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Riva 1920

Riva 1920

It all starts in 1920 in Vighizzolo, Cantù, in the heart of the Brianza area of Lombardy, in a small family-run artisan workshop founded by Nino Romano, specializing in the production of classically styled solid wood furniture. Shortly after the end of the war, in the 1950’s, Mario Riva joins the workshop, which continues their father’s activity and employs a handful of workers. They continue to produce models in classical style, always prioritizing the question of quality in line with the traditions of the typical cabinet making skills of the area, the traditional cradle of high quality Italian furniture production. In 1970 the brothers Maurizio and Davide Riva follow in the footsteps of their father and grandfather, starting as woodworkers in the workshop below their home, focusing on made to measure furniture and expanding to 1,600 private customers. A long period of commitment and valorization of the use of natural wood and craft skills starts, aspect that later becomes the main feature of Riva1920 and in 1987 the new headquarter is opened in via Milano, Cantù, employing about 30 workers. In the same year, the sister Anna enters the family company, becoming the head of the administrative office. Following a visit to New York by Maurizio Riva durig the 90’s, the next years see a fundamental change with the company adopting the North American custom of using reforestation timber and, with this, there begins the production of solid cherry wood furniture inspired by their models devised by the Amish and Shaker religious communities in America. Gradually a precise design identity begins to evolve, defining itself commitment to quality and naturalness with the use of completely natural glues, waxes and oils. In 1992, Riva 1920 presents its collection for the first time at the Milan International Salone del Mobile and starts to make a name for itself both in Italy and abroad. At the same time production process was subject to an inevitable advance in industrialization and technological innovation. During the following 10 years, the Riva family entrepreneurial intuitions promoted the importance of collaborating with designers of international renown, something which went hand in glove with Riva 1920’s move towards sustainable design.
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