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Arturo Pani

To own a creation by Arturo Pani is to own a piece of history. After the famed Mexican designer graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, he returned to his native country in hopes of establishing a name for himself— not an easy task, since his brother, Mario Pani, was already a highly regarded architect. In due time, Arturo was hired to refurbish Mexico City’s Hotel Reforma. It was a good move: the structure was recognized as the symbol of Mexican Modernism, and Pani had creative freedom to design everything from the hotel’s furnishings to its wall murals. He quickly became known for his inventive use of gilded irons and mirrors in dramatic, often theatrical pieces, and was considered the “it” decorator of his time. As the pioneer of the so-called “Acapulco Look” that swept the design world in the 1950s, Pani was a master of the Mid-Century Modern movement. He trusted in the spirit and experience of others, too, which is why he often sourced talented artisans to produce his collection of coffee tables, end tables, armchairs, dining room furniture, and storage cabinets, among many others. Today his one-of-a-kind works stand out for their endurance, sublime style, and attention to detail.