Saturday, February 15, 2014

We are on the news...

Here a nice article featuring us and our Artistica store in Winnetka, IL...Read it from source...

Artistica owners are partners in business – and in life

It was a match made in merchandise heaven – well, more accurately, the Merchandise Mart.
          Marco Margaritelli, creator of Artistica, had a brand _ and Alice Ardam, an account executive in sales, wanted to open a store. During an event at the downtown trade center, they found each other a partner in business – and in life.

          "It was like 'Veni, vidi, vici' – I came, I saw, I conquered," laughed Margaritelli.

          Thus was the beginning of Artistica Italian Gallery – with a marriage to follow.

          Upon entering the ceramic shop in Winnetka's Hubbard Woods Design District, one is greeted with a steaming cup of espresso coffee and an assortment of Italian candies and chocolates with a backdrop of Italian music. The personable duo chats away about their history before even a mention of sales. However, it's hard not to inquire about the reproductions of Renaissance pottery.

          Artistica, Inc. – started in Miami in 1990 – is a leader in high-end Italian majolica, or tin-glazed pottery. Margaritelli's birthplace, Deruta, is known throughout the world for its ceramics, so it was an obvious business choice of Margaritelli to sell what he was most familiar with. The brand expanded into B2B wholesale with show-rooms in Las Vegas, Altanta and High Point, N.C. Artistica is now the largest wholesale importer of majolica wares in the country.

          Artistica's museum-quality pieces can be found in famous hotels such as Bellagio, Mirage and Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

Gianni Versace chose Artistica's "Orcio" urns to decorate the patio and pool area of his South Beach home. TV shows on E!, Bravo, the Food Channel and ABC have also featured its products.

          "We're surrounded by beauty - the merchandise sell itself," Margaritelli said.
          The collection of more than 2,000 pieces comes from all over Italy: Amalfi, Abruzzi, Sicily and villages around Umbria and Tuscany, but the majority comes from the hilltop village of Deruta. The products, all molded and painted by hand, include, dinnerware, tableware and gifts items. Parmesan bowls, biscotti jars, Limoncello sets and gelato cups can infuse a room with Italian flair.

          Last month, Ardam introduced black and white contemporary to appeal to the younger clientele.

          "The business just keeps growing, and we keep buying new things," said Ardam, "but our goal is to stay traditional."

          The Margaritellis make annual business trips to Deruta and various Italian villages to meet with artisans and help with the design process. The Italian workshops value their suggestions, which are bases off the requests of the ceramics market. They direct them on shapes and colors, but Artistica never strays far from 15th - and 16th – century patterns.

          "We want people to feel the warmth of the product," said Margaritelli, "and also know that it's sold exclusively in our store, by real people – a husband-and-wife team."

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Introducing the first collections of our Artistica NEW "Contempo" division.

Usually a new year at Artistica means the debut of new products and collections, but 2014 is turning out even more special than that! This year you’ll not only see new products, but also the addition of a completely new division. This new division, called CONTEMPO, features a wonderful assortment of exclusive and trendy new designs. These new contemporary-style ceramics are still made using our trademark traditional handcrafting and hand painting.

Among the new collections are Pop, Imperial, and Nerone  - all depicting different styles of foliage designs using striking black and white line art. Our artisans in Deruta, Italy masterfully hand painted these new collections on contemporary-shaped bisque vessels.

Another special new addition is the Gaudi' collection. Expertly hand-painted in Tuscany using traditional Tuscan earth tones in a surprising abstract design, this collection is inspired by the style of the Spanish architect, Gaudi. The design features the unique interlacing of hand-painted curvilinear shapes in a burst of saturated colors. This meticulously arranged design is trimmed with a modern black and white checkered pattern. No space is left unpainted on the Gaudi' canisters and vases, with each piece fully decorated on all sides.

Be sure to check out the unique Gaudi' collection, and then get ready for additional Gaudi' pieces in spring 2014!

Right now we have introduced just a few new collections, with many more scheduled to debut throughout this year and in coming years.

While we are excited to bring you these new collections, obviously our commitment to traditional Italian Tuscan Old World Majolica will remain. We felt that by adding these new collections we could provide our distinctive customers with even more variety while maintaining the handcrafted quality you’ve come to expect from us.