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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.

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.

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.

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!

Redone ArteLab

Redone uses precious woods, or centuries-old woods, obtaining tables, coffee tables, bathroom tops, where the resins and the extraordinary wood grain blend together to create an unrepeatable object.

We visited Redone ArteLab in December 2021, during our Salbini Experience by Tom Landy II.

Glas Italia

Glas Italia, founded in Brianza in 1972, produces glass doors, partitions and furniture, thanks to the centennial experience of the family glass factory and an inexhaustible passion for glass.

The Glas Italia headquarters is located in Macherio and we visited it in September 2021 during our Salbini Experience by Tom Landry II.

Riva 1920

Riva 1920 designs, customizes and creates furniture entirely made in Italy whose longevity is essential for sustainable development, preserving craftsmanship in the age of technology.

In September 2021, during our Salbini Experience by Tom Landry II, we went to the production units and the Riva Center in Cantù, in the province of Como, visiting the Wood Museum, the showroom and the Pangea Lab – Xiloteca.

Rugiano Settembre 2021

Rugiano is an Italian manufacturer of luxury furniture.

We visited the company in Mariano Comense, in the province of Como, in September 2021, during our Salbini Experience for Tom Landry II.