The work always came home with us, lunches and dinners revolved around the subject; customers, troubles, employees, projects ... And our home always somehow entered the shop too, because in a family business such as ours, it is impossible to separate the two and one feeds the other. But sometimes it created tough situations and made it difficult to relax.
The years passed by and we grew, the company grew, the ideas of my father actually worked. The number of customers increased, employees too and even the shop, in via dei Fossi just a few sq.m, had to be extended, first of all to cover the ground floor and then also the first floor.
These are the years of my elementary school and middle school and I continue to live with the company, helping out in the summer during the school holidays, accompanying my father on site, to carpenters, to smelters, to the bronze-workers learning a great many things.
Then 1994 arrives, an important year, and after 8 months of preparation the Barthel company moves to its present location of Oltrarno, on Via dei Serragli, a workshop of 1,350 sq.m. that still today, after 22 years, thrills anyone that passes the threshold with its originality and charm.
That was an important step, a great leap in quality that allowed us to tell the public that not only did we do bathrooms and kitchens, but also projects and homes, hotels, restaurants, shops ...