How fitting that we visited Sini Roma after hours, when the entire shop was perfectly lit by a multitude of uniquely tailor-made lamps. Some hanging from the ceiling in beautiful lotus clusters, while others lined our way to the studio upstairs.

We marveled at a live demonstration of an artisan building a lamp fixture–entirely from scratch, including the iron frame–which he bent by hand using a vice and pliers. I thought they just ordered those parts like we do in Canada, but everything is 100% handmade at this place and all the work is guaranteed.

Just when we thought things couldn’t get better, each of us was presented with our own personalized lamp. We selected our favorite lampshade and base, before being provided with the appropriate bulb and wattage. Did I mention that our tour group spanned the entire globe? They had all of us covered, from Brazil to Texas.

Next door to the fabric lab is the restoration shop where the artisans repair frames, shades, and electrical lighting systems. Since 1960, three generations have handed down traditional manufacturing techniques, while creating new ones to meet the special requests of their customers. Personalization is encouraged at this studio, which means almost anything can be used as a base: a shell, a musical instrument, or even a mannequin.

Don’t live in Rome? No problem. The English portion of Sini Roma’s website provides an easy way to customize your own lighting, from selecting the fabric to providing your own. They can even match specific colors using Pantone© swatches or recreate a favorite photograph with fabric (as shown in one of the images below).

‘Farmboy in Roma’ is a blog series by FBFA Acquisitions Manager, Fatima Travassos, which offers readers a rare glimpse into the studios of some of Rome’s top artisans. A special thank you to the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Western Canada for offering FBFA the opportunity to participate in this wonderful experience.

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