Our History

For some years now we have been working on the project of producing furniture defying time and respecting the environment.

Everything starts in 1920s, when my grandfather Nino and my dad Mario began our company adventure.

I started working and learning the first secrets of wood carving with my dad and brother Maurizio. At that time already our furniture had natural finishes.
We could have chosen a far simpler way of working, using other materials, such as those easier to work with. Instead, we decided to work with solid wood, the most unpredictable one.
Following our project of producing high-quality furniture, the year 1992 has marked a key turning point in Riva: in a few months our craftsman’s studio turned into a company with 30 collaborators. In the same year, we exhibited at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan for the first time and our sister Anna enters the company and starts working in accountancy.
I start spending a lot of time in the company, living days of high spirits and others of disappointment and frustration. However, I could see that our company was appreciated and the projects, that once were only in my mind, were now becoming true were taking shape. That was really exciting for me.
We had several investments ahead.
My brother Maurizio and I have always felt like artists who are finding out and working new types of wood. We didn’t want to be the first in our way of thinking and working, but our aim was to produce furniture which could turn into works of art.
In 1992 we designed, sorry my brother Maurizio designed the first real collection of our company. In the meantime we started our collaboration with several designers and our brand name changed from Riva Arredamenti to R1920.

Riva 1920

Thanks to our natural finishes, wood warmth and an accurate design, our products start being appreciated abroad as well.
In 1999 we fell in love with an old factory in Cantù and decided to buy the building, in order to create a place where our customers and everyone interested in our products can get to know Riva 1920’s world and philosophy. Here our customers could see and “touch” our design works and feel the quality of our solid wood products and all those characteristics which catalogues can not convey.
This building was also dedicated to art- and design exhibitions, like the one featuring Arnaldo Pomodoro’s projects, Renzo and Matteo Piano’s design studies and Pininfarina Extra’s.
We decided to create a Museum, a Collection of historic woodworking machines and tools, which will develop in time and now boasts about 2800 pieces.

RIVA Industria Mobili SPA

Via Milano, 137
22063 Cantù (CO)

T +39-031 733094
F +39-031 733413
E riva1920@riva1920.it