Like a fingerprint left on an object, design pieces are numbered in limited collections. Production is made in small batches, to give every object the care and attention it deserves. The action of numbering a material always precedes the creation of a product, giving to it a unique value as it happens to a precious metal.
“The linearity, the essence of the matter, the power of iconographic forms make the products full of meanings, telling an artisan virtuosity which merges with the world of design.”Discover Mingardo Products
Ilario Mingardo, Daniele’s father, founded Mingardo Blacksmith Workshop in 1970, after over twenty years of experience in metal manufacturing. The production was initially focused on simple blacksmith works for the construction industry. Over time, thanks to an increasingly refined production process, the company started collaborating with internationally renowned companies and architects like Carlo Scarpa, the Italian master of restoration and museum architecture. At the age of 25, Daniele Mingardo decided to launch his own brand showcasing the first home collection at Milan Design Week 2013 in Italy. Receiving overwhelming response, Mingardo Designer Faber is now synonymous of exclusive, contemporary design objects crafted with precision and high-quality finishing.
“I like to get my hands dirty with good ideas” is the new Mingardo motto.
The desire to innovate and the need to face today industry’s challenges pushed Daniele Mingardo to scale the family workshop into the high-end design realm. Inside a labyrinth of machinery colored in deep-green, the quality of the Mingardo products has been guaranteed for decades by the steady hands of the workmanship, sweating over old-fashioned carpentry tools.
“For the first time in the Mingardo’s workshop, you feel that there is more than what you can see” says Daniele Mingardo.
Mingardo unique metal products are all hand-wrought by a highly skilled team of specialized artisans. A highly regarded metal manufacturer with high-end finishing where the passion for metal workmanship is hardwired on each of the limited edition objects of Mingardo Designer Faber collection. A traditional production process with a contemporary design and a minimalistic approach, where metals like copper, iron, and brass are presented at their best.
A team of young entrepreneurs is leading the Mingardo new era creating a stronger and more defined brand. Old and new generations working side by side to perpetuate the legacy. Starting with Federica Biasi – class 1988 – working with the established Italian architect and designer Aldo Parisotto, the duo is leading Mingardo new artistic direction. Under their sight, a selection of emerging and established designers have been invited to work with metal products to create icons.
After the brand debut at the 2013 Design Week in Milan, some of the most recent commissions recalls the early collaborations with architect Carlo Scarpa: Museo del Novecento in Milan, Parco Della Musica in Florence, and Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari are just some of the collaboration between Mingardo and the most important art institutions across Italy. Knowledge and traditional craftsmanship to celebrate the work of the archetypal creator, the Faber – the maker.
Every object crafted in the Mingardo workshop carries the unique style of each designer while revealing the identity of Mingardo new direction.
The Japanese Masanori Mori with his 2016 Wallpaper Awarded Bi-Track, a brass-made parking stand for bicycles; The incredibly light collection of coffee tables and consoles Trestle by Revesz & Tatangelo, mixing solid durmast wood with a natural brass, copper or top powder-coated metal top; Antigone Acconci & Riccardo Bastian’s minimalistic candle holder with natural oxidation finishings; or the sculpted lamp made of black steel and raw brass Sfoglia and Piega designed by Parisotto & Formenton; The Chiara Andreatti’s Satin Collection of trays and coffee winking at the Bauhaus period; Leonidas Trampoukis & Eleni Petaloti with his gentle set of Shapes Mirrors from Objects of Common Interest studio; The essential and poetic lines of Federica Biasi vase Elettra; and the Lume brass Candleholder by Cara & Davide, a timeless object that examines the relationship between geometry and its three-dimensional shape.