Ilaria Aprile and Davide Gallina
IIaria Aprile and Davide Gallina have in common a passion for design. Ilaria studied Industrial Design and then after a pause in London, she completed her studies at the ISIA (Higher Institute for Artistic Trade) in Rome. Davide has studied at the IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan, has worked in Paris, and then with a few Italian brands, including Borsalino, and he has also created his own brand. Professionally, they have developed in different and distant cities, but they have now come together with the same purpose. That of designing something that is not self-referential, but that will have an effect in the real world. To do this, the two designers have tried to look to the future, but starting from the past. Starting with an entirely Italian wealth of know-how in the form of artisans’ knowledge, they have launched an innovative project to identify a new, effective approach that can be useful for designers and artisans. “Every craftsman has his own history and human heritage, and stands apart for productive techniques and worked materials. We listen, observe and design with them”. “Manufatto” enables artisans and designers to work together to create unique products, symbols of this course. A regeneration process that has the dual aim of putting workshops back in use as a commercial space and at the same time, giving the public the possibility to appreciate the value of the authentic manual work.
The project also aims to establish international events, exhibitions and even online shops. These storytelling tools will enable the workshops to become active again, joining them together like nodes in a commercial network. “Manufatto” can be assisted in its development by joining similar organisations and finding the glue that binds them together, such as a Foundation or an Institution, to support them in a real way in the relaunch of our craftsmanship excellence.
The story has been written by Jason Ray Forbus