Il Bronzetto: born in 1963 in the heart of the Oltrarno of Florence, an historical neighborhood of artisan workshops, has been specialized in the creation of furnishings and lightings in brass and bronze. Our unique and high quality products are molded with creativity and expertise by an entire generation of bronze artisans: from the founder Antonio Calcinai, to his sons, Simone and Pierfrancesco, to whom he handed down the knowledge of the different materials and the their use.
At the beginning the company, a family business, was created to meet the demands of the international market, producing mainly lighting and adapting from time to time to the taste of various retailers, who buy large quantities supported by the intermediation of the assistant buyers. The customers are almost exclusively private labels.
The international scenarios change and with them begin the change of taste. Simone and Pierfrancesco, Antonio’s sons, enter officially in the company: Simone's creativity and Pierfrancesco's industrious craft bring new visions and a greater awareness of what would have been the future of the company. The preferential market is the US market, achieved through the intermediation of buying officers.
The attack on the twin towers and entry into China’s WTO mark an epochal change in export dynamics. The company loses 80% of the market set up so far by retails. The company structure targets its professional production and begins to work massively on projects of various kinds, especially in Italy and Europe.
Simone and Pierfrancesco’s cousin joins the company: Michelangelo, a handy modern Archimedes with a lively brain and an eye for inventions; it’s thanks to him that the technological revolution of the company starts: he introduces new and modern techniques and machinery, such as the 3D printer and numerical control milling, in the production processes. Il Bronzetto is no longer a craft workshop, but it is a company capable of carrying out special projects and custom-made projects.
Simone, eclectic and passionate, gets inspired by bronze and brass for the most disparate ideas and is not satisfied to offer the products that have characterized the family business for years only, then he creates a more contemporary line with focus on design and creativity: Brass Brothers & Co, which recovers ideas from the past re-designed and enriched with modern flavors. Il Bronzetto begins a process of branding and presenting to the market product lines grouped by brands, each with its own identity, positioning and audience.
Il Bronzetto is now a company that produces furnitures appreciated all over the world, it is a compendium of old knowledge and manual skills, new contents and high-tech manufacturing; Il Bronzetto is the multitasking expression of the modern craftsman who, with the help of new technologies, is able to develop projects and ideas of architects, designers, interior designers and private individuals, this is how the 'In Bottega' service was born.