American Made Since 2005
Piano Nobile is a design studio and fabrication workshop. Our work combines structure and surface design, fine art and fine craft. Our design studio creates systems and plans for homes, commercial spaces, and industry. Our workshop produces organic linens, lighting, and home goods. We take on challenging projects that span the creative spectrum, from lush textiles to intricate steel systems, with plenty of innovation in between. As an artist and architect, we thrive on collaboration and experimentation, honoring each others' unique skill sets. We look for ways to innovate with smart materials and hands-on appeal.
What makes your business unique?We designed and hand built our 4-yard long printing press out of industrial cast-offs, helicopter bearings, and recycled American steel. We couldn't find the tools we needed when we first started out, so we built them ourselves, using photos of American printing equipment from the 1950s. Inspired by the ingenuity of America's bygone textile industry, we've developed printing systems for other print shops. We hope to continue to develop new technology for printmaking. We built our printing press because we want America's textile industry to thrive again. It can be sustainable, smart, innovative -- and beautiful, too.
What's the best business advice you've received?The artist Giorgio Morandi would say a single word to his printmaking students, a moment before they plunged their copper etching plates into vats of acid: "Coraggio" (Courage). We say that to each other each time we encounter a tough decision.
Mark Your Calendar
Voting for Category WinnersAug. 26 - Sept. 22, 2013
Vote for your favorite makers in crafts, food, and more.
Category Winners AnnouncedSeptember 23, 2013
Discover our 2013 American Made winners.
Voting for Grand Prize WinnerSeptember 23 - 30, 2013
Which maker receives $10,000? You decide.
Grand Prize Winner AnnouncedOctober 1, 2013
Find out who our 2013 Audience Choice Award Winner is.