A Great Italian Furniture Maker Opens in New York

  • Jorge Arango

It took the Sozzi family nearly a century to open an American outpost for their exceptionally crafted Italian furniture, Promemoria, which is finally available Stateside through a New York showroom. The Sozzi family of the mountains of Lecco (near Lake Como) built carriages for Italian nobility in the 19th century, then moved on to make exquisite cabinetry and furniture. Today, under the guidance of Romeo Sozzi and his three sons—Stefano, David, and Paolo—their company is known for its handcrafted furniture using the finest materials: leathers, cashmere, silk, velvet, Murano glass, and exotic woods such as zircote. Each Promemoria piece is completely custom-made, therefore it takes about 14 weeks for delivery. But their extensive portfolio of designs can be mined for inspiration. A bedside table that comes in 15 colors of velvet starts at about $15,000, a stingray chest with leather interiors and a leather-lined bar are approximately $35,000. Prices climb to around $100,000, for the George—as in Clooney—cabinet with its custom Murano glass hardware, which can be adapted for use as a closet, dining hutch, or bar. (646.588.4409, www.promemoria.com)

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