S. Lucia Country House is situated in the countryside of Appenino, Tuscany, Italy, in an ancient village, situated at the foot of the mountain. The owners are a professional couple , Paolo and Alessia , who works in the nearby town of Prato, but lives among meadows and rugged peaks with their three children. A great environment to raise children and to practice one of the passions of Alessia, champion extreme triathlon and running.
They found this building in a state of total abandonment, but that did not deter them. They decided to rehabilitate the home, commissioning interior architecture studio b-arch architettura, who worked with the studio q-bic . “The goal was the return to origins”, says Alessandro Capellaro , a partner of b-arch: The “skin” of the house is left as it was, although adapting to seismic legislation and building insulation. The distribution was not touched, walls were removed to win light.” Stone floors, whitewashed walls, wooden terraces, beamed ceilings, brick arches … were key to the success of the project.
Everything responds to a search of authenticity without further ornamentation texture of natural materials and old. The decor, as masterful contras, is inspired by well dressed contemporary surprises. So, along with linear forms illustrated conceptually with contemporary furnishings — sculptural objects coexist, recharged by beautiful lamps, oriental furniture, animal skins, a wonderful art deco collection … merging into a more “harder” the profound essence of Tuscany and a transgressive aesthetic vanguard.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
This stunning home is the work of Florence-based studio q-bic, “pallets loft” is a renovation of the attic space of a nineteenth century industrial building situated on the edge of the historic center of Florence, Italy. Comprised of 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) of living space, the loft has a multi-purpose destination for hosting small events and parties but also acts as temporary accommodation for guests.
The loft has a seamless look with small partitions that have been painted in different hues that marks the space and emphasizes the division of functions. The appearance is poly-functional which led to the choice of pallets for furnishing solutions both for a cosmetic issue and for their intrinsic function, that of ease of handling. In fact, both the beds that the kitchen island and where appropriate, the console housing the sinks in the bathroom, you can move and find a place in other rooms, freeing surfaces and changing the connotation of the place
The two opposite ends are placed environments “night”, separated from the living area by sliding walls central in natural iron. The choice of finishes and materials helps to emphasize the industrial origin of the place, where by contrast a few selected items of furniture, design classics (Eames, Saarinen, Le Corbusier) living with contemporary design elements.
Photos: Lorenzo Nencioni