After World War II, Fernando Ghimenton moves, at a young age, from Veneto to Brianza, which even then was an important industrial district for furniture.
He directly starts to work as apprentice in an upholsterer's workshop, acquiring over the years, the manual and the technical knowledge of the work, both in the "traditional" way (using ancient techniques) and in the modern way (when the use of "sponge foam" began to take hold).
In the 60's he is asked to work at FLEXFORM, which was then still a small company, but today has become a very important brand in the worldwide market of contemporary sofas.
Shortly after, however, an entrepreneur in furniture from Cremona, proposes him to set up a company to manufacture directly their line of sofas. Thus is born VAGHIS in Soresina, province of Cremona, in Northern Italy. Within a few years VAGHIS reaches a production that even employs up to 17 workers with a good success on the local market.
The general economic boom of the period in Italy leads also the VAGHIS production to become increasingly industrialized, with sofas made in series in order to keep up with the demands, neglecting the most creative and customized aspects of the work, which are typical of a craftsman upholsterer.
So, in 1977, Fernando Ghimenton decides to open, still in Soresina, his own workshop, returning to the origins of his profession so abandoning the industrial production and returning to work as real craftsman upholsterer.
Thanks to the contribution of certain valuable employees immediately hired by the company, also experts and enthusiastic upholsterers, the small workshop quickly roots itself in the Cremona territory, gaining the confidence of important local clients.
From the 70's to present, the company has remained a small family-run company, yet able to create works of great professional satisfaction.
In the late '80s, for example, it ran the full restoration of original upholstery of the Ponchielli theatre in Cremona:
Thanks to the collaboration with architects, interior designers, hotels, shipyards and decoration ateliers, the business was able to expand not only locally, allowing to perform works in various areas of North-Central Italy (Milan, Brescia, Bergamo, lake Garda, Madonna di Campiglio, Courmayeur, Versilia, Italian riviera, Florence, Tuscany region, Rome, etc.) and also, occasionally, abroad (Lugano, Monte-Carlo, Saint-Tropez, Palma de Mallorca).
Recently, in 2015, our products have been requested for the furnishing of a private residence in Asia (in Manila, Philippines) providing, despite the distance, also our direct advice in the choice of fabrics to coordinate with the existing furniture:
Aware, then, that the society is constantly evolving, we try not to be tied to conventional categories of market: craftsman upholsterer = small local workshop. At the same time, we do not want to follow the industrial sector in an attempt to imitate the success of major furniture brands. We want to maintain our identity as craftsmen upholsterers that allows us to work on each project, each product with passion constantly renewed. To produce sofas in series is a role that is not ours. We prefer to work in our small market niche, conscious of our limits but encouraged by the daily satisfaction of our work.
In recent years, the market in general, especially the sofas sector, shows a clear separation between cheap "use and throw" products (sofas that have an average life of 4-5 years and then they need to be disposed and buy new ones) and quality products (sofas that last longer and that, above all, is always possible and convenient to renovate). We work exclusively in the second field, trying to get to the furthest point possible the concepts of durability and renewability for our products.
Our business, being strictly artisan, is necessarily limited in production possibilities; also, the level of customization provided imposes delivery times definitely longer than for industries. The models we create are intentionally simple and basic, nothing to the extreme, neither "baroque" nor "minimalist". We are and remain upholsterers, so our models take from tradition and from the ways to build sofas typical of craftsmen upholsterers. What we show, however, is often just the starting point on which to deal with the Customer in order to get to the creation of a product made uniquely for a specific project.
Anyway, in order to provide to our Customers a broader range of choices, we have entered into partnerships with companies more structured than ours, though less flexible in terms of customization of their products, but which allow us to complete our offer with additional quality products with a contemporary and refined design. From this principle is born the collaboration with FRIGERIO, of which we are retailers, keeping the possibility to use our fabrics and so allowing our Customers to have a wide range of possibilities, all perfectly coordinated and studied to suit the specific location in which they are placed.