Made in Italy Luxury Furniture: The Reasons for a Great Success

Made in Italy.  Those three words are redolent of quality, craftsmanship and an almost uncanny sense of beauty’s quintessence.

But in a world which seeks instant gratification and low price points, the cachet and allure of the Made in Italy label may have lost some of its lusters.  Today’s consumers want it now.

They want to wander the set-piece room displays at IKEA and load up their “to be assembled” purchases on the way to the check out.   They also want whatever it is they’re after to be inexpensive.  And while there’s nothing wrong with accessibility and while some of IKEA’s furniture has become almost universally classic, what’s missing is the craftsmanship.

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New Horizons for Made In Italy

But the global marketplace has shifted.  Today, the nouveau riche in countries like Russia, China and Brazil seek out the Made in Italy label avidly.

Formerly inaccessible in the economic turmoil of these nations, there’s an emerging trend among the young and well-heeled around the world to demand the supreme quality, painstaking craftsmanship and undeniable beauty of Italian goods.  Now that they’ve got what it takes to get it, they want it and they’re buying it.

Beyond that, there is the boundless energy of Italian creativity, coupled with a passion for the extraordinary and the strikingly beautiful which sets luxury items made in Italy apart from competing goods.

And Made in Italy luxury furniture is a case in point.  Its enduring popularity and status can be witnessed all over the world, from Moscow to Sao Paulo.

Reasons Too Numerous to Mention

Perhaps it’s the surroundings.  Maybe it’s the scent of coffee wafting through the morning streets, or the hum of thousands of years of history in the air.  It could even be the sea’s scent, or the fresh mountain air.

Italy has many wonders, but what they add up to in terms of Italian luxury furniture is a pure, unblemished adoration of the pleasure of being in the presence of beauty.  That’s a pleasure worth handing down through generations of artisan families, crafting by hand the intricacy of wood inlay and veneer.

It’s worth the time it takes to create lasting treasures which export a sliver of Italy’s legendary love of beauty to distant shores, where it can transport others to the land cradled between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.

The reasons for the great success of Italian luxury furniture reside in our imaginations and our own desire to see and enjoy what’s truly and gloriously superlative.  From the Palace of the Doge in Venice to the Duomo in Florence, to Sicily’s wild rusticity, Italy is a legend of glamor, history and style which ignites the fantasies of millions.

Ignite Your Fantasy at Michelangelo

Trade professionals come to Michelangelo Designs to be inspired by the dizzying array of Italian furniture on display.  They ignite their fantasies of the glories of Italian design with Michelangelo’s cure for the common.

Discover the riches of Italy.  Contact us to schedule an appointment and be ignited.

Sophisticated Sofas: The Elegance of Classic Padded Elements

Nothing says home quite like the comfort of a sofa.  Today, acknowledged as a necessary component of any living room, the sofa wasn’t always a part of our lives.  It’s been developed over centuries, coming to us in various incarnations to arrive at its current, iconic status.

Sophisticated sofas: the elegance of classic padded elements is all about how we came to love this piece of furniture and what it symbolizes today, as part of the modern home.  Comfort.  Relaxation.  Family.  For modern people, it seems that the sofa has always existed.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

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An Elite Past

If there’s one thing you can say for the elite of the Roman Empire, it’s that they knew how to relax.  Probably the most famed precursor to the modern living room sofa is the Roman dining sofa.

The “lectus” was also used for sleeping, reading and reclining and was prized as one of the most important items of furniture in any noble Roman home.  Because Romans enjoyed lounging (the wealthy ones, at any rate), these provided relaxed seating which allowed the indolence of wealth to lounge to its heart’s content.

But the lectus was most probably developed in the wake of encounters with the Far East, where it’s believed that the sofa’s birthplace is properly located.

But it wasn’t until the late 17th Century that the sofa arrived in something close to its modern form, in Europe.  Sparsely cushioned, it was not the most comfortable seating arrangement, but was lavishly upholstered and again – only for those of some means.

In very short order, the luxury-obsessed elites of the Continent urged furniture designers to make the “canape” (as it was called then) more comfortable.  It was slightly later that the word “sofa” (derived from an Arabic word meaning cushion) came into vogue to describe this style of seating.

So, at the dawn of the 18th Century the elegant padded elements we now associated with a desirable sofa were pioneered.

Italian Sofa Sophistication

There’s no question that the elegance of classic padded elements is most richly expressed in the boundless sophistication of Italian furniture’s interpretations of the form.

