In the spaces of the Chinese Cabinet and of the Piccola Guardaroba on the first floor, twenty-four literary, poetic and theatrical texts recount the art of bookbinding through inventive, surprising and technically complex ligatures, made by Luciano Fagnola, Master Binder and restorer of books and manuscripts.
Among the works on display, the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, the Canticle of the Creatures by Francesco d'Assisi, the Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, the Marriage of Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, but also the Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and the Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, assembled and "covered" by complex and refined ligatures, made by Luciano Fagnola on the basis of projects and sketches created by artists such as Francesco Casorati, Ugo Nespolo and Guido Giordano, or by young talents such as Irene Bedino, Luca Bosio, Samantha Farina and Elena Rivolta.
Luciano Fagnola has transformed the graphic designs into leather artifacts, real unique pieces thanks to the use of different materials and techniques: inlay or mosaic work, coloring and gilding, and sometimes the presence of metal inserts.
All the books come from the collections of Livio Ambrogio, bibliophile and collector from Turin: as recalled by Ernst Collin in one of the texts on display, From the art bookbinder. A brief dialogue between the bibliophile and his art bookbinder, published in Berlin in 1922, each work is the fruit of a happy and constant exchange of views between the collector and the artist, which leads to the design and realization of an always different decoration, phantasmagoric and multi-material.