From Palermo to Turin, gorgeous rooms that reflect the country’s diversity of decoration design and history. In contrast to French interior design — where urban domiciles in large part conform to a highly codified archetype — a collective, agreed-upon notion of Italian interior design is up for grabs. Is it reflective of the sleek, clean-lined Milan appartamenti? Or the rustic, terra cotta-colored villas of the Tuscan countryside? Or perhaps an elegant, historical Florentine home? The best answer, of course, is all of the above. Italian design — like the country’s history — is marked by a regionalism that breeds eclecticism, diversity and an artistic sentiment that favors experimentation. This week, as we celebrate makers of Italian design, we paused to take an off-the-moment survey of some of the country’s most beautiful rooms. Scroll down to get some Italian inspiration, region by region.
The painter Cy Twombly completed much of his later work within the frescoed walls of his companion Nicola Del Roscio’s Gaeta villa. Parts of the southern Italy property date back to 1000 A.D.
Photo by Simon Watts for T Magazine.
Interior designer Paola Navone used both modern and rustic elements in her restoration of a former Armani exec’s centuries-old Tuscan villa.
Photo by Jean-Pierre Gabriel.
Opulent finishings in the living room of the late furniture designer Carlo Mollino’s home in Turin contrast with a more casual, distressed approach to objets and upholsteries.
Photo by Bart Kiggen.
Another image from Salvagni’s Roman apartment, featuring two citrus-colored armchairs by Nino Zoncada. Salvagni’s building was designed by the 19th-century architect Gino Coppedè, who is often referred to as the “Italian Gaudi.”
Photo by Eric Laignel via Interior Design.
In Milan, design duo Dimore Studio used an unexpected palette — goldenrod plus turquoise — to exquisite, moody effect.
The Milan living room of designer Gabrielle Crespi — which prominently features the designer’s 1976 bronze Elisse table – reflects the dualism of her work, and ability to combine both humble and precious materials.
Photo by James Mollison via WSJ.
Designer Michele Bönan has completed work for the Ferragamo family on more than 10 of their hotel properties; pictured above is the penthouse of the Portrait Firenze in Florence.
Photo by Massimo Listri via Condé Nast Traveler.
Acclaimed design firm Studio Peregalli placed an eclectic mix of items — including sable-color Chesterfield sofas and an antique Persian rug — within the trompe l’oeil stucco walls of this Brescia palazzo.
Image by Vincent Leroux for AD France.
A 1959 image of Ettore Sottsass‘ Milan apartment. The home’s bright colors and emphasis on geometry reflect the aesthetic that Sottsass would popularize in the 1980s under the moniker of Memphis Design.
This neutral, understated Florentine apartment comes courtesy of Italian interior designer Filippo Carandini.
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