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Matteo AgrestiBy Matteo Agresti
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Matteo AgrestiBy Matteo Agresti
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£2,381
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19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 9 2018 12:03 PM UTC +00:00.

About

 It`s all about Dream, Elegance and Romance. It`s just AM Florence

Old-Fashioned Furniture for Passionate People, Dreamers, Adventurers, Creatives who Love Travelling Without Moving

Back in `94, my parents brought Home a huge Steamer Trunk, like a Treasure Chest and we instantly became friends. Not only it contained my toys, my trunk was actually part of my games, part of my life. It was my personal gate to other realities. Music, tales and adventures were there, in front of my eyes. Everyday.

With AM Florence I wanted to recreate and spread that same daydream feeling.

( full description and details available here )

From the very basic Home Decor to our Experience Cabinet Trunks. You will find Elegant Smart solutions that will fit both narrow Victorian Houses and the fanciest Hollywood Mansion. And, if this isn`t enough, you can always pick the BESPOKE REWARD, and we will Tailor the perfect Trunk you had in Mind! (scroll down)

 BESPOKE - this Reward will give you the chance to pick your size and mix internal set-ups! A Big size with Desk on one side and liquor cabinet on the other? More drawers/shelves? Sure, we can do it!

 Do you want to check our Reviews? just click here

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 MORRIS Wallpaper - we are probably the only ones in the World using Morris Wallpaper on Furniture and you can be the proud owner of one of these pieces!

for the complete Catalogue of Morris Wallpapers click here

Back in the days, things were made to last. There was a different attention to details, quality materials were used and even the cheapest thing was actually well made. In the last 5 years, I had the chance to work with an Antique Restorer in Florence and I have upcycled more than a hundred Vintage Trunks, suitcases, chests in my workshops of Florence and London.

 All my works are Handmade, created using antique techniques and tricks that I adapted to the modern times. Every piece is Unique, with a different Story to tell you.

I love to think that when you welcome one of these Trunks in your Home, it`s like Travelling Without Moving. 

Your new Guest will enrich your place with its Old-Fashioned look. 

Its writings, from an antique Florentine Manuscript, will probably let you wonder with your mind to past ages, times when love letters, poetry and secrets were handwritten on paper. Maybe. Maybe it will be even much more than that! Are you ready to surprise your guests with something Unique?

Backing my Project you will help me keeping Artisan skills alive, preserving that old-fashioned way of making things paying attention to details, materials, doing research and testing products. Your Help will let me pass my knowledge to new people, hire new creatives, inventors, making new artisans.

Most of all you`ll be enriching a community of people who think differently, people who can see beyond things, just like you!

Your funds will be invested in a new, proper workshop. This larger space will let me start training a new person to work side by side with me in London. Also, I will get the chance to finally work on new, bold designs in collaboration with Independent Artists from London and abroad, hopefully creating something you ever wanted but didn`t know about!

It can take up to 3 weeks for one person to make a Big size Cabinet Trunk so, the first thing I did was to set up and test a second temporary workshop in Florence, managed by my Father, Loris, who, by the way, taught me lots of things about working with timber since I was a kid! 

 The workshop in Florence will let me shorten times consistently. Your trunks will be just the same of the ones made in London, same materials and details and I`ll personally check them in person before shipping, giving them the final touches!

This Time Schedule has been calculated for the worst case scenario (average lead time for main pieces) and for a most probable case (actual production time. However, strict calculations shows that it takes 8 days for a Big Trunk to be done, 6 days for a small/mid size and about 4 days for the Sinatra Trunks. You may probably receive your piece earlier than expected!

I have always been fascinated by whatever moved me, shock my existence causing emotions. Whether is a Frank Sinatra song, a Walt Disney cartoon or the latest Steve Job`s creation, I can`t help myself but be enchanted by those personalities, those dreams that go far beyond the sad craving for money. In a book that I`m finishing (yes, I`m also an amateur writer) the main character says

" ... think about it. Why else should we live on this Planet if not to make extraordinary things? ... I want to live it trying my best. "

Every time I work on a new Design is a new Challenge that pushes me to make something better, different, a dress that will fit your special Homes and will make you smile when staring at it.

My Dream would be, one day, to put together a Team of Creatives, Dreamers, Inventors, strange people from all over the World working together to make something we always wanted but didn`t know about. Something that will let us travel with our minds, inspirig us to chase Beauty. Shifting our focus on the little things, the details that make our everyday lives Better.

I was studying at the Bauhaus of Dessau for a Master Degree in Architecture when I finally realised I wanted to do something with my hands. Design it and make it from scratch. I wanted to see my ideas come real, touch them, coming out of a computer screen. 

So I reboot and restart everything. I had a few ideas in mind so I called a dear friend, an antique restorer in Florence, that hosted me in his workshop for a while, taught me lots of tricks and secrets I still use in my works and eventually gave me the Antique Manuscript I`m using as trademark. This was 5 years ago.

