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Guest of Honour

Guest of Honour

Welcoming Japan’s finest master artisans and designers to Venice

This edition of Homo Faber celebrates the cultural dialogue between Europe and Japan as it invites the very best Japanese artisans and designers to Venice. A country of exquisite craftsmanship traditions, Japan is constantly striving to safeguard this important cultural heritage, such as by naming its finest master artisans National Living Treasures, a title that recognises their excellence and helps protect their skills for the future. Japan’s ongoing quest to champion its artisanal legacy fits perfectly with the aims of Homo Faber: to celebrate, showcase and preserve excellence in craftsmanship

Japanese artisan


A Japanese perspective on design and craftsmanship

To cast a shining light on Japan’s artisanal excellence, Homo Faber draws on the talent of some of the country’s leading designers and cultural experts, whose knowledge of Japanese master artisanship is second-to-none. Whether helping to designate the country’s National Living Treasures, in the case of Tokugo Uchida, or applying a unique design philosophy to international brands, like Naoto Fukasawa, our curators are leaders in their field. Together, they bring a distinctively Japanese perspective to Homo Faber, all the while working in harmony with their European friends and colleagues.

Naoto Fukasawa Naoto Fukasawa Curator/designer

A Japanese designer, professor and curator who has brought his unique design philosophy to leading brands around the world.

Rinko Kawauchi Rinko Kawauchi Photographer

A Japanese photographer whose work has been published and exhibited around the world.

Tokugo Uchida Tokugo Uchida Curator

Director of the MOA Museum of Art and Hakone Museum of Art, Tokugo Uchida is one of Japan’s foremost cultural commentators.

David Caméo


The former head of the world-renowned porcelain company Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, David Caméo has spent his career serving the decorative arts. A politics graduate, he was an advisor on the decorative arts for the French Ministry of Culture, before becoming a technical advisor for successive culture ministers and then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. He is president of Marta Pan - André Wogenscky Foundation and the Roman Opalka Trust. Additionally, he is a trustee for Villa Noailles, CIRVA, School of Jewelry Arts and Paris-Ateliers.

Frédéric Bodet


From 1999 to 2012, Frédéric Bodet worked at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as an assistant curator in charge of the collections of modern and contemporary ceramics, jewellery and goldwork. From 2012 to 2019 he was a curator of modern and contemporary collections at the Musée National de Céramique (National Museum for Ceramics) in Sèvres. He has curated many exhibitions for these two renowned institutions as well as many as a freelance curator, especially for the Fondation Bernardaud. A researcher and expert in the applied arts, he gives lectures at European art schools and contributes to reviews and special publications (particularly for specialist publisher Éditions Norma). He often sits on juries for international biennales.

Sebastian Herkner


German designer Sebastian Herkner combines his unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship with a flair for colour, a curiosity for different cultures and a feel for new technologies. Herkner has designed furniture for some of the world’s most respected manufacturers including ClassiCon, Rosenthal, Ames and Cappellini, as well as architectural projects and museum and exhibition designs. His work has garnered numerous awards, and he was named Designer of the Year 2019 by Maison & Objet.

Naoto Fukasawa


Naoto Fukasawa has brought his unique design philosophy to leading brands around the world across many different design disciplines from precision electronic equipment to furniture, interior spaces and architecture. What links his work is a dedication to the beauty of form and the power of silence, a design philosophy that has garnered him international recognition for his ability to express the true essence of an object. In addition, he is the director of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, a professor at the Tama Art University and has sat on several judging panels including the Loewe Craft Prize. In 2007 he was named Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts. He has won numerous awards for his work including the 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award.

Tokugo Uchida


Director of the MOA Museum of Art and Hakone Museum of Art, Tokugo Uchida is one of Japan’s foremost cultural commentators. He completed his PhD in aesthetics at Keio University in 2007 and has since lectured widely in Japan and abroad. He served as a member of the Cultural Council, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; committee member for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and Guest Professor at Kyushu University. He is involved in the selection for art-related awards, holds important roles in governmental organisations for traditional crafts as an art history specialist and has authored numerous publications.

