Pieces of Venice is the result of an agreement between Luciano Marson and Luca Cerchier who asked Karin Friebel to join them and physically manifest their love for Venice, for materials, for beauty, and for social responsibility, in a company.
Across the Venetian territory, Pieces of Venice salvages recyclable materials from Venice and its lagoon and makes them available to a broad public both in their natural state and transformed.
Pieces of Venice presents its own collection of design objects created for two different facets of society: children and those who are ‘young at heart’. So, the collection will include swings and rocking horses along with walking sticks and long-handled shoehorns that are easy on our grandparents’ backs.
Another selection of products by Pieces of Venice will serve a strong social function in reconstructing the integration and cultural exchange between these two age-ranges so distant from each other. So, in a modern style, we will rebuild an entire series of historic products and games aimed at transmitting, in an almost hereditary form, the customs and traditions of the elder who carries the young beneficiary.
The public can also purchase a simple board from a bridge rather than a piece of the same transformed into a paperweight or the seat of a swing. Pieces of Venice offers a whole series of interventions – including cutting, drilling, sanding, and applying a protective coating of vegetable oil. In this way, the materials can be processed to individual specifications on the basis of a clear and precise cost estimate for both the raw materials and any subsequent processing.
The materials used by Pieces of Venice communicate a profound sense of belonging to their place of origin. They still hold within them a living memory and the fragrances of the lagoon and the city of Venice. Pieces of Venice utilizes ship’s chains, the piers, and boardwalks of the city of Venice, anchors and old canal signal posts from the Venetian Lagoon, in order to give them a new life and purpose in their original form or in compositions or transformations.
As a Benefit Company, Pieces of Venice is both highly sensitive and socially aware and it entrusts the working and transforming of these materials to companies whose goals involve social revitalization and rehabilitation. In bringing products to market, Pieces of Venice is geared towards an audience that is not only attentive to the quality of the objects but also aware that part of the value of the purchased product will go to benefit society.
The largest and most unique pieces such as a gondola/ferry, a small ‘vaporetto’ station, the breastwork of a dock, or other significant pieces that we will find in our wanderings in search of materials, will be put up for sale at auction and all of the profits will be donated to non-profit organizations that are working for the protection of Venice.
The client who purchases a Pieces of Venice product will be able to save a genuine piece of Venice, a city that is unique in the world for its beauty, culture and its history.
Il cliente che acquisterà un prodotto Pieces of Venice avrà la possibilità di salvare un vero e proprio pezzo di Venezia, città unica al mondo per bellezza, cultura e storia.