Could you tell us about how the company started?
Fantini is a typical example of an Italian design factory, a family business established in 1947 by brothers Giovanni and Ersilio Fantini, a place with immense creative intensity that manages to combine great hand-crafting skill with industrial technology and processes.
Fantini is in Pella, on the shores of Lake Orta, a small lake set among the mountains of Piedmont: it’s a sort of genius loci, an ideal location where the constant presence of water and the serene atmosphere it creates are the premises for work and creativity. Water, so constantly present in the everyday life of the company, is the underlying theme of its history that is based on a number of fundamental values: passion for work, ethics, professionalism and respect for people. Design has been part of the company’s genetic makeup since its very foundation, and the strength of its products lies in technological innovation combined with the creative contribution of talented designers.
What inspires your designs?
Design is part of the company’s DNA and of the patrimony of its long productive experience: but the result of the task is always the team’s goal. It is a way of working that sees many actors on the scene, each with his own role, but without hierarchies. This puts the individual, their qualities, and their abilities at the heart of the process. From the designer to the technical staff, from the manager to the worker, each contributes in their own role to the final results of the product.
At Fantini, the design of the products is commissioned from some of the most important international designers who we believe are in tune with the company philosophy. The specific result is to have a whole range of formal and expressive languages that can even deliberately be very different from each other, but that are also joined by a thin common thread that we might call “contemporariness,” as well as by other more subtle formal features — lightness, elegance, a sort of gentleness — that make up the specific feature of Fantini products as compared with the faucets manufactured by other companies. And always with that specific identity that is known as the “Fantini style.”