Handmade Furniture

This beautiful handmade table is made from olive wood and walnut. The marquetry is composed of red palissandre, dark blue palissandre, lemon, walnut, ash and acajou. All the carvings and laquer work have been done by its creator Aristides Varthis. The table unscrews into 13 seperate pieces. The planning and construction took 11 months and the whole project consists of approximately 1,700 separate pieces of wood.

Aristides Varthis was born in Corfu Town in 1934 and started making furniture in 1948, at the age of 14. He has created a large range of furniture over the years for both living rooms and bedrooms; from dining tables and chairs to sideboards and cupboards, writing desks and davenports. All his furniture is made entirely by hand, from the moment the tree is cut to completion. Laquer is also always applied by hand.

Aristides’ first shop opened in Mandouki in 1959 and since then he has furnished the houses of some of the most famous and important families in the island, such the Maniatopoulos, Ziniatis, Rizous, and Nathanials. Although he has been oficially retired for many years now, his love and passion for his craft have not yet let him stop working.

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