Lavishly and strikingly realized, Italian sofa sophistication spans every genre from sleek modernism to Baroque excess.  At Michelangelo Designs, we honor the tradition of Italian design excellence, with an exclusive collection of Italy’s most acclaimed furniture design houses.

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EgoItaliano is just one the collections on the floor of our showroom and warehouse.  Known for elevating the art of upholstered furniture, a sofa from this designer both thrills with its elegance and coddles with its comfort.

Silik brings the traditional and contemporary together to create uniqueness in a world of bland conformity.  If that describes your style, you’ll find it here at Michelangelo, where we cure the common.

Trade professionals find inspiration at the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA.  Come be inspired by the riches of Italy.  Impress your discerning clients with singular vision.

We invite Trade professionals to contact us for an appointment.

A Luxury Wooden Sideboard for a Classic Living Room

Your classic living room is where you share your personal style with friends and family.  It’s a point of pride for you and a revelatory expression of who you are, when visitors join you for the evening.

And a luxury wooden sideboard for a classic living room is a prestigious addition to the space’s ambience, speaking volumes about your taste, style and what you value most in life.

Luxury is the message and there’s no medium more appropriate for sending it than the lustrous, timeless quality of wood.  Whispering of time-honored craftsmanship and painstaking detail, a luxury wooden sideboard brings warmth and depth to your classic living room.

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A Glorious Past

Also known as a “buffet”, the sideboard’s most common location is the dining room.  While this is a practical choice, the living room is often the site of gatherings which require space to arrange canapes and cocktails in an elegant display which appeals to the eye and offers entertaining convenience.

Originating in the 18th Century, the sideboard established itself in 19th Century Europe, as continental householders’ fortunes increased during the Industrial Revolution.  In Italy, where all beautiful things are revered, the sideboard is known as the “credenza”.

Today’s wooden sideboard has its origins in the homes of those prospering in the crucible of monumental change, displaying their wealth in intricate wood inlay and costly veneers.

What Does Your Sideboard Look Like?

A luxury wooden sideboard for a classic living room can take numerous forms, drawing on the styles and traditions of the time frame in which this item of furniture rose to popularity.  But you may choose to express your personal vision with an ornate, Baroque version, or an Art Deco interpretation.

It all depends on you, your vision and your taste.

At Michelangelo Designs, we understand the impulse to individuality in interior design.  That’s why we’ve gathered an elite selection of Italy’s most acclaimed furniture design houses at our expansive showroom and warehouse.

Professionals in the Trade can appease discerning tastes with the riches found here at the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA, where the cure for the common is abundantly manifested.

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Italian Craftsmanship

Michelangelo’s mission brings to the USA’s shores the ultimate in Italian craftmanship and quality.  The artisanal expression of Italy’s legacy of creating beauty is seen in the classic reproductions of Fratelli Bianchini and the world-changing hands of Angelo Capellini.

Your luxury wooden sideboard for a classic living room is here to be discovered.  Uncommonly stunning, expertly crafted and hewn from the finest woods, our selection is drawn only from Italy’s most renowned furniture designers.

The Cure for the Common

Trade professionals know their clients and Michelangelo Designs knows Trade professionals.  We know they seek the ideal match to client vision, so we’ve created an exclusively Italian resource, exclusively for the Trade.

The cure for the common is here, at Michelangelo, waiting to grace the classic living rooms of your clientele with Italian luxury.  Professionals in the Trade are invited to schedule an appointment.

Luxury Home Furniture: Made in Italy is One Step Ahead

Maybe living in an ancient loft looking out on the Campo dei Fiori in Rome isn’t in the cards for you.  And maybe you can’t find your way to that breathtaking, permanent terrace in Capri, the Mediterranean’s blue vastness arrayed at your feet.

But you can bring a slice of that inimitable glamor into your home.  Luxury home furniture from Italy is one step ahead because of Italy’s timeless traditions of excellence and perfectionism and a national commitment to honoring a setting which is painfully beautiful.

Made in Italy is one step ahead.  It’s a taste of the Campo dei Fiori, a whisper of Capri and a dash of Lake Como nestled in your home, crafted by masters of Italian furniture design.

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Where Epochs Exist In Harmony

Everywhere you go in Italy, you walk in the shadow of epochs of history.  Before even the Romans, came the Etruscans, their she-wolf still the potent symbol of Rome, suckling the twins, Romulus and Remus.

