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Enrico Cassina door handleAs I was preparing to create a roundup of Italian luxury furniture brands one curious fact suddenly stood out. There is a small, but important niche in the furniture market which is dominated by Italian companies. Door handles! There are literally dozens of manufacturers that specialize in designing and manufacturing a wide variety of absolutely exquisite door handles and knobs. Most of these products will never make an appearance at your local hardware store, but if you ever decide that you want to add a unique Italian touch to your home or office you should definitely explore these options. Keep in mind that this list only explores the companies that almost exclusively operate in the door handle business. There will be little or no mention of excellent Italian firms that produce a wide variety of products (such as Meroni Serrature). You will only learn about the brands that have shown their passion for those things that make doors possible and usable. If the phrase “dumb as a door knob” does not translate well into Italian, blame these people. Their products have a unique look and they are designed with ease and convenience in mind.

Colombo Design

Colombo Design Grande Slider“Green made” handles with the focus on design, function and durability.  The company’s stated commitment is to create masterpieces that will serve as inspiration to all who use them in their daily lives.

DND by Martinelli

Stunning handles and knobs for any application.

Enrico Cassina

Enrico Cassina handleThis brand dates back to a family operated business. Their beautiful modern handles and historic reproductions have to pass 10 individual test before shipping.

Galbusera

This company has been around since 1925. They specialize in traditional dna rustic designs.

Frosio Bortolo

This company operates two brands: Forme (modern and contemporary designs) and Class (classic designs using Swarovski elements).

Fusital

This brand is apparently controlled by Valli&Valli. It represents elegance and sophistication.

Il Forgiato

Il Forgiatto handleLooking for an old-time style that looks authentic? This company uses traditional methods and materials. They can even recreate a item that you have in your hands or in your head. Items can be naturally aged to look as authentic as possible.

Mandelli

Classic, modern and contemporary designs of the highest quality. These handles are 100% Italian-made. Utmost attention is payed to everything from design to fabrication. The brass used by Mandelli is melted at cast at their own facility.

Linea Cali

Linea Cali door handleItalian made products. The compamy strives to put the soul into each design. Very high end pieces of astonishing beauty.

Manital

All Italian, prestigious and innovative. Some of their lines are meant for the general market.

Mariani

Door handles as art.

Olivari

This company is over 100 years old. All of their products are manufactured in Italy.

Reguitti

This company dates back to 1975 and has a very extenseive catalog. Reguitty prides itself in high quality production and it actively pursues international markets.

Valli&Valli

Classic and modern handles that are designed to effortlessly fit any trend

Zermat

100% Italian made products for many applications: handles, knobs, bars etc.

Divine Door Handle
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Maserati-Logo-tridentMaserati is a famed Italian manufacturer of luxury cars which was established on December 1, 1914. Although the company is presently owned by F.I.A.T and its headquarters are in Modena, the original birthplace of Maserati was the ancient city of Bologna. It is in Bologna that we also find the explanation for this car maker’s distinctive logo, the trident. On one of the oldest public squares in Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, there is a massive fountain, featuring a statue of Neptune, the Roman god of of freshwater and the seas. The trident that Neptune is wielding in this famous depiction has greatly influenced the emblem that was chosen by Maserati owners. The symbolism behind this logo is perhaps subtle, but besides clearly pointing to the city of origin, the trident is also a emblem of vigour and, in case of Neptune, life giving forces, because this ancient god was known for creating springs of fresh water by striking the ground with this weapon. The legend has it that one of the Maserati brothers, Mario, created this logo at the suggestion of family friend Marquis Diego de Sterlich (one of the original investors).  bologna-neptune

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Luxury cars and national identities
Italian cars and their co-branded watches

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Italian cars and co-branded watches

August 13, 2011

There is a long tradition of  luxury car manufacturers cooperating with luxury watch makers. This is probably a reflection of the mentality that can be summarized: “My watch is more expensive than your car. And you don’t even want to know how much my car costs”. Italian luxury car companies are by no means opposed […]

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Slowear: preserving Italy’s heritage

July 28, 2011

Slowear is quite likely the best Italian luxury label you have never heard of. The company pays very little attention to marketing, instead it remains focused on preserving the great traditions of Italy’s textile industry and tailoring. Slowear is technically a constellation of several Italian brands: Incotex, which exclusively manufactures trousers, Zanone, which concentrates on […]

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Alfa Romeo vintage photo circa 1932

June 28, 2011

The Alfa Romeo automobile company was founded in 1910. The business had a rather tumultuous history, but it remains one of Italy’s premiere car manufacturers. See also: Italian luxury car brands and national identity

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Panerai watches: How to spot a fake?

June 24, 2011

Panerai is on of the best known luxury watch brands. As a result there are many replicas and imitations that you can find on the market. In many cases these watches are explicitly sold as replicas, which leaves them in a strange gray area, in legal terms (unless they shamelessly use Panerai name and insignia). […]

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Italian luxury car brands and national identity

May 28, 2011

In The luxury strategy: break the rules of marketing to build luxury brands, Jean-Noël Kapferer, Vincent Bastien use a telling diagram which illustrates how luxury car brands fit into a matrix of sorts. I am not going to reproduce the entire diagram here, but the important thing is that “Italian Haute Couture” cars – Lamborghini, […]

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Italian watch brands – names and traditions

January 14, 2011

Striving to find a perfect quality wristwatch? Although Italy is not as well represented on the map of luxury watch manufacturers as Switzerland, Italian watchmaking has its own distinctive traits. Obviously, you can expect that technological traditions of Italy (Northern Italy, especially) ensure that Italian-made watches are every bit as precise and trustworthy as their […]

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