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Giulio Marelli Atene collection

Giulio Marelli is one the Made in Italy brands with whom we collaborate. We’ve had the opportunity to interview Luca Erba, the designer of the new Atene collection.

Luca Erba

He is an Italian architect and designer.

Born in Brianza in 1984, in the heart of the furniture district, he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 2010 and founded his studio.

A profound territorial, material and formal research is the basis of the creative process: Luca develops projects ranging from architecture to graphics and from interior to product design, collaborating with Italian and international brands.

The approach to the project celebrates the union between materials, industrial design, natural shapes and refined craftsmanship, with the desire to create objects that last over time, with a contemporary taste and a strong personality.

Atene collection

The Atene collection is the maximum synthesis of the classic trilithic system used in ancient Greece, the oldest simple structure, consisting of two piers on which the architrave rests.

In an apparent state of simple support, the Atene coffee tables are composed of 3 metal cylinders that support the marble or glass top in a perfect state of balance, framed by a metal ring that gives volume and solidity. A tribute to classical architecture.

The collection consists of coffee tables and side tables in different diameters and heights: five different sizes and heights are available. They can be customized in all the marble glass and metal finishes. The round shape is the distinctive element of this new collection.

Wave and Noah collection

In addition to Atene, Wave has been designed for Giulio Marelli, a large family of tables and coffee tables whose distinctive feature is a base made up of two thin curved metal sheets, reminiscent of the movement of waves. In addition, Noah, a large collection of upholstered furniture with generous and full proportions with a stroke that stands out for its contemporary roundness.

New products

During the 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile 2022, Marelli presented new products: Onno, a sculptural and vigorous dining table with Linda, a Nordic-inspired dining armchair with extremely soft and delicate lines.

The favourite product

“The recent Linda armchair is a piece to which I am very attached because the design of a chair is always something very intimate”.

Luca Erba

In addition to having to be beautiful and in line with market trends, a seat must also find the maximum harmony with the people who will use it. It is perhaps the most difficult object to make but at the same time the most complete and stimulating.

Vismara Design luxury furniture for entertainment

Vismara Design was founded in 1950 by three brothers: Aldo, Enrico and Luigi, who had the same passion for furniture. The great turning point took place in the 90s, thanks to the visionary designer Pino Vismara, who created a new product concept: the CD and DVD cabinet. 

“From this moment the brand acquired notoriety all over the world, thanks to real pieces of contemporary design.”

Vismara’s philosophy

Love and dedication to noble work are the real driving force behind Vismara. 

“Our philosophy is very simple: the customer is at the center of every process, from the first contacts to after sales. What we offer is not just a luxury product, but a luxury service.”

Home entertainment

For the past 10 years, the company has strongly specialized in the concept of Home Entertainment, or products dedicated to entertainment for private residences.

Vismara Design’s commitment is, and has always been, to celebrate the beauty and luxury of free time.

“In Vismara we have specialized in the creation and construction of home theaters, offering a highly customizable product, packaged on the basis of the customer’s wishes and the space available.”

Another growing trend is the Game Room, or areas dedicated to different types of games, from poker tables to pool tables, from soccer tables to chess tables.

Kubrik Sofa

Kubrik is the perfect product to complete the now popular Media Room.

Its design is modern and essential, the ergonomics are designed to be a comfortable seat for prolonged use. Thanks to the presence of two motors, the reclining of the backrest and footrest can be controlled separately from that of the headrest, reaching the ideal position and maximum comfort.

Blade Table Tennis Table

The Blade Table Tennis table is the reinterpretation of a classic game, of common use and knowledge, revolutionized and elevated to an exclusive product.

The structure of the table is entirely covered in leather with the exception of the game top, in wood essence. The Ping Pong Blade table is designed to be used also as a conference / dining table and is complete with all the accessories for play: removable net, rackets and balls, stored inside a hidden drawer.

Metropolis Collection

The Metropolis Collection, presented in its entirety at the Salone del Mobile Milano 2022, is a hymn to the fusion of cultures, innovation and progress.

The new models of Game Tables are characterized by an extremely contemporary style and a timeless design.

In a historical period in which the world seems to be strengthening its borders, the Metropolis collection aims to claim the freedom of the individual and the fluidity of connections.

b-line furniture

B—Line is a company founded by Giorgio Bordin in 1999. It restores life to several historical icons of design on the Italian scenario: these are works that have disappeared over the years.

Of the products re-edited the best-known is Joe Colombo’s famous Boby.

Timeless collection

The Timeless collection is dedicated to the greatest designers of the past, who combined aesthetics and functionality.