And when you’re born from a long line of artisans, you wear the mantle of generations of exacting craftsmanship which demands fidelity to a proud tradition.

Outside your door history is present, living hand in glove with the present and the future.  All these tenses of time exist in harmony in the Italian heart and mind.  The past is present in every moment of life, reflected in both reverence and innovation.

To be a creator of fine things in Italy is to not only continue a tradition but to enliven it with the moment.  This is the ongoing brilliance of Italian design and its enduring truth – that Italian culture demands both continuity and bold departure, held in a tension which creates something uniquely sophisticated.

Bringing Italian Luxury Home

Whether adding to a well-established collection of Italian luxury furniture, or starting with your first piece, the flavor of a nation steeped in sophisticated design is easy to bring home, with Michelangelo Designs.

At the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA, we bring Italy’s timeless beauty to homes, hotels and other fine establishments for discerning Trade professionals and their clientele.

Here, you’ll select from a dozen of Italy’s most acclaimed furniture design houses, from the modernism of EgoItaliano to the classicism of Carpanelli.  We don’t stop at Italy’s finest designers.  We provide endless possibilities, with over 1,000 textile selections, including rare woods and supple leathers.

With Michelangelo, your home takes on the patina of Italy’s timeless dedication to beauty and quality, creating an oasis of sophistication that isn’t too shy to make a spectacle of itself.

Exclusively for Trade Professionals

Since 1985, Michelangelo Designs has been importing the riches of Italy to fire the imaginations of professionals in the Trade.  Architects, interior designers, real estate developers and retailers find the cure for the common here.

They come to us in the knowledge that we’ve created this sterling resource for them alone.  With the inspiration of Italian excellence, their creative impulse is ignited.

We invite Trade professionals to contact us for an appointment.

Majestic, Welcoming, Elegant: The Classic Luxury Armchair

The classic luxury armchair is a fixture in elegant spaces all over the world.  From fine hotels, to high-end restaurants and lounges, to your own living room, the armchair is a symbol of coddled comfort.

From the traditional wingback, to the overstuffed chair and a half, the classic luxury armchair invites you to settle into its enveloping comfort and relax.

No living room seems like home without at least one.  Majestic, welcoming, elegant: the classic luxury armchair is a tradition unto itself.


5,000 Years of History – The Chair

The earliest known chair isn’t a chair at all.  Rather, it’s a sculpted depiction of a chair, looking much the same as what we know today as a kitchen chair.  Dated between 2,700 BCE and 2,800 BCE, the sculptor is of a seated harp player.

In the world of the Ancient Egyptians, chairs were status symbols.  While the rich used them, everyone else sat on the floor or on stools.

The Greeks were later to invent the “klismos”, an elegant prototypical model for the Golden Age of seating, which didn’t come until the 18th Century, almost 2,000 years later.

These were heady days for armchairs, when the wealth generated by international trade gave birth to designs like the Louis XV armchair – one of the stylistic precursors to the classic luxury armchair we see in sophisticated spaces today.

Form and Function In Harmony

Through time, many cultures have adhered to traditions of sitting on the floor or reclining on low cushions.  In the West, we generally choose to sit on chairs, but Eastern traditions have been influential in transforming attitudes here, in that regard.

For those of us married to the tradition of the seated posture, the classic luxury armchair is the epitome of luxurious comfort, redolent of cool nights spent before a roaring fire in cozy study, book in hand.

And the form that our armchair takes in our imaginations can be anything but feather-stuffed, cushy splendor, to the masculine leather tufting of the classic club chair.

At Michelangelo Designs, we present Trade professionals with the full spectrum of armchairs, fit for discerning clientele decorating homes, hotels, condominium developments and clubs.  For any space in which people gather to relax and enjoy elegant surroundings, the classic luxury armchair is an integral element which offers high-level design’s enviable form, united with the demand for function – comfortable seating.

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From Italy with Luxury

Michelangelo Designs is where you’ll find Italy’s most sought-after furniture design houses.  At our expansive showroom and warehouse, we cater to individual tastes, with a stunning selection that runs the gamut from the classics to today’s contemporary stylings.

And with over 1,000 textile selections, you know you’ll find that ideal armchair.

Tufting both classic and channel.  Leather.  Velvet.  Damask.  If you can dream it, you’ll find it at the first and only Italian Design Center in the United States.

At Michelangelo Designs, you’ll find the cure for the common, from Italy with luxury.  Trade professionals are invited to contact us to book an appointment.