A one-of-a-kind kitchen, which has been handmade decorated with the innovative "De' Barbari" pen-engraved decor on glass, perfectly embraces the "FREESPACE" Biennale theme and design philosophy.

FREESPACE encourages reviewing ways of thinking, new ways of seeing the world, of inventing solutions where architecture provides for the well-being and dignity of each citizen of this fragile planet.
FREESPACE encompasses freedom to imagine the free space of time and memory, binding past, present and future together, building on inherited cultural layers, weaving the archaic with the contemporary.
FREESPACE Manifesto | Yvonne Farrell + Shelley McNamara | Curator of Biennale Architettura 2018

The new De' Barbari decor, designed by Giovanni Luca Ferreri and handmade engraved on glass by our skilled Venetian artisan, is inspired by part of the woodcuts aerial view “Map of Venice”, an impressive masterpiece, made by the Venetian artist Jacopo De’ Barbari on XIV century. This artwork still is considered as a very detailed city urban landmark and it amazes for its massive size and for the painstaking details accuracy.

Giovanni Luca Ferreri has merged the high-skilled artisan workforce of Arte Veneziana atelier, who masters the most ancient Venetian engraving techniques, with the inspiration that comes from the astonishing Jacopo De’ Barbari’s work of art.

The result is a one-of-a-kind design masterpiece, also a tribute to the heritage of artistic Venetian knowledge that embraces a clear (and emotional) geographic connection.

By looking at this new exclusive kitchen, it is possible to admire the beauty of Venice island of XIV century as well as the contemporary one, in terms of the love for passionate glass manufacturing, which has been engraved with ancient handmade processes that have been fine-tuned over the years by artisan hands with rare abilities.

Pen engraved glass

​Drawing on glass

"De' Barbari" new decor is inspired by the ancient bird’s eye view of Venice island and surroundings.

This new motif aims to bring the spirit and splendor of Venetian culture into the contemporary design trends.

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