As You Like
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As You Like

A private tour of the factory of Italian furniture manufacture LEMA impresses with its production process fine-tuned to cater to customised orders.

Low Shi Ping

It is 11am on an early spring day and the sky over Alzate Brianza in the province of Como is a brilliant, cloudless blue. We have just pulled up at the entrance of Italian furniture manufacture LEMA, an hour out from Milan.

On the agenda is a tour of its sprawling 50,000m2 facility, which also includes its headquarters, main factory and showroom, and a chat with its current president Angelo Meroni.

This is one of two sites that it has – the other sits on 30,000m2 of land located 15 minutes away in Giussano.

These facts allude to the capabilities of LEMA, founded in 1970. To date, it has a presence in 65 countries and close to 1,000 dealers. Supporting them are almost 250 employees.


For the uninitiated, LEMA was the first Italian company to develop made-tomeasure, custom-built closets. This it calls “Armadio al Centimetro”, or “Wardrobe by the Centimetre”, which debuted in 1981.

Using a series of basic modules, customers can decide on the height, width and depth. Freedom is also had in the selection of doors – hinged, folding or sliding – and the interior fittings (drawers, glass shelves, shoe racks etc.).

All this is available in an assortment of finishes spanning thermally-treated oak, carbon oak, tobacco oak, glass, leather and hide. These can be presented in more than 40 glossy or matte lacquered colours.

The modules are also suitable for use as bookcases that can double up as room dividers, or even sideboards.


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Issue 110