Rinko Kawauchi


Rinko Kawauchi was born in Shiga Prefecture in 1972. In 2002, Rinko received the Kimura Ihei Award, for her publications Utatane and Hanabi. Numerous other awards include 25th Infinity Award, Art Category in 2009. Rinko has held several solo exhibitions including The River Embraced Me (2016), Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto. She is also the author of multiple publications such as Halo (2017), a picture book Hajimari no Hi (the day it started, 2018) and When I was Seven (2019).

Michelangelo Foundation


The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international, non-profit institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, which celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the foundation seeks to support men and women who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work.

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte


The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte is a private non-profit organisation founded by Franco Cologni in Milan in 1995. The foundation’s initiatives are primarily focused on young people and the training of the next generation of artisans. It supports and carries out a number of cultural, scientific and educational programmes, including the development of an important collection of publications related to craftsmanship, an innovative apprenticeship scheme, and a title to recognise and celebrate master artisans.

Sylvain Roca


Since more than twenty years, he has designed the scenography for temporary and permanent exhibitions all over France and around the world, including at the Musée d’Orsay and the Grand Palais in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Heritage Museum in Hong Kong, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, the Bouregreg Culture in Rabat, the World Exhibition in Shanghai… He creates events and scenography for communication agencies and has developed product design studies for leading brands.

Stefano Boeri


Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri is one of the world’s leaders in his field. A professor of urban planning at the Politenico in Milan, he has also been a guest professor at universities around the world including Harvard Graduate School of Design in the US. He founded a studio in Milan in 1999 and later opened a second in Shanghai. He has authored many books and is the former editor-in-chief of the magazines Domus and Abitare. In 2018 he was appointed chairman of the Triennale Milano.

Simon Kidston


Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Simon Kidston is a world expert on cars. He began his career in the car auction department at Coys in London, before co-founding Brooks (now Bonhams) Europe in Geneva, spending the next decade staging high-profile car sale events. In 2006 he set up an independent consultancy for motor car collectors around the world. He has been involved in several heritage events for historic cars including Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance at Goodwood, UK, and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa Este in Italy. He also writes a monthly column for Classic Cars magazine.

Robert Wilson


Texas-born Robert Wilson is one of the world’s foremost theatre directors and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally incorporate a wide variety of artistic media including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. His productions have been acclaimed by audiences and critics worldwide, and he has won numerous awards including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, two Premio Ubu Awards and an Olivier Award, as well as a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His drawings, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are held in private and public collections around the world.

Judith Clark


Judith Clark is a curator and fashion exhibition maker and currently Professor of Fashion and Museology at University of the Arts London, where she co-directs the Centre for Fashion Curation. Clark opened the first experimental gallery of fashion in London. Since then she has curated 40 fashion exhibitions. Commissioning museums include the V&A in London, ModeMuseum in Antwerp and Palazzo Pitti in Florence. In 2015 she curated and designed the inaugural exhibition at La Galerie Louis Vuitton in Asnières, while in 2018 she created the Fashion Inside and Out exhibition for the inaugural Homo Faber. Clark lectures internationally on issues of dress display.

Michele De Lucchi


The world-renowned architect and designer Michele De Lucchi has designed furniture and lighting for most well-known Italian and European companies including Artemide, Alias, Unifor, Hermès, Alessi and Olivetti. His architectural work spans residential, industrial, cultural and corporate spaces in Italy and around the world. Alongside his professional work he has always pursued a personal exploration of design and craftsmanship, and in 1990 he founded Produzione Privata, an experimental laboratory through which he creates imaginative products using artisanal techniques. In 2000 he was appointed Officer of the Italian Republic for services to design and architecture.



Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and school of watchmaking, for many decades Panerai supplied the Italian Navy in general, and its specialist diving corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997. Today Panerai designs its watches in Italy and crafts them at its Neuchâtel premises in Switzerland, combining Italian design flair with Swiss horological expertise.

