Born in Romania, Alexandru Costiuc knows firsthand the rigors of traditional European apprenticeship. He attended the School of Arts in Sibiu-Hermanstadt, where he studied sculpture in wood and clay, hand carving, and plaster casting works of art in varied sizes. The four year apprenticeship with German master craftsmen that followed gave him thorough, firsthand experience in fine furniture.
After living in New York for 10 years, where his company worked for interior designers and building contractors, Alexandru moved to Palm Beach County where he was commissioned to do work for some world renowned names such as Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, actor Sylvester Stallone, developer Thomas Krammer, and others.
The majority of his work is concentrated on the island of Palm Beach. Both residential and large commercial projects, such as the exclusive waterfront condominium residences Il Lugano, brought a sense of accomplishment.
However, Alexandru wanted to be integrated in the island’s history. He had a daring desire to be part of a Palm beach historic landmark renovation namely the prestigious Brazilian Court Hotel built in the glory days of the ’20’s in rich Mediterranean style, working closely with owner and decorator Leslie and Richard Schlesinger. Today, after years of involvement, Alexandru is part of its future. Many pieces of woodwork carries his touch.
Even though his work has been featured in Architectural Digest, local magazines and newspapers, Alexandru’s greatest success is maintaining a humble and casual attitude. After 34 years of being in business, he is proud however, to be part of a guild that is regretfully facing extinction. Weather a kitchen or a historic landmark, Alexandru remains focus on detail, satisfaction and timely production. His shop, Atelier, remains the place where Craftmanship meets Excellence.