The last 4 years I have been working with people from all over the World, upcycling and finally making my own Vintage Trunks and luggage, setting up my little workshop in London, getting inspired by your always unique demands and by this vibrant city. 

All sorts of music always play when I`m working, it can go from the George Gershwin`s Manhattan soundtrack to some live set from NIrvana, romantic Jazz swings, tip toeing Elvis or dancing with Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Chuck Berry, falling in love with Berry White? You name it, it has been played here. :) 

I love to think that the music, the rainy and the stunning (few) London sunny days get inside my pieces and will get to you! Their journey on a packed plain filled with parcels, the adventures of a journey from courier to courier, maybe listening to their bad days, their happy moments. Some of my works travelled from London to some beautiful place in Australia, USA, all the way to Malibu, Los Angeles, New York, journeys I haven`t had myself yet. All this and more will be inside your Trunk, you`ll just have to listen to its story sipping a nice tea or your best drink of the day.

Risks and challenges

There are always unexpected things along the way, however, this is what we worked out to make sure everything will go smooth!
Also, you can check the reviews we collected along the way here
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AMflorence…

1. SUPPLIERS - It's not the first trunk I make, I`ve been working on these pieces for years now and I`ve already struggled to find the best suppliers for wood, hardware, printing... most of them are London locals and I have a great relationship with all these people.
They know I`m launching this campaign so everyone is ready to go!

2. WORKSHOP - I don`t have much space in my current London workshop but it`s anyway functional and up and running so I`ll start making your pieces the very next day the Campaign will end, no worries at all about it! Meanwhile, I`ll search and get a proper space to fulfil all the orders quicker. The larger workshop will allow me to hire another person too, train him/her to work as an artisan. Also, I already set up and tested a temporary workshop in Florence that will be managed by my father, Loris, who has worked side by side with me for a while and knows all the secrets! :)

3. SHIPPING - I have been shipping Worldwide for 5 years now so I`m used to customs invoices, documentation and all the issues related to poor packaging. The shipping company I am working with is very professional and we usually use UPS / DHL to send our parcels. These guys are probably the best around!

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    BASIC - Gilded Crest

    A Limited Edition Gilded A4 format Artwork to decorate your Home! Our Crest is Unique, just as your Precious Home.

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    EXTRA - Your Initials on your Trunk

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    Having your initials on your Trunk, on your Luggage, was a common thing back in the days and a very refined feature now!

    By adding this pledge, we will hand paint your initials on your Piece so it will be as personal and unique as you are!

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    EXTRA - Your Family, Your Colours

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    Yes, as for the Noble Families of the past, you probably have your own favourite colour!

    Add this pledge and we will hand paint the main wooden strip of your Trunk, the colour you want!

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    EXTRA - MORRIS CUSTOM - Make it Unique!

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    You can choose to decorate the outside of your trunk with the Morris Wallpaper you love the most! You pick the Design and we will Tailor a definitely Precious Dress to your Piece!

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    CLASSICS - Lennon Suitcase

    This Exclusive Suitcase will travel with you around the city, to undiscovered lands or it will sit in your Living Room telling stories to your guests!

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    NEW! - Lennon Cocktail Bar Suitcase

    Our LENNON Cocktail Bar Suitcase can be with you at every barbecue party, outdoor experience, fancy events? Surprise everyone with your Unique Portable Bar!

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    CLASSICS - Sinatra Coffee Table Trunk

    You can use it as a bench, a coffee table, for storage or more simply, you can do all these things at once! Sinatra is sturdy and elegant.

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    EXPERIENCE TRUNKS - small size

    the small size is perfect for Victorian Houses, tiny spaces or small studios. Little gems to put anywhere and they`ll give that certain touch to the room!

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    • Louis - Bedside Table (single)
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    EXPERIENCE TRUNKS - mid size

    the mid size is the perfect compromise. They are functional, fun to be used and they don`t need too much space. No matter the dimensions, they are Elegant Statement Pieces for your Home!

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    • Frank - Liquor Cabinet mid
    • Monroe - Shoe Cabinet
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    EXPERIENCE TRUNKS - Big

    These pieces are designed to satisfy all your needs, you will have a lot of space for all your treasures! As soon as you`ll find the perfect spot for it, your place won`t be the same anymore

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    • Frank - Liquor Cabinet Big
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    SPECIAL - The Wardrobe Trunk

    Absolutely Unique, this Cabinet Trunk takes inspiration from both the Vintage pieces and the modern wardrobes. You`ll have the elegance and that certain old-fashioned mood, keeping nowadays comforts. Your Room won`t be the same anymore!

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    BESPOKE - As Unique as You are

    Any size - Any SetUp

    We will tailor your Magic Trunk to your needs!
    Pick the trunk size and we can work on the inside to fit what you like!
    examples.
    - desk on one side, wardrobe on the other
    - desk + liquor cabinet
    - wardrobe + shoe rack

    Special needs for particular bottles, shoes, books? We will work with you to get the best solution!

    Are you in London?
    we can definitely meet up and discuss it in person! It would be our absolute pleasure!
    Coffee or Tea?

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