The Singular Talents VR experience

Presented by : The Michelangelo Foundation

© Civita Tre Venetie – apml

Step inside three fascinating workshops

Here’s how to enjoy your virtual reality experience

Created especially for Homo Faber, this film takes you right into the heart of three inspiring artisanal workshops, thanks to virtual reality technology. To watch it on your mobile phone, first build your VR cardboard viewer (instructions below). Then select the English or Italian version, activate full screen and insert your phone into the cardboard viewer. Enjoy the ride!


Cardboard VR viewer

How to get started

Unfold virtual reality viewer and separate it from the envelope. Follow the instructions below to put it together. Place your phone into the cardboard box. Activate the Stereoscopic mode by clicking on the glasses Icon. It will allow you to watch the film in glorious virtual reality.


Immerse yourself in the worlds of three talented artisans

The three artisans featured in this film are some of the only people in the world practising their particular technique. Embodying exquisite skill, passion, determination and the pursuit of excellence, each is an ambassador in their field. This virtual reality experience uncovers the secrets of hard stone marquetry, automata making and enamelling, showing why these talented artisans are so passionate about what they do.


The artisans

Leonardo Scarpelli
Leonardo Scarpelli
©Leonardo Scarpelli

Leonardo Scarpelli

Hard stone mosaic, Italy (VR)

Florentine craftsman Scarpelli continues the tradition of creating mosaics in hard stone, a skill that dates back to the Renaissance.

François Junod
François Junod
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François Junod

Automata, Switzerland (VR)

Junod makes mechanical sculptures that showcase the beauty of mechanics. He is one of the few people using the techniques pioneered by 18th century watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

Anita Porchet
Anita Porchet
©Anita Porchet

Anita Porchet

Enamelling, Switzerland (VR)

Porchet creates delicate enamel paintings on watch faces using traditional techniques including champlevé, grisaille and cloisonné.

Presented by the Michelangelo Foundation

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international, nonprofit institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, which celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. The Foundation seeks to support men and women who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work.

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