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Architectural Imports of Sarasota, Inc.: authentic Mexican crafts for your home.

Walking into the sunny, tiled rooms of Architectural Imports is like stepping into a gracious Mexican hacienda of centuries past. Wrought iron gates, earthen-colored tile and brick floors, stone columns and garden benches, huge clay planters, hand-painted pottery and sculptured fountains, all of exquisite quality and craftsmanship, adorn the showroom in inimitable, authentic Old-World style.

Tonia Mucelli, president, and Bob Kimsey, vice president of Architectural Imports, traveled Mexico and researched the ancient crafts for years to find the best craftsmen in the country to produce their custom designs. Today, they have a network of such talented artists. Many of them live in remote country villages and their craft is a tradition passed down over generations. "Fortunately," Mucelli says, "these same craftsmen have faxes and are meticulous about getting their projects produced."

Architectural Imports began five years ago when Mucelli and Kimsey were building luxury Mediterranean-style homes as Emerald Contractors in the Sarasota area and needed a collection of authentic products to complement them. Their homes in the Palm Beach Mizner tradition can be found on Siesta Key and Bay Point Court off Orange Avenue. One of their homes was selected for the 1990 National Garden Club Founder's Tour.

At Architectural Imports you can find a unique and ever-changing collection of products. Many are true works of art, like the works of internationally known painter Jim Harmon, who lives in Mexico, or the hand-painted Majolica plates by Mexican artists Capelo and Gorky. There's also a big selection of furniture, including mesquite wood cantinas and leather and wood pieces. You can custom-order porcelain sinks and countertop tile for kitchens or stone quatrefoil surrounds for windows, columned surrounds for fireplaces and wrought iron chandeliers.

And the prices may surprise you. Because Architectural Imports ships in volume, these fine products are affordable.

"We can special-order anything to a customer's design," says Mucelli. "And one of the wonderful things about these products is that they can be used in any style and many decors."

For more information about the beautiful crafts and accessories at Architectural Imports, call (813) 366-5766 or stop in at the sunny showroom at 2258 Sixth St. (the corner of Sixth and Lime), Sarasota, 34237.
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Title Annotation:Sarasota's Finest Homes
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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