ARTEMANO SPECIALIZES IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY EXOTIC SOLID WOOD FURNITURE AND HOME DÉCOR, BUT IT IS MORE THAN JUST FURNITURE TO THEM. THEIR INSPIRATION COMES FROM WOODS FROM FARAWAY LANDS. EVERY UNIQUE PIECE HAS A STORY TO TELL. WE SPOKE WITH OWNERS SHIMON FINKELSTEIN AND EYAL SHOAM.
- INTERVIEW: MARK KEAST
- ARTEMANO OWNERS: EYAL SHOAM & SHIMON FINKELSTEIN
LL: Tell us more about the concept behind the furniture design in Artemano store locations (Montreal, Laval, Brossard, Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto)?
A: With nature as our muse, Artemano provides hand-crafted pieces that we source and unearth through our travels in India, Thailand and Indonesia. Because our designs are rooted in nature, no two pieces are the same. Our continuous effort to uncover and create new trends and ideas and to bring them into our customer’s home has become part of our DNA. We are committed to creating one-of-a-kind ambiances that speak of tranquility and relaxation and overall turn a home into an escape.
LL: How do the décor and furniture products you feature embody luxury?
A: To us, luxury is when something as seemingly minor as our furniture and décor elevates someone’s quality of life.
LL: What is the etymology of the word/name “Artemano”? What is the spirit behind the name?
A: When you break the word Artemano down you end up with the words “arte”, which means art, and “mano”, which means by hand. Each one of our pieces is like a work of art – handmade by an artisan.
LL: Can you expand your thoughts on the connection between wood furnishings and the feeling of serenity one gets when they enter their home?
A: We help design homes where people can touch, feel and appreciate nature’s elements. By celebrating the unique life of trees, we establish and fuse a direct connection between our customer and nature. The ultimate result is a sense of peace and serenity.
LL: What are your thoughts on the current trends regarding interior design for the luxury home and how do your products augment those trends in design?
A: We have embraced the idea of mixing textures and materials since our very beginnings. We will continue to do so by continuously adding and combining new, natural materials. It’s all about creating interesting contrasts and ambiances, and about integrating the warmth of wood with contemporary elements.
LL: Tell us about the concept behind your individual stores?
A: Our furniture our stores are continuously changing. The concept is to enter our home, awaken your five senses and explore our ever-changing ambiances. Similarly to a walk through nature, you will always see something new and unique.