The duo behind Arte Mani Studio are Marco Baldisser and Nicoletta Benella, an artisan husband and wife team from Italy specializing in polished plaster surfaces and bespoke decorative finishes. Deciding to combine their skills together, they founded Arte Mani in 2017. The Studio enables them to indulge their shared passion for the century’s old Italian technique of polished plaster with contemporary and original attitudes to interior design and art. Marco is a master decorator or “Artigiano”. With over 15 years’ experience in this field, he has honed his talent and creative techniques in plastering from a long family lineage of Italian plasterers to ensure only the highest quality finishes possible. Nicoletta is a designer by trade with a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Architecture of Venice and a background in fashion and graphic design. She worked as creative designer for visual merchandising and started her career designing seasonal window display sets for stores in Milan, Paris and London.
Both are natives of Italy’s northeast Veneto region – the birthplace of Italian decorative plaster finishing or Stucco Veneziano. Marco has learned the secrets of this ancient technique from some of the best artisans in the world. Meanwhile Nicoletta’s passion for all things art and design was fostered by her a period living in the heart of Venice – a city where tradition and contemporary art co-exist in the everyday life.
By fusing their two (sometimes diametrical) points of view, along with a profound knowledge of this Italian Art, they began experimenting with the amazing medium of lime-based plaster products. Testing combinations of colours and textures, re-creating timeless design with unexpected choices of materials and transitions, they have transformed what was previously an unaffected ancient tradition, into a contemporary aesthetic.
Arte Mani Studio uses only the 100% natural and ecological medium of Italian mineral lime-based plaster. Using spatulas and trowels they can create an endless range of finishes and textures. All the products are made in the Veneto region in Italy from age old (often secret) recipes handed down from generation to generation.