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Our workshop is in the countryside of Umbria, where we are used to live, and where we started our adventure and we are still drawing inspiration from to create Made in Italy high quality custom-made furniture. We exclusively work with handicraft techniques taking care of the whole creative process: from the idea to the object.


We draw inspiration from everything we like without any limitations: old and new design, classical carpentry, 19th century art, pop culture. The only rules of the game are: constantly experimenting on shapes and materials and a strong dose of irony, that allows us to quote and re-interpret all kinds of styles and create an hybrid background of suggestions.



Laquercia21 entirely performs handicraft works preferring the one-off piece to the serial and industrial production. This attitude allows us to reproduce the models from our archive, modifying them and always turning them into something different: a copy that becomes the original. Since the availability of the reclaimed materials is always submitted to the case, it is almost impossible to make ad identical copy of a previous furniture.

Our archive has a double function: a gallery of furniture and complements and also a ever-changing box of ideas from which is possible to find inspiration for new creations.


Laquercia21 are Luca de Pascalis, Nicola Gubiotti and Matteo Torricelli.

Our story

Nicola and Luca are cousins. After the first attempts restorating their and their family’s furniture they joined the “Renato Bufalini” carpentry School in Citta di Castello (Italy) in 2001. At the end of the two-years course each of them has set up his own workshop, Luca in the region of Lazio (near Rome) and Nicola in Narni (Umbria), refurbishing the garage and the wine cellars of their grandma’s house.
During these years, next to their own and personal research on design, they have collaborated each time the job required the mutual help. Those years have served, both to Nicola and Luca, to experience and collect all kinds of “mistake”, a necessary process which all future carpenter has to step before being a “real” craftsman.
Somewhere along the way their paths crossed over again: they decided to participate to an handicraft exhibition in Orvieto (Umbria) showing their first prototypes. There they decided to come together and give life to a major project: a single workshop, greater and more equipped, to design and create all those things which, up to that time, had been stored only on their mind. Laquercia21 was born.
The main idea was to propose original handicraft products supported by a strong research on materials, shapes and design, which could draw inspiration from everything and everywhere: from the design, the modern and contemporary art. The whole idea “seasoned” with a good dose of irony, in order to be not so serious but free to be contaminated by all kind of styles.
The beginning was marked by the previous researches made alone: Luca with his "meccano" lamps, his flexible and tilting back chairs, his stripped furniture, and Nicola with his mosaics, the "wooden pixel" and his joining-furniture.
On their way they started to experiment with materials, using the reclaimed wood taken from old and dismissed furniture and combinating old and new materials. Of this period is the “Bordeaux Violet” sideboard, the first item which combinated lacquering with reclaimed wood.
This phase was so full of ideas that they thought it wouldn’t have been possible to convert each of this idea into a great-dimension furniture. For this reason the idea of the “Pupazzi” (Puppets) took place: micro and polifuncional furniture, each different from the other and characterized by its own idea, its proper mood.
The series of the Pupazzi (Puppets) has become, in a very short time, the strongest experimentation field of Laquercia21, their own artistic "avant-garde". The palette of the materials has constantly grown since then, including iron and other metals, cloths, pieces of industrial component, plastics, plexiglass etc.
They have participated to some exhibitions in Rome, Florence, Milan and custom-made furniture started to be required by some visitors. Our strength was to be able to transform and transport the ideas carried by the prototypes into an exportable format for people’s house, kitchens, wall-units, living-rooms, etc.
They started to co-operate with customers and this way of working took with it continuous grafts of ideas and materials, and a useful exchange of ideas: an example is the masonry and reclaimed wood kitchen of Lara. All the collaborations increase the baggage of proposals that constitute Laquercia21.

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