New Materials Abound in Frank Ponterio’s Collection for Arteriors

Guest blog by Heather Corcoran, AD PRO

A visit to Milan's Villa Necchi inspired parts of the collection.
Photo: Courtesy of of Frank Ponterio / Arteriors

When the Frank Ponterio for Arteriors collection launched at High Point Market, followers of the 30-year-old brand found some surprises in its latest interior designer collaboration.

“They [saw] a lot of new materials that Arteriors hasn’t worked with before, like vellum, bronze, faux quill, and an overall aesthetic that’s forward-leaning but grounded in classicism,” Ponterio tells AD PRO of the richly textured collection, which includes furniture, a range of lighting, and decorative accents from vases to trays. But it’s not just unexpected materials that make the collection stand out. The luxurious finishes used are informed by the Chicago-based designer’s work on estate homes on the city’s North Shore—properties steeped in classical architecture and proportions, to which he brings an artisan touch.

A key product in the line is the Salotto cabinet, a piece inspired by a trip to Villa Necchi in Milan. A pair of perforated bronze pocket doors influenced the form and material palette of the blond oak bar-cabinet, with its vellum and bronze stud details. Other pieces—like the Flint collection of vessels, which Ponterio has used as containers for everything from succulents to M&M’s—reference tattooing in hard-carved details.

The collection is just one in Arteriors’ series of Guest Designer collaborations, a program that dates back to 2010. “Frank is a wonderful addition to Arteriors’ rich roster,” says Mark Moussa, founder and creative director of Arteriors. “His talent and point of view as a designer combined with his passion for artistry and exquisite craftsmanship allow him to deliver awe-inducing interiors that encourage conversation and make him an effortless and enjoyable collaborator.”

For his part, Ponterio sees the collection as the expression of a vision that can outfit a room with everything from core furniture pieces to the smallest of details. “My collection for Arteriors reflects my appreciation for how you can fold a sense of history into a modern lifestyle,” says Ponterio. “It speaks to the way people want to live now.”

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