HISTORY OF A BRAND MERIDIANI
Just one designer and a dedicated husband-and-wife team of founders are behind the enduring look of this sophisticated Italian brand
Italian brand Meridiani, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, is the vision of Renato Crosti and his wife Laura. In the early 1990s, they spent an extensive period researching and testing products at their family factory in Brianza, northern Italy, with the aim of creating a home collection that would interpret classic styles in a modern way. They launched Meridiani in 1996, opening a store in Milan, before expanding on an international scale in 2000. Renato Crosti is an expert in upholstery, which is one of the brand’s main strengths. All of the company’s products are created by art director Andrea Parisio, who has been the company’s sole designer since its inception. His discerning eye oversees everything from furniture collections to brand image and store design.
Working in this way has given a consistency to Meridiani’s style that shines through. Textiles are also a key focus – customers can choose from two fabric collections, each with a different feel. ‘Departures’ features menswear-inspired natural fibres, while the ‘ Travel Memories’ range includes bolder designs. Trends don’t go unremarked: the new ‘Hector’ sofa (above) comes in a fashionable bottle-green velvet.
As well as its main collections, Meridiani also has a luxury range called ‘Editions’, distinguished by its handmade quality and precious finishes. A prime example is the ‘ Wolfang’ wall unit (right), clad in panels of golden-bronze mirror, part of the appropriately named ‘Shine’ collection. From timeless everyday furniture to big statement pieces, Meridiani has it covered (meridiani.it).
Meridiani has a consistency of vision which shines through in every piece, from sofas to side tables
Top of page (from left) ‘Hector’ sofa, ‘Pek’ side tables, ‘Isabelle’ chairs Right ‘Claud’ outdoor chair Far right ‘ Wolfgang’ unit from the ‘Shine’ range