Vivenza is a premium line of unique functional art pieces created from reclaimed wood, with custom hardware crafted by hand in an artisanal forge. The wood is rescued from historical sources that lend each item their stories, endowing them with a resonance and a character all their own. No two pieces are alike. Indeed, the form they take depends in part on the nature and conditions of the wood when we ﬁnd it.
Vivenza may be furniture, accessories, lamps or any type of object d’art for any environment. Natural variations in the woods and blemishes acquired in previous lives are an integral part of each item’s personality. This is why VIVENZA transcends even common custom-made goods.
Vivenza means not only elegance, quality and functionality, but also history, legend and myth. It is not about merely trading in antiques. Rather, it’s about embracing each object as part of our daily experience, moment by moment. Each vibrant new piece is lovingly created with reverence for the origins of its components parts and a deep respect for craftsmanship.
Yesterday's stories, today's moment, tomorrow's legends
In the heart of Lima, capital of the legendary Viceroyalty of Peru, a once majestic colonial mansion lay in ruins. Here, amid venerable ghosts and faded memories of generations past, we find antique oak and larch planks. We rescued them to build this unique wardrobe, just for you.
These woods, known for their strength and durability - in fact, larch is used to make yachts and other boats - arrived in Lima at the end of a long sea voyage. The journey began on the Pacific coast of Panama, from where the finest woods sailed to South America in colonial times.
All the interior shelves are made from these ancient woods: Moena, also used in the manufacture of guitars, and Tornillo, a durable and robust local wood, also from the period. The wrought iron nails, hinges and ornaments were crafted by hand in an Andean artisan forge, and the latch is an original original XIX Century republican period piece. There is no other armoire like it.
Open the doors, close your eyes and breathe in the centuries of stories that this treasure of the Spanish empire contains.
Then add yours.
High in the Andes, more than twelve thousand feet above sea level, adventurous Spanish travelers found one of the most prized woods in Peru since time immemorial: the Quishuar. Its wood has been used to make furniture and tools since pre-colonial times for its strength and resistance to water.
The beams that make up our table have their own history. We recovered them during turn-of-the-century repairs to the main plaza and parade ground in the historic city of Cajamarca, Peru. This is where, in 1532, the Spanish conquerors captured Atahualpa, the Inca leader of the Tahuantinsuyo empire. The Tahuantinsuyo, which in the Quechua language means "the Four Regions of the world", was the richest and most important empire in South America before the arrival of the Europeans. As a ransom for the liberation of Atahualpa, the Spanish demanded a room full of gold and two full of silver. The Incas made the payment, but the Spanish executed Atahualpa anyway, changing the course of history in South America forever.
The Quishuar Table has a warm and dramatic presence that draws attention, invites the touch and complements a variety of decorations. All hardware, including nails and trim, was handcrafted in a craft forge.
Today, you can gather your friends and family around this unique table and share your own stories.