December 29 2010
Spina Design makes passementerie so beautiful that its curtain tie-backs have been the subject of a custody battle. (The husband who commissioned them won.) Made by hand from exquisite materials such as Swarovski crystal, jet, porcelain, silk and feathers and inspired by the idea of luxurious decadence, its creations can be found in some of the world’s swankiest interiors, including the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.
“We make jewellery for the home,” explains Joe Zito who, with co-founder Robbie Spina, founded the company almost exactly 10 years ago.
Top-end passementerie may be Spina Design’s hallmark but the range of things the duo creates in their museum-like London studio is growing all the time. There are footstools with pearl and crystal fringes, electronically controlled sateen wall panels designed to conceal the cabling in media rooms, Alcantara cushions threaded with Swarovski crystals and chandeliers so striking they’re more like pieces of sculpture. Take Raindrops and Roses, for example (pictured): composed of posies of Wedgwood bone-china roses suspended on acrylic filaments strung with clusters of crystal beadwork, this light is the last word in romantic glamour. (Second picture: Amber double crystal tie-back.)
Everything here is custom-made and, while most clients use existing designs as a springboard for their own ideas, Spina and Zito are completely flexible. “We will make anything,” Zito asserts, “so long as it’s interesting and beautiful.”
Pieces take between eight and 12 weeks to make and will set you back anything from £100 to £10,000.