Home decor. The best of Florentine craftsmanship
For a home made to measure for you #ichoosemadeinituscany
Masters of wood, scagliola, mosaic, but also crystal, bronze, fabric and ceramics. Florence is the city for lovers of high artistic craftsmanship who want to make their homes unique.
Here is our selection #iosclegomadeinituscany!
Antico Setificio Fiorentino
Via Lorenzo Bartolini, 4
ph. +39 055 213861
Old looms dating to 1786, when Antico Setificio Fiorentino started to weave made-to-measure textiles in the heart of San Frediano, using old looms that lend timeless charm to the fabrics. Countless ranges are crafted here, each characterized by their own fine elements: Broccatelli is a fabric made on 18th-century handlooms and often weaved in silk and linen. Le Roy, a striped fabric famous for its lavishness, takes its name from the fact that it was once produced for the King of France, while the Saia Fiorentina is made on a semi-mechanic loom from the mid-19th century and is woven in pure silk or mixed with linen. Magnificent fabrics that embellish exclusive environments, but with which are also made original and refined accessories, such as bags, scarves and shoes.
Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio
Via Benedetto Fortini, 143
ph. +39 055 6801340
The mission of the Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio - founded by Giuseppe Lisio, who opened his factory in Florence in 1906 - is to pass down the art of the hand-weaving of precious textiles in silk, brocades and cut-pile, bouclé or ciselé velvets. These artistic masterpieces are created by weaving on late eighteenth century Jacquard looms. The Foundation’s mission also includes running specialist and professional courses where theory and practice combine to offer top-quality, comprehensive training.
GLASS E CRYSTAL
Via Burchiello, 10
ph. +39 055 2298371
In business since the late 1800s, Moleria Locchi is a guarantee of top-quality on the glassmaking scene. Since always committed to the design and creation of items which meet the needs of the most demanding clientele, Moleria Locchi produces and restores tableware and glass and crystal interior design objects. Each item is made by using age-old glass-blowing techniques and decorated through grinding and engraving processes which are strictly performed by hand.
Via Romana ,151r
ph. +39 055 229288
Simone and Pierfrancesco Calcinai, together with their cousin Michelangelo, are the heirs to an entire generation of Florentine bronze craftsmen. Three creative artisans whose exploratory design is based on a skilful use of materials, chiefly bronze and brass, deriving from the experience that is so essential for combining artisan expertise with innovative design. Apart from their various lines, which range from artefacts in antique vein to more contemporary pieces, the workshop also produces one-off customized items. The laboratory is in Via Senese, while the showroom in Via Romana, in the heart of the Oltrarno artisan quarter.
SCAGLIOLA AND MOSAIC
Borgo San Jacopo, 70r
ph. +39 339 3843048
Scagliola is the art of creating intarsia decorations by blending selenite sand with coloured pigments and natural glues. The technique enjoyed immense success starting in the 1600s, and in the late 1940s, it was once again made fashionable by Bianco Bianchi, a Florentine ministry employee. Today, the workshop is led by his children and creates new products, including tables, countertops and small objects, as well as offers restoration services. The space also vaunts a museum, its historic pieces forming the most important collection in existence today. The atelier crafts extraordinary, unique pieces with a classical or contemporary style, many of which grace the most beautiful homes in the world, like the famous table depicting the head of Medusa, the logo of the Versace fashion house.
Via Ricasoli, 59r
ph. +39 055 212587
A stone’s throw from the cathedral, Renzo Scarpelli and his son Leonardo keep the centuries-old technique of the Florentine commesso alive, which flourished in 16th-century Florence, carrying out their work under the curious eyes of their visitors. The two masters, amongst the few who still practice this art, personally collect the stones. They retrace the same steps as the Medici-era artisans, transforming the hues and varieties of the stones to craft the most diverse subjects, from a view of the Ponte Vecchio to a vase of spring blooms. These veritable stone paintings convey stunning expressiveness and pictorial delicateness and are used to decorate walls, tables and jewellery pieces.
Bottega d’Arte Maselli
Via Ginori, 51r
ph. +39 055 282142
Passed down from father to son, this little workshop was founded in 1955 on the inspiration of Paolo Maselli and continued by his son, Gabriele, who has in turn been joined today by his elder son. It is a flagship of Florentine excellence in the restoration and customized production of artistic frames. Gabriele Maselli is founder of, and lecturer in, the School of Sacred Art, as well as consultant at the Cathedral Museum of Florence for the gilding workshop. He specializes in gouache gilding in pure gold, silvering and meccatura and he has worked with internationally renowned museums as well as important architecture and interior design studios.
Via Santo Spirito, 36
ph. +39 055 212885
A unique place that’s all about the love of wood: decorations, picture frames, friezes, capitals and furniture that’s been restored or faithfully reproduced according to original models and an old technique. Marco Castorina, the current owner of the store of the same name, comes from a family of wood restorers and engravers who’s been handing down the craft since 1895. His shop is a treasure chest of expertise when time feels like it’s stood still.
Via dei Cardatori, 20r
ph. +39 331 8223767
In 2007 Takafumi Mochizuki left the Land of the Rising Sun to move to Florence. After studying furniture restoration for some years he opened his own workshop, becoming the “Zouganista”, from “zougan”, marquetry in Japanese. Because this is his greatest passion: leaving his mark on the wood, creating decorative objects with attractive lines, with curvilinear incisions and inlays worked on the most diverse items, like shoe lasts, hat blocks and coat-hangers. Works in which millennia-old Nipponic philosophies – like Kintsugi, the technique of gilding over cracks – coexist harmoniously with Italian art.
Via S. Egidio, 4r
ph. +39 0574 2479713
Founded in 1857 by the Sbigoli family and carried on by the Adami family, this old artisan workshop produces a vast range of ceramics following the ancient Tuscan artisan tradition of majolica, terracotta which is glazed and embellished with Renaissance and medieval decorations. The family Adami, particularly mother Antonella and daughter Lorenza, are still dedicated to creating new decorative objects and tableware in an even more modern vein, seeking to encourage young people to rediscover this wonderful, fascinating ancient craft.