A Love Affair in Italy
This week we are giving you a behind-the-scenes story of how one of our favorite companies, Gamma, has made it’s mark on the industry. By providing uncompromising handmade furniture coupled with their signature Italian design elements, Gamma has carved out a reputation as one of the leading leather houses in the world.
Founded in 1974 by two friends with a love for modern design, Gamma’s factory is in the city of Forli, located in the northern region of Italy. This picturesque setting is the backdrop for a state-of-the-art factory where local artisans oversee every aspect from inception to completion. After visiting the factory, we can attest to the fact that it seems to be an enjoyable place to work where employees leisurely ride their bicycles in to work only to be greeted by the beautiful scenery of the Adriatic Coast.
In order to ensure quality control and synthesis in the manufacturing process, Gamma’s factory employs a bench-crafted operating system. This means that from start to finish, a total of four artisans come into contact with each handmade piece. This individualized attention to craftsmanship is similar to the concept Mercedes uses in crafting its AMG model engines.
Because Gamma’s specialty is leather, great care is taken in sourcing the finest hides in Italy and Northern Europe. Gamma is known for their use of nubuck leather. Some of the identifying characteristics of nubuck are similar to aniline leather; it is very soft to the touch and develops a beautiful patina as it ages.
Nestmodern prides itself on hand picking manufacturers whose principles align with our own, and Gamma is the perfect example of a company that has thrived without taking shortcuts in quality or style.