Lost In Florence celebrates the best venues in the city and beyond the obvious, the little back streets and studios you want to discover and get lost in… Open Studio Weekend is our first 2-day event giving you access into unique spaces in Florence; some hidden and normally not open to the public, others are to be discovered and open especially for this event. All spaces are worth visiting to experience this unique side of Florence life.

12 unique studios are taking part and your free downloadable map (see below) is designed for you to take a tour of Florence by visiting all 12 studios, like a magically mystery trail where you can be led to secret courtyards, old convents, to press a buzzer which opens the grand door into a wondrous palace...but only for two days on the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014. All studios are open from 12pm until 6pm, and we have added suggested pitstops for wine or café along the way.

So come join us, see inside these studio spaces and meet the artisans too. I hope you enjoy getting ‘Lost in Florence’ as much as I do!

The Studios

ALESSANDRO DARI - JEWELLERY

Master goldsmith Alessandro Dari’s atelier is like entering Florence of the past. Behind the doors of a historic Renaissance palace his workshop and museum showcase remarkable handmade jewellery that must be seen to be believed. www.alessandrodari.com

IL TORCHIO - BOOKS AND PAPER

Florence is renowned for its papermaking and the tradition of handbinding books. Come meet Erin Ciulla and see how she preserves this antique Fiorentina artisan tradition while exploring new ideas and designs. www.legatoriailtorchio.com

ANITA RUSSO - CERAMICS

Ceramics maker Anita hails from Sorrento but calls Florence home after originally coming to study fine art at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Her passion for clay has led her to open her studio shop in the hip Oltrarno, with pieces that are modern and worthy of any home. www.facebook.com/Anita-Russo-Ceramic-Studio-Firenze

NORA STUDIO - JEWELLERY

Nora is a co-working space in the heart of Florence designed to meet the requirements of contemporary jewellery makers. Set in a former mechanics workshop, it now hosts a group of local and international jewellery artists, each working independently but sharing this unique space in Santo Spirito. Margherita de Martino Norante Arata Fuchi Valentina Caprini Martina Loncar Eugenia Ingegno

TIZIANA ALEMANI - DRESSMAKING

Tiziana is a dressmaker creating one-of-a-kind pieces in her secluded courtyard studio. "I express myself through the fabric, it is my muse” she says and you can see how this is done by visiting Tiziana over Open Studio Weekend. www.tizianaalemanni.it

THE FLORENCE STUDIO - FINE ART & SCULPTURE

Set in a historic palace down a cobbled street, you have to press the buzzer to come inside this light filled studio. Painter Laura Thompson and sculptor Frank Rekrut showcase walls of fine art and intricate sculpture. Come meet the artists and find out more about their work and courses too. www.theflorencestudio.com

ART STUDIO FUJI - JEWELLERY

The art925 jewellery studio of Naomi Muirhead is housed in an old former convent tucked away from the busy street. Press the buzzer of ‘Fuji’ to come inside this secluded courtyard and meet Naomi to find out more about her latest projects. www.art925.com

LA SERRA MKTEXTILE ATELIER - TEXILES

This stunning textile studio based in an old Florentine green house in Palazzo Pandolfini is the studio of Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns who use screen, hand and block printing to produce bold and bright furnishings for the home. www.mk-textile-atelier.myshopify.com

SARA AMRHEIN - JEWELLERY & FASHION


One-of-a-kind handmade contemporary art jewellery is made in this bright Sant Ambrogio space. Come meet Sara and fellow designers Florien Becking (www.florienbecking.com) and Melissa D'Croz (www.pasosdebailepdb.com) for a full fashion studio experience.
 www.sara-amrhein.com

OFFICINA CERAMICA - CERAMICS

Pottery master Enzo Formisano’s unique space sits in a quiet back street specialising in traditional pottery making yet celebrating modern painting styles too. Come meet him and discover more about this Florentine tradition plus how you can creation your own design. www.officinalaboratorioceramica.blogspot.it

ELEOLAB - HEADPIECES

Eleonora Marchi creates bespoke headpieces in her beautiful bottega. Each piece is made by hand, including each rose petal, to produce unique headwear for women. Come see inside her work space, filled with many items inspired by nature yet made with her own fashion flair. www.facebook.com/eleoLab

AQUA FLOR - PERFUME


Perfume master Sileno Cheloni studio harks back to a bygone era of Florence. Set in an antique 16th century palazzo within three rooms and beneath glorious arched ceilings, large wooden cabinets contain rows of glass bottles filled with sensual scents you must discover. www.florenceparfum.com

ALL STUDIOS ARE OPEN ON:
 SATURDAY 18 / SUNDAY 19 OCTOBER 2014 FROM 12PM UNTIL 6PM