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“Whatever masterpiece will furnish your environment, it will be the aurea, the essence and the soul which will leave a mark in your life, with unrepeatable, unique, special moments”

 

Without history there is no identity. This fact is known well by Mantellassi 1926, the extremely dynamic Tuscan company which has successfully and determinedly withstood market challenges and globalisation, anchoring itself even more securely on the cultural roots of its social, cultural and artistic context, to assume a role as ambassador of Italian design “in style” in the world. The Mantellassi adventure began in 1926, with a fate interwoven with periods more typical of a novel and family histories that almost read like fairytales. A decidedly positive message that exhorts, decade after decade, the new generations to continue in the path with faith and optimism.

Today the company is run by the fourth generation in the persons of Nicola Remo Mantellassi and his wife Roberta. They work together with a group of collaborators brought together to achieve a sole objective, to acquire increasing abilities in a world that no longer concerns only divans and armchairs but collections that include total look furnishings, designed in the smallest details to be unique and to reflect luxury with a strong capacity for expressing character. The furnishings, enriched with artistic effects, come in a wide range, from the single piece to turnkey projects, intended for exclusive environments destined to last. From the bedroom to the lounge, studio, dining area, kitchen and bathroom, whether part of a private residence, a yacht or a public area such as a hotel.

Mantellassi 1926 entrusts its production to authentic master craftsmen of the old Tuscan school; casters, lacquerers, engravers, cabinet-makers, experts in carpentry, wrought iron work, light strive for excellent quality in their handiwork, producing pieces that play on the expectations of those who love “made in Italy” style, in a continuous process of dialectics between craft and industry. With a rigorously all Italian production it is a genuine luxury that few companies can still afford. It provides architects, interior designers, contractor and final clients with a team work capable of designing every single furnishing item in a completely customised way, combining the client’s ideas with the classic styles of Neo Baroque and Decor Glamour concepts.

This is the great ‘Italian know-how of Mantellassi 1926: designs that begin with an emotive nucleus, not necessarily symmetrical, and which push toward processes of reinterpretation in different artistic styles, where craftsmanship and attention to trends dialogue to express an idea of interior design at a high level.

It is the culture of the project, in all its aspects, that is the kingpin around which Mantellassi 1926 rotates. In this aspect the key to its growth has been cooperation with internationally important architectural studios.

Everything produced by the design skills and creativity of this dynamic concern is the result of a passion and lifestyle, the heritage of generations, that translate original artistic language with a free interpretation.

Foundation

90 years ‘in style’

The interwar years. The hallmarks of the manufacturing production of the province of Pistoia are vitality and innovation. Concentrated in the districts of Quarrata, Agliana and Montale there are groups of determined craftsmen who join forces to form small businesses specialised in weaving and handcrafted furniture. In the early years of the fascist period the new businesses enjoyed a period of substantial growth in production. Thanks to the employment opportunities that arose in towns a process of migration from rural to urban areas started. The post-war years. The integration of small manufacturing centres led to the formation of hubs specialised in the manufacture and sale of furniture and furnishings. It was precisely those furniture manufacturers, the early models of specialised industries, that represented the connected thread that joined Quarrata, Agliana and Montale and created a link with the province of Prato in a continuum of homes, workshops, factories, warehouses and deposits, interspersed with fields and residential areas. It was in this situation that the Mantellassi business started up in Quarrata, a small town of country folk who became craftsmen. The company was founded on 8 April 1926 by a gifted upholsterer, Macario Mantellassi, his son Remo and his wife Elisa who initially provided financial resources to set up the company and later had a hand in its development. Elisa is not only one of the many examples of women-managers ahead of their time who are often forgotten or ignored by the economic and social Italian historiography of that period. It is also an excellent example of the importance that women had and continue to have in the running and success of the Mantellassi 1926 business from its origins to the present day.

