Nativa Interiors Furniture sells timeless designs to last a lifetime in La Jolla and Solana Beach
By Marti Gacioch
Mario Scolari said he first dreamed about opening his own furniture store while working in his family’s business in Argentina. His dream came true five years ago when he opened Nativa Interiors in Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District. Four months ago, he opened his La Jolla store on Girard Avenue.
“We started out by offering rustic designs, then we refined them, and now our diverse furnishing styles are more eclectic with styles that range from traditional to modern,” Scolari said. “We tweak our traditional furniture styles by thinning down their shapes so that they’re not so ornate. We try to make things more organic and accommodate the 21st-century styles.”
Nativa’s furniture artisans are primarily California-based designers, who use only beautiful, high-quality solid hardwoods (including cherry, walnut and mahogany sourced in the United States) to handcraft pieces for every room of the home. Designs favor both Spanish and Mediterranean influences along transitional (made to last and never go out of style) lines.
Many of Nativa’s designers are known for their high-quality pieces. Nativa is the exclusive dealer of Texas-based American Leather sofa sleepers, considered to be the best premium-quality sofa sleeper made in the world, available in 2,000 different fabrics with prices ranging from $4,000 to $7,000.
“We also offer Norway’s Ekornes recliners, which is thought to be the best recliner available,” Scolari said.
In addition to furniture, Nativa showcases the work of California and Baja artists in a variety of media, including paintings by Leticia Demeusse and Laura Verdu, as well as glass pieces by a Laguna Beach artist and the work of a Baja photographer.
“We make 80 percent of the things you see in our store in our own factory, which brings customers savings and value,” Scolari said.
This month shoppers can reap huge savings while Nativa is holding its end-of-year clearance sale. All merchandise and furniture made in 2013 is now discounted 30 to 60 percent to make space for the 2014 collections arriving in early January. These pieces will offer 50 different finishes with new sofa designs in leather and fabric.
“It doesn’t matter what year of furniture that people buy though because the furniture we make is timeless,” Scolari said.
— Nativa Interiors has two locations:
• La Jolla: 7770 Girard Ave. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (760) 533-9355.
• Solana Beach: 143 S. Cedros Ave. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (858) 794-0003.
• Website: nativafurniture.com
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