From a bucolic perch in the Tuscan hills, the atelier of I Vassalletti has created bespoke woodwork for some truly exalted locations – the Kremlin among them, as well as Château de Maisons-Laffitte and the Four Seasons palazzo in Florence. Be it boiserie and flooring, entire wood-clad libraries and furnishings, herringbone parquet floors or marquetry tables inlaid with muted brass, the craftsmanship is unparalleled and the firm takes delight in executing original – even quirky – requests, such as a table that turns into a dancefloor.
Under the direction of master craftsman Francesco Perini, the bustling workshop is full of passionate artisans who sculpt, inlay, gild and sand one-of-a-kind creations (from $400 per sq m) that can take anywhere between two and six months to complete. Oak, teak, cedar, ebony and walnut are transformed using timeworn Tuscan techniques; surfaces are then further enhanced with wax, assorted natural oils, soap, resin and specially formulated pigments.
Flooring is a particular speciality; floral inlays (example first picture) can incorporate oak with, say, dark steel, while historic patterns include the Versailles (second picture), which is reminiscent of the flooring in the famed French palace. It can create classic yet contemporary chevrons, or highly intricate arabesques with flecks of silver and stone. Its boiserie panelling is also popular – among the most sought-after being designs with black belgio marble accents – as are the oak tables inlayed with marble.
The handcrafted furniture from I Vasselletti ranges from grand dining tables to exquisitely upholstered chairs – carved from oak and swathed in sumptuous Italian cashmere – using traditional materials and effects such as foglia d’oro (gold leaf) to create sleek, truly one-of-a-kind installations. “Our satisfaction comes from working directly with the client,” explains Perini. “We are happy to share his or her dream; seeing the admiration in their eyes is our greatest goal.”