Lapalma’s success has been achieved step by step throughout the years. No overnight success stories here – just hard work and passion in equal measure.
For thirty years, the company has shown talent, tenacity, know-how and above all inexhaustible enthusiasm, expertly combining metal with wood, leather and fabrics to create timeless pieces of furniture with clean fluid lines. The company’s story begins in the 1980s, when founders the Marcato brothers decided to go into business on their own. Their initial idea developed rapidly and Lapalma was established soon after, showing from the outset a preference for natural, recyclable materials. Following investments in machinery, Lapalma took advantage of the availability of new materials to develop a wide range of products for the contract market, which quickly demonstrated the brand’s appeal, attracting buyers on major projects worldwide for hotels, shops, museums and airports.
Lapalma’s blend of good design and aesthetic appeal produces furniture with a strong personality and has seen contributions from designers of international renown (as of 2013, Lapalma’s art director is Francesco Rota). The brand’s success has also been recognized with a number of awards, including the Good Design award, the FX International Interior Design Award and the Design Plus award. The firm’s consistent design approach is also evident in the elegant, up-to-date and functional interiors as well as in the sober modern lines of its new headquarters in Cadoneghe, close to Padua.
Today, Lapalma looks towards the future with the same unchanged enthusiasm. The genuine Italian nature of its products is stronger than ever, with its emphasis on craftsmanship and designs that appeal to the senses – the cornerstones of Italian design and production. It has brought in new fabrics, padding, leathers, and colour palettes and developed variations on individual product lines, building a diversified portfolio to accommodate products which are suited to the contract market, but can also cross over into other areas such as the home, outdoor and light office segments. Forward-thinking and true to its convictions, Lapalma is ready to take on new challenges, opportunities and markets
Architect and designer, Leonardo graduated in Florence in ’91 where he resides. In the 90’s he collaborated with architect Claudio Nardi’s studio designing for private residence, public spaces and boutiques including leading Italian designers like Dolce & Gabbana, G. Ferrè and Valentino. In 2012 co-founded CODICE – collective design, self-production design group.
Since ’98, he is a freelance designer of furniture, furnishing complements, exhibition space and company image communication. His client list includes, TMA, Lapalma, RF- Yamakawa and True Design. For Clerprem, he worked as the art director overseeing the design of seats and components for trains.
After completing his thesis, he was the teaching assistant to Prof. Robert Segoni in the course of Industrial Design before becoming a teacher himself, lecturing for the Bachelor of Fashion Design in Florence until ‘09. The subjects he taught included “Furniture design Product” and “Theory and History of Industrial Design.” He currently teaches Furniture Design at the Florence Institute of Design International.