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Pinuccio Marongiu’s handicraft production, realised in his workshop Laboratori Artigiani, reveals his sensitive and invaluable knowledge of the material, his ability to exploit its characteristics by interpreting the grain and twists so as to produce striking objects that, with a refined design, revive the original essence of wood giving it new life and form. Pinuccio approached the artisanal techniques when he was very young in his village, Ilbono, where in the 1970s he started his business in a lively context of handicraft production covering several sectors. His production stood out from the very start for the artisan’s expertise and ability in using and interpreting the material, enhancing its every feature whilst respecting its nature. In 1991 Pinuccio moved his workshop to Tortolì, a small town in the region of Ogliastra which is set in a breath-taking naturalistic context of crystal-clear sea, woods and Mediterranean scrub. Currently his business is well regarded and sought after across the region for the excellent craftsmanship. Gifted with sensitivity and a natural talent, he became a close friend of the artist Maria Lai, and he works with untiring inspiration in the picturesque natural setting of his workshop in Tortolì, with the invaluable support of his son Marco, with whom he shares an innate love for nature, art and poetry in a dialogue that consolidates itself with each new experimental creation and which involves all his close-knit family.

Giovanni Barra’s wooden artefacts reveal his great artisanal skill, which is evident in the solid and accurate manufacture and in the exquisite decorations. Keeper of a family tradition spanning three generations, Giovanni carries on the work of his father Raimondo with great enthusiasm, standing out for his sophisticated production, which includes typical traditional objects crafted with technical virtuosity. His carved decorations, richly reinterpreting the smallest details of the ancient traditional wedding chests, are striking. Highly committed to his profession, Giovanni approaches every single piece with originality and good taste, starting from the choice of precious materials according to the specific characteristics and structural and aesthetic rendering sought. In his workshop in Samugheo, Giovanni Barra works at his diverse production, taking part every year in the Fiera dell’Artigianato Sardo (Sardinian Handicraft Fair) in Samugheo, where the excellences of Sardinian craftsmanship can be found.

Vincenzo Casu, a skilled woodworker, founded his Techno Legno Plus company in 1977 in Mogoro, a town in the Oristano area rich in tradition. Being a third-generation craftsman, he consolidated and carried on his family tradition, transferring his passion to his son Luigi, working over the years throughout the territory with a customized wooden furniture production, taking care of every step since the design phase. His experimental and creative personality expresses an innate contemporary style that has been the reason why he has been travelling since he was very young, getting in touch with different cultures. Intuition and attention for innovation resulted in collaborations with architects in structural and new design projects, the last of which was the successful collection of furniture and home accessories DMogoro made with architect Roberto Virdis. Techno Legno Plus promotes and upgrades its production by attending major crafts exhibitions.

In his Stylegno joiner's workshop in Alghero, Alfredo Caria has been working on the design and construction of artisan-made furniture and artistic products since 1990. The finely decorated intaglio production, is the core sign of the creative genius and artistic sensitivity of the artisan. Furnishing elements with a refined taste, intended to last over time, take up and reinterpret elegance with the motifs of Sardinian tradition, with a distinctive repertoire of decorations made of stylised engraved and carved signs. Thanks to modern equipment, high craft professionalism and experience gained over the years, Stylegno is a modern and dynamic artisan company able to respond to the diverse needs of the market, also on a large scale, with customized and high quality products. 

To Pasquale Farris, a skilful and refined master joiner and carver, woodworking is a skilful artisan expertise inherited from his father Giacomino. The rich history of the Farris family workshop is reinforced by the unique relationship of friendship and collaboration with Giovanni Antonio Sulas, artist-designer and educated connoisseur and innovator of Sardinian handicraft tradition and prominent interpreter of the birth 1960s “Costa Smeralda” project, operated by Karim Aga Khan. Sulas' suggestions were valuable artistic guidelines for Pasquale and his father, combined with the executive fineness that characterizes the work of this talented artisan, led to the creation of a fine production of high-quality furniture, often embellished with carved decorations of rare beauty.

Matteo and Giampaolo Fronteddu carry on their father Ciriaco's work at his joinery, active since 1947 in Dorgali and specialized in classical furnishings, adding over time a production of furnishings and fixtures integrated in residential areas and in modern architecture. The family, enriched by the expertise of Adriana, Matteo's wife and young architect, has carried out a successful transition of the workshop to a modern company, able to engage and respond to the demands of contemporary market, moving towards customized products through manual carved decorations as requested by individual customers. The company focuses on customers who appreciate the quality of personalized and tailor-made manufacturing, typically linked to the craftsmanship dimension, resulting in peculiar products used by hotels.

The Castangia joiner's workshop, founded in 1972 by Bernardino Castangia, is specialized in the design and manufacturing of high-quality windows and doors. When he was a boy, his son Maurizio attended the joiner's workshop as an apprentice, getting in touch and learning his trade secrets, and formally becoming the manager of the company in 2008. Under Maurizio’s management, production was expanded and steered towards the creation of furnishings, often collaborating with professionals, such as architects and designers, finding solutions to meet the demands of the market with highly customized solutions.

