Throughout the ages, Italy and Italians have been renowned for their stunning architecture. From the Colosseums and Palazzos of ancient Rome and the elegant Italianate architecture to modern architecture visionaries such as Renzo Piano, the man responsible for London’s iconic Shard, Italy has inspired some of the world’s most stunning buildings. It’s no wonder then that popular website Nowness have chosen to focus on a number of Italian designers as part of their In Residence series. Nowness are known for their beautiful and insightful short films, and for this project they’ve been visiting the stunning homes of famous architects and designers to see how their work influences their personal life. Here are some of our favourite homes influenced by Italy.
More than just a home, the Italian designer's Milan base is a family legacy. Located in Città Studi, Barnaba Fornasetti’s Milanese home is, in his own words, “a house, a workshop, an archive and a museum,” which preserves the work of Barnaba and his late father, Piero Fornasetti – two of Italy’s most prolific designers.
The uncompromising Milanese architect is known for his use of light and strong gesture, from the restoration of Milan’s Piazza del Duomo to Roberto Cavalli’s phosphorescent Florence residence. A visit to his home reveals that Rota is an advocate for the evolution of contemporary architecture over heritage conservation, believing that design should always be forward-thinking.
Although Patricia Urquiola isn’t originally from Italy, there’s no denying the influence of Italy on her work and her personal life. Known for her bright, poetic furniture forms, Urquiola is captured in her Milanese apartment surrounded by her collaborative works with Flos, Alessi and B&B Italia. As she says herself: “I feel more Milanese than Italian, but still absolutely connected to my Spanish roots”.