DAY FOUR : PORRO

At the foot of Lake Como in Porro, Italy, Porro designs contemporary furniture, including beds, chairs, tables, and accessories.

Pictured here are Lorenzo Porro and his daughter Maria in the Porro showroom.

At age 92, Arturo Porro still exudes a cool Italian style. Arturo founded Porro. Pictured here, Arturo spotlights a credenza with decorative objects in the Porro showroom.

Like AKA, the Italian manufacturers that we collaborate with are long-running family businesses. There is something special about the continued good spirit that each generation brings. Here, photographed on the factory floor, are three generations of Porro leadership: Arthur Porro, center, along with his sons, at right, Giovanni and Fabio; and Lorenzo, Arthur’s nephew, with his daughter, Maria.

Porro works extensively with wood veneers. In the factory, they match, splice, and glue. Pictured here, stacks of eucalyptus veneer from Italian supplier Broggi await production.

After each coat of stain, the Neve chair is sanded by hand to smooth even the slightest surface irregularities.

Fitted with a leather back and seat, the completed Neve chair offers ultimate comfort

A colorful wall display shows off the high-gloss lacquers offered by Porro. Porro works extensively with wood veneers. In the factory, they match, splice, and glue. Pictured here, stacks of eucalyptus veneer from Italian supplier Broggi await production. After the veneers are matched, spliced, and glued, each panel’s seams are hand-filled to ensure a unified surface.

The Porro factory employs many automated functions, but assembly is done by hand. The quality of assembly ensures a smooth function and fit. Cabinets receive a final inspection and touch-up before shipping.

Visiting the Porro factory offers a new appreciation for all the craftsmanship that goes into making fine furniture. While many companies purchase boards that have already been veneered, Porro is committed to old-school way of doing things, with artisans polishing and assembling boards by hand, one board at a time.