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tures steel pins and is certified for a total capacity of 150 kilograms
(330 pounds) for each step.
Although not one of Marretti's newest products, glass cantilever
staircases are a big seller, Marzi notes. "Hands down, these staircases are really popular, especially in the United States," she says.
"Everybody seems to want a glass staircase and one of the most
popular is the cantilever glass, a type of floating glass staircase with
Though floating staircases can be constructed from any element,
glass is the most popular because its transparent and reflective nature easily creates a float-like feeling within the design. Stairs with
floating treads also have hidden attachments that make them look
like they are floating.
Like the Compon, Marretti's cantilever staircases also have a
patented wall fastening system with steel pins and are certified for
a total capacity of 150 kilograms (330 pounds) for each step.
The glass that forms each step is toughened and laminated with
a thickness of 32 millimeters and its finish can be extra-light, float,
frosted, scored or colored. The stainless steel used in the staircases
is a polished or brushed finish.
When customers decide on a product, they generally want it right
away. "One of our biggest concerns is time," Marzi says. "Everyone
wants everything yesterday. But these are custom-designed staircases and they could take between three to six months to create.
There's a lot of engineering involved and all of our staircases are
manufactured in Italy so it takes time to ship them as well."
But the fact that all of Marretti's products are made in Italy is
also a big selling point, she adds. "It really sets us apart," Marzi
says. "I think Americans really appreciate the beauty and quality of
In the United States, Marretti's largest clients tend to come
from the East Coast and West Coast. But the company is beginning
to see a move inland towards the Midwest. "It's a growing market,"
Marretti attributes a part of its success to an ability to design and
manufacture staircases that break design limits and dictate new
rules. "To succeed, every kind of material is admissible and every
kind of invention allowed: glass turns into rock; steel becomes invisible; wood proves to be a link to the stories of distant countries,"
the company's website states.
The company sees its staircases as not only linking the levels of a
building, but as a link between ideas and dreams. Founded in 1914
by Maurizio Marretti, the company started as a family business that
The fact that all of Marretti's products are made in Italy is a big selling point. "It really sets us
apart," says Marzia Marzi, head of U.S. operations.
made wooden wheels for horse carriages before the automobile
entered the transportation market.
When cars became more than just a toy for the rich, Marretti
had to reinvent his business. "They had to transfer their knowledge
into something else," Marzi says. "Since they knew how to work
with wood, they started doing railings for staircases - and that's
how we started in the industry of staircases."
That was in 1921. Since then, the company has grown from a
small business in Florence to a globally recognized artisan of staircases. Still family owned, the company has a factory and technical
office in Florence. This is where every step takes shape, first in
the design form and then in the selection of raw materials and the
painstaking process of engineering tailor-made creations.
Though they may share an engineering concept, each Marretti
staircase is unique. The company is now in its third-generation of
Mauro Marretti, the son of founder Maurizio, designs most of
the company's staircases and banisters. Roberto Marretti, Maurizio's grandson, is the head of the engineering department. Mauro's two sons, Andrea and Francesco Marretti, also work for the
company. Andrea works in sales and Francesco is the head of the
production department. )
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