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Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: September, 2010, Page 23
Photo by David B. Moore

Store manager Denise Link says that customers can decorate an entire room in products from Ebanista, and it will look like the pieces were acquired over time. Pictured is a red hand-painted armoire inset with antique mirrors
Introducing One of the New Kids on the Block

Store manager: Denise Link (pictured)

Opened: August 2008

Location: Arizona Design Center, 7350 N. Dobson Road, Suite 155, Scottsdale

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Phone: (480) 362-1276

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History: After 36 years of working in partnership with European ateliers and developing resources throughout the world, founders Fari and Melinda Pakzad decided to launch Ebanista, a collection of luxury furnishings and objets d’art sold through trade professionals. The two work with ceramicists, weavers, foundrymen, gilders, silversmiths, artists and furniture makers—once known throughout Europe as ebanistas—to create their line. Today, there are 12 Ebanista showrooms in the U.S.

Philosophy: The Pakzads like to mix things up, pairing the sophistication of European classics with a modern sensibility. Styles, eras and heritages are layered and combined. “It’s hard to tell what’s an antique and what’s not, and that’s precisely the point,” says Melinda. “The collection has an elegant but comfortable quality, where antique rugs are perfectly at home with haute rock-crystal chandeliers,” adds Fari. Many items can be sold directly off the floor, and just about anything can be customized, including oil painting colors.

What’s in store: The showroom offers furniture and upholstery, textiles, rugs, pillows, mirrors, oil paintings, tapestries, crystal chandeliers, lamps, silver, bronzes and ceramics.

Don’t miss: Be sure to check out the extensive chandelier selection, the nailhead-embellished Adesso chair, and the handcrafted armoires and chests.

Photos - Clock-wise from top left: a Villar sterling silver box topped with a figure of a swordsman and a Bargueño Oaxaqueño chest

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