Fratelli Borgioli had a talk with Matteo Locchi of Moleria Locchi a laboratory that produces glass and crystal items in Florence, Italy. Read the article to discover more about this traditional craftsmanship reality!


Moleria Locchi is a workshop specialized in the production of glass and crystal items for table and interior decoration. All objects are realized following ancient handcraft techniques rigorously handmade.

The origins of Moleria Locchi date back to the end of the 19th century in Florence in the district of San Frediano, where the handcraft workshop made beautiful glasses for luxury ships and hotels.

In 1964 Paola Locchi inherited the workshop from her father-in-law. The laboratory was in danger of closure, but she was able to reintroduce it in the market. She expanded the laboratory by creating a refined line of tableware and furniture.

The works created by the laboratory’s artisans can be found both in prestigious modern homes and in ancient buildings and are dedicated to worldwide customers who love true Italian craftsmanship.

Today together with Paola there are the daughter-in-law Giovanna and the nephew Matteo who takes care of managing the relationship with new and foreign customers, also offering them objects he designed.


Questions for matteo locchi

  1. Your story of success is that of an artisan shop that has continued to produce beautiful handcrafted products since the late 19th century. What is the secret behind the longevity of your business?
  2. Glass and crystal are the protagonists of your works: how do you handle these delicate materials?
  3. Your workshop can be considered an example of Italian handcraft excellence: how important is this factor today?
  4. Based on your experience, what are the main advantages a customer looks for when turning to a craft workshop?
  5. Thanks to your highly specialized engraving activity, your works are considered unique: how important is it for you to be able to provide customization service to customers?
  6. Could you describe the main technique you use for crystal and glass processing?
  7. How do you use innovation in your production process?
  8. What influence had Tuscany and Florence had during your activity?
  9. What are your future plans?

#1.Your story of success is that of an artisan shop that has continued to produce beautiful handcrafted products since the late 19th century. What is the secret behind the longevity of your business?

The key to our success is to have maintained the Florentine artisan tradition and to have preserved its techniques and qualities, demonstrating that craftsmanship is still an active force of Italian creativity, an irreplaceable heritage of our country that must not be impoverished nor destroyed.

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#2. Glass and crystal are the protagonists of your works: how do you handle these delicate materials? 

I learned to treat glass and crystal as if they were iron: nothing happens. It is when you are afraid of breaking something that it happens…

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#3. Your workshop can be considered an example of Italian handcraft excellence: how important is this factor today?

It is very important, or rather, it would be very important if there were not so many problems and so much competition not always up to the challenge such today.

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#4. Based on your experience, what are the main advantages a customer looks for when turning to a craft workshop? 

When a customer turns to an artisan workshop, he knows he can get high-quality work and is sure he has made the right choice. In our specific field it is easy for us: we are almost the only laboratory able to perform some specific restorations.

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 #5. Thanks to your highly specialized engraving activity, your works are considered unique: how important is it for you to be able to provide customization service to customers?

I strongly believe that our works are unique and the customer is convinced of it. Personalization is a service that always satisfies the customer.

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#6. Could you describe the main technique you use for crystal and glass processing? 

It is not easy to describe our production process: you should observe our artisans at work. Grinding is made with a carborundum grinder and natural stone. Polishing with grinder, cork, felt, and pumice. Small grinders of copper, natural stone, and diamond points are used for engraving.

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#7. How do you use innovation in your production process?

I should answer that we don’t use it. We have chosen to make everything strictly by hand as they used to do 200 years ago. Ours is a timeless laboratory, where thanks to ancient techniques we are able to realize works appreciated in the present and, surely, also in the future.

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#8. What influence had Tuscany and Florence on your activity?

Not much. Florence, as well as being the homeland of artists, is also the home of artisans. However not only they are not supported, but very often forgotten.

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#9. What are your future plans?

We want to roll up our sleeves and continue to work to the fullest of our possibilities and potential. Believing in our work and in our Italian and foreign clientele, which is exceptional.

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We want to thank Matteo Locchi for his time. We had the opportunity to discover one of the most ancient craftsmanship laboratory in Florence.

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