August 20 2011
You’ve just moved into a newly built house and need some stunning lighting. Or perhaps you want to update the lighting in your period home. Either way, the solution is a bespoke design – which is what sets Villaverde apart from other lighting companies.
Each of its elegant designs can be tailor-made to a client’s requirements by the Italian craftsmen who work with the company’s owner, Claudio Gianfraceschi. So whether you’re looking for a glamorous chandelier, table and floor lamps, lanterns or wall lights, you can have them made in Murano glass, metal, wood, porcelain or crystal along with co-ordinating light-shades.
“Around 70 per cent of our bespoke requests come direct from homeowners, and the rest through interior designers and architects,” says Samuel Patterson, Villaverde’s retail director. “Increasingly we find that clients living in period houses are choosing traditional shapes in contemporary colours. Amethyst, lime green, bright orange and amber have recently been popular.
“One client who moved into a £7m house in London wanted real showpieces so we made two 12-light Murano chandeliers (£20,000 and £25,000) using the rezzonico technique often employed in Murano chandeliers of the 18th century in which very small pieces are slotted together to create the arms,” he says. The client also requested four wall lights (£6,995 each) in a similar design.
“Another client wanted our Paradiso metal chandelier with 38 lights,” adds Patterson. “We normally make this design with 12 lights so it was six times bigger than usual.” (A similar design would cost around £12,000, including 38 bespoke shades.) Meanwhile, additional crystals “gave extra sparkle to our Maurice metal chandelier” (standard version, £2,500; bespoke, £5,000) in another private residence.
A home visit is appreciated by many clients and Villaverde caters for those further afield by telephone and e-mail.
First picture: metal chandelier. Second picture: Serene Murano glass chandelier.