A team specialized in bookbinding and paper conservation operations in Turin
Bottega Fagnola is a big family, inspired by the atmosphere of the ancient craft shops where centuries-old knowledge was exchanged and handed down. In the laboratory of Turin, under the guidance of Luciano and Paola, a staff of craftsmen specialized in different fields works and cooperates: craft and design bookbinding, cartodesign, preventive conservation, and book and prints conservation and restoration.
All Bottega Fagnola personnel have obtained high level specialization qualifications, in Italy and abroad, aimed at acquiring a complete knowledge of every single working phase.
They love their work, aware that they are the custodians of an ancient craft, and are proud to achieve perfect results.
In addition to their artistic sensitivity and preparation, they know the centuries-old evolution of the book and of the materials that it is made of, and are able to harmoniously combine this knowledge with the use of new technologies, to be always on the cutting edge, and propose a product suitable for the highest standards, even at an international level.
For over sixty years, bookbinding, book conservation and restoration, and boxmaking in Turin
Bottega Fagnola is an exceptional example of tradition and artisan continuity, deeply rooted in Turin and able to cross local borders thanks to the excellence of its work. The ability to technically renew and update itself, and to select a team of young talented craftsmen, allows it to meet the taste and contemporary needs of a vast and international clientele, to which it offers rigorous intervention in the standards and originality in the creative solutions.
The Bottega was founded in 1955 as a bookbindery in Via Mercanti, in the historic centre of Turin, on the ground floor of the Romagnano house.
It was one of the first companies to obtain the recognition of “Artisan Excellence” of the Piedmont Region, which highlights its ability to safeguard historical craftsmanship and to relaunch it in the present offering professional opportunities.
He fosters a relationship of interchange, through lectures and theoretical-practical contributions, with various educational and university contexts, to build a link with the new generations of professionals in the field. It is a technical sponsor of Print Club Torino, the print and graphic experimentation lab that combines artisan and digital capabilities.
He cooperates with the Turin-based association Brigata Cultura, engaged in cultural heritage promotion and enhancement, opening the doors of the workshop for a schedule of guided tours to learn the secrets of bookbinding and paper conservation.
The staff at Bottega Fagnola
Our excellence is born from the expertise, dedication and passion that the staff of Bottega Fagnola puts into their work.
For me it’s like working with my family
She began as an apprentice at the age of 16, when Luciano was still an employee of the bookbindery. The two of them formed a professional association that has now lasted for more than 35 years. In the Bottega, she handles bookbinding and, thanks to her experience and painstaking precision, has become a cornerstone for the activity and a reference point for her colleagues.
I found a fertile environment, with people who believe in my potential
She graduated both at the Santorre di Santarosa Technical Institute in Turin, and as a Figurinist and Modeler at the Ilda Bianciotto Institute, while her career as a bookbinder began here in the Bottega, as an apprentice, in 1989. After three years in the Boxmaking department she moved to the Bookbindery, department, becoming its manager, and maturing a real passion for this profession.
I love it because I can diversify my work, putting myself to the test with conservation tasks that are always different
She graduated from the Passoni Art Institute and then continued with a year of specialization at the San Carlo Technical Schools, followed by an internship in the Bottega. At the end of this experience, Luciano offered her to stay, and more than fifteen years later, she is still here. She handles conservation and thinks that practicing at the Bottega has been the best possible refinement.
I like seeing our products being born from my hands
She graduated from the Passoni Art Institute of Turin in the address “Book Arts and Conservation”, then attended the three-year course of Conservation in Turin, at the San Carlo Schools. She arrived in Bottega in 2006 as an intern , when she was only twenty years old. She has always wanted to work with Luciano, who she met during some of her lessons at the Art Institute, and working in the Bottega’s Boxmaking department, she made one of her dreams come true.
Books have always been my job: reading, selling… and now building
From a young age she moved in the world of publishing and book distribution, up to managing one of the historical independent bookshops in Turin. Following a backwards path on books, at the beginning of 2007 she arrives at the Bottega Fagnola where books are “made”, bringing her experience facing customers in the shop in Via San Tommaso, where she welcomes them and helps them build their own personalized order.
Being able to work with my hands is a dream come true
It just sort of happened by chance that she found herself at the ’Passoni Art Institute as a “plan B”, studying Bookbinding and Conservation, but from that chance a passion was born: this was corroborated by her diploma in Art Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin , with a project that combines chalcographic techniques with the knowledge of boxmaking acquired in high schools. With the Bottega Scuola della Regione Piemonte’s project, she arrives at the Bottega and, since 2015, has been working on graphics.
It is a dynamic and teamwork based job: one time boxes, the other bindings… we don’t keep repeating always the same operation
He began as an apprentice at the age of 17 in an industrial bookbindery in Grugliasco, where he worked for many years, then he spent as many years handling bookbinding at the Salesian School of Graphics, the oldest printing house in Turin, up until its closure. Since 2015, he has completed the team that takes care of the bookbinding and boxmaking in the laboratory in Via Orvieto.