Jean Blanchaert


Jean Blanchaert is a Belgian-Italian gallerist, antiquarian and artist. For the past 30 years he has run his family’s Milan gallery, which specialises in glass, ceramics, enamel and contemporary materials. He has curated numerous exhibitions and writes about design for the monthly Art e Dossier and other publications. He is also a talented illustrator, calligrapher and glass sculptor in his own right. He has illustrated for children’s books, newspapers, cultural initiatives and theatre projects, and his work has been exhibited in Milan several times.

De Castelli


Founded in 2003 by Albino Celato and heir of a long tradition in metal manufacturing, De Castelli is now internationally well-known for introducing the language of design, mixing craftsmanship and advanced technologies. Pieces of furniture resulting from collaborations with famous designers contributed to raising the profile of the brand, together with new surface solutions that enhance the characteristics of metals, born from on-going studies and research on materials. Recently, the company has focused on collaborations with international architects and on partnerships with famous companies that work in the design field. Some have led to prestigious projects and special works for the Biennale di Architettura in Venice and Milano Expo.



Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto founded their studio in 2013. Their first project, the Acqua Alta collection, pays homage to the city of Venice. This moment marked the beginning of their longstanding, constant research into the relationship between places and the passing of time, a connection analysed through the reinterpretation of traditional artisanal techniques. The studio’s work includes product design, limited editions for galleries, art direction and interior design.

Nicolas Le Moigne


Nicolas Le Moigne is a designer and professor at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. For more than ten years, he has headed the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship. This unique course allows the students to work in close collaboration with prestigious maisons, which can draw on a heritage of a hundred years or more, and to further their design education in areas of excellence as varied as fine watchmaking, tableware, fashion, gastronomy and the métiers d’art, or to learn particular techniques with regards to the use of noble materials and craftsmanship.

Tapiwa Matsinde


Tapiwa Matsinde is a London-based independent curator, author, writer and consultant. Her work highlights the role craftsmanship has in design, seeking to bring to the fore the work of artisans we don’t often hear about. As the founder of atelier 55, an award-winning digital platform, Matsinde specialises in shining the spotlight on designers and artisans from across Africa and its diaspora, bringing their work to the attention of global audiences. She is the author of Contemporary Design Africa and has contributed essays on the topics of design, craft and sustainability to various publications.



Founded in 1921 by Paolo Venini, a Milanese lawyer, and Giacomo Cappellin, a Venetian antiques dealer, Venini SpA, then Cappellin, Venini & C., would become a model of excellence in the world of artistic glass, laying the foundations for a stylistic identity that still distinguishes it today. Venini has always created objects with a timeless design that are destined to appreciate in value. Thanks to the excellence of quality, the high artistic content, and the manufacturing value intrinsic to each piece, the hammer prices of Venini glassware reach record figures at major auctions. Since 2016, the Damiani family (owners of the homonymous international luxury jewellery brand), have held the controlling interest in Venini S.p.A., and their aim is to promote one of Italy's most authentically excellent brands.

Design Museum Gent

Visit this internationally esteemed museum of Belgian design.

Frank Steyaert Gallery

Celebrating the work of the visual artist.

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Fondazione Querini Stampalia ONLUS

Step inside a traditional 16th century Venetian 'palace'.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Visit one of the Netherlands' most famous institutions.

Musée Ariana

One of the world's most important museums devoted to ceramics and glass.

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

Discover a unique collection of applied arts, design and architecture.

Keramis - Centre de la Céramique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles asbl

A space celebrating art and creativity, particularly ceramics.

Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie

Discover the craft of working with ivory, bone and other natural materials.

National Museum of Ireland

An iconic cultural institution.

Museo del Design Italiano

A must-visit museum of Italian design.

The Keramikmuseum Westerwald

Royal Delft

Visit the last remaining 17th century Delftware factory.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen

The National Museum of History and Art

MAK - Museum Angewandte Kunst

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague - U(P)M

Museum of Applied Arts

Museo del Violino

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Explore works by Latvia's leading artists in decorative art and design.