Expanded in the color palette and updated in the choice of materials and production technologies, the B-Line re-editions are developed by the company drawing on autographed drawings and collaborating with the studios that have collected the legacy of the great masters. 

This collection includes: Boby, Multichair, Supercomfort, Ring, Crossed, Spinny, 4/4, Aki, Buk, Boomerang and Esa.

Zero-mile Sustainability

B—Line’s gives particular attention to sustainability, linked to the durability of its products.

All B—Line products are entirely “Made in Italy” and tend to be “Zero-Mile”. In fact, the company favours neighbouring concerns that are the source of incredible skills that constitute a heritage of the highest craftsmanship and excellence to be safeguarded.

Environmental protection is at the root of the whole productive process. Transport and recycling involve huge squandering of energy and consumptions, which B—Line seeks to avoid

The most exemplary products

Boby

The concept of versatility and usability distinguishes all B—Line products and is represented at the highest levels by the Boby container trolley designed by Joe Colombo in 1970 to ensure easy vertical modularity and allow for different configurations with customized capacities.


Ring

Ring (Joe Colombo, 1964), is a container module that can act as a coffee table and once stacked it multiplies the capacity to furnish walls or create dividers. 


Multichair

Multichair (Joe Colombo, 1970) is a transformable system through the combination of the two cushions that compose it and thanks to the repositionable leather straps and the brushed-chrome steel bushings. 


4/4

4/4 (Rodolfo Bonetto, 1969) These are four identical elements which can be juxtaposed or stacked, thanks to the special inserts, to compose coffee tables, serpentine tables or modular bookcases.


Merano

Merano (Raffaella Mangiarotti and Ilkka Suppanen, 2017 ) A light and elegant collection suitable for indoors and outdoors consisting of lounge chair, pouf, two-seater sofa and bench. Once the frame has been separated from the cushions, it is possible to break the structure into two parts.


Fonda

Fonda (Maddalena Casadei, 2018) A table with almost archetypal lines, born from a softened reworking of the geometries.


Re-editions and contemporary products: how the two elements combine

From the very beginning, B-Line has combined its re-editions with contemporary furnishing accessories, the result of collaborations with international designers with the aim of incorporating different views and cultures and satisfying customer requests based on different sensitivities.

These are concrete, usable and transversal projects that have the burden and the honor of coexisting with the great cornerstones of design and convincing in terms of character and style to pass naturally from domestic environments to working spaces and from inside to outside. , areas that are increasingly hybrid and changing as the contemporary lifestyle dictates.

Credits

Cover: Photo by Miro Zagnoli and Styling by Maddalena Casadei

Products: Photos by Claudio Visentin, Andrea Pancino, Alberto Parise, Beppe Brancato, Miro Zagnoli, Salmaso Fotografia.

Chan Yoon is our South Korea Manager and came to visit us in Italy in June 2022. 

Before going to Milan together for the Salone del Mobile 2022, Chan was our guest in Southern Italy

It was a pleasure meeting him and having the opportunity of interviewing him. He has been part of our family for more than 2 years.

The first contact and collaboration with us

Chan met us for the first time as a client and he was very satisfied with the service:

“It was not about money, but it was more about solving my problem to make my room the most beautiful place in the world.”

And that’s how he got confidence and decided to work with us.

His role 

“At the beginning, I was a one-man show. Now my business has gone to 5 people”.

He handles B2B projects, sometimes B2C as well, meeting the clients.

The interesting aspects of his job

There are two interesting aspects in Chan’s job: being able to provide great furniture to his customers; being able to provide new brands in South Korea and seeing excitement in the clients.


Chan Yoon is an interior designer, founder of Stretta Furniture and Stretta Studio in Seoul

Favorite brands

When asked what are his favorite brands, Chan told us that what he loves more about Italian furniture is that they make the best use of materials.

“The very first furniture that I came to import was Poltrona Frau. I really love their leather and its luxurious use”.

He also appreciates DV Home and Misuraemme.

The future of the market in South Korea 

“I think that our company could become number one in terms of luxury brands”.

The meeting with the Italian team

Chan had the opportunity to spend time with our Italian team to take care of the details of some projects under construction in South Korea and also to spend some relaxing moments on the Amalfi Coast, in Pompeii, Salerno and with the Salbini family.


With Salbini Experience we will open the doors of the best Italian companies to you.

Do you need to carry out projects with the best design products? Come to Italy!

Salone del Mobile Milano 2022

The 60th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan was a special occasion to immerse ourselves in the world of design and to bring together our international managers and collaborators.

