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SOFA Chicago Booth 326

7–9 November 2014

Officine Saffi will be present at the art fair specialising in sculpture and functional art and design objects. It will be presenting the following artists:

Arnold Annen, Robert Cooper, Guido De Zan, Alfredo Gioventù, Ljubica Jocic-Knezevic, Luca Lanzi, Martha Pachón Rodríguez, Päivi Rintaniemi, Luca Tripaldi, Kati Tuominen-Niittyla and Ann Van Hoey.


SOFA Chicago
Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
IL 60611


Fuorisalone 2012

Art & Design double week

Exploration of ceramics and iconic furnishings from the 1950's and ‘60's 11- 21 April 2012

Officine Saffi and Be Modern Collection present, from 11 to 21 April, during the Art Fair MiArt, and the Milan Design Fair, an exhibition of unique pieces of furniture and ceramic art from the '50s and '60s.

Together with Milan Art (MiArt) and Design (Salone del Mobile) week, Officine Saffi and Be Modern Collection will showcase a refined combination of Ceramic Art and Furniture Design.


Officine Saffi transforms its exhibition floor, becoming a sequence of living spaces, exhibiting unique pieces of Scandinavian and Brazilian furniture from Be Modern Collection by designers such as Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues, Hans Wegner and Arne Vodder, and valuable works of ceramic art by international and Italian artists of the '50s and '60s such as Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Claudi Casanovas, Lucio Fontana, Carlo Zauli, Nanni Valentini.The opening will be held Wednesday, April 11th at 6:00 pm and the exhibition will be open until April 21, 2012

During the two weeks Officine Saffi will also be the location of several special events, who will be listed on the gallery website.

Press Notes:


Be Modern is a project curated by Cinzia Ferrara and Monika Unger, both architects and passionate and knowledgeable mid century furniture collectors. Be Modern is a leading provider of unique, 20th century design pieces and interior design consultancy. Be Modern Collection comprises important objects from internationally renowned modernist designers. Of special interest are the unique Brazilian Modern, iconic furnishings by designers such as Joaquim Tenreiro and Sergio Rodrigues.


Officine Saffi is the only Italian gallery specialized in ceramic art. Created by Laura Borghi, the gallery is a place for discussion, exchange of ideas and knowledge, a meeting point for the leading contemporary artists in the field.

Officine Saffi is not only an Art Gallery it is the head office of the specialized magazine: "La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo", and a workshop, where professional courses and seminars are held by famous ceramic artists.

Officine Saffi is an architectural Project by Maria Vittoria Bocconi - Studio Temen
An envelope space between art and workshop that hold exploration of ceramics in living spaces interacting with architectural detail.

Date: 11 April – 21 April 2012
Venue: Officine Saffi, Ceramic Arts Gallery, Via A. Saffi 7, Milano.
Tel: +39 02 3668 5696
Opening times: from Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Saturday: by appointment. Closed on Sundays

Wednesday 11 April 2012 – from 6.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


The days of Hunger are numbered

Officine Saffi & NutriAid present a charity fund-raising evening dedicated to the children’s food centre at Nyangal in Senegal.

Officine Saffi is taking part in this fund-raising event, with works by six contemporary ceramic artists, who have donated their works for an exhibition that will be held on 15 May, on occasion of a charity dinner to support a humanitarian project by NutriAid.

The artists: Guido De Zan, Fabrizio Dusi, Mariano Fuga, Simone Negri, Tonino Negri, Martha Pachon Rodriguez

Information on the event: "Spazio Cubo" presso Frigoriferi Milanesi, via Piranesi 7

Incontro Gioiello

A series of Meetings on Contemporary Jewellery

On occasion of the exhibition “Contemporary Art Jewels, Ceramics for wearing!” Officine Saffi presents an interesting series of events on the theme.

On Wednesday 23 January, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., a number of professionals and experts in the field of contemporary and historic jewellery will present a series of debates, contributing with their own authoritative commentaries.


Information on the event:

Wednesday 23 January: Contemporary jewellery, Art or design?
The opinion of professionals from Italian design schools and Technical Universities. Speakers: designers Alba Cappellieri and Marco Romanelli.

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OFFICINE SAFFI PROJECT Milan Furniture Show collateral events, 9-14 April 2013

Design Spaces in Art and Publishing

The multi-faceted Officine Saffi project is opening its premises to visitors from the Milan Furniture Show collateral events programme, from 9 to 14 April. It is inaugurating the premises of its new editorial offices on Friday 12 April, from 6.00 p.m. on.

The interiors have been completely renovate in a design by the Temen studio, led by architect Vittoria Bocconi who, in addition to designing some furniture accessories, utilized consultancy and prestige designers at Bredaquaranta in order to give the spaces a modern reinterpretation with special attention to design.


