Giandomenico Bizzotto, Artegiunco’s owner, began to work in this field with its brothers at the early age of 4 by initially molding young willow branches, the so called “selgari”.
Giandomenico’s father, Angelo, inherited from his grandfather Luigi the knowledge of an ancient and genuine craft work, the expertise of being a “sestaro”, a Basket maker; and as it is easy to understand, the same did Giandomenico.
Recalling the past, it all started at the end of 19th century in Cartigliano, a small village called S. Anna but it is only when the business was moved in Rosà, in 1961, that the small family activity began to grow and became international in the 20th century.
The making of grape baskets, laundry baskets, bird nests and braid leather handled shopping bags, was carried forward after the WWII by Angelo, his wife and their five sons Luigi, Luciana, Rosa, Giancarlo and Giandomenico.
In 1968 the company begins to work with a new raw material coming from the Indochina region: the wicker, also knew as rattan.
Thanks to this innovative material, easier to mould than the willow branches, the production got wider, and the small manufactory family business began to produce also furniture accessories like chairs, sofas, baskets of all sizes initially only as box for candies and gift packaging, later for any kind of usage a customer would demand it. Under the guidance of Giandomenico, Artegiunco specialized in a unique product: bird nests. However, only few years later, the company started to diversify its production by introducing more particular products like lighting fixtures and lamp shades, by renewing the previous products and by fulfilling customer specific requests like silver trim baskets, insert and drawers for kitchens and furnishing accessories more interior design oriented and by offering new services.
Consequently, the company started to go worldwide, firstly trading with European countries and lately opening its borders also to North Africa and USA. At the beginning the main business products were bird nests, but in few years customers started to be attracted by the uniqueness of the furniture manufacture. For this reason, the firm got strong in the production of chairs, drawers, buckets and modern but at the same time sophisticated lighting fixtures, and is actually improving in both sectors of furnishing and pet.
This is the history about how a profession can be preserved and passed down from one generation to another simply by being renewed and moved with the times, without the need of completely change its identity and soul.