Imagine entering a virtually abandoned building, visualizing how it could be, discovering beautiful frescoes probably dating from the Renaissance, and then restoring it to create a comfortable, elegant and genuine home. In this issue of Our Home, a young creative couple did exactly that. It was no easy task it must be said, but they decided to restore an apartment in the historical centre, in which they saw its huge potential.
Often, with intuition and good taste, you can get a modern apartment from a building with several centuries behind it. “And then you want to add the convenience of cycling with everything at your fingertips without ever having to take the car?”. In this spirit, Matteo and Lucia began the work, which lasted about a year, of fixing up this 3 floored townhouse in the heart of Citta di Castello.
On the first floor we have the living room. Straight away we notice the use of some modern pieces, like the original leather Chester sofas from England and the 1950s family table and chairs. Numbered prints of Marilyn Monroe signed by Andy Warhol give a touch of colour to the whole. The centre table is by Osorom Moroso, an authentic piece of design, as is the Frisbi chandelier designed by Castiglioni in 1978. In the middle is an old fireplace, a work in progress, modernized with a vertically sliding door, and just waiting to be covered with a special stone which is still in the workshop.
To the right of the living room is the kitchen, a refined Valcucine walnut and glass design, full of quality and functional content. The floor is of last generation Etruscan terracotta, made in high-tech wood ovens that give it an historically original effect.
The concept of the house is thus modern grafted onto an ancient architectural structure dating from at least 1500, with its beams and restored original fixtures.
The second floor is reached via the stairs that recall historical materials, (the stones were recovered one by one), from which we access some rooms via the original wooden doors; like those of convent cells. A corridor lit with recessed wall LED spots leads us into the bedroom, dominated by a large fresco and the Fluttua di Lago bed, and to the sides a walk-in closet, (remember the last ‘Our Home’ in The Mag 20?) and a bathroom.
A NOTE TO THE CURIOUS
It’s amazing to think that walls covered in cobwebs and anonymous plaster would reveal frescoes and 16th century paintings. The discovery was made by Matteo and Lucia during the renovations and probably identify the former owners as upper-middle class – possibly merchants.The frescoed walls have been highlighted particularly on the second floor along the main corridor, (hence the use of spot lighting), and in the principal bedroom. The warm colours and pastels of the paintings give an incredible atmosphere to the interior. So how about modern frescoes on your walls? There are, after all, a lot of excellent artists and craftsmen around.