Nerio Festa formed festa & co in 1994,
producing handmade lighting and accesories that can be seen in top galleries and stores throughout the country. An engineer by training he is a self confessed "tinkerer" who invents machinery for the company and for various other purposes.
Naturally occurring stones, polished smooth by centuries of ocean tides and rivers, are a central element in the couple's designs. The idea of using these varied stones in their work grew out of a trip to Encinitas, a storybook beach in Southern California. He took some stones home, placed them around in the living room and began experimenting with "wrapping" them within rusted steel rods from their workshop and transforming them into functional art. Since then festa & co. has grown to a few people who still make one piece at a time with hand-picked stones.