From 7 to 12 June 2022, at Rho Fiera Milano, we had a unique experience with customers, managers and partners, touching the products firsthand and admiring the new collections of the best Made in Italy and European brands.

We have combined the passion for our work with pleasant encounters of friendship and relaxation.

Our people

We have been to Milan with part of our Italian team, with our international managers and collaborators and with some clients from Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.

Our Italian team was made up of Filippo Salbini, Maria Giordano and Antonio Pepe.

Our Australian managers were Scott Wilson from Sydney and Vittoria Chiarilli from Melbourne.

Our South Korean manager Chan Yoon was in Milan with his collaborators from Seoul.

Our Malaysian partner Veanne Choon was with us with her team from Kuala Lumpur.

Our American partner Tom Landry II joined us from New Orleans.

Projects

The Salone del Mobile Milano 2022 was an opportunity to work on some projects underway in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea and North America, in which we will supply furniture, appliances, joinery and bathroom products (Find out more about our services).

Brands

We met old and new partners. We have established relationships with our business partners and have established new partnerships for the international supply of furniture.

The Salone del Mobile Milano 2022 was also an opportunity to touch the new collections of many brands present at the fair:

  • AmuraLab
  • Arredo Classic
  • B-Line
  • Baxter
  • Bla Station
  • Boca Do Lobo
  • Campeggi
  • Carpanelli
  • Carpanese Home
  • CC-Tapis
  • CEA Design
  • Conte Italia
  • De Sede
  • DV Home
  • Edra
  • Essential Homes
  • Ethimo
  • Exteta
  • Fiam
  • Francesco Molon
  • Frato
  • Gallotti e Radice
  • Gervasoni
  • Giulio Marelli
  • Glas Italia
  • GTV Design
  • Hommes Studio
  • Impatia
  • Itlas
  • Knoll
  • Longhi
  • Matrix International
  • MDF Italia
  • MD House
  • Medea
  • MisuraEmme
  • MYYOUR Design
  • Nanimarquina
  • Naos
  • Oniro Group
  • Pedrali
  • Porro
  • Private Label
  • Riva 1920
  • Roberti
  • Roche Bobois
  • Rugiano
  • Saba
  • Secolo
  • Segis
  • Sovet
  • Tacchini
  • Talenti
  • Teekell
  • Tribù
  • Triva Group
  • Vener
  • Visionnaire
  • Zeitrum
  • Zieta

What a great experience!

The Salone del Mobile is a very important event for the whole industry. Experiencing the 2022 edition with international managers and collaborators was fantastic

The joy of our customers who have selected the products for their projects makes us proud

The satisfied faces of all the participants make us understand that these occasions are to be repeated.

Our visit to the Itlas company in April 2022 allowed us to experience first-hand the high quality of 100% made in Italy wooden flooring and claddings, as well as “Progetto Bagno” and complementary decor items.

The Itlas collections were also highly appreciated by our guest, an important Australian interior designer, who visited the Itlas company with us, looking for products to use in his next projects in Australia.

In April, we were delighted to visit our partner Mastella.

A business meeting to give a chance to an important Australian interior designer to touch first hand the Mastella collection.

Such a successfull meeting that it has generated the beginning of a business relationship, and so as a consequence, a Mastella display corner will be shortly set up, in a very well known Sydney store, into a premium location.

Visit to Francesco Molon

In April 2022 we had the pleasure of showing to an important Australian designer, the Francesco Molon brand, in the province of Vicenza in Italy.

It was a very important moment for all of us.

Francesco Molon collections

We met again and with joy our Premium Partner Francesco Molon, while our Australian friend had the opportunity to see in person the elegant and luxury collections of the Francesco Molon brand and to touch the high quality of Made in Italy products, which he will use for some of his projects in Australia.

Carpanese Home Living

We have close cooperations, which allow us to offer customization possibilities, quick shipping and competitive prices.

Among the best luxury brands with which we collaborate there is Carpanese Home Italia.

Carpanese Home Italia

In 1990, after a long experience gained in the production and processing of wood, Marco Bellani founded Carpanese Home Italia, with the goal to create the most luxurious interior furniture using only the best materials available.

The company is based in the heart of furniture district in Northern Italy, near Verona. 

Marco Bellani and Mirco Bellani

The philosophy of the company

The main philosophy of Carpanese Home Italia is to create something unique and special, without ever giving up the most absolute quality and providing a concept of atmosphere created with Italian taste and a passion for what they do.

