“Brian is a rare gem... Without Brian, we would not have the exquisite custom-made Italian kitchen (and gorgeous bath) that Brian designed and ordered for us. He is incredibly intelligent (our electrician calls him "brilliant") across all areas of design, architecture, construction, engineering, lighting, etc.; he's incredibly creative, but at the same time, very practical. He actually has a degree in Architecture. So difficult to find all that talent in one person. He has the rare combination of industry knowledge and skill, and exquisite taste. When our house is finished, we'll add pics. Thank you Brian!! We love you!!”
“Love working with Brain and his team! He styled a whole house of Arclinea cabinetry that looks amazing and functions perfectly. Perfect mix of beauty and function delivered in a fun and professional way. Highly recommend.”
- S. Stevens
“Brian at Rifugio went above and beyond for us to make sure our items fit our space perfectly and made sure our items got to us in as timely manner as possible. I highly recommend working with Rifugio Modern!”
“We’ve used Rufugio Modern extensively over the years on several projects. The products are world class contemporary lines and the team at Rufugio first rate. Our homes are special and unique largely because we found Brian!”
“Brian and his team at Rifugio Modern have an exceptional eye for detail. While designing our Arclinea kitchen, bar and bathroom cabinetry, the highest level of detail and finesse was maintained from material selection to final layout. The installation process upheld the care and precison needed to reflect the high level of design to an award winning finished project.”
"Our experience with Rifugio was great. Brian was personally involved every step of the way … design, selection, installation, and follow up. He even helped out with getting a dining room set shipped from Florence at the height of the pandemic shutdowns. We are delighted with our Italian-made furnishings."
“We first met Brian through our architect as we were working through a complete house remodel. When it came to cabinetry, we had a few choices including a number of high-end design firms here in San Francisco. At that time, Brian didn't have a showroom in San Francisco and not only would he be working remotely but all the cabinets would be fabricated and shipped from Germany.
Going with Brian wasn't the obvious choice at that time but certainly one that we are extremely pleased that we made. We chose Brian on the passion he displayed for design, the attention to detail, and the commitment he was making to our project. Brian designed, delivered and installed custom cabinetry for the entire house including kitchen, bathrooms, family room, media room and office. We spent numerous sessions going through design iterations and Brian was on top of all the details. Sometime later a large shipping container from Germany was delivered to the construction site. Brian and his crew installed all of the cabinets in a matter of days. Given all that can go wrong during a large construction project it was amazing to us that all the cabinets were installed and fit precisely the first time. Working with Brian was one of the smoothest aspects of our entire project.
It's been nearly 10 years since we did the remodel and not only do the cabinets still look and function great they continue to draw praise from friends and family.”
“Amazing selection of Italian furnishings, kitchens and closets. Brian, the owner, is solution oriented and awesome. Just purchased a complete walk-in closet and custom pantry shelving system. Beautiful”
“My husband and I are huge fans of modern design, and we were so excited to find Rifugio Modern, as we were searching for a few key pieces for our new home. We were even more thrilled with Brian, who was extremely professional, knowledgeable and passionate about great architecture and design. Rifugio Modern offers many product lines that are unique and high quality. We ended up purchasing several pieces ranging from bath fixtures, lighting and furniture that work perfectly in our space. Brian’s service and support is top notch, and you can tell he truly cares about his clients satisfaction. I would highly recommend working with Brian, whether you are shopping for timeless pieces or looking for a custom design for your home.”
“Brian and his team are incredible. They provided the utmost level of professionalism and attention to every detail to deliver exactly what we wanted. The results were impressive!”
“Brian assisted us this past winter and helped us finish our basement. Specifically our bathroom and wet bar areas were in need of some creative solutions with all we wanted to include. Brian was more than willing to talk through ideas, and tweak the designs to get the look we were after. He is also very detail oriented and thought of things I would never have come up with on my own.”
Rifugio Modern did my kitchen 3 years ago and I’m in love with this kitchen. Very functional, great design and really good quality. Brian Pignanelli was amazing and always available. He was very easy to work with. Everyone that comes to my house loves the kitchen. I highly recommend Rifugio Modern.
“I have worked with Brian on several projects; both for myself and various design clients. It is such a treat to work with someone who has great taste, can work on the design, provide the product and do the installation. I could not have been happier with both the process and the results.”
“Brian designed the kitchen of our dreams! In addition to modernizing our home, we wanted a kitchen that reflected the way we live and entertain. I began the process with some ideas in mind, but Brian brought such innovative ideas to the project that we ended up with a kitchen far better than anything I could have imagined at the beginning. Brian anticipated our questions and concerns, and his collaborative approach to the process meant that he was able to customize the design to our preferences and make suggestions that added special touches throughout the project. As a result, our kitchen is totally reflective of our lifestyle and our design aesthetic, and we couldn't be happier with the end result!”
“I highly recommend Rifugio Modern for beautiful furnishings, kitchens, and accessories. Brian has the best and most unique items available in the USA. Rifugio has absolutely stunning and unique offerings."
“My wife and I first had the pleasure of working with Brian at Rifugio Modern 10 years ago. We were so impressed with his design skills and service we decided to forgo a deposit we had already placed on another kitchen supplier and hired Brian to not only design and install our kitchen but all the other mill work and bathrooms in the home. The results were spectacular. To this day, we get complements. Everything held up beautifully and remain a centerpiece of the finishing work in our home. Recently, we were thrilled to reconnect with Brian on a new remodel where Rifugio will handle all the kitchen, bathroom, closets and cabinetry for the home. His service is first rate. Talent second to none.”
“My husband & I are so please with the work Rifugio Modern did with the interior of our home. Brian did a wonderful job designing & helping us choose all the materials for the total renovation of our kitchen, two baths, flooring through out the house, closet systems & even interior paint colors. After owning six homes, our current home is by far the most comfortable & efficient & fulfills our needs better than any of the previous. We owe our satisfaction to Brian & Rifugio Modern.”