Hidden beyond the Italian Alps is Dimorestudio’s most recent project: a three story cement, glass and wood villa. With the contribution of Studio Sito architects and with the landscapes by Enea, the home spans for a total of 1,000 sqm. The inspiration comes from the outdoors where the greens, yellows and reds dominate the landscape and are in continuous dialogue with the interiors, a mix of understated and sophisticated 1950s Italian pieces by Milan-based designers such as Giò Ponti, Ignazio Gardella, Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Osvaldo Borsani, and Sixties and Seventies pieces by Arne Jacobsen, Joseph Frank, François Monnet and many others. The household names are then contaminated by pieces from Dimoremilano’s collection, especially outdoors, and by custom designs by Dimorestudio in a continuous stratification of style, influence and design.
The villa’s main living area is an airy room overlooking a glass interior courtyard in which a Japanese maple grows tall. The space displays the modular No Stop De Sede sofa, a pair of Gio Ponti’s Parco dei Principi armchairs, Ignazio Gardella’s Paolina ceiling lamp and a custom Dimorestudio brass, metal and leather bench.
Adjacent to the living space is the dining room, dominated by a custom Dimorestudio table in pink perlino marble with oxidised brass inserts. As in the other rooms, the art (here Matt Mullican’s Untitled) and its set up was chosen together with the family from their private collection once the project was complete.
The second living room is a large rectangular space, divided by a display that supports an Osvaldo Borsani cabinet, a 1950s one of a kind with back-painted glass applied on wooden, packet scroll doors. Opposite the cabinet lay a pair of cognac Confidential sofas by Saporiti, and a built in custom bench that runs along the entire window front and that houses the owner’s coffee table book collection. Behind the sofas, near the Trilobo chandelier by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, is Carlo Scarpa’s Orseolo desk, which sits steady in front of a series of custom Dimorestudio adjustable shelves, coated in sky blue faux leather. The floor is a mosaic of 5×5 cm industrial wooden tassels that continue into the guest bedroom with blue silk wallpaper, Tobia Scarpa’s Vanessa bed for Cassina and three Alighiero Boetti canvases.
On the ground floor there is also a blue lacquered professional kitchen with brass finishings, steel countertops, and a circular window on the door, which recalls the skylights that characterize the home’s architecture.
Various tints of blue continue in the upstairs area, where the sleeping quarters are located. Starting from the silk moquette leading up the stairs, the upper level is home to the master bedroom, where the walls are powder blue, the bed is by Gio Ponti and the length of the room is characterised by a custom Dimorestudio chest of drawers with grooved wooden doors. Adjacent to the bedroom is an English green cubic room with lacquered cabinets, which leads to the master bathroom, characterised by Siena yellow flooring, a large circular skylight, and steel doors with grooved glass.
In the basement, a large spa with a statement sofa upholstered in Dimoremilano fabric and grooved glass doors inspired by Jean Prouvé’s design, and a movie room with a custom Dimorestudio lacquered green wardrobe with brass inserts.
The outdoor spaces host various sitting areas with colors in contrast with the landscape. One area includes a custom Dimorestudio bright green tubular daybed and custom red coffee tables, while another is a dining area with pieces from the Dimoremilano’s outdoor furniture collection.
The main architecture project of the villa is by Studio Sito Architects (www.studiosito.com) while the outdoor areas have been designed and realized by Enea Landscape Architecture (www.enea.ch).
ph. Andrea Ferrari