“We don’t sell only furniture, we sell a philosophy of living. We decided to produce not only furniture, but also Lights, Boiserie, Wallpapers, Carpets, Doors, everything to create a complete package.”

Marco Bellani

Tailor Made program

The main priority is customer satisfaction and it is the main reason why they introduced the “Tailor Made” program. The client can choose from a great range of finishing, fabrics, leathers and nabuk;

“We can also modify or change the items accordingly with the demands of our clients, changing dimensions, creating new special finishing that suites their taste, finding different materials or fabrics.The only limit is only customer imagination.”

“Tailor Made” because, like a haute couture suit, each piece can be tailor-made for the customer.

The best products

When asked what are their favorite products Mirco and Marco Bellani tell us that they are very proud of their new Identity collection. This is because it is the latest born, created to set a new high standard for the most modern and contemporary style, where they focus more on the single product, creating iconic objects that can be mixed, but also taken individually, just like jewelry or pieces of art for your home.

“Each piece is an icon in its own right, designed to impress and be the main protagonist of your home, while remaining perfectly in line and mixable with all the others.”

In particular, the most important item is the Imperial Table, which with its unique design, also won the latest edition of the Archiproducts Design Awards.

Tradition and innovation

Tradition and innovation are two fundamental characteristics. 

“By combining traditional and tested construction methods with innovative design, thanks also to the continuous search for new materials, we remain faithful to our origins, while evolving and looking to the future.”

This contrast is possible thanks to the vision of Marco Bellani, who wanted to preserve the traditional techniques, but also wanted to keep improving, always finding new ways to create timeless pieces.

An example of this is the Imperial Table, which combines classic materials such as leather, glass and metal, with a new design and the technological innovation of a new polymer, specially designed and developed to make the transparent bases.

Salbini Experience Tom Landry II

Designer Tom Landry II was our guest in Italy twice in September and December 2021, to live the “Salbini Experience”, our exclusive journey into the world of Italian design.

The welcome

He flew from America to Italy. In Milan he was welcomed by our Managers Filippo and Francesco, with whom he spent a few weeks in northern Italy, where he had the opportunity to touch and feel the high quality of the products, visiting the headquarters, the production plants and the showrooms of the best Italian brands.

The best Italian companies open their doors

To best meet the needs of Tom, who is carrying out some important projects with us in North America, we have selected some of the best Italian brands of furniture, lighting, carpets, bathroom and outdoor products.

With him we met many business managers, who were able to describe and show him the characteristics and manufacture of the products.

Tom experienced first hand the products of the following brands:

What an exciting experience for a designer!

Not only the products impressed Tom, but also the friendliness received during the weeks in Italy.

“I was fascinated by the quality of the materials and greatly appreciated the hospitality of the Italians.”

Tom Landry II

After his return to America, Tom wrote us what he thinks of the Salbini Experience:

“I had the extraordinary opportunity to be personally escorted to countless Italian luxury showrooms and factories throughout Italy by Salbini. 

It was the highlight of my 25 year career! 

The personalized journey was complemented by Filippo’s breadth of industry knowledge and his intense pride of his native land and its culture- providing for an all around exceptional experience.

At each venue, we were greeted by the respective staff – sometimes the owner/founder – for a personal tour of the manufacturer’s premises that included a verbal history and evolution of the brand. 

I was able to firsthand experience the design ethos of the brand, the employed ergonomics of the construction and the intricate details of the upholstery and millwork not commonly found on the web. In some locations, we were given a behind the scenes tour of how each iconic piece is handcrafted by Italian artisans, how the leather is processed & cut and the overall personal care taken to the craft of each piece. 

Unlike the annual Salone de Mobile in Milan, during my showroom and factory visits with Salbini, I was able to make fabric selections, plan future projects and spend as much time as I required experiencing each manufacturer showroom. 

Filippo encouraged me to spend as much time as I needed to engage each brand carefully in order to provide my clientele with first hand knowledge of the comfort, construction, craft and aesthetic of the brands I requested to experience.

As the premier consolidator of European luxury furniture, finishes and building materials, Salbini has the ability to bring Europe to your doorstep, quite literally! There’s no longer a need to wonder how to get something from Europe to North America for a client. Salbini handles the entire process- flawlessly. The Salbini Experience is on a level of its own.”

Tom Landry II

From north to south Italy to meet the team

Tom also had the opportunity to spend time with the other members of our Italian team, to better plan the work for ongoing projects in North America and also to spend some relaxing moments with the Salbini family.


With Salbini Experience we will open the doors of the best Italian companies to you.

Do you need to carry out projects with the best design products? Come to Italy!