The Bruno Mandis joinery is based in Mogoro, a Sardinian village in the Province of Oristano and vital centre of ancient traditions; it protects and continues the three-generation business in the field of woodworking. Sergio, Tiziana and Marco inherited from their father Bruno the family joinery, initially focusing on the realization of straw chairs, that Bruno learnt to craft thanks to the teachings of his father Dante. Under their management, the company developed, diversified production and opened up to new markets, while keeping alive their interest for crafts, characterized by high-quality carving. The high production capacity of the joinery, now equipped with modern technology, meets the needs of a differentiated market, ranging from single requests to the production of matching furniture for homes, commercial and accommodation facilities, keeping sound artisan procedures and the attention to details with respect to tradition.

Stefano Mereu, a joiner and carver from Villamassargia, began his apprenticeship at just fourteen years of age in a small workshop of his village. An enthusiast of complext techniques, for his apprenticeship he carefully selected his tutors based on their mastery and ability to transfer skills. In 2007, with a sound background, he decided to start his own joinery, and has recently started a collaboration with his friend and colleague Marcello Tosi, an expert carpenter. His aim is to craft highly customized pieces, which enjoy top quality craftsmanship and a careful selection of the best materials. Each piece is designed and developed in synergy with the customer since its early stages, a precious interaction that leads to the creation of a unique object, intended to last over time.

Cesare Cabiddu, a skilled and creative Villanovaforru carpenter, is the creator of the original “In Wood Cun Sa Linna”, a handicraft company manufacturing wood artifacts of exquisite craftsmanship. Having inherited a long family experience, that began with his father who was a carpenter and continued through the vocational training at his uncle's workshop, Cesare is a skilled and experienced creation of two peculiar collections. The elegant and exclusive decorative panels are characterized by the refined use of different types of wood, while a colorful and joyful style is featured in the collection designed to furnish the children's room with creativity. Each artifact, crafted with extreme care, is the result of great passion and sheer creativity.

Bruno Spiga, a master furniture maker and carver, has managed the Arredointaglio joinery since 1985 in Villamassargia. His production is characterized by the skilful craftsmanship in making custom furniture, to which intaglio decorations are applied, being inspired by tradition and the study of compositional and modular canons, that the craftsman has learnt from the original artifacts. By participating in trade shows and industry events, Bruno Spiga keeps his work up to date by combining traditional decorative codes to new market demands, and collaborating with architects and designers. The experience gained with over two decades of work, carried out in Costa Smeralda villas and hotels, allowed the company to specialize in matching furnishings, tailored for commercial and accommodation facilities, always paying great attention to details and to the originality of the decorations, while paying tribute to tradition.

The  Ziranu & Balvis joinery is now managed by Francesco Balvi but it was founded in 1960 by Giovanni Ziranu, a expert and skilled carpenter. Giovanni combines classical joinery techniques, acquired from a reputable carpenter working in Nuoro: the traditional intaglio and inlay techniques mastered at a workshop in Orani. He diligently passed his knowledge to his grandson Francesco, who as a boy showed a passion for crafting, spending his summer vacations at his uncles' joinery. In 2001, he took over the management of the company, expanding production and refining the techniques according to modern standards. Traditional joinery techniques and carving help him meet the needs of a modern clientele, attentive to the needs of modern life-style but still interested in keep a connection with the rich and cultured local tradition.

The history of the Artintaglio workshop began with extraordinary Giovannimaria Solinas, Mastru Mimmiu, and is an excellent example of the peculiar three-generation evolution of the precious intaglio and woodworking expertise. The Master craftsman was extraordinarily skilled, participated with his work in major exhibitions in Florence and Milan in 1925, where he was awarded the first prize and the gold medal. Mario Renzo, Mastru Mimmiu's son, at 14 years of age started his apprenticeship at his father's workshop, where he learnt the art of woodworking, but he also understood the great potential of his family's skills, creating new products and finding new market shares, lending his artistic creativity to the company.  Giovannimaria's son received the name and the skills of his grandfather, just like Maria, Mastru Mimmiu's granddaughter, who is a skilled carver and, as a child, attended the family workshop. At the age of fourteen, she decided to focus on intaglio, reaching artistic results of rare perfection and beauty.  His collaboration with sculptor Angelo Beccu is also very important to develop projects of particular value and complexity. The restoration of the wooden artefacts found at the Apollo's rooms, at world-renown Teatro La Fenice in Venice, earned him an extraordinary success in 2003, consolidating his fame around the world a Sardinian artisan of extraordinary skills. His collaboration with Rome-based architect Lopez resulted in the development of international projects in Paris and in the UAE.

At his artisan furniture workshop, Sergio Serra carries on a family tradition of valuable skills handed down for four generations. Founded in 1898 by his great-grandfather Giuseppe, the business has established itself in the local territory as an exclusive producer of traditional furniture, consisting of a few fine pieces of furniture characterized by a distinctive repertoire including carved decorative motifs. During the Nineties, the workshop, after a century-long activity, oved from the center of Mogoro to the new new artisan neighboring area, enlarging its facility equipped with cutting-edge technology. Today, production includes a wide range of furniture and furnishings for homes and accommodation facilities, retaining the distinctive traditional trait and the technical mastery of execution in the intaglio decorations that reinterpret in a modern touch, the ancient codes of a language acquired through a high-quality transfer of skills from father to son.

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