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A farmhouse in the Chianti Hills. Outwardly unchanged, iconic designer furniture and art photography meet exposed stone inside.

In the dining area, Tom Dixon lamps, Barthel table, Charles & Ray Eams chairs for Vitra (vitra.com) and photography by Nick Veasey.

In the dining area, Tom Dixon lamps, Barthel table, Charles & Ray Eams chairs for Vitra (vitra.com) and photography by Nick Veasey.

Below the corten staircase one can see the outcrop of treated rock. Zettel'z chandelier by Ingo Maurer (ingo-maurer.com). On the wall, a photograph by Adriana Duque (adrianaduque.com).

Below the corten staircase one can see the outcrop of treated rock. Zettel'z chandelier by Ingo Maurer (ingo-maurer.com). On the wall, a photograph by Adriana Duque (adrianaduque.com). 

An architect's dream: the enlightened client. With ideas and a clear aesthetic, but prepared to defer to the experts when an idea is unworkable or just plain unsightly. Architects Antonella Tundo and Ugo Dattilo, of the Eutropia practice, have found just such a client: the owner of this old farmhouse near Arezzo who, as Tundo explains, “works in finance, and has homes in Zurich and London, but loves to holiday here near Arezzo with his son or friends. He gave us free rein, but it really was a collaborative effort and very rewarding because it captured the ethos behind our practice.”

“A country retreat for a young city slicker, his child and friends, traditional in flavor, but contemporary inside”

- First we had to remove a series of previous subdivisions. Fixings, floors... We cleared everything away to create a new house in the existing shell, redefining spaces and opening the house up, letting light in from other rooms since we couldn't alter the windows. The position, on a slope, offered the option of double and triple split levels. All to the benefit of the interior, which is now far brighter and airier. Despite this contemporary vision, however, there are timely references to the building's past, at least one in every room: from exposed stone walls or the kitchen table's reclaimed marble top, to the visible ceiling beams in the dining room or the bathroom sink fashioned from the old laundry trough. White walls and the kitchen's white resin flooring enhance the luminosity. Elsewhere, bare, solid-wood floors are preferred.

The owner, a design enthusiast, chose the furniture but took advice on how to arrange it. It includes a number of iconic pieces: Eero's Bubble Chair, Gaetano Pesce's Up armchair, an Ingo Maurer lamp, and some pieces by Tom Dixon. The photos on the walls —which underline the interior's contemporary feel— were an entirely personal choice, with more big names such as Quan Knight and Adriana Duque.

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Words by Silvana Casarotto.

In the dining room the ceiling keeps the original wooden beams. Barthel recovery table, Tom Dixon's lamps, and chairs by Charles & Ray Eames.

In the dining room the ceiling keeps the original wooden beams. Barthel recovery table, Tom Dixon's lamps, and chairs by Charles & Ray Eames. 

Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio combined with vintage sofa and armchairs, and photographs on the wall by Margot Quand Knight.

Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio combined with vintage sofa and armchairs, and photographs on the wall by Margot Quand Knight.

The dining room. The long wooden table is from Barthel, the chairs are from Eames, the lamps by Tom Dixon.

The dining room. The long wooden table is from Barthel, the chairs are from Eames, the lamps by Tom Dixon.

A detail of the owner's son's room, illuminated by a skylight.

A detail of the owner's son's room, illuminated by a skylight.

Even in the kitchen new and old coexist. The island is by Modulnova (modulnova.it), the marble top table was found in the house. The 30s wooden chairs were purchased at a Sunday market in Florence. The twin lamps, next to the Hong Kong Birds Market bird box (hong-kong-traveller.com), are Tom Dixon's Each Shade Brass.

Even in the kitchen new and old coexist. The island is by Modulnova (modulnova.it), the marble top table was found in the house. The 30s wooden chairs were purchased at a Sunday market in Florence. The twin lamps, next to the Hong Kong Birds Market bird box (hong-kong-traveller.com), are Tom Dixon's Each Shade Brass.

The bedroom with Copper Shade lamps by Tom Dixon.

The bedroom with Copper Shade lamps by Tom Dixon. 

The bathroom, covered in resin, is open to the room. The recovery basin is in pietra serena. On the wall a picture by Marta Manfredini.

 The bathroom, covered in resin, is open to the room. The recovery basin is in pietra serena. On the wall a picture by Marta Manfredini.

A glimpse of the veranda overlooking the green. The outdoor table is in white travertine.

A glimpse of the veranda overlooking the green. The outdoor table is in white travertine.

A panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

A panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

Outdoor table in white travertine, illuminated by aged steel lamps.

Outdoor table in white travertine, illuminated by aged steel lamps.

A view from the outdoor.

A view from the outdoor.

The upper part of the farmhouse in the Aretino Chianti.

The upper part of the farmhouse in the Aretino Chianti.

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