With artistic sensibilities and a flair for design – from food and fashion to architecture and decor -, Italians are widely regarded as trend-setters. Although Milan is known as Italy’s design capital – with the annual Salone del Mobile (furnishing and design festival) drawing crowds each year, Rome has a number of design stores that will surely appeal to interior designers and architects visiting the Eternal City.
Across the street from Monti’s favourite local haunt Tre Scalini, Atelier Monti is a fabulous little architecture and design studio that sells a variety of furniture, plus custom-made kitchens and bathrooms. The objects here stand out for their colour and originality with a simplistic edge: wooden dressers, wire frame shelving units, sleek metal tables and more. Atelier Monti uses Italy’s signature style as a starting point and incorporates international influences into its designs and selections, making it a creative hub in the neighborhood.
Arcon is a furniture and interior design studio that has been outfitting homes and offices with Made in Italy brands and international names since 1956. Arcon stands for Arredamento Contemporaneo, or Contemporary Furnishings, so you’ll find plenty of innovative pieces here for a 21st century home, including Fornasetti‘s famous plates, lamps made from oversized bulbs, modular leather sofas with teal metal accents and funky mirrors superimposed with geometric designs.