Altaroma Italian Haute Couture and Interior Design Luxury Event Altaroma Adriano Franchi, General Director
Commercialbank of Qatar Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi, Deputy CEO
The St. Regis Doha Tareq Derbas, General Manager
The driving force behind Italian haute couture and a new launch pad for emerging designers, Altaroma is synonymous with tradition and experimentation. From the promotion of Made-in-Italy products to the safeguarding of the artisanal values that have made Rome famous throughout the world, Altaromaâ€™s mission is based on maximizing all forms of excellence ranging from the most traditional right up to neo-couture, considered the definition of a new language, a meeting place between sartorial tradition, research and cutting-edge trends in an international scenario boasting a meld of art, fashion and culture. Representative: Adriano Franchi, General Director
Renato Balestra is a name synonymous with Italian haute couture. His collections represent Italian taste and refinement with an international approach that emphasizes optimism and timelessness. Today, Balestra's atelier produces thirty different lines ranging from fashion accessories, cosmetics and furniture to a ready-to-wear line for men and women.
Representatives: Fabiana Balestra, Owner; Sofia Bertolli; Angela Fauzza
Curiel had its origins in the eminent dressmaking atelier of Ortensia Curiel in Trieste in the late 19th century, a tradition carried on by her granddaughter Gigliola in post-World War II Milan, by Gigliola’s daughter Raffaella, known as Lella, since the 1960s, and, since the 1990s, by Raffaella’s daughter Gigliola. During the fervent ’50s and ‘60s of Italy’s economic boom, Curiel’s atelier became an absolute must for La Scala premiers and the social events of the Milanese aristocracy. The house takes its creative inspiration from influences as diverse as the seventeenthcentury paintings of Velasquez and Vermeer and the magical and multicoloured Mexico of Frida Kahlo. Curiel’s fashion is incisive, autonomous, and sophisticated, a strongly modern interpretation of a precious inheritance of design and artisan technique handed down and enriched through generations.
Representatives: Raffaella Curiel, Owner; Gaetano Curiel; Daniela Colombo; Gabriella Cucchetti
Maison Gattinoni history is linked to its founder Fernanda Gattinoni (1907 – 2002), who opened her first atelier in 1946 in Rome. Regular visitors to the atelier Gattinoni included aristocrats from the Roman and international jet set and Hollywood actresses Anna Magnani, Lana Turner, Bette Davis, Barbra Stanwick, Ingrid Bergman, Gina Lollobrigida, Ava Gardner, Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Today, the luxury brand Gattinoni can be seen on the red carpets of the world worn by contemporary Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling, Fanny Ardant and Greta Scacchi.
Since 1994, Guillermo Mariotto has been the creator of Maison Gattinoni , and since 2010,
Creative Director of Gattinoni Couture collections. He began his career
working with Krizia and Dolce e Gabbana. For the forthcoming season, Guillermo Mariotto has envisioned a theme of
“Cosmo-Renaissance” for the haute couture
collection, evidenced through fusions, hybrids, laminated pleats, fluorescent, pleated organzas, transparent chiffon, and applications reminiscent of the deposits of the layers of mother of pearl, in shades of silver, gold, coral, light blue and ivory, all a hymn to haute couture, a tribute to elegance.
Representatives: Patrizia Gattinoni, Owner; Patrizia Pizzicheria, Owner; Edoardo Gattinoni, Press Officer; Marza Bronzini; Edoardo de' Giorgio; Francesco Carlo Maria Chiapperini
Antonio Grimaldi A narrator of style and excellent craftsmanship, Antonio Grimaldi is an accomplished designer of exciting and evocative reactions. His fabrics exalt the female figure in an innovative way, without being overpowering. He succeeds in finding original, elegant and tailored solutions with an international flavour. His creations are alluring, seductive and emotional. An international designer and world citizen, Antonio Grimaldi knows the exclusive and unique world of haute couture, and was personally recommended by Emanuel Ungaro to the Chambre Syndicale de la mode de Paris so that he would be included in the official calendar of Paris fashion shows.
Representatives: Antonio Grimaldi, Designer; Alessandro De Cian; Patrizia Gucciardo; Laura Gucciardo
Sarli "Like magic, the silhouette of Sarliâ€™s women proudly comes forward, a woman who chooses for the coming season the luminous and sparkling colors of the sun. The blending of yellow, red, orange, gold and white creates chromatic images which take us back in time and to far-away places. Couture which is refined but also wearable, a must for todayâ€™s life style."
Representatives: Alberto Sarli, Owner Alberto Terra, Owner Michele Maria Di Masi Rita Scacchi Tiziana Rocca Rocco Palermo
Vetrerie di Empoli SPA (Griffe Montenapoleone â€“ Milano) was founded in 1938 as a shop dedicated to retail sales of a Tuscan factory for discerning Milanese families. Becoming a joint stock company, Vetrerie di Empoli then launched an international distribution network. A flagship store opened in the 1990s on Via Montenapoleone to an international and sophisticated clientele, with the most successful designs presented to the trade under the brand of Griffe Montenapoleone. The company has achieved international renown with its classic and fashion interiors collections, including bespoke designs.
