Fluidity and open plan space; the trend for shared public spaces in the home is not going anywhere. But while many of us are opting for open plan homes, we’ve noticed how difficult it is to contain noises and smells, privacy and clutter. The solution is easy: different levels and heights, along with sliding wood and glass partitions allow you to enjoy the pleasures of spacious open plan while also maintaining functionality and privacy.
In this Italian villa in Salerno, a newlywed couple have moved in with their baby and two dogs. It’s a gorgeous family space and the latest renovation has enhanced the atmosphere with a soothing and softened color palette among the stone pillars and wood furnishings.
The architectural objective was to enhance the look of the place and breadth of the space by adjusting the perspective of the different levels, making it overall more fluid, functional and welcoming.
The living room area is sunken into the floor, with sofas in soft beige and mustard yellow from B&B Italia. By sinking the space, the designers created a cozy and warm room that still shares the open plan concept. In this instance there is also a fireplace, and a hidden projector that descends from the ceiling.
The most challenging part of the whole project was demolishing the ground floor, in the process digging up the foundations to fix up the home’s framework. But it meant that areas like this sunken den area were possible.
Continuity between the lower floor is maintained with the stone flooring, and natural materials like the large briccola wood table that occupies the dining room space. The whole living room occupies about 200 square meters, and it feels quite well organized. Previously the space had felt much colder and too dark, but tasked with the aim of creating warmth and coziness the designers looked in markets, art galleries, contemporary furniture retailers and second hand shops to find the right pieces to soften the home’s overall look.
A long oak cabinet with wooden slats acts as a wall, a light partition between the living room and kitchen that slides shut when need be. Overhead hanging lamps from Flos suit the need for large-scale lighting. The inside details even match well with the flooring.
The central kitchen island makes it easy to be integrated in all the other activities going on. Watching the children playing nearby, and bringing food from kitchen to table. Made from Kerlite, the countertop is sturdy and long lasting, matching well with the ash wood dining table. At the end of it all is a fireplace with retractable glass in a stone chimney, creating a cozy dining dynamic.
The combination of textures and shapes are pleasing to the eye, an aesthetic medley of colors and touch.
The kitchen also benefits from plenty of sunlight streaming in through the glass doors that lead to the garden and swimming pool.
A mid-terrace level featuring steel frame windows provides once more a private space that flows nicely between other public areaes in the home. Following the iron railing upstairs, you get to the bedrooms.
The master bedroom was equipped with a walk in closet and bathtub with ornate brass taps. Warm lighting and rich materials make it a sumptuous room. It leads to a balcony that stretches around the whole of the house, where you can even find a jacuzzi!
In the basement level, wooden paneling in horizontal stripes hides the access to a laundry and utilities room, as well as a sauna room.
The designers from Studio 74 RAM greatly enjoyed working on this project:
It is a home that does not scream and does not impose on its occupants, but it assists them in the gestures of daily living by giving them that well-being that should be the ultimate goal of any intervention. Spacious and bright spaces, well-harmonized soft colors, design furnishings to complete the project, present but non-invasive technologies, quality materials. What appears simple and natural, in reality, it has choices of work, reflection, sensitivity.
Design: Studio 74 Ram
Photos: Gaetano Del Mauro
If you like this home project, you should check out another Italian villa; the Bellaria is an Umbrian farmhouse that received a contemporary look from its new owners. For whimsical inspiration check out these accidental Wes Anderson interiors in an array of pastel hues and fantastical symmetry.
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