MABEF have been making high quality wooden artist’s easels since 1948 and the name is taken from its founders initials Mariotto Albino Bruno e Figi. The company was built on a tradition of fine cabinet making and flourished in post war Italy. Today, MABEF is probably the most highly respected easel brand in the world and continues to manufacture all of its easels in its factory in Cardano al Campo, Italy. The company has always been family owned and run and the Mariotto family continue to play a major role. In 2004 MABEF obtained the FSC certification which guarantees that all of the solid beechwood used to manufacture their beautiful easels is sourced from sustainable controlled forests. MABEF also recycle all of its waste material by converting the wood scraps into special pellets and then using them to heat the entire factory. The company continues to innovate and while many of their easels are based on traditional designs, they are still developing new easels to help artists to create and display their works.
Albino Bruno Mariotto was a skilled cabinet-maker and restorer as well as a keen painter. Together with his wife, Rita, he decided to set up a craft shop producing easels for painters in Ispra, a small town on Lake Maggiore.
Within a few years the production of artists’ easels became so successful that he needed to move to the nearby town of Gallarate, where he set up a small workshop of 250 sq.m.
Albino Bruno’s son, Luciano Mariotto and his son-in-law Giovanni Tottoli joined him in the business and with them the company started to export abroad.
A new production unit covering an area of over 6000 sq.m. was set up in Cardano al Campo, where the company is still based.
The company took on the name M.A.B.E.F., using the initials of its founder: Mariotto Albino Bruno & Sons (Figli in Italian) and the brand name began to be known internationally.
Luciano designed and produced an easel in kit form that was easy to transport, assemble and use. This “invention” further enhanced the success of M.A.B.E.F. easels.
Albino Bruno’s grandchildren, Laura Mariotto and Sandro and Paolo Tottoli joined the family business. Laura and Sandro look after the commercial and marketing aspects, consolidating the “M.A.B.E.F. brand”, while Paolo deals with the technical part and production.
M.A.B.E.F. pays great attention to environmental issues. 100% of the wood waste from production is recycled and transformed into pellets, an ecological fuel used in heating the factory and offices.
M.A.B.E.F. obtained the FSC® certification (www.fsc.org Codice licenza C010161, Forest Stewardship Council®) thanks to the environmentally friendly choice of the raw material used in the manufacture of M.A.B.E.F. easels. The wood used is top quality solid beech, coming from certified forest areas where immediate replanting is guaranteed.
M.A.B.E.F. owners have dedicated their skills to managing the company over 70 years. In responding to clients’ needs and requests with traditional seriousness and courtesy, the company has aimed to achieve technical innovation and constantly improved production. The result is a solid and reliable product that is guaranteed to last over time; in fact all M.A.B.E.F. products carry a “lifetime” guarantee.