In 1920s northern Italy Guilio Marelli ran a small business hand building wooden frames for sofas and armchairs. Little did he know then, that his small carpentry shop would flourish into an international manufacturer, whose products are in universities, offices and homes all over the world.
Luca Marelli, the company’s present-day CEO and Guilio’s grandson, reveals the change that launched the company into success:
“The most important turning point was in the mid-1960s when, thanks to experience achieved in previous years, the company concentrated on the production of upholstered sofas and armchairs and participated in the first fairs in this field.”
The family Marelli (Luca is not alone - production is overseen by Guiliano Marelli today) are still at the helm, ensuring the principles of quality production, good service and sustainability are maintained.
“Marelli is a family owned company and that brings an extreme attention to the needs of market and a closeness to the customers and to the sales force. Quality, innovation, punctuality and customer service: these are the distinctive elements which characterise the desire to talk with the customers and offer them not only a first-rate product but above all a high level service.”
An impressive boast for the company is the fact that so many of the materials are sourced, and production takes place, in Europe. Leathers are from tanneries in Italy, woods are from certified forests in Austria and Germany and the production is, as it always has been, in Brianza, Italy.