I went by taxi to get food in a supermarket. There is nothing near the apartment and Mario was very kind and let me know in advance about this issue when I wrote I had no car. Despite this I had a very nice 5 days. But I would highly recommend a car since there are very nice places around to visit. The flat is really well-equipped and Mario provided lots of thoughtful things, including a bottle of wine and provisions for breakfast.
There are plenty of cleaning products, detergents and even a cool bag and plastic containers for preparing picnics. The flat is clean, practical and spacious. There is a restaurant at the residence next door, but otherwise you need to drive if you want to eat out and the nearest supermarket is about 10 minutes away. There are plenty of fantastic beaches which are easy to drive to and The Tarot Garden is well-worth a visit.
Mario and his cousin Luca who runs the residence next door are really friendly and helpful and gave us a hand when our car battery went flat! A lovely place-we would definitely like to come back. Nonostante il caldo di queste giornate, la presenza del condizionatore ha garantito il massimo del comfort. Mario ci ha fatto visita e ci ha fatto sentire a nostro agio immediatamente. La nostra prima volta con Airbnb non poteva andare meglio. Appartamento curatissimo, molto accogliente e che rispecchia esattamente la descrizione.
Pulito e funzionale, posizione strategica per visitare i meravigliosi luoghi nei dintorni. Mario super disponibile nonostante non abiti qui, sempre raggiungibile telefonicamente. Sul posto suo cugino Luca, altrettanto disponibile e gentile. Ci faremo un pensierino per il futuro. Ho trovato una casa superiore alle mie aspettative, fresca e per una maniaca delle pulizie come me che parte munita di amuchina non ho trovato un difetto era tutto super in ordine!
Io e mio marito siamo venuti via a malincuore. Speriamo di poter tornare presto. Discover entire homes and private rooms perfect for any trip. Vacation Rentals in Pescia Romana. Places to stay in Pescia Romana. In affitto dal 19 al 31 agosto ad metri dal mare. Villetta con giardino Pescia Romana m. All'interno di un Podere ristrutturato, con tre ampie camere da letto matrimoniali, cucina e salone, contornato da giardino e grande zona d'ombra sotto i pini. A metri bar farmacia edicola, 1,5 km supermercato e tutti gli altri servizi, a 3,5 km spiaggia.
Non distante dal giardino dei tarocchi e lo splendido borgo Medievale di Capalbio. The host canceled this reservation 11 days before arrival. This is an automated posting. Beaches, relax and nice wine and food are reasons to come here Casale in maremma adiacente alle spiaggie di Capalbio raggiungibili in bici. Non a caso sul litorale Viene ospitata l'oasi del wwf Consigliabile una passeggiata alle prime ore del mattino o dopo il tramonto Le spiagge sono libere o attrezzate si possono scegliere stabilimenti minimalisti o mondani come Ultima Spiaggia.
Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit dem Aufenthalt bei Nerina - gerne wieder Julia T Le nostre case vacanza sono di nuova costruzione situate a Pescia Romana, dotate di ogni confort come lastrico solare attrezzato per poter prendere il sole oppure sorseggiare un aperitivo al tramonto, doccia esterna, barbecue per poter organizzare grigliate da gustare nel vostro giardino indipendente. Complete di riscaldamento autonomo. Grazie al lastrico solare gli ospiti potranno godersi diverse sfumature del nostro territorio, dal mare e la macchia mediterranea che lo circonda, alla fantastica cartolina di Capalbio e le sue colline.
Appartamento con 2 camere da letto, ampio salone con cucina, bagno. Marco Franck Sioro T Un nome che evoca storie di uomini e paesaggi mozzafiato. Pianure coltivate a cereali e dolci colline di olivi lascano posto a boschi e macchie. Appartamento Bilocale A con piscina. Delizioso appartamentino nel cuore di Capalbio, vicino al mare. Appartamento con sala,cucina,bagno e camera matrimoniale. Con posto auto gratuito. The reservation was canceled days before arrival.
