Sabina Corsini and Neri Torrigiani both hail from historical Florentine families, and as such are both dedicated to conserving the unique cultural heritage inherited from the Renaissance. As president of the Corsini Garden Association, Sabina is patroness of the prestigious event Artigianato e Palazzo, set up by Neri Torrigiani under the patronage of her late mother Princess Giorgiana Corsini. The event takes place annually in the Palazzo Corsini gardens in Florence, showcasing artisans and contemporary craftsmanship. Continuing her mother’s legacy, Sabina finds joy in promoting arts and craftsmanship, funding the restoration of monuments and protecting ancient crafts connected to the city of Florence.What does craftsmanship signify for you?
Sabina: Craftsmanship is the most sophisticated expression of our civilization; it is rooted in necessity, manual skills, taste, imagination and a forward-looking approach.How does it feature in your work and life?
Neri: I grew up in a family who cultivated a great love for handcrafted items. I have participated in courses in textiles, calligraphy and ceramics and nowadays I jump at the chance to handle a tool in an artisan’s workshop.Do you work with craftspeople?
Sabina: As soon as I can, whenever I can, I help artisans by collaborating with them. Craftswomen are intuitive in both their tenacity to protect skills and to experiment, whilst craftsmen possess great determination to invent.Do you have any stories about the artisans you have selected?
Neri: In the 26 years of Artigianato e Palazzo the anecdotes are infinite, what unites them all is the serenity and smile with which artisans meet the unpredictable and respond to the requests of new clients.