We believe good furniture makes a house feel like a home. As an investment, it also has to look great and last for years to come.
Our family’s heritage of furniture-making traces its roots back to 1949, when Francesco ‘Frank’ Catalano and his family migrated to Melbourne from Bari, a city in the Puglia region of Italy.
An artisan cabinet-maker who had made his name hand-crafting windows and doors for Bari’s local churches, Frank soon found demand for his skills in Melbourne and set up a small workshop in a tin shed behind the family home in Coburg. In the late 1970s, he opened a furniture store on Bell Street with his three sons, and the business steadily expanded thanks to its reputation, under the name Adriatic, for well-made products and honest customer care.
Today, Catalano Interiors is led by Frank’s eldest son, Joe, and Joe’s children Domenic, Frank, Adrian and Cristina—the third generation of Catalanos in the furniture industry. We continue our family’s vision of affordable furniture made with a clear design sensibility and an emphasis on durable materials. And, as owner-operators of five contemporary showrooms across Melbourne, we back everything we do with our promise of quality and service.