Monday, August 27, 2007

Metalworks Plant, Milan

When I was in Milan for the Salone last April I stumbled across this metalworks plant.

It seemed like everywhere I turned was another fantastic creation. They must make these for store displays and the stage.

I really loved the little newspaper hat that the sweeper had made for himself – creative is as creative does.


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  1. Lizzie

    August 27, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Love the portrait of the sweeper. Lighting,pose,composition. Excellent.

    The stuff they make is terrific as well.

  2. MSA

    August 27, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I love the egg bar! What is the name of this operation and where is it in Milan?


  3. stephanie s

    August 27, 2007 at 10:45 am

    i believe your calling is portraiture… your chronicle of beautiful people in beautiful clothes is nice, but i feel where you really shine and what i find most interesting are your shots of everyday people in their work environment. keep it up, i think you’re onto something.

  4. Anonymous

    August 27, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    this wonderland is absolutly charming. think it is like a dying trade, you’ll be seeing less of this in the future?

  5. Anonymous

    August 27, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    this man gives me hope for a one day happy and eccentric marriage, and it’s all in the hat and glasses.

  6. cflorax

    August 27, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    I read a while back that the way each shop folds its paper hats is unique. Also, the same article claimed that this practice started among stone masons and carvers. Marble dust leeches all moisture from your hair and makes the follicle die. Or so I read….

  7. Anonymous

    August 27, 2007 at 3:43 pm


  8. ethel

    August 27, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    What an fantastic egg! Like looking into a secret fairytaleworld, specially with that small crown on the top! It reminds me of a fairytale I loved (and still do)when I was a kid, and his simply perfect paperhat reminds me of my grandma who always made those for me and my cousins. Beautiful pictures!

  9. Candid Cool

    August 27, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    What a gem you found.

    And the newspaper hat, now I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw it appear in a Kris Van Assche show.

  10. L

    August 27, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Wonderful! It would be awfully nice if you gave a hint for those who’d like also to stumble upon it…

  11. stone

    August 27, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    nice Hat!

  12. The Sartorialist

    August 27, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    all i remember is that it was on Via Tortona around the corner from the Armani studio’s

    I don’t think it is usually open to the public but I think it was open because of the Salone.

  13. tanya

    August 27, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    there’s a man who sells a sweet tofu breakfast drink called taho at the corner of our office block, and he makes a similar newspaper hat too! I keep thinking I should ask him how to make one, and then repeat it on a heavily starched piece of cloth and give it to him. (and make another one for myself!)

  14. landis

    August 27, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    i have that hat.

    but mine is red.

  15. Sandha

    August 27, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    every single one of your fotos is so filled with bliss. I appreciate it

  16. dangermouse

    August 28, 2007 at 1:22 am

    I made a set of those hats in fluorescent paper and added pleated and folded fans to them like plumes. The collection was inspired by the peacock.

    The hat is a tradtional Japanese printer’s hat that they wore to use to keep the ink off their hair.

    Currently working on a set in organdy.

  17. Anonymous

    August 28, 2007 at 2:48 am

    how fantastic!

  18. Anonymous

    August 28, 2007 at 2:51 am

    also, the egg reminds me of the dalĂ­ museum in figueres …

  19. Anonymous

    August 28, 2007 at 8:00 am

    I was there too…it was really cool, very enchanting…fairy-like kind of place…and the creations actually moved!

  20. Anonymous

    August 28, 2007 at 8:35 am

    I think that you visited the Teatro alla Scala workshops, where the handmade works for the production are created.

    here is the link

  21. Kate

    August 28, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Saw a hat like that on the street in Barcelona last month. Love your pictures!

  22. Mark

    August 28, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    I absolutely agree with Stephanie here. I really admire your shots of “real” people, who look as though they’ve got a different story to tell. They’re so much inspiring than the fashion show crowds, all of whom dress to get snapped anyway. One newspaper hat is worth a thousand Thom Browne trouserlegs, if you ask me. More, please.

  23. Anonymous

    August 28, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Lovely, Sart. The horse and the hat!

  24. Blue Floppy Hat

    August 29, 2007 at 5:35 am

    It looks like, well, dreamland. Or a very cool museum exhibit.

  25. concupiscence

    August 29, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    I also love these photos and the modest, hidden stories behind them, even when they don’t get that much explicit response. As stephanie s describes it above, it feels like some of your most expressive photography – if I may say so without sounding like a presumptuous ar$e.

  26. Gallant Lok

    December 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Fear distorts reality.

  27. SaimonBlu

    February 2, 2012 at 7:16 am


  28. Trinity

    March 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Love this photo. Stunning shot!

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