Italian Property Projects

 

Amba Alagi Loft, Genoa...

...the l2,000 sq. ft. loft apartment in a re-configured 1930's palazzo originally designed as a luxury hotel across from the trans-Atlantic ship terminal. Front area towards the famous "lanterna" of Genoa is divided into three sections: Sitting, Dining and Sitting/Office. Towards the internal atrium of the palazzo is a Kitchen, MBR with en suite Bath and Dressing Room. Upstairs there are two Sleeping Areas, one doubles as lounge for TV/Entertainment, two Bathrooms with showers, Dressing Alcove and Laundry Room. Travertine flooring throughout, wall colour a soft taupe, stainless steel banister and a black lacquered Schiffini kitchen cabinetry. Furniture and furnishings are a mix of contemporary... B&B white linen sofas... and antiques plus some extraordinary prototypes of Italian design and artwork from the 30's. 

 

Il Poggiolo Farm-house, Codiponte...

...is an 800 year old Tuscan farm-house built within the village of Codiponte. Surrounded by a once-upon-a-time vineyard, now a terraced garden filled with fruit & flowering trees, the property is connected yet detached in its own protected world. The actual house is divided into two main parts: the central block built on a courtyard or, aia,  is the oldest and was built propped up against the perimeter walls of the Castle of Codiponte. Animal stalls below, living quarters above. This practice continued as the house grew. At some point, probably around the early 1700's, the owners, enjoying the prosperity in owning olive and chestnut groves nearby, began the construction of a second and more formal house in the Medici Style. As it often happens in Italy, someone died and divided the property amongst the heirs. It took four years to reconstruction il Poggiolo from the base of the house to its roofs. The too was completely re-built and planted with over 1,000 lavender, fruit & olive trees, hydrangeas and other plants. And the oven on the aia was restored too and is used for summer time pizza parties.

 

Villa Fiske Apartment, Alassio...

...luxury vacation apartment in the resort city of Alassio situated on the Western Italian Riviera... Ponente. Villa Fiske was built at the turn of the 19th Century by an American heir to an industrial fortune. Lacking heirs, the villa passed into the hands of the Catholic Church and was used until the late 1980's as a convent. A local entrepreneur bought and developed the property into a luxury residence, taking pains to restore the gardens filled with exotic Mediterranean plant-life. The 1,000 sq. ft. apartment has an Entry covered in black-board stone, tile flooring, an open-plan Kitchen from Schiffini, a Loggia with nearly floor to ceiling windows, a MBR with ensuite Bath with shower and a GBR with it's own detached Bathroom with shower. The apartment is full of light and space and easy contemporary and vintage furniture and several notable photographs.

 

Biancan Villetta, Codiponte...

...was a hay and equipment barn build along the crest of a hill above the village of Codiponte and surrounded by some of the most stunning remnants of fruit and olive groves in the area. The property was purchased to be a villa big enough to host several guests but, as it happens in Italy, the land is with in a protected preserve. Thus, the ambition of a villa was downsized to a villetta. The key element of the house is the large open LR with an open fire-place. The Kitchen, BR's and Baths are all of modest dimensions yet cleverly arranged to make the maximum use of space. All the furniture and materials used for the interiors are a light mix of the vintage and contemporary. Much like the outside. An English landscape architect planned the tailored gardens next to the house and infinity pool while the abandoned vineyards and fruit tree groves are trimmed yearly but left wild. 

 

La Prugna Fortress, Fivizzano...

...was a Medieval observation tower built to control the toll-roads between the Versilia along the Mediterranean Sea and the Cerretto Pass into Nothern Italy. It was just one of over 120 such towers erected to protect the transport of olive oil, merchants, pilgrims on their way to Rome on the via Francigena and soldiers. In 1673, the tower passed to the Catholic Church which lobbed off the top fourth floor to make a drying shed for chestnuts... the commodity people lived off of in the Lunigiana... and made other alterations and plantings of vineyards and olive trees to render the property productive and self-sufficient. Now, the house is being re-constructed into a private apartment, a guest apartment, 3 BR and Bath dormitory and studio with a commercial Kitchen. Traditional materials, such as cotto, chestnut and Carrar marble are mixed with high tech such as gris. Furniture and funishings are a focus collection of both flea-market finds, period antiques and the contemporary. 

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