Mercader de Venecia finds its origin in a dream and an adventure. The designer Carlos Baladia and his partner Tony Valls Klein set out to reach Asia from Europe following the steps of the merchant Marco Polo on a spiritual journey into the unknown.
They left Barcelona in 1992 in an all-terrain vehicle crossing the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, from where they embarked to Java.
They shared an infinity of experiences with the people of remote corners and were fascinated by countries that inherited rich cultures. Countries in which their artisans continued to use techniques learned from their ancestors to create true works of art converted into pieces of crafts and furniture inspired by their millenary cultures and the subsequent influence of the European colonial period.
In successive trips selected from each country the most varied objects and furniture that, for their originality, design, quality and excellence, wanted to offer to the most demanding clientele of the western furniture and decoration market.
In love with wood, especially from teak, Juan Carlos and Tony decided to settle in Java and set up their own furniture production, working hand in hand with local artisans, expert cabinetmakers. And they opened the first permanent exhibition in Barcelona, the Mercader de Venecia.
Since then, Mercader de Venecia has been traveling tirelessly to all corners of the world for more than 20 years, selecting treasures that may interest all those who appreciate the beauty and originality.