The village itself is very small and quiet Sebastian T Appartamento maremmano 5km dal mare. The "I Calipsi" property is located on 4 hectares of private land along the river "Chiarone" clear water , surrounded by nature and only 2 km from the sea. The area offers a variety of activities for all ages and tastes: At 'I Calipsi" we welcome couples, solo adventurers, families with kids , and furry friends pets, depending on size. The interior of the house consists of ground floor with open plan kitchen, living room with fireplace, master bedroom and bathroom and a loft with a second double bedroom, a bigger room with three single beds and a bathroom.
Outside there is a porch with seating for outdoor dining, a nice slice of garden both in front and on the side and backyard with clothes hangers and outdoor shower. The 'I Calipsi' property, is located along the river "Chiarone" clear water , which represents the geographical and political border between Lazio and Tuscany, 2 km from the sea. Being right on the boundary between Lazio the area region of Rome and Tuscany the area region of Florence , our property allows easy access to both areas. In the hinterland of Lazio, we have the Tuscia area, rich in Etruscan sites and cities to visit: Viterbo, the ancient city siege of the popes, Tuscania, with the magnificent Basilica of Saint Peter and its medieval crypt, Sutri with the necropolis and the Archaeological Park, Capranica, among many others.
Always in the hinterland of Toscana, about 40 km, the ancient Terme di Saturnia hot sulfurous spring in the country , with their spa, the enchanting villages of Sorano, Sovana, Pitigliano, near which lies the Selva del Lamone, one of the three darkest places of Italy, with untouched nature and its suggesting lake, beside which there is one of the best, family lead, genuine and simple typical resort: Along the coast, the hectares lagoon of Burano, the WWF natural park, with the ancient Saracen Tower and the town of Orbetello, lagoon harbor in the past and today tourist and commercial center 20 km.
We are at 25 km from Monte Argentario, one of the most beautiful promontories of the Mediterranean, full of beautiful bays, with very fashionable marinas of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, a really high life and top touristic and shopping area, although crowded as it can be, but, once in a while, it can be attracting. Rome is an hour and a half driving time to the South and it is also accessible by train from Montalto di Castro or Capalbio Scalo the closest to us, 7,5 km and Orbetello, with frequent daily connections.
Two hours driving time to the North, the famous town of Siena. The closest beach is the "Chiarone Beach", 5 minutes driving time from our gate: The Hosts will be more than happy to spend some tome with you, to advise according to your taste, and to your requirements as for distance, budget, ambience. Be welcome to our small place, relax, and enjoy. Giardino spettacolare Casa perfetta per un soggiorno con la famiglia Massimiliano T Un caro saluto, alla prossima Website hidden by Airbnb Sara T Le 10 camere matrimoniali con bagno sono all'interno di 3 dei 7 appartamenti della struttura, finemente arredati con servizi gratuiti quali la connessione WiFi e un parcheggio in loco.
Le camere dispongono di bagno privato, aria condizionata, utilizzo di soggiorno comune e accesso al giardino comune. Residenze Revolution Simona 1. At 'I Calipsi" we welcome couples, solo adventurers, families with kids , and furry friends: The interior of the house consists of ground floor with open plan kitchen, living room with fireplace, master bedroom and bathroom and a loft with a second double bed. Outside there is a porch with seating for outdoor dining, a nice slice of garden and backyard with clothes hangers and outdoor shower with hot water.
Questa struttura si trova in una posizione tra le migliori a Capalbio! The host canceled this reservation 5 days before arrival.
Casale con due appartamenti a Capalbio appartamento, spazioso, accogliente e carino. Due Camere matrimoniali ampie con living e divano letto. In casale di campagna con giardino. Forno a legna, barbecue e lavanderia a disposizione,porticato adibito all'appartamento ,con mobili da giardino per prendere il sole ,sostare all'esterno per mangiare ,discrezione.
Casale di campagna con ampio giardino ,gazebo a disposizione con tavoli ,da poter utilizzare. Porte finestre con ampio portico e mobili da giardino. Vicino Strada Aurelia,si raggiunge il mare in 5 minuti. Capalbio appartamento 4 posti letto a 3km dal mare. The Country House is located in the heart of Maremma, one of the most fascinating areas of Tuscany, near Capalbio and only 3 km from the sea Chiarone area.
