Linking territorial skills in this way, Babled Design Studio actually personalizes this year’s Palazzo Litta theme ‘Linking Minds’ – the studio being the link between artisans in several European regions, and the worldwide market. Likewise Emmanuel Babled spends a lot of time visiting the places where his work is being produced – “90% of it is done in Italy, where our roots lie” – because he believes immersion is important. He can often be spotted at marble quarries and in glassblowing workshops and consequently has a profound knowledge of how his design objects are made. And not just that: “When I fly back home, my head is full of all kinds of ideas about future projects. These all enveloping visits are very good for inspiration. Everything in life starts with immersion.”
Babled, who recently moved to Lisbon, is about to set up a creative hub attached to his studio in his new hometown and having his strong belief in the value of craft as its backbone. This new Babled project aims to become a living platform for international researchers, designers, producers and schools, all applying the same approach to crafts and design. It aspires to be a linking force between the crafts and professional creatives.