Friday, April 4, 2014

Behind the Scenes with James Rixner: Colombo Mobili

This is the story of James Rixner and his new project: Mansion in May showhouse The largest room in the Blairsden Mansion, constructed in 1897-1903 in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey benefiting the Morristown Medical Center. 

This week we interview another participant whose fine italian furniture will add drama and flair to this grand room.

 Colombo, a family of cabinetmakers from Meda, an area where wood craftsmanship conquered top quality and good taste. Always with an eye towards European styles, that have been the basis of furniture manufacturing throughout history, and that remain a source of inspiration today.


1. Colombo entered the US market 25 years ago. What has helped the family operated brand to grow to now having its own showroom at 200 lex? 

- It has been an idea from Adriano and Gabriele Colombo: they understood the importance of having a strong presence in the US market.

2. If you could name 3 things Colombo is known for what would they be?

· Customization capability
· French polished products
· Handmade Inlayed  Products

3. What are some of the products you plan to showcase at the Mansion in May show house.

·       127 commode
·       591 console
·       354M bench
·       LA-5009 table lamp

4. What do you hope to accomplish by teaming up with designer James Rixner and how will this help the brand in the long run? 

We are honored to be involved in James Rixner interior design. We hope that this partnership will be very profitable for both sides.

5. What can we expect in the next coming years for Colombo Mobili? 

The new showroom is just opened, so the main focus is the area of New York. We have plans to expand our presence soon in other states.


Mansion in May will be open to the public May 1st, 2014.  Restoration and decorating work at the mansion is proceeding rapidly. “With over 30,000 square feet of house and 53 interior design spaces to complete, our designers have a short time frame in which to translate their concepts into beautiful reality,” said Hofmeister. 

Mansion in May is the preeminent designer show-house in the New Jersey-New York area, attracting over 25,000 visitors to the event, typically held every other year. As a fundraiser for Morristown Medical Center, the event is known for presenting the area’s most unique and historic mansions, restored through the work of top interior and landscape designers.    

General Admission

Self-guided tour (approx. 1.5 - 2 hours)
Hours: 10am - 3pm, every day in May
Last ticket sold at 3pm

Ticket Pricing
$40 per person, February 1 - April 30
$50 per person, May 1 - May 31
Purchase Options
Online: February 1 - May 31
In Local Stores: April 1 - April 30
At the Door: May 1 - May 31


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