It has a huge and magnificent flower garden of sqm. Accommodates up to four people. It is composed of a bright living room with a large kitchen. In this environment, where there is also a fireplace, you can enjoy a splendid view of the garden. There are two bedrooms with double beds. One of these rooms is in a very airy loft. There is one bathroom. The rooms are tastefully furnished and it is all very cosy. It's very cool and breezy in summer and warm in winter.
It's a place of peace and harmony and is located at a strategic point, in fact nearby you can do many activities in every season. Rome is only an hour and a half away and is easily accessible by train. In the immediate vicinity of the house, just three km away, there is the beautiful and long sandy beach La Feniglia stretches for over ten kilometres ; this sea was awarded by environmental associations as one of the cleanest and most beautiful in Italy.
Lands near the house are cultivated with olive trees and vineyards and the landscape is very gentle. Not too far away there is the possibility of wind surfing and kite surfing, horse riding, hiking, biking, golf, boat trips, spa and wellness centres. There are good restaurants with typical Tuscan cuisine.
Agriturismo Il Chiosco Giallo. Residenze Revolution - Irene. Residenze Revolution Simona 4. Indipendente grande casa di campagna su tre livelli. Piano terra living di 70 mq. Primo piano salotto con TV e tavolo da gioco, una camera con letto matrimoniale e una con divano letto 2 posti, bagno con doccia, balcone. Grande casa in campagna a due passi dal mare. The property is nestled in the quiet and sunny countryside of Pescia. Casa Granai is part of a family-owned residence within a complex of 4 properties. It is a cozy, airy and modern structure arranged over two floors.
The entire home has been expanded and elevated with double height ceilings creating spacious light filled interiors. It's 3 bedrooms comfortably welcome 6 adults The vast park surrounding the property also includes a 12x6 meter swimming pool and plenty of areas to sunbathe and relax. The open kitchen and dining area overlooks the fascinating internal park surrounding the residence. The upper level includes an area to relax on the sofa and two bedrooms that sleep 4 as well as an accompanying bathroom.
It is also an an ideal location to visit the rolling countryside of Lazio-Tuscany. A spacious shared swimming pool and a special barbecue area if you wish to dine on the premises and soak up the Tuscan sun or enjoy a candlelight dinner on your patio. There are also plenty of outdoor areas to relax, sunbathe or simply read under a weeping willow tree. Casa Granai - Maremma. Residenze Revolution Simona 3.
A tre chilometri dal mare, di fronte al Giardino dei Tarocchi, immerso nel verde e tra gli ulivi. Tra Toscana e Lazio in una zona ricca di storia e di cultura. Ci troviamo a meno di 3 km dal mare. Internamente si divide in un primo livello con cucina attrezzata, tavolo da pranzo e zona salotto con un comodo divano letto matrimoniale, un letto singolo ed un bagno con doccia Website hidden by Airbnb secondo livello troviamo un letto matrimoniale, uno spogliatoio ed un bagno senza doccia.
Vicinissimo al paese di Pescia, quindi al supermercato ai bar e a tutti i servizi. A pochi metri da una piscina con prato inglese e a meno di 3 km dal mare. Pescia Romana, Capalbio, a 3 km dal mare. Large Villa in a newly and finely redecorated outbuilding of a 17h century villa.
Positioned in the heart of Tuscany on the beautiful hills surrounding the ancient village of Capalbio, right in the middle of a 64 hectares agricultural URL HIDDEN can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people. Available free-of-charges on request: The villa is composed of a spacious living room with a sofa-bed for two people , a fully equipped large kitchen gas cooker, oven, fridge and freezer, dishwasher , 3 double bedrooms,1 large bedroom for kids 5 beds , 3 bathrooms: Cot available on request included in the price.
