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Fear vs. Determination

By Robert Petril, published on Nov 3, 2010

I can remember back to the first time I flew on an airplane. I was around 13 years old at the time, and I can still remember the sheer thrill of the takeoff! This was the first time I was actually passing through, and then looking down onto the clouds. Everything about it was just so exciting! And, I just couldn't wait to do it again!

Later, as I entered the working world I started to have more chances to fly. All of it domestic for a while. I flew mostly to Mississippi where the furniture factories were, and to North Carolina where the furniture shows were, and still are. I flew to... (more)

Tags: travel, robert petril, furniture design, fear of flying

My Father's Shoes Just Don't Fit

By Robert Petril, published on Aug 14, 2010

My father is a great salesman. A man with incredible talent. He's been working as a salesman in the furniture industry for over 40 years. He's simply the best "pitch man" I've ever heard! His customers are always mesmerized as he walks them through his showroom, presenting the season's new collections with great ease, passion, and professionalism. He's known for tapping his big diamond pinkie ring on the doors of the dining room china cabinets to bring attention to the detail in the glass. His shoes are always spit polished, and not the tiniest wrinkle can be found in his suit and tie.

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Tags: china, dreams, design, furniture, modular, shenzhen, robert petril, furniture design

A million miles from that bathroom!

By Robert Petril, published on Aug 3, 2010

I would like to introduce you to a really cool dude named Michele Gargaro. He's a young man I worked with at a factory in the south of China. Together Michele and I braved conditions that I could never truly describe here in this post. It would take a 100's of pictures and 1000's of words to even get close.

Michele's father was one of the great craftsman in the art of making upholstered furniture in southern Italy. When he was just a young boy, he worked in his father's factory in Italy during the summers and weekends. There, he also learned the fine art of handcrafting upholstered furniture... (more)

Tags: china, travel, expats, design, furniture, living

Gong Fu Cha

By Robert Petril, published on Aug 2, 2010

Most of my friends know that I'm a total coffee freak! However, traveling so frequently to China, and later living there for a few years, I developed a huge love for tea as well. Not just because it's a bit difficult to find a good cup of coffee in China, but because I discovered the art and the deep traditions of Gong Fu Cha.

Over time you may have read my references to Gong Fu Cha (Gong-Foo-Chahh), so I thought it would be a good idea to explain exactly what it is, to those of you who may not know.

Gong Fu Cha simply means Traditional Tea Ceremony. I visited my first real Chinese... (more)

Tags: gong fu cha, tea, chinese tea, oolong, traditional tea service

Jewel of the hills

By Robert Petril, published on Oct 24, 2017

When I was working for the Italian leather upholstery company Natuzzi, which is located in a town called Santeramo, I used to stay in the next town over called Gioia Del Colle. The name of this town directly translates to “Joy of the hills”, or “Jewel of the hills”. Legend has it, that this name came about when Biancalancia, wife of Emperor Frederick II, was riding her horse through these beautiful hills, and at some point she realized she had lost her necklace. It was a beautiful string of pearls. She searched and searched for them, but they were never found. Despite the loss of her jewels,... (more)

Tags: italy, travel, culture, europe, gioia del colle

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