Enrico Bartolini’s start in the furniture industry is firmly rooted at home– an idea that he conceived with a friend took shape because of his family. Bartolini was 25 years old and working as a carpenter when a friend asked for help building a table for a client of his boss.
Without much experience, but a tremendous amount of determination, he cleaned out his parents’ two-car garage and set up a small wood shop and finishing room. After taking over the back side of the garage and his grandmother’s garden, he asked his mother, a skilled seamstress, to set up a table and cutting room in their small basement. She agreed and guided him through the process of making cushions for his furniture.
Bartolini went from a sole proprietor, churning out original designs in his parents’ home to employing over 30 people and establishing his own factory in less than two years.