I was born and raised in Markham by my parents Gino and Maresa. From a very young age, I spent a lot of time watching my dad build and restore furniture. He used to come home from his day job and go into the garage to work on his restorations most nights. Seeing this made me truly appreciate how much he loved this work. He had a true passion for restoring unique pieces to their former beauty.
After completing first-year university I realized that I could no longer deny my own passion for working with my hands. I decided to enroll in George Brown’s General Carpentry program and after graduating, I completed Humber College’s Cabinetmaking program.
I came out of school just as the early 1990s recession hit. Finding a job in my field was next to near impossible. Employers were looking for people with 10+ years of experience and weren’t looking to hire someone fresh out of school. It was at this time that my father decided to join me in doing something that he loved. In 1991 we each put in $1,000 and started G&P Antiques. In case you are wondering, the G is for Gino and the P is me, Paolo. Even though I had the formal schooling from Humber, I had a lot to learn, and this is where my dad’s years of experience came in.
Our humble beginnings started in my parents' garage. Eventually we moved to 91 Anderson Avenue in Markham, and in 2002 we moved to our present location at 10619 Highway 48.
I was fortunate enough to work and learn alongside my dad for more than 20 years. He taught me the tricks of the trade and the traditional ways of building furniture. We didn't always see eye to eye, but we always had a common goal of building and maintaining a reputation for being the best at what we do.
Unfortunately in 2015 I lost my business partner and dad Gino. He worked with me 10 hours a day, five days a week until he was 84. The shop was the second love of his life, next to my mom. I know that my dad would be proud that I am continuing our local father-and-son business.
G&P Antiques and Custom Cabinetry was established in Markham Ontario in 1991 by my father Gino Biasutti and me. I am very fortunate to have been taught my trade, by not only my father and friend, but also by a master woodworker. In keeping with my father's spirit, my philosophy at G&P Antiques is "Remembering the Future". I create and restore beautiful wood products that will last for generations, while maintaining the old world artistry and workmanship that is my hallmark of my company. My goal is to build relationships with my clients through the collaboration and production of fine furniture and cabinetry.