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