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Tools in the Parvum Opus studio

The studio

Parvum Opus is an atelier-style artist’s studio founded by Erika Stefanutti and located outside of Detroit, Michigan. We’re privileged to have become a trusted resource for an aesthetically-minded global clientele, including prominent American and European interior architects and designers seeking unique, made-to-order works.

We specialize in collaborating with our clients, building each object with meticulous attention to detail given from production to delivery. Here at The Parvum Opus Shop, visitors can select among dozens of designs, each available in more than forty in-stock paper variations. For those in search of the completely unique, we gladly produce designs according to their specifications, with a myriad of paper pattern options available via special order.

Our name is inspired by the Latin term for a small work by an artist (Parvum: diminutive, Opus: an artistic work), and perfectly describes our approach to each project we undertake: small things, beautifully done. We truly enjoy attending to the smallest details of the functional and decorative objects we build, creating imaginative pieces that we hope will be delightful and lasting additions to our clients’ homes.

Parvum Opus studio view
Parvum Opus images from press features

Parvum Opus is proud to be featured in:

Cabana Magazine,  Elle Decor,  Financial Times' How To Spend It,

Frederic Magazine,  Harper's Bazaar UK,  Homes & Antiques UK,

House Beautiful,  House & Garden UK,  Living, Etc. UK,

Luxe Magazine,  MILIEU Magazine,

New England Home,  Traditional Home,  Veranda,

The Sunday Times Style Magazine, London,

The New York Times & The World of Interiors.

Portrait of the artist


Erika Stefanutti


Erika Stefanutti, the founder of Parvum Opus, is an artist and designer based in Michigan where she lives with her husband and two sons. She is a life-long student of craft and decorative arts history, with a passion for travel, books and aesthetics, all of which inform the work undertaken in the atelier. Her love of traditional craft was formalized during her BFA studies at the University of Michigan, and further at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree.



​​Welcome and thank you for popping into our shop. I'm Erika Stefanutti and I founded Parvum Opus after working as a studio artist, having trained in the fields of metalwork, painting and printmaking. I’ve always held craft tradition in the highest regard, and it’s my great privilege to make our  unique,  handcrafted works available to you here. 

The seed for Parvum Opus was planted about fifteen years ago, when I embarked on a study of traditional bookbinding and decorative arts history and began producing bespoke calendars, hand-bound books, desk accessories and art objects from my workspace in Michigan. The scope of the studio project has evolved beautifully, and I now have the great privilege of sharing handmade products with clients across the world.  My work combines a love of art, craft and design tradition, materials and technique. With the Parvum Opus Shop, I’ve selfishly created the shop of my dreams, producing exquisitely crafted decorative and functional objects built by hand, featuring  glorious colors and patterns. My work is inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, the romance and intellectual curiosity of the Grand Tour, as well as by objects of vertu crafted by artisans across cultures, continents and centuries. My sincere hope is that when you visit, you’ll enjoy the feeling of discovery and collaboration; that same wonder of exploring a new city and coming upon an atelier where you can have bespoke pieces crafted to your taste and impeccably delivered to your door. 


William Morris, father of the Arts and Crafts Movement famously said, "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I hope that when you bring my work  into your homes, the enjoyment it brings will equal the enjoyment I have in designing and creating it for you. Thank you for your interest in Parvum Opus. If I can answer any questions about our process or any project you may have in mind, it will be my pleasure to assist.​

the artist's mark
Principl Desiger
Intaglio shadow boxes by Parvum Opus

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."



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