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The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

Italy Architecture News - Dec 22, 2020 - 11:11   2346 views

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

Every home has a story to tell: the story of the things and people we’ve loved, the moments we’ve lived and the memories we hold. Italian architect Massimo Pierattelli opens the doors of his apartment in the heart of Florence and reveals a world which reflects not only a personal story but also the design style of Pierattelli Architetture - the studio he founded in 1980. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

Situated in a listed palazzo from the early 16th century, the house overlooks Piazza de’Pitti in the Santo Spirito area of Florence’s Oltrarno quarter. The 16th century elements and period features, typical of Florence’s most authentic quarter, include exposed wooden ceiling beams, stone fireplaces, and corridor archways. They blend seamlessly with bespoke solutions, iconic designer furnishings, artwork and ethnic objects, giving spaces a unique, evocative personality centred on recollection and history. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

 “Being an architect means having the ability to interpret reality in your own unique way” states Massimo Pierattelli. “Respecting what was there before, capturing its originality and power and giving it a new life using harmonious, modern solutions. This is something we do every day when we sit down to work and so applying this approach to the private sphere came spontaneously to us. This home does not stem from one individual piece of work, but from a constant layering up of very precise micro changes that reflect a past, an evolution, and an intimate story”. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

This iconic Florentine apartment features bespoke pieces that Massimo Pierattelli has developed over the years alongside elements that help build the identity of this unique space, reflecting the sensibility of a family that has dedicated its life to architecture and design. The entrance of the house opens up into a large living space featuring a 3-section grey wooden bookcase. Impactful lighting adds a majestic, theatrical dimension to what is an everyday space. Designed by the architect, the vertical blocks of the bookcase blend with the poetic linearity of the ceiling beams, thereby showing off the wall and also the entire space. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

Artwork and beautiful objects sourced from around the world come together to add a personal feel to the space and create a showcase of memories and passions. These include a painting by Carlos Albertos Castellanos and Giampaolo Talani, a statue of a horse by Paolo Staccioli, Tuareg wares and Imba jewellery collected while travelling, and a Persian rug. They are items that remind us of places visited, voyages made, and people met, and represent a bigger exploration of materials, forms and colours. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

The walls of the apartment are coated with a highly polished lime plaster which is made with a mixture of gelatine, natural pigments, and powdered marble. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

This creates a brilliant interplay of vibrant light effects, which are accentuated by the materials that have been chosen for the furnishings and surfaces, such as the yellow Siena marble in the main bathroom. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

The stunning kitchen was also designed by Massimo Pierattelli and features splendid, light-reflecting polished-brass details that have been handcrafted and paired with a granite worktop and wooden elements. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

The family’s passion for art and design can also be seen in the master bedroom, where design pieces and works of art include a Spun Light by Flos and a painting by Andrea Chiarantini. Fabrics and furnishings in fleur de lys blue come together beautifully with pale walls, while the Renaissance architecture of Palazzo Pitti can be glimpsed from the window, reflecting the beauty of the city that is the home of the Renaissance. 

The Italian touch and eclecticism of Dolce Vita

Project credits

Studio: Pierattelli Architetture 

All images © Iuri Niccolai

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