We love supporting and collaborating with local Wisconsin businesses- one of our favorites is LaLune Collection in Milwaukee.
The latest Husband and wife team Mario & Cathy Costantini for the past 35+ years…. All their furniture is handmade in their century-old factory (that we are obsessed with). Best part: they can make anything custom, with so many different finishes- it was so hard to pick our favorite: (see range at LaLuneCollection.com & instafeed: @lalunecollection
We ended up choosing a simple black countertop style island table… they brought to life a napkin sketch in the most beautiful way:
(some of the inspiration from our original sketches when planning on the hillhouse headboards and table)
One of the two headboards that they created for the Hillhouse:
and… scenes from their factory: It’s literally a showroom that they build in.. the only thing we love more than the physical building is the amazing hundred year old equipment they create their furniture with. A few scenes from our tour:
‘Bob’ the factory dog (such a lover, protector, mascot & sweet– is always there)
David & Mario in their insanely beautiful & meticulously organized warehouse. (you can’t help but explode with ideas for new things to make when you wander their ‘halls of wood’)
The shipping department is stacked with finished peices awaiting their final homes…. after seeing the craftsmanship that goes into it- we have a whole new appreciation for this type of furniture. And, are so proud to have it made right here in our own Wisconsin backyard.
check out their factory tour :
A collection of amazing 100 year old cream city brick buildings – their buildings, machinery, and equipment have all been restored… so that they can use the same methods and materials that were used by the early artisans. Our craftsmen travel the rivers and forests of Wisconsin to find, select and harvesting the willow, poplar, birch, oak, and pine they use to create with.
The sweetest part about the owners isn’t that they are just a husband and wife team, but that they are college sweethearts- and have spent their lives building their dream together.
(their love story best told on their website)
“La Lune Collection co-founder Mario Costantini set out in life to become a physician in his native Argentina – however, as will happen in life, the best-laid plans took a turn. Along the way he came to the United States and met Cathy in college; they married and opened an interior design firm in Milwaukee, and this in turn led Mario to design a few pieces of rustic furniture for a restaurant project. That was over 35 years ago, and what began with a small black-and-white pamphlet featuring a handful of rustic furniture designs has developed into the most extensive line of the finest designer rustic furniture found anywhere today, La Lune Collection”
The best part of La Lune is their guard dog “Bob”
MORE OF THEIR STORY & A BIT ABOUT THEIR MOST FAMOUS CLIENT, RALPH:
Since its modest beginnings, La Lune Collection has become the rustic furniture line favored by interior designers and architects for over three decades, and our distinctive furniture graces the finest homes and most notable commercial installations in North America. Ralph Lauren, Marriott Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, and Disney Resorts are just a few of La Lune Collection’s loyal clients.