Started in March 2020, just a week prior to the to start with Italian lockdown, MAY is a new multidisciplinary communication agency started by 3 women of all ages combining contemporary and historic approaches to generate guided walking excursions of Venice.
Claudia Malfitano (whose history is in public, social and political conversation), Carlotta Santini (a former occasions organiser) and Camilla Rigo Langé (who studied graphic style and design) determined to depart their employment to create just one on their possess. They met in Venice while performing at interaction agency Lightbox Publishing: ‘we were a really shut-knit team of women of all ages with the desire to pursue enjoyable jobs with each other.’
Might presents a few customised going for walks excursions of Venice, called VeniceFor (each specialising in art, style and design and architecture), and wanderers are geared up with unique welcome kits. Kits include a tote bag (emblazoned with the words and phrases ‘Venice for Tipsy Gallerinas’, ‘Venice for Wannabe Archistars’ and ‘Venice for Sleepless Designers’), and practical applications designed of sustainable components to investigate the metropolis: a modest brick of drinking water and a printed map of the island made from the similar algae that infest the lagoon.
Going for walks tour of Venice: the art and structure highlights
Claudia Malfitano suggests: ‘Let’s get started from Lunardelli. It is a wood atelier led by a visionary woman, Agnese Lunardelli, who is extremely much in appreciate with Venice and grew up on “bread and wood chips”, due to the fact of her family’s wood craftsmanship business enterprise. Agnese collaborates with designers and artisans to categorical the wide range of skills and creative imagination offered by the Venetian territory, but also to discover ground breaking creation tactics with resources of the local traditions these kinds of as wood, Murano glass, fabrics.’
‘One of my beloved collaborations in between Lunardelli Venezia and other designers is the a single with Tessitura Bevilacqua, which is an additional wonderful prevent involved in our excursions,’ proceeds Malfitano. ‘The weaving mill Luigi Bevilacqua is a single of the most historic performing mills in Europe, and they nevertheless manually produce the special soprarizzo velvet applying the same strategies and higher high quality expected by the Doges, on the first looms of the 18th Century. It is one thing incredible to see: an historic mill, where only a couple of exquisite centimeters of velvet are woven each and every day!’
States Camilla Rigo Langé: ‘Walking underneath the St. Mark’s sq. porticos, you can find a little developing that Adriano Olivetti identified as the ideal place to converse his company’s cultural values in a setting that mixes modernity and innovation. As a graphic designer, I believe that that Negozio Olivetti is an unbelievable resource of inspiration for its information and coexistence of components and shapes, and I’m often stunned by the intervention of Scarpa and the historical past of the room.’
Alma Zevi Gallery
‘In a single of the chicest parts of Venice, recognized for the headquarters of Palazzo Grassi and its futuristic Teatrino intended by Tadao Ando, there is a compact gallery with an worldwide flair and a taste for nearby rising artists: Alma Zevi Gallery, a genuine will have to for up to date artwork lovers,’ suggests Carlotta Santini. ‘The gallery regularly hosts artists in home to deliver new functions in reaction to the fervent cultural surroundings of the city. Alma Zevi’s gallery represents several young artists together with my particular favorite and extended-time close friend, Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda.’
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‘After getting the helm of the glass company LagunaB (started in 1996 by his mom Marie Brandolini), Marcantonio succeeded through the output and redesign of some historic collections of eyeglasses these kinds of as the “Goto” and the progress of numerous other projects,’ suggests Santini. ‘The recent mission of LagunaB is in simple fact to provide pieces whose correct worth lies in their good impression on present and long run generations, although respecting the setting and enhancing the town and its lagoon.’
At the finish of each individual tour, the visits include things like wonderful spots serving pure wines and gourmet food, and are possibly established in a fantastic place or present a spectacular ambiance. ‘The closing stage of the fantastic day in Venice is to meet up with mates for a glass of wine in Fondamenta Della Misericordia, in Cannaregio, and Vino Vero is the location to be,’ adds Rigo Langé. ‘Vino Vero opened in 2014 and presents one particular of the most effective selections of 500 purely natural wines from all in excess of the world. In just a number of yrs, it has turn into a assembly level to savor a glass of organic wine glass at sunset.’