External frame work with pergola, table and chairs, deckchairs and barbecue, private garden, private shaded car park for 3 cars , and private pine forest. The apartment is named after the large "Lime Tree" located in the garden. The villa is located on the farm Poggio Capraio, a property of 64 hectares.
The place is simply beautiful and quiet, completely immersed in one of the most delightful corners of Tuscany. It is set among forests of oaks and cypress avenues, and very close to the seacoast. The location is really wonderful, very quiet, characteristic, fully immersed in the beautiful Tuscany countryside, but also near to the sea the nearest beach is just 10 minutes away. In the area of Capalbio ancient traditions still survive, elsewhere disappeared.
Excursions within the surrounding area: The Argentario sea-coast and the near-by Tuscany archipelago with the islands of Giglio and Giannutri. Among the many restaurants within the area we suggest: For a traditional cuisine: The house and garden were beautiful and the couple that met and greeted us very charming. Le 10 camere matrimoniali con bagno sono all'interno di 3 dei 7 appartamenti della struttura, finemente arredati e un parcheggio in loco. Residenze Revolution Tiziana 2.
Il centro di Pescia Romana negozi ristoranti, ecc. I cani sono adorabili e tengono compagnia. Nella stanza non manca nulla ottimo posto per rilassarsi. Io, mio marito e la nostra cagnolina Maya, siamo stati ospiti di Rosaria la scorsa settimana. Un piccolo paradiso in terra!!! E' stato tutto perfetto, dall'accoglienza alla location alla pulizia. Ringraziamo molto Rosaria e speriamo di ritornare presto! The house is nice, especially the yard with oliviers and swimming pool is great but not accessible in winter, should be good in summer, it was a very quiet village, a little bit too quite with no one no light shown up at night, not suitable for a winter travelling.
We have a big problem with the address, which can not be found either by Hidden by Airbnb or GPS of the car, we thought the address was exact, but to the contrary, Hidden by Airbnb found another address nearby, I had the most horrible driving experience in my life at night! As there are only crowds of mound along the road, in a dark silent village, no one no light at 8H00 pm, the roads are all like impasse, so tight only one car is passable We had a great time at Torretta house!
It is spacious, well equipped, clean and offers a great outdoor area with a large dining table and beautiful pool. We were two families four adults and two toddlers staying there for two weeks and it offered everything we needed, including baby crib, high chairs, washing machine, fully equipped kitchen etc. Gaia and her family are very nice hosts and we would like to thank them for providing such a beautiful and family friendly vacation rental. A beautiful country home, a little off the beaten track but worth the effort.
Gaia was a lovely, accommodating host. Abbiamo passato la vacanza di Pasqua del a casa di Gaia. La casa si presenta in ottime condizioni: Sarebbe bello ritornarci d'estate. Great location with fantastic view from the roof terrasse where we had all of our dinners. Thank you to Anna for her welcoming. The swimming pool is real nice with the heat that we had.
House with ac all rooms, always cool. The property is fantastic for a large family -- very nice pool, beautiful views of mountains and the plain below. It is nicely furnished with a great sun roof.
We had a very nice family holiday in Damianos house in June I liked the atmosphere of the very beautiful building with an elegant mixture of new and old furniture. We had breakfast on the amazing rooftop terrazza and enjoyed the view of the landscape and the seafront. The pool is also nice, we often played water ball or took a sunbath there.
There are all the sun towels and all the kitchen devices you need for cooking. The last or meters of the street are narrow, but you get used to it. Neighbour Signora Anna gives you the key and answers all questions. The whole neighbourhood is very nice and friendly. In the village Corsanico is a restaurant, we visited three times. They serve delicious homemade pasta with funghi or carciofi, good pizza and exquisite wine.
The price is okay. Near the restaurant is also a mini market, where one can get bread in the morning. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing family vacation and we will most certainly come back. Damiano's spacious hilltop villa is very nicely decorated, with lovely views over the surrounding areas from the shaded roof terrace. It made a fine base for a sightseeing tour of Tuscany with La Spezia to the north and Florence to the east both within easy reach.
