Behind The Design | October 3, 2018
Q & A: Italian Artistry and the Bell’Arte Collection
For 30 years, Arhaus has partnered with a small, family-run furniture studio in Northern Italy to bring our customers something exceedingly rare: handcrafted, solid wood furniture finished with true artistry. These Italian masters use Old World techniques to transform solid wood into works of art—a process that involves 24 steps, all done by hand. The result is furniture that is complex, artful, and one of a kind. Recently, we hosted the Italian artisans for a video shoot at our Hudson, Ohio, headquarters. Before filming, Arhaus CEO John Reed and Bell’Arte founder Rino sat down to tell us more about their inspired partnership.
What makes the Bell’Arte collection special?
John Reed: “I wanted to bring this handmade Italian artistry to Arhaus because Bell’Arte means tradition. Rino and his artists pass their techniques down from generation to generation—the hand-finishing and hand-distressing. This kind of finish can’t be duplicated in other parts of the world.”
What is the creative process like for a Bell’Arte piece?
Rino: “When I come up with designs for new pieces, I think first about how they will be used. Then, I look to the natural world for inspiration. Plants, flowers, trees, sky, woods. In Italy, inspiration is all around me, all the time.”
What impact can a Bell’Arte piece make in a home?
John Reed: “To sit around a Bell’Arte table makes family gatherings even more special, because it was created by one family who has become like family to us at Arhaus, for yours to enjoy for generations.”