Jeanne and Alan Bertenshaw want their clients to treasure Matisse pieces for decades. Their favourite sofa “Diesis” was designed in 1979 by Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava for B&B Italia. Picture / Supplied
30 Years of TASTE-MAKINGAs Matisse International Furniture celebrates three decades of bringing the world’s best design to New Zealand, the founders share the highs, lows, glamour and the elbow grease.
By Lucy Casley
One of the most spectacular annual events on the international calendar is the Milan Furniture Fair (or Salone del Mobile, as it’s known in the industry). Every year in April, almost 350,000 people swarm into Italy’s industrial capital as its streets, furniture showrooms, galleries and even entire districts are transformed into an eclectic, inspirational design-lover’s paradise.
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The Bibendum armchair, designed by Eileen Grey in 1926, with Selene lamps and Pli table. Picture / Supplied