In 2003 Mary Lies founded MERCATO (with a little help from her friends at SLS) on the principles of a deep appreciation for craft, a love for the handmade, a curiosity about history and a love of connecting with family and friends.
Mary found these principles embodied in the art, design and culture of Italy. The President of SLS and Mary’s husband Tim had developed a friendship over the years as they worked together while he was employed by a major architectural firm whom SLS assisted with financial services of technology equipment. Years later a beautiful business was born; read on;
If you like authenticity, Mercato is the right place. They travel to Italy to hand-select their antiques and work directly with the artists who make their tableware and decorative accessories. The people and families they work with are passionate about what they do and all have fascinating stories. It is impressive how they respect tradition and work to preserve the artisan work of the generations before them.
We hope MERCATO inspires you to create artful environments, connecting the past with the present while you are establishing your own traditions with family and friends. After all, it is this kind of connection that makes life more enjoyable.