Who: Giardini Di Sole
What: Home and tabletop decor handcrafted in Italy
Where: Created in Italy, Sold in Boston
1. Tell us about the history of Giardini Di Sole.
Four friends met in Italy in 2000: two Italian, one Canadian, and one American. Our children attended the same small international school in the Castelli Romani on the outskirts of Rome. We met in the way so many women do, through our children, their school and our shared experiences. We worked together for the school and realized we made good partners—each with our own unique skills that complemented each other. Sandy returned to Vancouver in 2003, I moved to Zurich in 2004 and then to Boston in 2005. Jo & Liz are residents of Frascati, Italy. In 2006, Sandy opened the first Giardini di Sole showroom in Vancouver with the help of Jo. Sandy realized that there was an opportunity to introduce beautiful Italian ceramics to the Vancouver area and also an opportunity to stay connected to Italy and all that she loves there. Sandy & Jo spent much of 2004 and 2005 working together, traveling through Tuscany making contacts and establishing relationships. After returning to Boston, I joined them and worked to develop the business in Boston. My love of beautiful objects and a shared love of all things Italian made for a natural addition to the venture. In 2010, GdS opened its second showroom in SOWA—the South End of Boston. Liz joined the team in 2010 and since then we have worked to introduce new creators of Italian home decor and tableware from throughout the country and honed our collection to reflect our love of exceptional design and creativity.
2. Is your showroom open to the public?
Yes. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 6; Thursdays from noon to 7, and during the summer months on Sunday from 11 – 5. We stay open for First Fridays until 8 pm.
3. Do you offer gift registry?
Yes, we offer a wedding and gift registry. GdS’s unique bridal registry offers the creative couple the opportunity to select, from our carefully curated collection, the tableware and accent pieces that reflects their love for bold, inspired design. Our registry includes gift options that couples actually want to receive and family and friends are excited to give. Created in Italy…. brought to life in your home!
4. Which collections are most popular?
The most popular ceramic lines are Splash, Cassandra and Graffito, Carnevale. The Speedy glass collection is also popular, as is the Vizio collection of wine glasses and flutes. Currently, due to the season, all of our Mario Luca Giusti acrylic line is very popular.
5. What do you see for the future? Will GdS expand further with home goods?
Yes, we are always on the lookout for exciting new artisans and designs to add to our collection. We just found several new ceramic tableware lines on our recent trip to Italy and are working with one of our artisans to create a GdS exclusive pattern.