Meeting Franco Merlo: Artisan of Musical Instruments

“There is a piece of me in every work” Last weekend I went to fair in Ferrara where I met Franco Merlo, an international award-winning artisan and artist of rare musical instruments. He lovingly handcrafts every piece, and specialises in antique and unusual designs. But he works alone and cannot find apprentices, so his extraordinary… Read More Meeting Franco Merlo: Artisan of Musical Instruments

Made in Italy

“Every day … the hands of an artisan unite two strips of silk, whose stitches seem invisible as they magically join together. On one is written ‘Fendi’ and on the other ‘Made in Italy’. In this way the etiquette of the brand is realised …” (Translated from Marie Claire Issue April 2006, p.184)