The villa was well equipped with crockery, kitchen utensils, and towels. You do need to be aware that for the last leg of the trip up to the villa the roads are very narrow most of the way. Also note not all the villa's stairs have handrails all the way up. The roof terrace provided an amazing view on the mountains and sea. The people from the local shop and pizzeria were very friendly.
Damiano is a very nice and friendly host, I recommend his villa anytime. Amazing home in Tuscany! Spacious and beautiful with amazing views from the large backyard. Very comfortable and typically Italian style! A lovely place with great views and massive garden. Make sure you hire a car as it is in the countryside. Amazing house very clean and a big outdoor with everything you need olus a big pool! We stayed for a week and had a lot of fun there. I totaly recommend this place. Flavio and his wife were very nice and helpfull. Beautiful rustic house with lovely garden.
Too far to walk to beach or shops although only a short drive away. We enjoyed our stay very much. Our host was very helpful if we needed him. Ein wunderbares echtes toskanisches Haus mit einem riesigen Garten, Pool und Tischtennisplatte. Je recommande fortement cette maison! La pulizia ottima e la camera e la casa in ottima condizione. Tutto corrispondeva a quanto indicato nel sito, sia per la casa che per i servizi. Giuseppe ed Eleonora hanno una casa stupenda fuori dal casino e a 5 minuti di auto dal mare Posto tranquillo persone gentili e disponibili Con 3bellissimi cagnoni bravi e dolci non stanno in casa!!!
Nice place with amazing view. Not the best place to travel with baby because there are dangerous places outside and floors were a bit dirty. For older children the pool was awesome. We would recommend the place only for a short visit. The house is beautiful and well maintained. We loved the view of the city and the sea.
The outdoor grilling area was great and we prepared our own dinners each night and used the outdoor dining area to eat. The 3rd bedroom is in a guesthouse and not in the main house, but has its own bathroom and private entrance which was nice. Mauro was a great host and was very informative during our arrival and walk through of the home.
The house is less than 10 mins from grocery store, restaurants, highway and train station. We would not hesitate to stay again if we make it back to the area. Excellent house, with a pretty much unrivalled view over the Versilian coast and sunsets over the Cinque Terre. Plenty of outdoor space, including a large balcony off the main bedroom, and lots of privacy. Note also that the pool is all one depth around 4'8" or cm so it might not be suitable for young children. Mauro was there to greet us and show us all the relevant details. He was also just a phone call away whilst we were there although we didn't have any issues and he is rightfully proud of his home and its view.
We had an awesome time in Mauros excellent sea view mountain villa between the olivetrees. Mauro is an excellent host. We felt welcome all the time. Mauro, we will meet again. The owner Mauro ist humouros and uncomplicated. Good training roads behind if you are into sport bicycling. For kids bicycle not recommended. House is great and have a wonderful view. Mauro is very easy to deal with. I definitely recommend this house. Big house with very good kitchen, nice view, private parking, perfect for family or ccmpany who's travel with car.
Je vous les recommande fortement. Encore merci pour tout. A partire dall'ubicazione, in collina, lontano dalla confusione, da dove si domina il lago Puccini e la costa. La stanza dove ho soggiornato era pulita e ben tenuta. Infine, vero valore aggiunto, la simpatia di Lucia ed Elisabetta che veramente mettono a loro agio ogni ospite, facendolo sentire parte della loro famiglia.
Grazie di cuore di tutto. Donella's house is beautifully situated on a hill. The house itself is spacious, stylishly furnitured and equipped in everything you need for your stay. The beds are comfortable and we really slept well. Everyday evening performances heard from a nearby hotel were a nice entertainment for us. There's also a garden with an arbor, perfect to eat dinner in the afternoon. Donella welcomed us and showed everything. There is about 30 minutes drive to the nearest beach. We recommend Donella's place both for short and long stay.
This house was idyllic with a fantastic view of the surrounding area and a great base for exploring the area though you definitely need a car as the house itself is tucked away. Donella was a lovely host, welcomed us on arrival and gave all the information we needed about the house and the surrounding area. A beautiful place with a picturesque view from a very wide horizon.
