FLAIR HOME COLLECTION
George Nunno and Jon Maroto bring “Flair” to New York.
FLAIR Home Collection presents a unique proposition in home furnishings and decoration. Rigorously curated European and American vintage furnishings and accessories are seamlessly mixed with exclusive custom designs to create a highly individual style that transcends eras and origins.
Coming off long and successful careers in the fashion industry, George Nunno and Jon Maroto cast their fortunes in a completely new direction with the April 2008 opening of FLAIR Home Collection in New York. Friends and colleagues for over 20 years, the two communicate on an almost telepathic level while scouting and selecting the store’s merchandise at fairs and markets in Europe and the United States. “We trust each other’s taste implicitly and, while we don’t always agree, we often have the same, almost visceral moment when finding a piece we both love.” Ultimately, it comes down to finding items they would want in their respective homes. Nunno is perhaps the more abstract of the team, Maroto a bit more formal. Both agree that the balance is perfect and the differences create a truly unique and exciting mix.
Hints of important historic references, that might include Napoleon III armoires and 1950’s Italian cabinets, mix with Mid-Century sofas, chairs and ottomans covered in menswear flannels, English herringbones and vintage tweeds. Natural textures, such as raffia, parchment and shagreen contrast with sleek lacquer, chrome and plexiglass pieces reminiscent of the ‘70’s. Black lacquer Chinoiserie mingles with stark white plaster casts from the ‘40’s or Venetian white-opal glassware.
Alongside the unique and ever-changing selection of vintage pieces, the FLAIR Home Collection is an exclusively designed collection of upholstered furniture, home accessories and gifts inspired by a tradition of Italian craftsmanship accentuated by inspired contemporary styling.
FLAIR Home Collection represents the opportunity for Nunno and Maroto to bring together the polish of unique vintage European furnishings, their timeless collection of contemporary classics and the artistic history of Soho,
“The experience at FLAIR Home Collection is like throwing a great dinner party. You want all your guests to get along, but not all be the same. That would be lackluster. It’s the balance between contrast and compliment that makes the spark.”