Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit: Michelangelo Foundation, first speakers confirmed

Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit: Michelangelo Foundation, first speakers confirmed. From the 20th to 21st of June, Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, Porto will hold one of the most expected events regarding the luxury industry.
Covet Group is planning to give to the audience the opportunity to see different sides of the design luxury industry. In fact, craftsmanship will be one of the main subjects under discussion, with the participation of speakers from different backgrounds, as Michelangelo Foundation.

“We value a person’s ability to make lasting objects of beauty.” This is how Michelangelo Foundation describes itself. This Swiss-based entity dedicated to promoting fine craftsmanship at an international level, was set up by Franco Cologni and Johann Rupert to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to design.

The Foundation, set up to revitalise fine craftsmanship and launch a cultural movement advancing the values embedded in this sector, works collaboratively in a variety of ways to promote, preserve and perpetuate craftsmanship at the highest levels. As its name suggests, it also bridges the worlds of design and of craftsmanship in order to ensure the future economic viability of the latter. 

Nicole Segundo will be the speaker representing Michelangelo Foundation, graduated from London School of Economics (Msc in Media and Communication), Bath
University (BA in European Studies with French and Italian) and regular participant in IMD’s programs on Digital technologies.
Nicole Segundo built a solid experience in craftsmanship in the high-end Swiss watchmaking industry having worked for brands Greubel Forsey, Girard-Perregaux, Parmigiani Fleurier, Corum and Hublot in senior management, communication, sales and marketing positions in Switzerland, Australia and South East Asia.
A citizen of the world with Portuguese, South African and Swiss nationalities, Nicole has lived in several countries across 4 continents and maintains an international network of
manufacturers, retailers, distributors, press and final customers enthusiastic for unique
crafted objects.
FirstSecond was born in 2016 from a passion for fine craftsmanship and a will to enable
independent brands with strong craftsmanship further develop their business. Nicole is
acting as an extended arm of the Michelangelo Foundation to pursue their mission in

Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit will be an event dedicated to exploring the increasingly crucial nexus between luxury and craftsmanship as essential components to inject a new verve into the design world, bringing together creative minds, designers, artisans and brands.

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