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Sam Fazzari’s childhood memories have the texture of fabric and the
aroma of shaved timber. With cabinetmaker Tony for a father and
upholstery legend Vince Scalisi as his uncle, Sam’s trajectory into the
world of furniture design was a no-brainer.
“No other career ever crossed my mind,” says Sam, whose fi rst
job as a 16-year-old was designing furniture at the family company
Mobilia on Saturday mornings. When his first coffee table got made,
he fell deeply in love with the idea of design – the morphing of a
simple thought into something tactile and real. Fifteen years later,
furniture design is his world. “Furniture is so deeply entrenched in
me, I find it very natural and easy,” he says. “It’s comforting being
around furniture. It reminds me of my childhood.”
For all that nostalgia, Sam is a modern kind of guy. Unlike Tony,
who learned to make classic, traditional furniture in Italy, Sam is not
averse to plastering some Ulf Moritz wallpaper onto a streamlined
cabinet. He’ll put bold Kenzo textiles on a sofa, and happily toss a
Jolly Roger cushion onto a sleek, deep lounge.
Welcome to generation now. Sam and younger brother Michael
are at the helm of Mobilia’s current incarnation, S&M Mobilia, whose
showroom recently opened in Claremont. Michael’s specialty is in
manufacture, Sam’s in design. With Tony also designing for the
company, the Balcatta workshop turns out a mix of classic and modern
lines reflecting the personalities of the various family members.
“My father wasn’t totally in love with the contemporary lines,”
says Sam. “But after manufacturing some, he’s come round a little.
And vice versa. I love classical furniture as much as I love modern
DESIGNER-MAKER | SAM FAZZARI | S&M MOBILIA
ABOVE White lacquered ANN chair,
$511.50 , Ziru. OPPOSITE Armchair in studded
leather, $1155 (upholstery not included), M1.
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