All-Russian Decorative Art Museum

A showcase of immense artisanal wealth from the 16th century to the present day.

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche

Discover ceramics from around in the world in Italy's famous ceramics town.

Gzhel Museum

Stieglitz School Museum

DIVA (Antwerp Home of Diamonds)

Explore this museum dedicated to diamonds, jewellery and silver in Antwerp.

Etar Museum

An open-air living museum near Gabrovo, Bulgaria

The Hunt Museum

Discover one of Ireland's greatest collections of antiquities.

Kuskovo Museum Estate

Visit one of the oldest surviving country estates in Russia.

The Baur Foundation

Visit the collection of well known Swiss art collector Alfred Baur.

Fabergé Museum

Museum of Arts and Crafts

Explore this museum, established in 1880 to reinvigorate the production of everyday items.

Ceramics Museum at the Residential Palace Ludwigsburg

Exhibiting the most prestigious ceramic pieces from the state collection.


Discover one of the most beautiful porcelain collections in the world.

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum

Visit the oldest design museum in the world.


One of the largest museums for art, craft, design and music in the Nordic countries.

Costume Gallery of the State Hermitage Museum

Visit this fascinating costume gallery.

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Explore the collection of renowned 19th century collectors Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi.

Correr Museum

A fascinating insight into the art and history of Venice.

Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo

Discover the trends in fashion, costume and fabrics of the 18th century.

Glass Museum

Discover the world’s largest historical collection of Murano glass.

The Oriental Art Museum

Discover the impressive Asian collection of Prince Henry of Bourbon.

Hetjens - German Ceramics Museum

Discover a vast collection of worldly ceramics.

Weltmuseum Wien

Discover the largest anthropological museum in Austria

Lace Museum

Discover the rich history of Venetian lacemaking.

Live Silver Museum


Discover silver ornaments of the Sámi people.

Sámi Museum

Discover the heritage of the Sámi people.

Cork Craft Month

Musical Instruments Museum of Castello Sforzesco

Imperial Porcelain Factory Museum

Kizhi Museum

The Fondation Martin Bodmer

Museo delle arti decorative del Castello Sforzesco

National Ceramics Museum Sèvres

Lefty Museum

The State Hermitage Museum

Palazzo Grimani Museum

The Museum of Popular Art

The National Museum of Slovenia


Jewish Museum

Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art

François Duesberg Museum of Decorative Arts

Art & History Museum

Museo Didattico della Ceramica e della Porcellana

B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music

Museo Teatrale Alla Scala

Museo del costume di Palazzo Morando

Centre for Innovation and Design (CID)

The Accorsi-Ometto Museum

Diamant Museum

Essen Cathedral Treasury

Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière

The Vasa Museum

Palazzo Madama

The Museum of the Treasure of Saint Januarius


A journey through the traditions, culture and artistry enriching contemporary Japanese craftsmanship

Japan in focus

A unique encounter with the traditions and culture of Japan

Discover the beauty, rigour and refinement of Japanese craftsmanship in a series of fascinating experiences. The exceptional mastery of 12 Japanese National Living Treasures is showcased in an exhibition of their exquisite works and through the lens of leading photographer Rinko Kawauchi. Visitors can experience the elegant traditions of Japanese Ikebana and the famous tea ceremony in workshops and demonstrations, see Japanese master artisans working on site, and explore the influence of Japan’s sophisticated culture on paper crafts, ceramics, luxury European craftsmanship and even the world of theatre.

The Ateliers of Wonders
12 Stone Garden
Italy and Japan: the marvellous liaisons
WAITING with peace and darkness
Porcelain Virtuosity
Magnae Chartae
The Ateliers of Wonders
12 Stone Garden
Italy and Japan: the marvellous liaisons
WAITING with peace and darkness
Porcelain Virtuosity
Magnae Chartae