For over fifty five years, Scharff and Scharff has been creating exquisite mosaic designs to enhance homes, commercial and public places worldwide. Each masterpiece, reminiscent of the work of old world artisans, is produced with expert care and precision. Whether custom designed or client- inspired, each creation bears the watermark of quality craftsmanship and classic appearance that endures throughout the ages
The origins of Scharff and Scharff go back almost eighty years when Monika Scharff’s partner and father-in-law, Hanns Scharff, studied art as a young man in Germany. Hanns, growing up in his grandfather’s villa, was surrounded by the classic decorative art of mosaic. Even though his later profession was in international business, Hanns continued to be fascinated by this ancient art form, and dabbled in the medium as a hobby, creating tables, chests, desks and lamps inlaid with intricate mosaic designs.
With the advent of World War II, Hanns found his international business career interrupted, and following the Soviet occupation of his home, his fortune lost. Arriving in the United States in the latter forties, Hanns turned to his former hobby as a means of support. Starting with a small studio in Manhattan, Hanns’ commercial success was immediate and led to a two-week mosaic art exhibit at Neiman Marcus’ flagship store in Dallas, Texas. To prepare for the exhibit, the store pre-ordered five thousand custom-made mosaic tables to sell. The result was astounding, and the exhibit was a resounding success.
This boost from
Neiman Marcus allowed Hanns to move to California in the mid-fifties
and open his new mosaic studio, Hanns Scharff Designs, in West Los
In 1971 Hanns asked his daughter-in-law, Monika, a former school teacher specializing in art and art history, to join his burgeoning studio.
Monika as an apprentice mosaicist began work on the five panel Cinderella Mosaic Mural project, destined for Disney World in Orlando, Florida. These mosaic panels which started her career have been and continue to be admired by millions of people around the world and which were painstakingly copied by the Japanese for the opening of Disney World in Japan.
Too numerous to name all here, Hanns and Monika received commissions as varied as pools, fountains, murals, logos and furniture for schools, churches, public and private buildings, colleges and universities, hotels and department stores ranging from Hawaii to the Eastern Seaboard, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Spain and Mexico.
In the mid Eighties, Hanns and Monika formed a partnership, Scharff & Scharff. Their business continued to expand.
In late 1992, just prior to his 86th birthday, Hanns passed away from the world of mosaics. Momentarily set back by this tragic loss, Monika regrouped and continued Hanns’ legacy of providing the rich tradition of excellent design and workmanship.
Proceeding on her
own, Monika created the six mosaic panels of Mary’s Seven Sorrows
at the Mater Dolores Retreat in Sierra Madre, California, the twelve
individual mosaic panels decorating the Blue Line Metro Station in
Long Beach, California, the massive clock at the Glendale Railway
Station, a 3,400 square foot mosaic mural at the 5,000 seat Cathedral
of the West Angeles Church of God and Christ, two mosaic fountains
in the recently opened Downtown Disneyland in Anaheim, California,
seven custom mosaic pool designs for individual homes in the exclusive
Beverly Park section of Beverly Hills, California and other pools,
murals, fountains and tables, too numerous to list , but which can
been seen when browsing her galleries.
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