The finishing work is essential to give furniture a unique appearance and guarantee lasting beauty, so it can be handed down through the generations, maintaining its splendour and indeed acquiring even more value over the years. This is furniture that ages beautifully, becoming an heirloom to be treasured by those who have chosen to share their homes with Arte Brotto. Each collection has its own distinctive style, requiring specific processes.
As an alternative to paints (for example, for the Leonardo collection) it’s possible to choose the soft oiled finishing, to caress and make the furniture bright. The product is derived from oil and vegetable waxes, completely natural. After being applied with a brush, the oil is spread with slow and patient movements exercised with soft cloths. The wood is hand rubbed to make the oil penetrate in the grain. This procedure is carried out to create a protective and resistant layer on the furniture surface and to remove the product in excess.
A long, patience and totally healthy process. It’s possible to still smell the scent of the wood, when the customer chooses the furniture they desire and this is taken to the polishing phase, that makes every Arte Brotto’s product even more unique and special: according to the colour chosen for the furniture, a different polishing is executed, each of which requires 20 coats with more than 40 available colours. An absolutely healthy process, not harmful at all: a school has been built a few steps from our polishing department!
It’s a very delicate finishing treatment, in place of the varnishing, and is suitable for carved and porous woods, to which it gives glossiness. It is performed by rubbing the wood extensively, with felts soaked with bees or vegetable wax.
The staining is the finishing of the surface that donates to the wood an ancient and lived aspect. It’s exclusively handmade, and for this reason gives a pleasant irregular effect. A characteristic that makes this finishing prestigious, because it ensures that each furniture is unique and unrepeatable.
The coating is the art of giving tone to the furniture with colour applied with a brush all over the internal and external surface of the piece of furniture. Subsequently, the artistic ability of the artisan removes by hand the excess of colour, balancing the different shades of the wood grains.
For its more classic furniture lines, Heritage, Arte Brotto uses this particular process, that was born in Venice in the XVII century and from there spread in Europe. The lacquer is a coloured covering paint that hides the wood’s grains. Another type of lacquering is the open pore that type. A varnish that colours and allows the wood’s grain to be visible, further enhanced by the hand-coating that leaves slight shading in colour giving the three-dimensionality to the lacquer itself.
After careful sanding, necessary to make the surface even smoother, the time for real finish comes. Even in painting an ancient knowledge is renewed, born in Veneto, the region of Arte Brotto, and inspired by practices used in the Republic of Venice in the Seventeenth century. To give their mobile tones, water colours, and absolutely harmless water paints are used.
GOLD AND SILVER LEAF
The application of a very thin gold or silver film is a characteristic technique of the classic furniture. The final effect donates to the furniture a prestigious luxurious decoration. To be realized, it requires great experience and it can only be done by artisans with decades of experience, like the ones that work at Arte Brotto. This finish is used for the Heritage collections.
NO TOXIC SUBSTANCES!
For the finishing of the furniture Arte Brotto, as with any other operation, toxic substances, harmful to the environment or people are never used. To ensure that all procedures used are healthy and environmentally sustainable, Arte Brotto turned to prestigious laboratories of analysis in the US, getting confirmation that the furniture of each line by Art Brotto, once the painting and oiling are fully dry, are safe for the health and can be used in children’s rooms, dining rooms … in any environment, improving the livability.