You can see Massarosa, Viaregioo, lakes, sea and islands. The Tuscan house has a soul, but it is well-equipped and has all the necessary equipment. To the beach 20 minutes by car. A little higher up at the top of 20 minutes on foot is a Franciscan church with mass on Sunday at Photos agree with reality. Donella explained everything well. I recommend this house for holiday and starting place for trips to Lucca, Pisa and Florence. House is very authentic, view is fantastic! Location is very good - by car is around 3 km by seeps tin to nearest supermarket and also so far is Massarosa center.
If You want to walk to Massarosa, is possible to use some walkways located at the mountain - also around 3 km. All you want you can find at this house - starting from equipment kitchen and finishing flashlight or first-aid kit! If You are interested in beach and sea - Viareggio and it's beaches are 8 km by car on free roud - also is possible to find free parking near beach! If you are interested in local sightseeing - Pisa is the nearest big city - around 18 km via autostrada or local lake in next village.
At house is possible to use free parking place. Wifi is also on - via air, so sometimes connection is lost, but not all the mountain places prefer such possibility!!! And view to sea, Viareggio, Massarosa and others is so so lovely!!! Nice place and lots of space. The garden is not so big. More like A big terrasse. Maybe not so safe for smaler children, because fence was not so safe in the garden. We had problems with the electricity when we used the stove.
The electricity was cut off. The are basic kitchen stuff. Nice view and A good place for tours in the region. Car is a must. Donella and her husband are friendly and hospitable hosts. Description of the house corresponding to reality. From the house you can enjoy beautiful views. Of course you need a car to go to the sea, but many beautiful old towns are near by. Guardate le foto dell'inserzione ed immaginate tramonti rilassanti e la mattina pronti per un giro in mountine bike ed arrivare al mare, ma poi la salita per ritornare al Calabrone? Consiglio "Il Calabrone" e a Donella un arrivederciiii.
Michele's house is wonderful. Perfect location, lot of space in and around the house. Michele is a very nice and good host. Great value for an authentic Italian house close to the gorgeous village of Pietrasanta Michele was very accomodating we were very appreciative since our accomodation had been cancelled the day before Shopping and restaurants close by a perfect village experience. We stayed with our family of 5 in october. Nice reception by mrs. More than enough living space with tv room and dining. Tv with italian channels. Sunny terrace and a great green garden.
There is a road in front a the house. Inside the house you do not hear anything from outside. We enjoyed our stay! Ho soggiornato in questa bella villa a poca distanza da Pietrasanta e dalle sue belle spiagge, non lontane da Forte dei Marmi, nel mese di agosto. La ville de Pietrasanta est charmante.
Molto adatto per famiglie con bambini! Gli host sono stati gentili e sempre disponibili e ci hanno dato moltissimi consigli utili per vivere al meglio la nostra vacanza! Cucina ben attrezzata nonostante non ci sia il forno, ben rimpiazzato dal barbecue! Receptionist molto gentile e disponibile. Giardino molto bello e ben attrezzato con tavoli, sedie e sdraio.
All family are fully charged after spending wonderful holidays at the house of Monica and Pietro. It is located at very quiet area but easy to travel the beautiful Tuscany. They provided the prompt help when needed while keeping the full privacy. We did enjoyed our stay and warmly recommend to anyone looking for confortable and clean housing, a lots of open space and wonderfull views.
Although the swimmng pool is not large, it was good enough to have a daily refreshing dip. The beach in Lido de Camaiore may be easily reched in 15 minutes by car. The host was very responsive and helpful. Great value accomodation, recommended for families with children.
Monica's place is absolutely value for money.
The rooms are large with high ceilings, there is a cozy living room and an adequate kitchen. But the real value is in the outside area, a nice spacious garden to sit in and watch the sunsets. There is also a barbecue that you can use.
