Monday, June 27, 2011

Viva Porte Italia!

Hi, Monika again! Kathryn and I went on a fun little field trip yesterday morning. We went to the preview for Porte Italia, a company available to the trade that does beautiful custom painted interior arts that just expanded into the U.S. market this past December. The idea for the company, which was founded 25 years ago, was first conceived when founder and head designer Ann Graham was on a trip to Italy and found herself inspired by the ornate Venetian furniture she saw there. Now, Porte Italia is a thriving business that prides itself on its fine craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail.

The company specializes in hand-painted furnishings such as doors, panels, bed frames, mirrors, sofas, chandeliers, etc, all inspired by old world Venetian furniture; in their own words, their furniture pieces are "modern presentations of that timeless golden age of painted furniture centered in the 18th Century". True to tradition, all of the handiwork is done in Venice, and the artisans they employ are amazing! They have a line of stocked pieces, but they can also create a custom piece, from frame to paint. They can even take a wallpaper or fabric sample and create a custom finish to match it--any interior designer's dream :) We got to see some truly stunning pieces at the preview, some of which are pictured below.

We were lucky enough to meet Ann herself, as well as Cindy Schwartz, the U.S. National Manager (and Ann's goddaughter!) They were both so incredibly sweet and gracious, and told us they really enjoyed the "family" feel of the company. Kathryn and I absolutely loved all of their beautiful work, and definitely plan on using them as a source in the near future! If you're interested in possibly purchasing a piece from them, feel free to get in touch with Kathryn.

Here are some of our favorite examples of their amazing work:

(all photos via Porte Italia)

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