Representative: Simona Belforti, Export Manager
Provasi is a company with a deep knowledge of the highest quality furniture-art of the past. They specialise in reinterpretations of classics of the golden periods of the history of European furniture, especially English and French, with each piece born from a tireless curiosity and attention to all expressions of elegance. Provasi craftsmen pay particular attention to each detail, playing with proportions and colour effects, to achieve a unique variation in each finished piece, so that no piece is the same as another. The result is an articulated and extremely rich collection, illustrated by a general catalogue which, in the hands of trained professionals, becomes an excellent instrument to achieve an
environment of enormous elegance.
Roberto Provasi, Owner Dr. Carlo Francolini, Commercial Director Zeina Chbeir, Gulf Agency
Villari was established in the late 1960s near Venice. Seeking inspiration from Capodimonte porcelain along with Baroque artworks, Villari creates some of the finest porcelains in the world. Each piece is moulded by founders Cesare and Silvia and then delicately reproduced by Villari's exceptionally talented craftsmen. The presiding founders take great care in sourcing only the finest and rarest materials â€“ such as 24 karat gold or platinum â€“ to finish their works, ensuring the most superior results. The factors that have brought success and international prestige to Villari are, of course, the great artistic and technical skills evident in their original creations. The range of Villariâ€™s production is wide, and includes figurines, dining sets, chandeliers, and bathroom accessories. Villari can found in the most prestigious department stores worldwide, including Harrods in London, or in Villari boutiques in the Dubai Mall, Evropiski in Moscow, and in Teheran.
Representatives: Jean-Sebastien Masnada, Export Director; Alessandra Milari, Managing Director
Molteni The Molteni Group, leader in design of quality furniture, presents itself with the brands Molteni&C, Dada, and the Armani/Dada trademark, from the exclusive collaboration with Armani Casa. One of Italyâ€™s leading furnishings companies, Molteni offers furnishings in Italy and in over fifty countries all over the world. The Group started out in the 1930s as a small craftsmanâ€™s business, growing considerably in the fifties and moving into industrial production. The company is known for its furnishings blending advanced technology with old world tradition. Since the seventies, Molteni has taken a distinctive direction: that of ongoing research into the modular furnishing sector to produce a series of ideas for every room in the house, from the wardrobe to the living area to the study/home office.
Representatives: Moreno Vitaloni, Owner; Moreno Molteni, Owner
Baldi The Baldi collections tell of precious items drawing upon the richness of the past and the lightness of contemporary languages, producing home furnishings which draw freely on styles and fashions, historical materials and decors, arriving at a home full of luxurious atmosphere to be savoured slowly. Baldi offers the refined Class Collections with furnishing elements such as tables, chairs, consoles, furnishing complements, candelabras and lamps. Large formats, attention to detail, use of precious materials such as lapis lazuli, malachite, amethyst, Tigerâ€™s eye, jasper and antique work techniques such as those of Russian origin for mosaics used to upholster the products, are fused with distinctive detail treatments in silvered or 24 karat gilt bronze.
Representative: Luca Baldi, CEO
Seguso From generation to generation, the Seguso family has kept alive the art of glassmaking: an art performed in extreme conditions, the contrary of the decadent elegance you admire in a glass object. Fire, sweat, maximum concentration both physical and mental, and techniques perfected over the past ten centuries make for unique masterpieces. Glass master Gianni Seguso has invested in young people, teaching and forming the masters who work today in his own factory. These are masters who work in absolute expressive freedom, but always to an extremely high quality, the compulsory "signature" of Gianni Seguso. The production range is vast, ranging from the classic, prestigious and extremely intricate "Ca' Rezzonico" chandeliers to entirely new ideas and lines, all giving new energy to the antique art of Murano glass.
Representative: Gianni Seguso, Owner
Grand Royal Furniture Trading LLC Established in Europe in 2000 and opened its first showroom in the Gulf in February of 2011, with another showroom opening at the Pearl Qatar. The company is one of the leading companies in Europe and the Middle East offering design and furnishing services for projects of varying complexity, including hotels, banks, offices, restaurants, spa-centers, private villas, and state institutions. Their project division consists of a team of interior designers, architects and engineers offering service for projects on a turnkey basis. They are an authorised dealer of such famous Italian brands as Versace Home, Fendi, Blumarine, Jumbo, Ipe Cavalli, La Contessina, Francesco Molon, Elle due and also display the world-famous brands Faustig, Mechini, Metalbi, Crystalite, Italamp, Arcadia Doors, Codital, Kerasan, Bagno Piu and Mova.
