Made In Italy: Abitare-Minotti showroom

 “Miami offered a new and exciting challenge, and the city has so much going for it.”

Some of the best names in Italian furniture design; Minotti, Rimadesio, Matteograssi, Pellizzoni leather, Gallotti & Radice, Foscarini, and more can all be found in Miami’s Design District at the Abitare-Minotti showroom. This is the only place in addition to Milan, Italy where enthusiasts of fine Italian contemporary furniture can find this six thousand-square-foot space. Many of the brands have exclusive agreements with Abitare-Minotti, therefore the showroom is the only place to find some of the brands in Florida, and in some cases, all of the United States.

Nicola Belletti, owner of Abitare-Minotti, grew up learning about the Italian furniture business. His grandfather was recognized as one of the pioneers of Italian modern design style in home decoration. His Italian Company was founded in 1937, and in the early 1960s was one of the first to import furniture from Denmark, introducing modern home design to people that had grown tired of the traditional look of old European decorative furniture.

In 1997, after studying architecture at schools in Florence and Milan, Belletti decided to steer his family business in a new direction. In 1998, he opened his first store in Coral Gables. Two years later, due to an outgrowth in space, he moved his store to the Miami Design District. “Miami offered a new and exciting challenge, and the city has so much going for it. Not many places in the world can offer the climate that Miami has and not many places have such a rich environment, full of different cultures, languages and diverse people.” This year, the showroom underwent an immense remodeling to showcase the fine Italian furnishings in artistic living spaces. “In our showroom, customers can really get a vision of what can be done in a residence, and how any space can be transformed. When a client walks in the door theycan see for themselves the kind of place they could be living in. Our most common comment from visitors is ‘I could just live here. Can I move in?’ “ Says Belletti.

The experienced staff at Abitare-Minotti introduces ideas of design into each space, by putting together a total lifestyle to best suit individual tastes and needs. “We are here to help our clientele achieve a whole lifestyle, and to assist them in moving to the next level in designing their home.” Abitare-Minotti is committed to creating a personal experience for its clients with its top-of-the-line service assistance including delivering, installing, and even setting up pieces. In 2008, Abitare set up a partnership with Italian coffee company Lavazza ensuring that each visitor receives a cup of coffee when they visit the showroom.

Minotti is a true trendsetter in the world of modern design furniture, and is one of the Showroom’s most popular brands. “Made in Italy” is the essential component of the brand’s identity. “Most of the time, the simple words Made in Italy are sufficient enough to explain the quality of the product,” says Belletti. Minotti’s products are craft-finished and combine tradition and technology to give its pieces a truly unique style. “In Italy, there are different levels of quality and design,” explains Belletti. “This top-quality production level in Italy is unmatched.” Other remarkable brands that can be found at Abitare-Minotti include Kitchens by MK Cucine, sliding glass systems and doors by Rimadesio, and hand-made leather furniture by Pellizzoni.

Abitare-Minotti also works with clientele who want to create custom pieces for their home. Whether they wish to add just one piece of furniture to an already existing décor or complete renovation is requested, Abitare-Minotti designs modern interiors that exemplify living the ultimate, Italian luxury lifestyle.

Visit the showroom

of Abitare-Minotti
at 21 N.E. 39th Street in
the Miami Design District.
Call 305.573-5200, or