Bringing the Decorative Arts Forward
Pantelleria Designs has been in the Decorative Arts business since 1994. Among other schools and teachers, early on owner Ben Junta trained under the world renowned decorative painter George Zaffle through UC Berkeley. Ben also studied color theory at one of the most historic art schools in the United States, The Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA. He also had stints studying at both the Santa Fe Art Institute, as well as the Vermont Studio Center. He then took these years of training and eventually offered his creative services to interior designers and private clients.
Those of us old enough to have gone through the first dot-com tech boom in the late 1990's know too well the boom of "faux finishes". Initially, they were well used and were a great addition to the interior design scene. But, as many of us know, they became overused and lost their vitality. It wasn't so much that they were overused as it was that the whole decorative paint business seemed to become synonymous with what the general public knew, which was basically a relatively small handfull of hand done finishes. It became very limiting, many were done by unskilled general painting contractors, and we all tired of it.
But this is an art form that truly stands the test of time, going back to the days of the Renaissance (Renaissance Paint History). Skilled craftsmen of that time trained for years under mentors until they were ready to go off on their own. The traditions have been handed down through the years and it is truly the responsibilty of true artists, artisans, interior designers, and architects to know how to bring these ancient arts into contemporary times. It is an exciting time to see the resurgence of artisanal hand painted finishes. They allow for a look and feel that no wall paper can truly ever completely capture. They keep the soul of art alive in the home or the commercial space in which they are used. Whether it is the new use of metallic paints or various plasters and modern stencils, the contemporary uses of decorative painting are truly endless. They can be dramatic or subtle and everything in between. It truly is an exciting time to be in this industry. We look forward to helping better educate designers, architects, and general contractors as to the infinite range of design possibilities offered with today's decorative finishes. For updates and examples of this new wave of decorative painting please subscribe to our newsletter below.