Italian Wood Crafts

While there are plenty of spectacular materials around the globe, nothing exudes the charm of wood. One of the most sought-after materials, wood can be crafted in unimaginable ways. The natural imperfections of the ring and grain structure lend to its bespoke appeal. 

Wood craft possesses a level of sensitivity, emotion and precision

Woodcraft requires phases of research and a study of the complexity of the materials. By the virtue of being strong, durable, light and flexible, wood is associated with high-quality furniture and facilitates experimentation.

The Italian expertise of woodcraft is irreplaceable! From intricate carvings to detailed inlay work, woodwork has widely been an outlet for new ideas and endless possibilities. It's color, veins, natural texture and various other characteristics make it ideal for anything from exteriors, furniture, sculptures to frames.

Among the breath-taking landscapes of Italy, craftsmen work tirelessly to create masterpieces. Discover the rich tradition of woodcraft, now with a modern twist.

Woodcraft Techniques

The traditional Italian ways of working with wood are attractive because of the numerous fascinating techniques practiced by talented craftsmen. Wood craft requires a level of expertise and a passion for innovation.

“Every small detail embraces the authenticity of the material and its maker; there is perfection in each flaw.”

Intarsio

Whether seen on the doors of ancient cathedrals, vintage jewelry boxes or wall clocks, Intarsio or Inlay is the most precious Italian technique of wood craft. The design, colors and the composition, all are important aspects of the craft.

The best way to visualize the Intarsio is as a mosaic in which small pieces of different-colored wood are pieced together within a base. The technique involves carving a chunk from the wooden framework and ornamenting contrasting pieces into the surface.

Intarsio begins with transferring hand-drawn designs onto a wooden template which is then carved. Next, the artisan chooses different species of wood-based mainly depending on their color contrast. Intarsio makers essentially use a variety of saws, planes, clamps, chisels, etc to achieve the finesse while carving intricate shapes. The ingenuity of craftsmen like ​Biagio Barile and ​Arosio Milano reflects through their products, while ​Mauro Varotti's inlaid coffee tables add an artistic touch to refines homes. The enchanting beauty of the local Intarsio tradition is sure to charm you.

Tornio:

Tornio is the Italian word for ‘lathe’. As a craft, wood turning has a long history in Italy, and it continues to be practiced as a valuable technique across different regions. It requires a great deal of skill to become an accomplished wood turner; one piece could take several hours to produce. Harvested from a local plantation, the wood is attached to the lathe machine and rotated, until the wood turner removes chips from the block, little by little until it transforms into a beautiful piece of art.

The wood turning accentuates the surface and creates objects of curvature like bowls, columns, handles etc. ​Eligo, as the name suggests, brings elegance to every wood-turned piece. Classic chairs by the hands of wood turners like ​Fratelli Levaggi, are strong iconic pieces of modern design.

Carving

Any piece of wood carved into lovely patterns pays tribute to the rich artistic history of Italy. The traditional Tuscan wood sculptures are the most prominent technique of wood craft. A Tuscan wood craftsman holds high regard for creating anything from wood statues to the special one-of-a-kind piece, one has always wanted. The carving effect is achieved by sculpting and removing material through a series of repeated actions: shaping, adding, selecting, removing and refining.

​Giuseppe Rivadossi, is well known for his high-end unconventional furniture like the bubble-finish cabinets to cloud and wave-patterned dressers. Immerse yourself in ​Bartolozzi e Maioli Bottega d'Arte's wood works that tell a tale, and the intricate frames straight out of ​Carlo Puccini’s Florentine workshop.

Vienna Straw

Characterized by its octagonal pattern, Vienna straw is a particularly common technique used for making traditional seating, due to its comfort, durability and aesthetic appeal. The most known and iconic design chairs now have a new lease on life. ​Thonet’s collection pushes the boundaries of experimentation with the tactility and character of the straw. Inspired by the Bahuas technique, the incredible duo of ​Colé, have unmistakably rendered Italian warmth into the Vienna Straw technique.

Midollino

The Midollino technique might seem old, but it is surely relevant even through the coming years. Utilizing a simple procedure, long and thin strips of fibers are cut and soaked in water to make it flexible and durable. Once they are intertwined with each other, it forms a series of dense weaves with great character. ​Bonacina 1889, being faithful to generations of family artistry, gives a new life to this technique, and an international appeal to the pieces.

Innovative Techniques 

Paying attention to contemporary techniques, ​Sebastiano Bottos is inspired by geometric shapes, which he incorporates through various sleek designs. Taxtho in turn experiments with a peculiar technique, called slot-together, which makes each piece of furniture more flexible and stable.

Woodworking Traditions

The Italian wood craftsmen have been perfecting their skills for centuries. The significance of wood as material runs through different artistic periods in Italian history and each region has developed a unique style. Explore the journey of traditional wood craft in Italy from Alpines to Tuscan hamlets.

Trentino, among the Alpines of Italy, has a profound love for pine wood craft which dates right to the middle ages. Heavy snowfall during the cold winter months, made it inaccessible for the locals to travel, which strongly encouraged an indoor activity of creating a local craft. Carving wood into pieces of furniture, the decor was a source of income and self-sustainability. Combining generations of knowledge and technique, the artisans transformed this raw material into iconic objects.

Artists like​ Falegnameria Helmut Santifaller carve to perfection.​ Lorenzo France​schinis of northeastern Italian region develops decor of organic forms, as a celebration of nature and art with contemporary sensibilities.

Tuscany is long known for its excellence in wood carving and inlay since the time Florentine churches were decorated with Intarsia doors and furniture. Rich in olive wood and walnut wood, the long and strong Tuscan wood craft traditions have fascinated many generations.

Woodwork by ​Daniele Nencioni reflects the characteristics of Florentine traditions into custom carved furniture. ​Casa della Cornice, that translates as 'The house of frames', is in every essence the home to one-of-a-kind wooden frames. The third generation of wooden frame makers continues to work from their Florentine workshop.

Shop By Collection

A peek into Tuscan tradition to modern Italian designs, each product is a passionate effort by the artisans to create unique functional and decor objects with exquisite wood varieties.

Masters of Wood Craft

Meet the masters who are keeping the intricate skill alive. From playful daily objects by ​Botte​ga Ghianda to time-honored Chiavari chairs by ​​Fratelli Levaggi​, these incredible talent turns any piece of wood into objects of indisputable value.