ITALIAN DESIGN
MELTS WITH SILVER

The combination of technique, form and function, the series of logical steps with which form is determined, simplification in order to communicate (where simplification is seen as the shortest route between the conception of the object and the real object), the rejection of stylistic clichés, research, thorough knowledge of tradition, the careful preparation of prototypes , designs which will never be realized: these are all different aspects of the great adventure which allows the creation of objects fit to represent our age.

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It is incredible how few silversmiths are truly committed to the culture of their art. Among those very few, the San Lorenzo Atelier, founded by Ciro Cacchione, stands out for the continuity and quality of its dedication. Since the beginning, an obsessive attention to detail and quality results in a scrupulously coherent product. The most refined textures, obtained by patient and ingenious steps, are sometimes made difficult because of shortage of skilled hands. Technical details, dedicated attention to fastenings and joints, intuition and profound awareness of material are only a few of the skills that Ciro brings to his collaboration with architects and designers that make San Lorenzo such an exceptional company.

Designing for San Lorenzo means not only standing side by side with a rich pantheon of great designers, but above all creating art with a silversmith who profoundly and passionately recognizes and exalts the essence and nobility of silver.

Written by Massimo Vignelli, 2009

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Since its foundation in 1970, the San Lorenzo Atelier in Milan has distinguished itself for collaborating with internationally famous designers and architects such as Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Maria Luisa Belgiojoso, Antonio Piva, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and Lella and Massimo Vignelli.

The excellence of the products has been recognized by the most prominent international institutions, in particular by the Milan Triennale and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which in 1995 dedicated to San Lorenzo a monographic exhibition. Numerous objects San Lorenzo are part of the permanent collections of European and American museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Denver Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and the Museum of Art in Philadelphia.