The pool is good for cooling of after a hot day. The house is located centrally for visits to Lucca and Pisa, and Viareggio and Pietrasanta which is beautiful! The beaches in Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio are very nice although be aware you have to rent beds at one of the clubs. All in all, we had a perfect time with our 7 month old early September and hope to return one day!
The house is very nice, clean and comfortable. It has all the necessary equipment. You can easily cook or make a loundry. The furniture give a feeling of a traditional italian villa. The bedrooms are big and beds are comfortable. The bathrooms are fine too - in one there is an open shower and in the other a small bathtube - both enough for a quick refresh. The livingroom has a cable tv and all the house has a wifi that was working fine.
The garden is small, but hey - it's on the hillside, and it's green. It has a barbecue and a dining table outside. There are also some armchairs outside. The area is quiet countryside, a little difficult to find, on the west side of the hill. The location is close to the see - Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio with paid beach clubs, however 15km from the house you can find also some small public beach. The house is 5km from the highway, so it's a great location to have a tour around north Toscania and south Liguria. Monica is living on the next floor of the house, but it has a separate gate, entrance and garden - it's not disturbing at all.
We had a fantastic stay at Seaview. The house was perfect for my family including our 10 month old baby and 7 year old daughter. All the rooms are very large and bright with high ceilings and stunning views across the mountains. The garden is very well kept and the whole house was very clean with everything we needed.
Plenty of towels, linen and equipment in the kitchen, perfect for families. The location was great for the beach and also exploring the towns around Tuscany. It is great to have your own entrance gate and garden but also helpful to know Monica is close by if you need anything. We will definitely stay again in the future. What an absolute gem tucked away in the hills We made the most of our time here as it is ideally situated within easy reach of some beautiful places we hired a car and made our way to Pisa Lucca Florence, we enjoyed the excellence of Italian eating within local restaurants, Monica provided us with breakfast within Camaiore town and it was absolutely delightful.
We enjoyed chilling out here at the pool overlooking the mountains and it also has a BBQ area which many would find very useful. In the evenings we were able to relax cocktail in hand watching the sensational sunset through the hills. We can't wait to return!! We were staying here for 2 weeks from the end of July till the beginning of August. We do like practically all. The house is quite big,well decorated and comfortable, rooms are spacious, all kitchen devices we need were there.
Satellite television contains a lot of channels including Russian ones. Householder Monica is a friendly and attentive person. She is living on the next floor, but there is no access from one part of this big house to another, so there are two separate entrances to this house. Twice she prepared for us cakes, it was very kind of her.
Plenty of outdoor space, including a large balcony off the main bedroom, and lots of privacy. Soggiorno minimo 7 notti. They told us everything we had to know about the house, the trains and the surrounding shops, that was perfect and dearly! I strongly advise to consider this place to stay at Costs Smeralda. You can easily go to Venice by train, but for us, being family of 5, we decided to go by car to the Tronchetto parking and from there take the Vaporetto. It felt like our home away from home for a few days.
All you need here to stay is a car. We are happy of our choice! Monica and Pietro's house is just like them: It has been a great week. The place is very beautiful and peaceful in between fields of olive trees. Lucca is a very nice host. Guests are able to purchase homemade wine, olive oil, jam, self-grown vegetables and fruits. My family had a great stay at this wonderful property. The view down to the mountains and to the sea is just amazing.
The house was very clean and perfectly maintained. You will find here everything you need during the stay. To go to the sea you will need about 20 minutes by car. Donatella and her family are great hosts and all our questions were answered promptly. We loved this place and can only recommend it. Giovanni's place was great, extremely clean and he was super nice to us.
He'll tell you everything you need to know about Pietrasanta and its surroundings and has been very generous to us, he even dropped us at the train station on our last day! What attracts me about Wim Delvoye is the representational short-circuit in every work, based on a recognizable aesthetic image-bank, close to people. Delvoye uses common objects for his installations, charged with meaning through a language close to that of Dada, and direct intervention done with irony and sarcasm. The nonchalance with which he manages to mix and confuse styles, drawing on the past, challenges our certainties and experiences.
