Kitchens and Baths By Curio
Curio was originally from a little town near Perugia, Italy. He attended the Institute Technico Industriale where he studied architecture and cabinetmaking. After immigrating to the USA he went on to build custom furniture by hand in the family home. Many pieces are still being used some forty years later including his first custom kitchen crafted at the age of 17.
On Valentine's Day 1974 Kitchens by Curio, Inc. was started by Curio Nataloni in Ludlow, MA. During his time with the Ludlow showroom -- in which he installed his projects in the morning and met with clients in the afternoon -- he established an excellent reputation for his design and quality installation. During the course of that time he also educated himself through the NKBA and attended design courses at the University of Notre Dame earning his CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) qualification.
In the course of his career Curio has won many National and International awards. Most notably he is a TWO time winner of the International Maytag & Wilson-Art CKD competition. The winning projects have been featured at several National Home shows as well as on the front cover of "House Beautiful"--one of which was called "Kitchen of the year". After winning the competition in 1993, in 1994 Curio was asked to be a judge!
Curio is active in the NKBA and the HBA and was former president of the Mass State Home Builders Association 1999-2000.
In 1984 after 10 years in Ludlow Curio moved his showroom to Springfield, MA. At that time Frank Nataloni graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and joined the firm full-time. Having spent many years working part-time with Curio while going through school it was an easy adjustment. He started out working "in the field" where he gained in-depth knowledge of craftsmanship working under Curio's wing.
Also, he has taken many courses through the NKBA, HBA and UMASS and is now on the staff at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA. where he teaches Kitchen Design. Frank became the 2nd person in the state of Massachusetts to be a Certified Bath Designer. His work has been featured in many publications. "Green" projects are nothing new to Frank who has completed a number of them including one for an environmentally ill client where only steel cabinets could be used. Frank has been involved in professional organizations including NKBA, HBA-Remodlers Council, and UMASS Family business center.
Articles Published & Awards:
- "The Best Kitchen Projects Reflect Your Personality & Wallet" www.kitchennet.com
- Western Mass Home Bulders Consumers Guide
- 5 Time National Award Winner CKD competition
- 2 Time CKD (Maytag & Wilson Art) Award Winner
- Signature Kitchens Bath Magazine
- HOME Magazine
- Kitchens By Professioanal Designers Book IV
- Business Digest (Front Cover)
- House Beautiful (Kitchen of the Year)
- Custom Builders Magazine
- Woman's Day Home Ideas Magazine
- Better Home & Gardens Magazine
- Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine (Front Cover)
- Kitchen Design News
- Springfield Republican (Special Feature 3 Times)
- Business West
- Cincinnati Enquirer
Associations & Licenses:
- HBA (Curio, State President 2000)
- Certified Licensed Home Improvement Contractor
- Certified Kitchen Designer (Curio & Frank)
- Certified Bath Designer (Frank )
- UMASS Family Business Center
- Boston Road Business Associations
Curio Kitchens and Baths is proud to serve all of Western Massachusetts including Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Hampden, Monson, Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, Lenox, Ware, Westfield, Agawam, West Springfield, Northampton and Sunderland. We also serve Northern Connecticut including Somers, Suffield and Enfield. We recently completed Vermont projects in the towns of Stratton and Quechee.