Tetyana Starynets, Gamid Aushev and Lyalya Chorna
Poltrona Frau An international brand representing the design, elegance and perfection of Italian-made products. Coming from solid Italian origins but with an international reach, Poltrona Frau is a leader in top-of- the-range furniture, and is a spokesman throughout the world for the values associated with the design and production of Italian-made goods. For over 100 years, Poltrona Frau has been refining its sophisticated expertise in handcrafted workmanship. This expertise continues to be passed down by master craftsmen from generation to generation. The intimate and timeless elegance, the personality of each individual piece, are the fruit of the craftsmanâ€™s skill and a design that enhances hand-crafted workmanship even in the most modern forms. The manufacturing expertise has always been combined with research into materials, in order to obtain the best from leather and from the exclusive Pelle FrauÂŽ, modernising them while keeping their original, natural softness, warmth and tactile qualities.
Representative: Sara Zuliani, Showroom Manager
High quality, reliable and durable products, assiduous attention to detail and strict compliance with deadlines are the qualities that have characterised Cassina’s output ever since the company’s founding in 1927. This combination of antique art with modern industrial processes has enabled Cassina to reach such a high standard in the production of armchairs, sofas, chairs, tables, component units and beds that each piece can be considered unique in its own right. The presence of numerous examples of Cassina’s production in museums, art galleries, cultural centres and in the homes of the select the world over only go to consolidate this reputation. The mid ‘60s saw Cassina exhibiting the “Cassina I Maestri” collection alongside its current production. This consisted of a series of reconstructions of the most striking representations of the Modern Movement, an exhibition that proved to be a milestone for Italian and international design.
“The success of Cappellini’s masterplan can be measured by the realization of its collections during the last thirty years through its fruitful collaboration with designers. Pleasure for its own sake and pleasure for others take an important place in Cappellini philosophy.” Achille Castiglioni “Naturally I am very happy when a Cappellini product enters the permanent collection of a museum of art. But I am really happier when I see it in the real houses of people; in this case I feel I have reached the true purpose of design.” Giulio Cappellini
Ferrari - Alfardan Sports Motors Alfardan Sports Motors Company is the importer of Ferrari and Maserati in Qatar since 1999. Part of Alfardan Group, the company has been recognised as the countryâ€™s premium attraction for sports and luxury cars enthusiasts, gratifying the aficionados of sports vehicles in Qatar. Alfardan Sports Motors is driven by a persistent commitment towards the Italian design heritage and craftsmanship that Ferrari and Maserati represent, reflecting the core values of Ferrari and Maserati in every ownership experience. Alfardan Sports Motors provides its esteemed customers with cutting-edge technology and first-class customer care services. The state-of-the-art showroom and After-sales facilities characterise new standards of luxury and elegance, offering its clients unique, exclusive, luxury experiences. Representative: Ahmad Mansour, Marketing Manager
MAURIZIO FAVETTA Maurizio Favetta was born in Bolzano Italy, lives in Milan, working around the world. Until 1994: chief designer at Matteo Thun studio in Milan and project leader of Swatch stores worldwide. 1994: founder of King Size Design with headquarters in Via Tortona in Milan. 1995: launch of King Size editions (world furniture collection) 2002: founding partner of Crea International (retail company: Physical Brand Design) 2007: founding member of Made in Project (design, delivery force) with which designs and manufactures the theatre auditorium Mugham House in Baku, Azerbaijan. 2008: Founder of Kingsize Architects 2009 – 2011: Consultant Advanced Research lighting Projects for Philips Lighting Eindhoven 2011: establish the joint venture “Italian Design Force” (Kingsize Architects - New Tone) with which it designs the mall Jelly Kish in Kish Island (Iran). 2012: launch Kingsize Prestige division for the realization of luxury residential projects in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia Riyadh he has completed the interior design of the new headquarter of Al Saedan Real Estate Company and he is author of the new technological permanent exibition centre inside the new headquarter of Royal Commission. He has been visiting professor at the most qualified Italian design schools. Honorary member of AIPI, Association of Italian Interior designers. He organized several personal exhibitions at: Abitare il Tempo, Made, Interni Think Tank , Home & Design Spa, Expo Riva Hotel. Among the major projects in the hospitality field, he designed the lobby of Marriott Hotel on the Croisette in Cannes, and the ROTANA Rhossos hotel & apartments in Antakia (Turkey).
Riva Building on a legendâ€Śit was in 1842, at Lago dâ€™Iseo, where the story of Pietro Riva began. After a sudden storm wreaked havoc, he managed to accomplish a miracle by repairing most of the boats, and becoming the master of his own destiny. Pietro opened his shipyard in Sarnico, where the fist Riva creations were built, and the Riva legend continues forever.
Representative: Naim Majadalani
MD International An Italian-based company founded by Denis Muller, has specialised for over 20 years in producing haute couture fashion events for French and Italian designers outside of their countries. MD International works with over 200 owners of luxury brands from all over the world, particularly from the UK, the USA, Switzerland, France, and Italy. The company developed the first exhibition of the history of haute couture, and owns the right to exhibit luxury artworks in France, gathering the most iconic brands and pieces. They have staged numerous haute couture fashion events and exhibits benefitting charitable foundations for clients such as Her Highness Sheikha Sabika Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Mrs. Raoui and Mrs. Hariri of Lebanon, Queen Rania of Jordan, and members of the royal families of Thailand and Malaysia. Representatives: Denis Muller, owner