About Vasari Plaster
Vasari Plaster & Stucco was started by a guy who loves art, architecture, history, design and good living. He thought all this stuff should have a nice background, and so plaster it was. He lived all over Europe for about 7 years studying plaster application, design and traditional building practices. He fell in love with plaster and stucco more and more every day. Alex decided it could be done in the U.S. for better prices and even better quality than in Europe. The goal was to make a premium, high-end plaster wall finish as a viable replacement to paint. He thought, "Who said paint is beautiful? Why is the same paint used in a palace as a motel bathroom?" He wouldn't stop complaining about paint and ugly walls, so he started obsessively mixing thousands of formulas of plaster until he made something he knew was perfect, healthy beautiful. Shortly afterwards, he provided his plasters to humble homes, mansions, hotels, restaurants, boutiques, hospitals and much more. He found a cool name for the company and very soon he had a factory, warehouse, showrooms, great employees, an awesome website, tons of very happy customers and good friends.
We started our company in 2003 in Bend, Oregon. In 2009 our factory and showroom relocated to Santa Barbara, California. In 2013 we relocated and expanded again to Ventura, CA. Our Ventura location is by appointment only. It's a plaster factory and shipping center. We do have samples, a demo wall and it's still worth the visit.
Our products are the real traditional authentic stuff that's been used in Europe and elsewhere for thousands of years. The big difference is that we make it easy and affordable. We sell pre-mixed (wet mix) custom tinted wet plasters and dry mixes. We ship our products via ground, sea and air transport throughout North America and the world. We are dedicated to producing the best possible wall finishes on the planet. Beyond material supply, Vasari can be instrumental in project referrals and organization. Vasari is committed to environmental building practices and green manufacturing. That is why we can help you achieve greater LEED points in building certification and most importantly give you the cleanest and freshest environment to play and work in.
We have showrooms in Santa Barbara, CA, Manila, and the Philippines (showroom, toll blending plant and Asian distribution). We work with homeowners, architects, builders, designers, artisans and anyone interested in the most beautiful natural walls. We love what we do and we love helping you live better.
About Plaster and Stucco
Plaster and stucco are generic terms to describe a mixture of minerals and aggregates used to cover walls and ceiling. 'Plaster' usually describes an interior product and 'stucco' simply refers to anything applied on the exterior. There are many different kinds of plasters and stuccos made from different materials for different uses.
Vasari Plaster & Stucco manufactures natural and traditional products made from lime, powdered marble and fine sand. Our products are available in any texture, sheen, or color. We make our products from the finest raw materials with the highest environmental standards. Vasari products are crafted for interior and exterior use with unmatched beauty, versatiltiy, and ease of use. Our products have been known as lime stucco, Venetian plaster, polished plaster, Italian plaster, Marmorino, stucco lustro, stucco lucido, whatever the name Vasari offers unparalleled quality, offering the most beautiful luxurious, and affordable wall finishes available to your doorstep anywhere in the world.
History of Plaster
Lime based wall finishes have been used for thousands of years. From the tombs of the Pyramids of Giza to the Sistine Chapel, lime stucco has been a key ingredient in great architecture on six continents for over 9000 years. Ancient Romans were thought to have perfected lime plasters to a higher art than previous cultures incorporating unlimited decorative elements. Fine plaster craft was lost for a thousand years until the Renaissance. Lime plasters were were widely recognized for their beauty, feel and longevity. Perhaps most importantly, it was the structural qualities that were most desired. Lime plasters are breathable, water tolerant, absorb carbon dioxide, are naturally resistant to mildew and fungus, self healing on exteriors and easily repairable. More plaster history->
The Natural and Sustainable Wall Finish
It is composed of finely crushed marble, aged lime and natural pigments. The sheen, depending on application style, can be compared to finely polished marble, soft satin or traditionally rustic stucco. Vasari Plaster is not a faux finish. It is the 'real thing' and synonymous with the traditional stucco and plaster used around the globe for ages.
Lime and marble plasters have been used for thousands of years to decorate the walls of palaces, royal tombs and great monuments throughout the world. Today, these products continue to be used to enhance prestigious homes and buildings far and wide. Lime plasters and paints transform simple walls into works of art. Venetian Plaster is utilized in both traditional and contemporary architectural styles, including Tuscan, Southwest, Santa Fe, French, log home, craftsman, and modern designs. This versatile plaster works perfectly on both interior and some exterior surfaces.
Vasari sells plasters that bond to conventional primed drywall, mineral substrates, such as cement stuccos and a variety of mineral based building blocks. They are based on the same formulas as those used in the Sistine Chapel and Pompeii. Our plasters are crafted without volatile organic compounds (VOCs) making them non-toxic and free of chemicals. The plaster creates a healthier environment as it absorbs carbon dioxide and naturally resists mildew and fungus. Our Venetian Plaster brings natural beauty, vibrant colors, and a healthier environment to any home or business.
Vasari carries all necessary varieties of lime plasters insuring infinite combinations for the look you desire: Veneziano (soft satin or polished like marble), Marmorino (medium texture), Carrera (heavy aggregate for interiors - can be applied smooth or heavier texture) Stucco (heaviest aggregate for maximum durability for designed for exteriors) and Lime Wash (color and depth effect and enhancement).