PAPERBLANKS + VENERANDA FABBRICA DEL DUOMO
The Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) tells a story of faith and artistic expression that spans the centuries. With dizzyingly spires and ornate sculptural decorations, its instantly recognizable façade represents a unique and peculiar style.
Our Duomo di Milano Collection is a special release in partnership with Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, an institution that has been safeguarding and restoring the Duomo for more than 630 years. The line was presented exclusively at BIG BUYER 2023 and won the TOP DESIGN AWARD 2023.
The concept for this collaborative collection came directly from our Italian market, with our internal sales team relishing the opportunity to work with such an important institution. It was a natural fit for both our brand and for the mission of Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, as these products offer an opportunity for architecture lovers from around the world to take home a piece of Milanese history.
“Both the city and the Duomo attract a lot of tourists from all around the world – this collaboration means that while visitors to the city can pick up a fine accessory to remember their travels by, they can also discover Paperblanks and take this discovery back home. As for the loyal fans of our brand, they are accustomed to Paperblanks designs that feature and celebrate material culture of different countries, including architecture. So, this collaborative project should feel to them like a fairly natural development, and the only surprise they hopefully will experience is of a pleasant kind – where Paperblanks manages yet again to surpass their expectations.” – Olessia Makarenia, Licensing Manager.
The cover reproduces part of an original drawing preserved in the Archive of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo by Paolo Cesa Bianchi (1840–1920), an architect who submitted a series of proposals for the decoration of the vaults of the Milan Cathedral.
The history of the Duomo is an endless source of creative inspiration and this is just the beginning of a collaboration that will soon give birth to other products, thanks to the work of RTI Mediaset, the company that manages the licensing plan at an international level.