Biography
Today , Nicola Remo Mantellassi and his wife Roberta Mantellassi, the fourth generation, are working with a team of cooperators which are motivated and committed to achieving a single target: to acquire high skills in a world not only of sofas and chairs, but of collections that include complete furnishings and selected pieces that draw all the kind of livings, especially designed to be unique and reflect a simple way of living the luxury, yet so powerfully distinctive.
....... the fifth generation is on it's way!
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The finest materials

From the early days of cabinetmaking, the search for choice materials has been one of the most crucial and challenging aspects of creating beautiful and durable fine furniture. Fortunately, it is one of our key strengths.
At Mantellassi, we choose materials of the highest quality, leaving them as pure and unadulterated as possible so their natural beauty shines through.
We continue to hand-select woods and veneers for each individual item we make, choosing woods that are superior in color, cut and character. We use solid cast brass hardware, the finest stones and glass, and even the highest quality carving detail.
The furniture that results from these exacting choices is not only beautiful but absolutely authentic, crossing from industry into true art.

Technology

The word “Technology” (“science of craft”, from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia[3]) represent since the early age of the mankind the highest target of the research.For Mantellassi is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of Furniture or in the accomplishment of objectives. Technology here in Pistoia is the knowledge of techniques, processes, evolved from generation to generation and supported today by machines, computers, devices etc etc , which can be operated by individuals without detailed knowledge of the workings of such things having the same results

Uncompromising quality

Mantellassi’s dedication to uncompromising craft ensures our furniture is created to the finest quality. From flawless materials to old world techniques, each piece is thoughtfully crafted to make an everlasting impression for years to come.

Atelier

Following the directions of new marketing initiatives, the person in charge of floors and decorations in wood, stone, steel and brass has been included in the staff. The various proposals currently in the project are divided as follows:

Progeny: a puzzle to choose in wood, marble, metals and leather, assembled on tiles of different sizes. The patterns are extremely varied, with reference to the extraordinary masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance.

Marquetry: inlay made with different essences, designed as a central decorative element.

Geometric inlay: made with only one type of wood to choose from among the noblest as Oak, American Walnut, American Cherry, Teak, Ipe and many others. Processing such as heavy sandblasting and manual plugging enhance this type of surface.

Antique wood floors: starting from the availability of ancient woods (Teak, Walnut, Oak), restoration is carried out and they are assembled according to the project, which takes into account the characteristics of the material found. For example, some floors have been carried out with Oak recovered from old barrels with the incredibile coloration of the must.

The early years

Macario Mantellassi, a great tapestries, founds an interior woodwork and door company in 1926 in Quarrata, PT  just in the outskirt of Florence. The company makes its first piece of furniture one years later, a combination sofa and bookcase called GIREVOLE. Remo and Elisa, son and his wife of Macario, graduates from the University in Florence  and join his Father in the same year, as carpenter.

The modern movement and more - 1930s

Mantellassi ventures into Modernism with its Art Deco including several pieces designed by Remo. He becomes the company’s president upon his father’s death. Mantellassi  launches bedroom furniture from stage designer  and select furniture by noted modernist in 1932, leading the debut of the Modern movement in the Italian market.

The company introduces its “Ottoman” collection, the first great furniture reproduction program in Italy, in 1932. The designs are mainly Bauhaus, crafted by experts hand – picked from the Tuscan district. Two years later, Mantellassi introduces the Rationalism furniture to the Italian market.

An era of war - 1940s and 1950s

In 1941, more than 500 products collected by Mantellassi  are formally organized and placed on display in the central part of Italy. Mantellassi introduces the IRON Collection, the first truly modern  furniture collection manufactured in the Tuscan country, in 1949, right after the end of the second World War. The next year, the company popularizes Italian neoclassic design with the introduction of its first Palladian Collection, based on exhaustive study of countless museum originals. Acclaimed designer Mr Terzani partners with Mantellassi in 1951 on the first Scandinavian collection for the Italian market. In 1959, Carlo Mantellassi joint the company and begins to produce an assortment of simpler, less costly furniture , dividing the company in 3 branches, Timber, Retail and Manufacturing.

An era of expansion - 1960s and 1970s

Carlo Mantellassi becomes the company’s president in 1960, after the death of Remo,  finding new niches in the luxury market and introducing a wealth of new collections. Mantellassi opens a new manufacturing facility in Quarrata for the polyurethane foam, along with some competitors and friends, in an effort to create the industry’s highest-quality production-made furniture. Introductions during the 1960s and 1970s included collections of Shabby chic and Baroque furniture. Collection highlights include Woburn Abbey, introduced in 1969, featuring 25 choice English antiques of the home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. Baker merges with a leading showroom network in 1972 to form Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, which remains one of the largest wholesale distributors in the industry. A year later, it enters the upholstery business with a new plant and division located in High Point, NC. The company launches the Historic Charleston Collection in 1976, drawing inspiration from one of the most fashionable and furniture-forward capitals of the New World.

