisits the ancient weaving and straw weaving techniques: white powder coated iron structure, hand-woven seat and back with colored recyclable polypropylene yarns.

Tesaurus container designed by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto, with high craftsmanship quality: structure in tineo wood with a damier motif with staggered elements with crossed veins, doors in curved wood, top in Nero Marquinia marble, base in die-cast aluminum graphite. Bilboquet coffee tables, design Kateryna Sokolova, winner of the Roche Bobois Design Award competition, in hand-blown glass in red, green, blue, with black metal structure: by Roche Bobois. Sofa D.R.D.P., design Roberto Lazzeroni for Ceccotti, characterized by a subtle and sculptural organic shape, composed of 16 pieces in solid American walnut hand-sanded and glued using special joints. The plywood seat is padded and a small elliptical-shaped coffee table in sandblasted glass with a silver finish joins the two backrests. The project is inspired by the sinuous and surreal forms of Art Nouveau; D.R.D.P. is the acronym for Double rêve du printemps, the title of a painting by De Chirico.

The Journey polychrome decorative cushions by Giulio Ridolfo with Chiara Novello for Poltrona Frau, entirely upholstered in Frau leather, celebrate the new ColorSphere (C) color system with hand-woven strips of leather strips in three colors. Black Bowls Bowls by Monica Förster for Zanat, in reddish and black stained maple, worked according to an ancient Bosnian carving technique. The photo is taken of the Babel floor work in green puzzle pieces by Andrea Mastrovito, from Assab One.

Brigitte armchair with generous lines with Texture Day Wave leather upholstery, hand-screened with water-based pigments, designed by Draga & Aurel for Baxter. Floralia hyperdecorative carpet by Paula Cademartori for Illulian from the Eclectic Yard collection, hand-knotted in Himalayan wool and natural silk. T-Table from the Baile collection by Jaime Hayon for Bosa, handcrafted according to the ancient techniques of manual processing of ceramics, glazed and decorated with a brush.

Photos Paolo Riolzi