Riccardo Marzi, the creator of the Company, comes from a heterogeneous education, based on a solid family culture: his grandfather was a sculptor, specialized in alabaster, while his father was a woodcarver. Such a context steered him towards making the most of his manual ability.
As a boy he began to work in one of those ceramic workshops, where he witnessed the creation of sculptures and decorations, and where he met exceptional individuals, artists, poets, and friends who eventually became popular; at the same time he studied in the Art’s Institute of Florence. Various circumstances induced him to intensify very different experiences dealing, for example with innovative materials, getting in touch with the industrial world.
The discovery of unusual techniques pushed him towards new possibilities and inspired him the creation of a variety of objects, such as lamps, photo frame, centrepiece and trays, in transparent resin, with stones, flowers, leaves and shells incorporated in them.
That’s how the first idea of the Riccardo Marzi Company was born, but the road was long and winding: working with materials produced for other purposes meant inventing a job without the help of known habits, uses, techniques, know-how, solutions. It meant making continuous attempts, learning from mistakes and improving one’s skill, doing periodical research to find the best formula for today’s stunning resin transparencies.
At this moment the intervention of Riccardo’s son, Andrea, was fundamental in order to give the company visibility and competitiveness in the market. He began with working next to his father for some years, then took his place at the head of the company.
Today, Andrea is in charge of the logistic and administrative aspects of the business, and, his sister Elena, who joined him after her studies, is taking care about sales. Nevertheless Riccardo is still giving a very important contribute to his own company.
The artistic attitude remains one of the constituent elements of the Riccardo Marzi Company, as it has kept on being a handicraft activity, where no procedure can be automated and where, on the contrary, everything is still tied to manual ability and creativity.
Made in Tuscany
We believe that the concept of Made in Italy has been too much misused and globalization has contributed to create further confusion: Made in Italy has been mistaken for designed in Italy, which, we know, it’s not properly the same thing; so we would like to highlight a "brand" that is increasingly becoming iconic and it happens to be synonymous with excellence and quality: MADE IN TUSCANY.
Tuscany, with its history and its landscapes, is now also abroad recognized as forge of art and creativity and we are very happy to be part of it and to contribute spreading this values throughout our work.
Riccardo Marzi and innovation
Aware of the fact that the current market is extremely frenetic and demanding, always looking for new ideas and new proposals, Riccardo Marzi is ready to collaborate with designers and interior architects.
The technical characteristics of resin, in fact, lend themselves to interesting developments in other branches: we’ve recently made shower platforms, floor tiles, tabletop, washbasins, floor tiles, as well as customized design objects according specific requests (lamps, tables etc ... ).
The over time gained experience in the processing of resin, gives the company the opportunity of exploring different paths which seem to be the right combination between tradition and innovation.