The fourth generation. An era of great Design - 1980 to 2000

In 1980, innovative Italian interior designer Tiziano Lera creates a collection of approximately 12 avant garde occasional and living room  items simply known as Pappagalle. A year later, Nicola Mantellassi Joint the company launched ANTIQUE, one of the most revolutionary dining and occasional tables, standing lamps, chairs ever done, with reproductions from originals found in celebrated castles and estates in the world. The positive reception of this collection made in bronze and wood, reaffirms the importance of Mantellassi’s work with top designers around the world, as Antonio Arena. The late ‘80s mark significant debuts of Roberta, Nicola’s wife, as r&d chief, and Mantellassi launched the Romantica collection, continental furniture drawn from the archives the much heralded  design firm. Patina is re-introduced as a memory collection of Mantellassi in 1996, offering vintage look, more livable furniture at a great value for money. That same year, the opening of the Almaty Mantellassi shop in the shop, was the milestone of the future distribution strategy. In 1996, Mantellassi introduces the Etnica collection, featuring furniture from the Far east, Middle east and African artist and designer that draws on ancient typical patterns.

Glamour Design, global openings - 2000 to 2015

During this decade, Mantellassi debuts collections from a series of celebrated designers, including Samuele Mazza, Alessio Mazza, Manzioni e Tapinassi, Gianfranco Gualtierotti, Andrea Perra, Martina Collina. In 2005, Mantellassi  launches DECOGLAM collection, inspired by classic Deco’ European designs, With a glamour touch, and in 2008 and 2009, Mantellassi extended this collection up to 300 piece, entering in the total look field. During this same period, the company provides furniture for a different boutique hotels and restaurant, working ONE OFF and making the most celebrated pieces in the market. This later era marks a flurry of international showroom openings: in Paris, Moscow, Singapore and three cities in China with the introduction of the latest masterpiece: the FLAIR collection.

Mantellassi has direct linked to the design

Everybody can note the eclectic design symptoms, which the well-known Architect Luca Scacchetti use to repeat in this famous phrase: “If Mantellassi didn’t exist, it should be invented.”
The reason why we have this characteristic, is inside our DNA, and comes from the long experience trough the 5 continents: FAR EAST, EX URSS, MIDDLE EAST, EUROPE, AFRICA, AMERICAS.
The level of training necessary to win the global challenges is characterized by the attitude to feel the low sounds and turn them into innovative products.
In the last decades we have launched collection as:

Antiqua
Romantica
Patina
Etnica
....... today we are engaged in Donna Mantellassi
....... and in Casa Gioiello

However a “fashion” approach, devoid rigid canons charged from a certain Brand philosophy, it’s able to impress the client with a permanent show perfectly tailor made to the ultimate market needs.

After 4 generation , uninterruptedly leading this group of companies, and with the fifth that is warming up on the threshold of the 90 years , the philosophy which are at the heart of the Mantellassi success are still the same: passion, elegance, unicity, authenticity. We can find out those characteristics in every details of our collection, our residential furnishing, hospitality, naval and commercial.Since the early beginning, we have a strong relationship with the design, which is well known worldwide, and our artisan skills are the best you can find in the market. People that are trained from father to son since many centuries, in the outskirt of Florence, the heart of the Tuscan tradition.. Our actual designer love to embrace this history, mixing shimmer and classic, getting what they call Glamour. To the next generation, the actual leaders Nicola and Roberta are building up a new corporate, exclusive mansion, where genesis and technology are pulsating and are creating a an endless flown of innovation.A place where the people are learning the soft touch of a rare velvet, the excellence of a complex carving, the preciousness of a noble marquetry inlaid , the mastery of an embroidery made with a gossamer thread and understand the difference between the luxury factors and the normal one. Purchasing luxury doesn’t means only ostentation, but self satisfaction overall   own something for lifetime but only temporary, an original product , to hand down to the next generations. For the few which have get the real spirit of the luxurious concept, is a privilege to start his own tradition.Who have experienced this emotion want to enjoy it to the full and radiate it to the closest people in the same environment. We know exactly how serve this people with the true luxury, giving them feed back tuned with their desires.