Now president of Artefacto, Paulo Bacchi pushes his family’s iconic furniture company into new terrain with the first furniture collection under his design direction.
Artefacto’s Paulo Bacchi designed his new Arte | 5 collection “to embody personalities rather than trend styles.”
A pivotal player in defining Miami’s current modern style, Brazilian-born Paulo Bacchi has been transforming luxury homes and condos throughout southeast Florida ever since he launched the first Artefacto furniture showroom in Coral Gables in 2002. Originally founded in 1976 in São Paulo by Bacchi’s father, Albino, Artefacto is seen as an icon of contemporary furniture design in Brazil, beloved for its high-quality, clean-lined, and sustainable furnishings. After joining the company at the age of 18 and tripling its business in Brazil in 1997, Bacchi set his sights on wider terrain and quickly captured the hearts of American design lovers when he brought the company’s warm modern aesthetic to Coral Gables, and later expanded his reach by opening showrooms in Doral and Aventura.
“Clean lines infused with warm elements, such as natural fibers and textures, natural eco-friendly driftwood, and visually beautiful silhouettes,” are the keys to Artefacto furniture’s appeal, says Bacchi, who continues to raise the bar on the company’s growth. In addition to taking over the helm as president of the company this year, Bacchi is expanding its offerings with Arte | 5, his first solo collection of furnishings, which debuts in June. “It was only natural for me to choose to take my own style and signature and create a line of furnishings on my own,” he explains. “With the help of our design team in Brazil, [which includes 20-plus designers,] we created over 150 brand-new pieces,” says the visionary impresario.
The upholstery is natural white/beige fibers on a base of hand-stitched brown leather ($3,500).
As an inspirational starting point for the new collection, he says, “we focused on original Brazilian [talents], such as Oscar Niemeyer,” who were instrumental in setting a sensuous modern tone in Brazil in the middle of the last century. As a result, most of the pieces feature simple, beautiful, organic curves. “The idea is to be able to see the lines, to see the silhouette,” he says. “We designed the collection to embody personalities rather than design trend styles—each of the five lines within the collection appeals to the senses in a unique way, engaging moods tailored to the setting they create.” Defined with posh materials, like plush velvet, hand-stitched leather, and carbon steel, the new furnishings are also likely to push the boundaries of Artefacto’s allure even wider as the international design set converges on Miami to attend Maison & Objet Americas this month. Village of Merrick Park, 4440 Ponce De Leon Blvd., #1600, Coral Gables, 305-774-0004
photography by vanessa rogers (bacchi); edison garcia (chairs)