I recently took my 12 SACI Jewelry Design students on a studio visit to Microfficina, to meet jewelry artist, Federico Vianello. Is it just a coincidence that his last name contains the word for “ring” in Italian, anello?
Microfficina is a small design studio, workshop, and gallery in Florence, Italy, where Federico creates, displays, and sells his work. Originally from Venice, he has lived and worked in Florence for over 35 years, where he has been making unique pieces and small collections using ancient techniques, modern technologies, and experimental methods with both traditional and alternative materials. Federico weaves subtle irony and poetry into his work.
Theses and antitheses: everything is random / nothing is random? It is the space between things that intrigues me. – Federico Vianello
In only 12 square meters of studio space, we had to split the visit into 2 groups. He talked to us about how his career has developed, how some of his designs and concepts were conceived, his inspirations, and techniques. He spoke about the ancient method of cuttlefish casting, which he uses for some of his pieces.
Federico is self-taught, but he teaches jewelry making for Italian and foreign universities. His work can be found in private collections as well as prestigious galleries, such as the Tesoro dei Granduchi silver museum at the Pitti Palace, and has been published in international reviews and magazines.
Microfficina also offers artisan workshop experiences through AirBnB: where you can learn and create your own sterling silver jewelry work in just a few hours:
Create your own jewelry in silver
Microfficina – Federico Vianello