It all began in 1870 when Benvenuto Acerbis opened his carpenter’s shop in Bergamo to produce furniture with a combination of technology, artisan expertise and knowledge of the raw material. This philosophy is still part of the Acerbis brand today, as it promotes visual and tactile design, where functionality and aesthetics have the same level of importance.
Acerbis is recognised as one of the first Italian companies that has contributed widely to the development and exportation of Italian design in the world since the 1960s. With Acerbis International, the brand began working with world renowned designers and architects that produce new collections in line with the tastes of a broader clientele. What impresses the market are the modular systems that Acerbis is specialised in making. These furnishings use space in a new and functional manner, which allows complete customisation of the product due to its modular characteristics.
In the 1970s, Roberto Monsani invented the Life Collection, a new way of perceiving the living room which became a project made up of light and dark spaces. Empty and full volumes can create a harmonious space where beauty and functionality coexist perfectly. The unique backlighting of the wall system underscores the contrast between the volumes.
Another very profitable collaboration was with Giotto Stoppino, who designed icons like the Sheraton sideboard, Hilton, Brooklyn and Quartetto.
One of the company’s most important milestones took place in 1995 through a partnership with Fosters&Partners. Acerbis was contacted to design the library of the Cambridge School of Law: a functional and extremely space-conscious set of bookcases. This initiated the mass production of bookcases for offices and homes, which were equipped with a new fixing system.
Massimo Castagna became the Art Director of Acerbis and brought in a new concept of space that emphasises the relationship that people have with the design that surrounds them. This concept focuses on the sensations that raw materials and design convey.
Today, the company is an industrial business that constantly tends towards “the new” and pays close attention to evolving living trends. The most advanced technology and exclusive materials are used in unique design projects that succeed at interpreting unexpressed desires and anticipating needs derived from the continuous evolution of the way we live.
Artisan craftsmanship is not discarded, but rediscovered in the meticulous details and exquisite finishes. These features are not seen only as the final step of the production process. The finish of a piece of furniture is actually a distinctive element able to completely change the way the product is seen. The most commonly applied finishes are polyester lacquer, encaustic finishes, hand applied gold leaf and the most recent finish with a hand-brushed metal effect.
Extensive know-how developed through the years has brought Acerbis to have a unique selection of materials, the perfect combination of aesthetics and functionality.
Acerbis furnishings can tastefully decorate every room in the house. The most iconic products are sideboards, bookcases and modular systems, including Landscape, an innovative project that has brought Acerbis to surpass its limits. The doors are in solid wooden slats on transparent glass that create intriguing interplays of light and transparency. Warmth and fluidity are emphasised by the tactile and visual effects of marble used for the sliding doors, which create interesting new combinations with solid wood. This unique project allows maximum freedom of choice between showing and hiding objects.
Acerbis is appreciated also for its tables, chairs, and sofas which complete the living room harmoniously and with refined style. The Serenissimo Table is one of the brand’s icons, recognised with several awards, characterised by the contrast with the light thin top and the columns and base. These are made in stainless steel finished with the Fresco technique, an artisan process that produces a wide range of different finishes.
The Italian style and innovation of Acerbis Furniture can be found in the Bredaquaranta showrooms in Milan and Sesto San Giovanni, where a team of designers and architects can help you find the furniture to best fit your spaces and personal taste.