History & Us

Our story begins in 1854.

Our story begins in 1854 with a journey on foot from the shores of Lake Como in Northern Italy, over the Alps and across central Europe, to the silk town of Macclesfield in the North West of England.

Here, our young adventurer, Antonio Arighi, sets up shop making clocks and barometers that he lends out to farmers on sale or return – a canny innovation that proves to be a money-spinner.

His fledging business takes off and soon he is joined by Antonio Bianchi, a master craftsman and cabinetmaker from the same Italian village of Casnate. Together they create Arighi Bianchi, which gains a nationwide reputation (and the patronage of Kings) for producing high quality, handmade furniture upholstered in locally sourced silks and materials.

Their landmark store, fashioned on London’s famous Crystal Palace, opens in 1892.

But the story doesn’t end there. As a fourth generation family business, we’d like to think we’ve inherited some of the Antonios’ spirit, and that their drive and determination continues to influence the way we do things today.

Our focus is still on the quality and provenance of everything we sell, and the need to continually innovate and inspire. But most importantly we still focus on our customers, farmers or otherwise!

Our aim is to provide everyone with a great shopping experience. By offering a huge selection of furniture and a wealth of knowledge and expertise – we have in-house designers who’ll work with you free of charge – we hope your experience will be unique.

We provide a home delivery service too, at a time that’s convenient with you, so no hanging around. We’ll also unwrap, assemble and take away any unwanted furniture (for a small charge), keeping life simple. 

We think the Antonios would approve.