Mattiazzi, is an Italian Company specialized in chair and table production for the domestic and contract market. With over 35 years experience, the Mattiazzi Company offers very high level quality products. Mattiazzi has a history with design, craft, industrial processes, and sustainable practices.
In the past, when you needed a wood supplier that could do the impossible, you called Mattiazzi. Today, they’ve taken their expertise in wood manufacturing to a new level, partnering with leading designers.
Mattiazzi products speak for themselves, the clarity of their designs, coupled with their team’s unmatched technical expertise and craftsmanship, results in products that are simply sublime.
Dedece’s showroom presentation includes the complete line of Mattiazzi products, including those designed by Studio Nitzan Cohen (2009) , Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility (2010), and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (2011). In 2012 Mattiazzi will launch their fourth collection by Konstantin Grcic.
An hour east of Venice, in the province of Udine, Italy, three small outlying villages make up an area quaintly known as “The Chair Triangle.”
For centuries, the municipalities of Manzano, Corno di Rosazzo, and San Giovani al Natisone have been home to workshops and factories, woodworkers and artisans, tool-makers and sawmills, all devoted to producing the more than 40 million chairs that emerge each year from the region. The city of Udine itself is no slouch in the manufacturing department — but the chair triangle is known more for its specialized production and for manufacturers who do anonymous, subcontracted work for the big brands.
Mattiazzi is one of them.
Founded in 1978 by brothers Nevio and Fabbiano, who built by hand the original brick woodworking shop near their home, the brand began by producing small turned parts for traditional, country-style chairs. It grew over the years, moving eventually to a proper factory where it made whole chairs in wood; the brothers were investing in high-tech equipment even as many of the workshops around them failed to recognize looming competition from China and Eastern Europe, eventually closing.
But while Mattiazzi was becoming more and more known for its craftsmanship, “they were always behind the scenes, never recognized by the customers who were using their products.”
That all changed in 2008, when the company decided to embark on its first-ever branded collection.
Through a friend, the brothers were introduced to the Munich-based industrial designer Nitzan Cohen, whose 2009 He Said, She Said collection for the company was such a hit that Cohen was asked to become creative director.
There, in a tiny courtyard in Zona Tortona, the company was presenting its second collection, this time authored by Sam Hecht of the London-based firm Industrial Facility, who’s been responsible for some of our favorite designs of the past decade.
Matiazzi’s third collection was released at the Salone Milan in April 2011 – Osso by the Bouroullec Brothers.
Ronan Bouroullec says about the company: »Working with Mattiazzi is comparable to work with an organic farm. While being a small, family-owned company that has been manufacturing chairs for others since about thirty years, Mattiazzi decided to do less yet better. By using sophisticated CNC set of tools and at the same time a greatly refined manual know-how, Mattiazzi has a hybrid way to consider furniture production. We were particularly interested by the fact that all the equipment is powered by solar energy and that the wood is coming from the surrounding areas to be carefully selected without the use of any chemical treatments. Mattiazzi came back to the basics and this is precisely what piqued our interest and our fascination for the Mattiazzi family. As designers, we feel involved in supporting such valiant microstructures that are always on the edge as they try to adjust to a constantly changing market.«