In addition to a series of contemporary design pieces by Porro and MDF, there is a selection of one-off 20th century furnishing pieces by Be Modern. As in previous years, Be Modern is working with Officine Saffi, presenting a series of 1950s furnishing products from Switzerland, Scandinavia and Denmark, such as lamps by Fog & Morup designed by Jo Hammerborg.


Event: Officine Saffi Project, Design Spaces in Art and Publishing
Dates: 9-14 April 2013
Inauguration: Friday 12 April, 6.00 p.m.
Venue: Via A. Saffi 7 and Via A. Saffi 8, Milan.
Tel. +39 02 36 68 56 96
Opening times during the Furniture Show collateral events period:
From Monday to Friday, 10.00 a.m.-7.30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m.

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Carlo Zauli and Claudi Casanovas. A virtual meeting

Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, Thursday 18 April, 6.00 p.m.

On occasion of the exhibition “Claudi Casanovas, Molecular clay, sculptures”, on Thursday 18 April, from 6.00 p.m., Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery presents an evening dedicated to Carlo Zauli, a master of 20th century Italian ceramic arts.


On this occasion, an important sculpture by Zauli, “Crollo di Cercope” (1982) will be exhibited alongside works by Casanovas, documenting the relationship between two generations and two styles of working, both at very high levels, each with their own interpretation of contemporary art research.

During the evening, the book “Carlo Zauli. Scritti e testimonianze” (Carlo Zauli. Writings and tributes) will be presented. Edited by Flaminio Gualdoni and published by the Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, the book includes both published and hitherto unpublished texts by the artist, and other valuable descriptions of his work by authors including Giulio Carlo Argan, Enzo Biagi, Davide Lajolo and Gio Ponti.

In addition to the editor, the director of the Zauli Museum and the artist’s son Matteo Zauli will also be present.
The event is produced in cooperation with the Renata Bianconi gallery, Milan.


Event: Carlo Zauli and Claudi Casanovas. A virtual meeting
Date: Thursday 18 April
Time: from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Officine Saffi, Ceramic Arts Gallery, Via A. Saffi 7, Milan.
Tel. +39 02 36 68 56 96
Opening times: from Monday to Friday, 10.00 a.m.–7.00 p.m.
Saturday: from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

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5 june - 15 september 2013

Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery continues its research in the contemporary ceramic art hosting by Wednesday, June 5 three artists selected among participants of the premium Coffee Break sponsored by the Museum of Gianetti Saronno: Narciso Bresciani, Lorenzo Cianchi and Michela Minotti.

Artist In Residence


Officine Saffi is launching the "Artist in residence at Officine Saffi" project, hosting some artists from the Faenza Prize: Paivi Rintaniemi, Alessandro Neretti and Ljubica Jocić Knežević.

Sofa 2013


31 October - 2 November 2013

Officine Saffi is taking part in the 20th edition of SOFA CHICAGO, the most famous fair for sculpture and art & design objects, attracting galleries from all over the world.

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Call for entries

Applications are invited for Open to Art, the International Contemporary Art and Design Ceramics Competition promoted by Officine Saffi with the objective of enhancing and encouraging the use of ceramics in contemporary art, design and furnishing, therefore providing a privileged viewpoint of contemporary aesthetics and visual innovation.


Open to Art is a competition open to artists of any age; there are no limitations as regards theme. The only condition is that ceramics should be the principal material used in the work.

Ceramics is the medium that underpins all Officine Saffi Group’s activities; the Group’s cultural objective is to promote this material in all its forms. The Group comprises the Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, the OS Lab workshop, and the magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo.

The competition Open to Art is organized as a fundamental part of the Officine Saffi Group’s mission.

Artists can take part in two areas, Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics. Fundamental criteria of selection will be the quality, research, originality and contemporary relevance of the work.

From the start, Open to Art has been planned to have a broad approach, with a Jury including prominent personalities in the national and international field.

The total prize money is 10,000 euro, which will be divided into two first prizes of 5,000 euro, one for each section. In addition, an artist’s residency has been offered by the Carlo Zauli Museum in Faenza, which will give the entrant who wins the special commendation the chance of working alongside an artist invited by the Zauli Museum. There will be a special prize for young artists. The historic ceramics works Manifattura Bitossi will select an artist under the age of 30 who will be given the opportunity of an internship at the company.

The finalists’ works will be exhibited at the Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery in a show that will open on 2 April 2014, on occasion of the art fair MiArt and the International Furniture Show.

Agreements with other companies such as Banca Euromobiliare and Open Care give participants important points of contact with the contemporary market.


Competition: Open to Art, International Competition for Art and Design Ceramics
Entries invited from: 10 August 2013 Deadline: 10 December 2013
Venue: Via Aurelio Saffi 7, Milan
Tel. +39 02 36 68 56 96