Craft was surely one of the leitmotifs of this years Salone, but when Fendi linked it with Punk all preconceptions were turned upside down. Firstly, installed in the entry courtyard, was my friend Tomas Gabzdil Libertinys' welding installation. Over the period of the exhibit a welder gradually built up a vast bowl as a huge lathe turned around and layers and layers of weld were applied. A discrete sign informed us that the welders protective clothing was in fact made by Fendi! This made a dramatic welcome to the event.
Then, once inside the vast hanger like volume of the Spazio Fendi, we found the workshops of a group of artisans. Sarah Becker was working on her 'rebuild' project (above) She had come up with a desirable collection of bags and accessories, with leftover scraps from the Fendi production line.
Simon Hasan also using Fendi Scraps (above and below) was boiling pieces of leather, that were wrapped around forms to create a series of vases and receptacles. The smooth hardened forms were ethereal and curiously aesthetically pleasing.