Arti&Mestieri: Beauty and functionality take shape

Arti&Mestieri: Beauty and functionality take shape

Creating metal objects with multiple shapes and essential, ironic and design profiles, with constant research into materials and shapes, is the stylistic hallmark of Arti&Mestieri, a Tuscan company that for more than forty years has been creating objects that constantly seek out a trend, or even anticipate it.

Beauty and functionality become clocks, mirrors, tables, lamps, consoles, decorative panels, holders, home and table accessories, everyday iron objects that become unique pieces. They are designed in the company's stylistic studio by a team of designers, then manufactured with 3D laser-cut machining, varnished and bent by hand by expert artisans, and all rigorously Made in Italy.



Our interview with Mauro Torelli, CEO of Arti&Mestieri



What’s the idea behind your products and how are they designed?


First of all, we analyse fashion and trends, because new trends because new trends are generated from the street; they are the result of the contamination between cultural, social, artistic and customary aspects, and it is this aspect that we must refer to in order to propose attractive, current and relevant collections. Then we do a lot of experimenting and use new materials and new colours, with great attention to the market's demands.



How do creativity, artisanship and functionality come together in your products?


It is a long process, dictated by the experience of three decades with the company, inevitably design interacts with production requirements. In addition to the decorative value of an object, we always look for functionality. Creativity plays an important role, as does the possibility of being able to produce the designed object in large quantities while optimising time and costs and maintaining our traditional artisan tradition. We have always wondered about the relationship between form and function, between ornament and its meaning, between aesthetics and practicality, between sustainability and the environment to achieve the concept of exclusivity that represents us and defines our brand.



What relationship do you see between your accessories and objects and the various living styles?


We always design with different living styles in mind, we think of décor and contemporary homes, of places in the home dedicated to adults and those for children, of the transversal and changing spaces of homes in relation to times and functions; the elements that distinguish the various collections dedicated to diverse groups of users are the themes, which suggest imaginary worlds, the shapes, which range from one-, two- and three-dimensional elements and, above all, the choice of palettes with different colour registers. From earthy and stone tones for minimalist atmospheres, to saturated and vibrant tones dedicated to the very young. Décor collections coexist in our production, where soft lines are accompanied by the gold leaf finish or warm tones such as bronze and beige; linear, minimal and rigorous collections available in cold tones such as white, black, aluminium with red accents, but also romantic and ironic collections with a pet theme such as butterflies and cats or flowers.



What is the common thread of your collections?


There is not just one common thread for the season. We find the common thread in the theme of the various collections, with a decoration that is repeated on different types of objects, for example in the tableware lines. Sometimes we identify an element in a decoration that is particularly centred on current trends, and then this theme is replicated on the entire collection, including clocks, mirrors, coat racks, umbrella stands, etc. In any case, we are also always particularly sensitive to market demands. Materials and colours, as well as themes, can also be the underlying theme of a collection.



What new products will you be presenting in January 2024 at Milano Home?


We are still in the design phase and we are considering new material and colour trends while keeping our production on the type of objects that represent us and make us unique, such as clocks, mirrors, lamps, tables and consoles.