Theirs is the story of a craftsman dad, Antonio Calcinai, and of his two sons, Simone and Pierfrancesco who followed in his footsteps.
After some years, along comes their cousin Michelangelo – a hard name to live up to for someone born in Florence – who assists Simone's creativity and Pierfrancesco's industrious craft: a handy modern Archimedes with a lively brain and an eye for inventions (counting a gaming console and a DIY flipper).
Simone, eclectic and passionate, finds in bronze and brass a source of inspiration for a wide array of ideas and doesn't settle on offering his clients the same classical items that had kept his business alive up to that point, and that still characterize it. He creates Il Bronzetto's contemporary lines of products, under the brand Brass Brothers & Co. and his brother Pierfrancesco, aka Peffa, follows him in this endeavor - together they create a new way, they study the past, taking inspiration from and reworking old inputs, bringing everything together and tying it all off with a modern taste.
Il Bronzetto is a compendium of ancient knowledge, craftsmanship, new content and high-tech manufacture – it is to bronze manufacturing what a traditional Naples' dress maker is to a double-breasted pinstripe suite, it is the multitasking product of the modern artisan.
Simone, Peffa, Michelangelo and the workshop entire devote themselves to develop architects, designers, interiors, and private clients' ideas and projects and that's how the In Bottega concept starts: sketches, designs, and ideas come to life “after 6pm” when they stay in the workshop after-hours because, as Simone says, “here we always keep some wine” to help ideas come to life and make everything possible.