In 1935, Piero De Vecchi sounded the Atelier De Vecchi, a silverware workshop. Piero was the creator of the world-famous, flexuous, silver-plated “T8” candlestick. The works of this master of contemporary design, also involved in the Italian Futurist School, are on display in museums such as the V&A in London, the Moma in New York, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The company has recently been taken over by Carlo Traglio, Vhernier’s owner, who aims at keeping its craftsmanship and knowledge intact.
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The Renaissance-like workshop atmosphere you could breathe in while walking along the Navigli is gone: but the innovative pieces realised since the ...
The Renaissance-like workshop atmosphere you could breathe in while walking along the Navigli is gone: but the innovative pieces realised since the 1930s by master silversmith Pierino De Vecchi are still alive in the “quadrilatero”, Milan’s Fashion District. We still find his T8 candlestick/centrepiece (dated 1947, according to the 8th Triennale), one single element flexuously snaking into space. But also the unexpected objects created by his son Gabriele, who, starting in the Sixties, and pursuing multi-sensory effects, has revisited the art of pouring with his gurgling Slow Drink jugs.