After more than four decades of searching the world for unique treasures -- rare antiques, exceptional architectural appointments, home furnishings and lighting -- Arte de Mexico will be closing its historic North Hollywood 250,000 sq. ft. Designer Showroom Complex!
World-renowned as the unparalleled global resource for designers and celebrities, this celebrated event offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for EVERYONE (not just the rich and famous!) to acquire a treasure from the world’s most impressive multi-million dollar inventory -- at liquidation prices!
For over 47, years, almost everyone, including Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Barbara Streisand, Steven Tyler, Axel Rose, Eddie Murphy, Salma Hayek and Tina Turner sought out Arte de Mexico to furnish their homes with custom designs, architectural appointments and unique treasures befitting a king! This does not include the international moguls and power brokers who flew in from all over the world on their private planes, landing at Burbank Airport where drivers awaited to whisk them to the North Hollywood Showroom!
Now, owner Jerry Stoffers, who turns 71 this year, is closing Arte forever! “I traveled the world for almost 5 decades and I am tired of living out of airports and sleeping on airplanes and in taxi-cabs. I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor!” says Stoffers.
Arte de Mexico is a true ‘rags to riches’ success story for owner Jerry Stoffers. After serving a tour in the Vietnam conflict, Jerry went to Mexico and fell in love with the remarkable talent of the country’s artisans. The hereditary trades of carving, forging, sculpting, etc., handed down from generation to generation, was unique to Mexico and no longer existed in many parts of the world. “I traveled to villages that were off the beaten path and this is where I discovered treasures -- intricately carved wooden doors, hand-forged iron gates, antique sculptures, etc., however, not all of these rare finds were in the best condition!” laughs Jerry, “so I needed to restore, enhance and modify a lot of these treasures to accommodate American standards and taste.”
Stoffers utilized the ‘cottage industries’ which preserve hereditary trades and sought out the best carvers, iron workers, sculptors, etc. With Jerry’s unique eye for style and design, he combined the talents and expertise of these maestros and they began to work in harmony with each other, creating unique, never-before-seen pieces that catered to the most discriminating of American taste! “I purchased these unique pieces that the maestros created and started Arte de Mexico, selling out of a truck on a street corner in Hollywood!”
Jerry then set out to discover unique treasures buried in the four corners of the world (India, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East) and soon unveiled the most exceptional architectural appointments, antiques and furnishings ever before seen! Centuries-old, hand-carved columns and doors from India, antiques from China, sculpture from the Middle East, and more!
Featured on Robin Leach’s ‘Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous,’ Jerry explained that he looked for the best craftsmanship that each country had to offer, price was not a consideration! “Hand-crafted technique was what I looked for – hereditary trades that were handed down from generation to generation. Trades that were still accomplished by hand, not machine.”
And so it goes…the celebrities, the famous and the most discriminating designers and developers in the world sought out Arte de Mexico because Jerry would invite his clients to challenge his custom capabilities – limited only by their imagination – from palatial palaces to theme parks (Disneyland), to the most distinguished hotels and restaurants in the world!
So why is Stoffers closing Arte de Mexico? Why not sell? “I did entertain the idea of selling to investment bankers and each time, after extensive due diligence, they all came to the same conclusion – because of my passion, ability, strong will and taste – this is what made Arte de Mexico work and the business was, in actuality, me!” laughs Stoffers. “However, closing the North Hollywood showroom is definitely bittersweet. But, as they say, ‘one man’s loss is another man’s gain!’’” adds Stoffers.
Everything in the showroom will be liquidated at reduced prices. A few examples include: hand-carved antique doors from India that were $2,000 to $6,000 will start at $595, hand-carved wooden columns and sculpted marble columns from India that had been $1,500 to $3,000 will begin at $499, accent chairs will start at $299 and ottomans at $99. Carved stone statues from Malaysia will start at $299, amethyst geodes from Brazil will start at $599, hand-carved antique doors from Mexico (an inexpensive coffee table top, perhaps?) will start at $499 and hand-painted Puebla pottery from Mexico will be $189 and up.
Even if you can't buy anything, a visit to the showroom is worth the trip -- if you can find it at the end of a residential street!
Arte de Mexico
5356 Riverton Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Published on Oct 17, 2012