We left Vietnam where the weather was a hot and humid 97 degrees and traveled 4107 miles to Shanghai where it was 40 degrees! Talk about contrast!
We spent time visiting factories and personal time for SHOPPING!
First the factories. One of our major leather vendor is Natuzzi Editions. They recently opened up a new factory in Shanghai that is 88,000 square meters. Eight is apparently a very lucky number to the Chinese people.
Once the cutter has inspected the leather and noted areas not suitable for the main parts of the sofa, the pattern is laid out and individually cut.
After all the raw materials are produced it is taken to the second floor where the assembling of the piece is done. Depending on the complexity of the design, one person can produce between 5-10 pieces per day.
We left the Natuzzi Editions factory with a new found appreciation for all the steps and hands that are involved in making each piece of sofa, loveseat, and chair. We are proud to be able to bring this line to you in our showrooms.
A big thank you to Stephano and the rest of the management of Natuzzi Group Shanghai for taking time out of their busy schedule to show us the factory.
I’ll share some shopping highlights in my next blog.
I’m the Division Manager at HomeWorld Furniture and have spent more than 27 years in the furniture business. My work has given me the opportunity to travel exotic places such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Coppenhagen. Visiting factories, attending furniture shows, and being exposed to different cultures has been a wonderful learning experience for me. One of the toughest challenges about my job is leaving my family behind in Hawaii. Being a sports enthusiast, I especially miss my son’s baseball games. But it’s important to always stay abreast of what’s happening in the industry so that we can be the first to bring the best furniture choices and values to Hawaii.
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