After emigrating from their native Russia, Ella and Dmitriy Aks began selling fine European furnishings out of their home. Before long, the two had worked their way toward their dream: opening Furnitalia, an Italian-furniture store all their own. After careful research, the couple connected with Excelsior Designs, a New York–based furniture importer with six product-specific factories throughout Italy. Ella—an experienced interior designer—admired the graceful, timeless qualities of Excelsior’s pieces, while Dmitriy—a master of engineering—was captivated by their exquisite craftsmanship and ability to form structurally-sound couch forts. Throughout Furnitalia’s show room, sleek, leather sofas and armchairs show off streamlined curves and simple, yet elegant structure that meshes with home-décor accents such as plush rugs and minimalist lamps.