In 1889 Giovanni Bonacina founded his small business in the wake of the ancient art of Lombard basket makers. He was full of confidence due to the experience he had gained working with rattan furniture manufacturers from Germany, Austria and Holland.
As the years go by the firm has always maintained its craftsman's touch in order to offer a highly qualified product.
At the beginning of the century Givanni Bonacina started to export his products. The high quality of design and the fine precision work resulted in the winning of the gold medal at the exhibitions of London and Paris in 1909 and in Rome in 1910. Of that period are also the prestigious projects such as Villa d'Este on Lake Como.
In the 1950s Vittorio Bonacina (Giovanni's son) understands the importance of cooperating with important designers such as Albini, Helg, Crespi, Forges Davanzati, Sambonet and many others. The Bonacina's line of products became a reference point for Italian designers over that period.
Since then the company has grown obtaining various acknowledgements.
Vittorio Bonacina's firm is now represented by his son Mario Bonacina, who besides having a manager role is also a designer. He has had the idea of re-inventing the pieces produced by his grandfather while understanding the right balance between craftsmanship and design.
A commitment to excellence means the best materials, skilled craftsmanship and patience.
In design you have to start out with a deep knowledge of your raw materials. Rattan and rattan core embody strength, vitality and fluidity, and are an ecologically sustainable, natural and renewable resource.
VittorioBonacina uses numerous types of rattan, a prolific vine that is harvested, cursorily cleaned and prepared for shipping to Italy where all of the furniture is handmade in its local workshops. Whether applying a wide range of water-based, appealing and modern colours, or opting for natural finishes and tones, the material is enhanced–and almost seems to breathe.
VittorioBonacina’s artisans exhibit true mastery when working rattan, and, they make it look easy. Each piece is made by hand, and using the basic elements water and fire, in combination with their manual expertise, they create both classic and fresh, new forms.
Having the patience to find the most intelligent, essential and aesthetic solutions, in both the design and manufacturing phases, creates excellence; exquisite and functional pieces that are a delight to live with; furniture that is both timeless and of its time.
Rattan is a natural material which grows mainly in the Far East and reaches us after having been rigorously selected. We use it to manufacture our furniture.
Its characteristics are elasticity, flexibility and lightness. Woven by hand with knowledge and experience by our highly specialized artisans we produce pieces of furniture of elegance and lasting durability.
Cane can be used in its entirety or divided by special procedures to draw out the inner core from the outer skin, enabling the skin and the core to be use separately.
RATTAN WHITHOUT SKIN
Rattan without skin can be heated over an open flame (just like the natural rattan with skin) it is used to manufacture pieces which can then be coloured at a later point.
Once the skin is separated from the core it can be used for reinforcing and decorating purposes.
After being dipped in water the skin becomes soft and can be woven like the rattan-core, it has a warm honey-colour and it remains in its natural colour.
During the extraction process the rattan-core ca be obtained in different diameters or in a flat-oval section. Once soaked in water it can be woven in a large variety of designs and can be painted in any colour.
is a small variety of the larger rattan cane, it has a reddish colour and it is used in its entirety. It also stays in its natural colour.