The shop became a workshop at the end of the 1930s, when the use of the first woodworking machines made it possible to expand the range of products offered and satisfy a greater number of requests.
Choosing the best wood
In the Post-WWII age, the company developed a sales network covering all of Italy. The enthusiasm of the founder’s three sons (Luigi – my father – and his brothers Angelo and Ernesto) injected new energy in the company. I was a child when all our family, crammed into an Aurelia car with a picnic basket, left for Val Pusteria, where my father went to choose the best wood trees. I remember that he marked the logs, to be sure that those were exactly the trees that were delivered to him, and not others that might be of inferior quality. Even then – and it was a long time ago – “quality” was a real mission for Riva …
Our heart, where everyone can see it
In 2008, we celebrated our 100th birthday and we renewed the headquarters in Via Labirinto, expanding it with an additional building of about 2,000 square metres that houses the executive, technical, commercial offices and a vast exhibition. Today this is the new reference point for all our customers and collaborators. I designed the building with a wood and terracotta lining to pay tribute to natural materials, which are the origin and centre of our work. It was a bit like taking our heart out for everyone to see.
On the way to CasaRIVA
In 2010, RIVA enters the Home and Lighting sector: CasaRIVA is born, the Interior Design division (sales and planning) of the company, whose operations centre & showroom is located in a splendid building in the historic town centre of Brescia. A project to which we are dedicating increasing attention and which is destined to give us great satisfaction.
The years to come
Considering the context in which we have to work, each of the last 10 post-centennial years is worth double (maybe even triple!), and they also are an opportunity to celebrate and pay homage to our beautiful company and to all those who are part of it”
Engineer Eugenio Riva – President