In Citta di Castello’s historic town centre, a sixteenth century building has regained its former glory thanks to the research and commitment of Cecilia. Over the years the residence had become a maze of divisions that concealed its true nature. Not being afraid to experiment, she has managed, with the help of an architect, to infuse the ancient soul of Palazzo Tiberti with a contemporary spirit.
The result is an elegant, 3 story home; on the first is the living area, with its fascinating succession of sitting rooms, kitchen and private study, whilst the second floor is given over to bedrooms. In the attic, however, there are more day rooms, with a turret that overlooks the square below.
[quote]The attention given to preserving all things original has resulted in restoration of the coffered wood ceilings where antique paintings have emerged, and frescoes and wall fixtures have been restored to their original colours.[/quote]
A love of antiques also governs the use of finishing materials; hence the salvaged parquet floors and 1900’s tiles. The large windows, besides flooding the rooms with natural light, offer an unusual perspective on the city. All the rooms have a vintage style yet contain pieces of modern copyrighted design, (such as those of Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen, Osvaldo Borsani, and Achille Castiglioni); all elegantly integrated. It’s a seductive game of contrasts, such as the ultramodern resin fireplace, or the deliberately kitsch cabinet that’s played down by the steel and concrete block kitchen; the resin staircase that leads to the turret, or gold filigreed mirrors on the grey walls. The chandeliers in every room are a real feast for the eyes; all strictly in 1920’s, 30’s or 40’s styles.
A NOTE TO THE CURIOUS:
The attic has become a series of light-filled rooms, thanks to the roof terraces and the all windowed turret. In particular, there’s an intriguing room in Nordic style; the floor is resin inlaid with dark parquet boards, and there’s a comfortable armchair by Tecno Borsani, an Atolla 233 lamp by Oluce and other copyrighted goodies, including a picture by Andrea Lensi.