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YouNique - Fine Craft Art & Design, "a splendid symphony of emotions"

YouNique – Fine Craft Art & Design is an intimate and exclusive event that presents a world of high craftsmanship in all its artistic aspects. In the neoclassical setting of the rooms of Villa Ciani, a charming nineteenth-century dwelling overlooking Lake Ceresio at Lugano, the occasion is a byword for the exclusivity of the handmade, an emblematic illustration of art blending with craftsmanship, and a showcase for artisans passionately striving to create unique pieces. Visiting guests will embark on a journey that takes them through many lands and cultures.


“YouNique Lugano, a splendid symphony of emotions”


A peculiarity that makes YouNique a one-off event in the panorama of exhibitions dedicated to craftsmanship is the actual presence of true Master Craftsmen of exceptional quality who exhibit their own artifacts. It is a truly winning combination that offers the visitor a truly special and high quality experience.


YouNique in Lugano takes you on a symbolic journey through geographical areas that have a great vocation for craftsmanship, where men and women have found ways to transform their passions into wonderful craftwork, standing out as outsiders in their own fields: whether that be in ceramics or glass, mosaic or inlay, bronze or marble, fabrics, self-produced design, tailoring, jewellery, shoes, watches, furnishings, etc


There are two significant novelties of the 2023 edition:


logo YouNique Fine Art District


  • the YouNique Fine Art District section, an entire floor dedicated to contemporary art, with 10 international galleries that will offer visitors the works of the artists they represent, created in collaboration with OLG International SA and Arts & Fashions AG

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  • two important new patronages: those of the Fondazione Cologni Mestieri d’Arte  and the Michelangelo Foundation, two foundations, the first Italian and the second Swiss, among the most important at European level in the world of the highest craftsmanship.

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is happy to present the Homo Faber Guide and its rising stars to visitors of YouNique event. Rising stars are talented artisans who are building their lives as young craftspeople or creatives who are embarking on an artisanal path following a career change. They are the future faces of the craft scene.

Rising star Marco Lazzaroni, a self-taught Swiss leatherworker, will be on hand to demonstrate his craft and tell his unique story.

The Foundation will also be present at YouNique bringing its Homo Faber Guide, a digital platform that includes over 2000 talented artisans and the main sector events, in which YouNique Fine Craft Art & Design is now also present with a dedicated page.



During the two days in Lugano, skilled master craftsmen, artists and designers will have the opportunity to show visitors, families and professionals in the sector, not only splendid artfully made artifacts, a true hymn to creativity, craftsmanship and experience, but also some of the fascinating work phases that the public rarely has the opportunity to see.


“Bringing home an artfully crafted product means giving your everyday life something unique! “

Andrea Peri, director of YouNique



A very popular novelty of the 2022 edition was the inclusion of the contemporary art and design sectors.

Interesting presences of these two worlds, often very connected to each other, will also be confirmed for 2023


YouNique 2023 will therefore increasingly also be “Art & Design”.

And more and more visitors will be able to admire artists, designers and galleries who will present their best pieces and their most established or trendy contemporary artists, a constantly evolving path, which will also host moments of meeting and entertainment.

YouNique exhibitors

Completing an already fully satisfying exhibition is the second edition of the YouNique Award, a prize for the exhibitor who best interprets the philosophy of the event.

Thanks to the high quality of what has been offered in these journeys, the event has enjoyed since its first edition the patronage and support of the City of Lugano, of Lugano Region and the favour of professionals in these fields.

YouNique – Fine Craft Art & Design is an event conceived and curated by Andrea Peri, director, and Sonia Gaffuri, event manager, on behalf of Target Management SA.


 Grazie a tutti i visitatori per essere intervenuti numerosi all’edizione 2023 di YouNique Lugano.

 Ecco il video ufficiale 2023

 Ci vediamo l’ 8 – 9 – 10 marzo 2024!