And I find myself looking for his new works… surprised at being surprised. I knew nothing about him until my friend Franz Fiorentino made me read David Boring, and I fell in love. I often ask myself what appeals to me in those albums full of hateful, insipid characters, the best of them just mediocre. His stories are dripping with petty reality and a vivid, pitiless gaze at the so-called American civilization. What really leaves me breathless is the dialogue.
In the end, what remains after a close encounter with Daniel Clowes? Maybe the subtle doubt that a bit of us lurks behind the grotesque masks of characters destined to vanish in the space of a comic strip. If the page of a comic becomes a mirror, though a distorting one, it means that those drawings conceal some truth: Carefree and pop on the surface. Full of melancholy and longing underneath. General yet specific in one and the same piece. Making use of the beautiful to evoke longing and finding the beautiful in longing is the quintessence of art. The synthetic is not at odds with the genuine.
Extrovert and introvert at one and the same time. Beautiful, and tear-jerking too. Early postmodern tendencies, presumably. In my more mature years, Brian Wilson has shown my premonition to be right. Just a profound respect for the ability to sense, shape and send further. No matter the art form. Sterling Ruby by Jonathan Olivares Squares, rectangles and rectangular solids — or we could say boxes — have played a prominent role in the art, architecture and design of the last century.
These are the rare spirited exceptions among the millions of uninspired, lifeless, sterile boxes that surround us everyday. Beige computers, bland corporate architecture, cheap music players and ubiquitous minimalist sofas have collectively spoiled the modern box.
I remember it as a perfect white, rectangular volume about the size of a refrigerator, with a few scuffmarks and smears. At first glance I was horrified that some art handler had caused irreparable damage to the otherwise impeccable monolith, but then excitement took hold as I processed this act of wrong-doing and realized that someone had broken the dogmatic modern code that. It was apparent that a new law was in order: In other works Sterling Ruby defaces his formica plinths with colorful spray paint and nail polish.
These sculptures evoke an agenda best described by his own poster: I mean, choosing one, because I have so many and they come from all kinds of different fields, often very distant, at least apparently, from the world of design: They all bring qualities and evidence, it goes without saying, of splendid uniqueness. So for this difficult decision I want to go with a sure thing, naming a person who has been called all kinds of things, from syncretist to son of the future and instead is simply a designer.
David Byrne was one of the founders of the Talking Heads, he has written and writes excellent songs, shot interesting and amusing films, founded a record label for world music, before it became a fad, written books, designed a bicycle rack… I think David Byrne is a very curious person, a tireless researcher, an experimenter whose work, even the most complex, always stands out for its elegant lightness. I like his way of collaborating with interesting figures while still personally overseeing all the aspects of his projects.
A trajectory that becomes even more interesting when the trip happens above all inside you.
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A gigantic orange setting sun closed in the imposing walls of the former power plant. The illusion of doubled space through skillful use of a mirrored ceiling and a light fog. The force of a single work of 26 x 22 x meters. One of the gifts I envy the most is his capacity to involve, to make the viewer a participant in every work. From his early pieces like Moss Wall in — a wall of living moss, an olfactory and visual experience — to Lava Floor — a floor of lava on which to experience the difficulty of walking — to Room for one Color — the force of monochrome light — themes emerge that constantly recur in his work: I admire his simplicity, intelligence, continuing experimentation, a bit magician, a bit engineer, capable of inverting the laws of gravity.
Some of the themes addressed are close to those developed by Nucleo: Like when a hole in your stomach makes you unconsciously open the refrigerator. When I try to talk about it I can feel myself hovering on the edge of an abyss of banality. So I open one of his African sketchbooks and read: I will certainly not make abstract art with triangles and squares, mind you. No sociology or jokes about the future of occidental art. Direct, sensual and very beautiful, even when the story it tells is one of fatigue and death.
I like him because he does a lot with a little, with simple gestures he transforms things and makes them exceptional. He interests me because he digs deep and spits out a transfigured reality, truer than the one that flows before our distracted gaze. The objects become the triggers of stories, a process that influenced my way of thinking about design. Doreaemon has been my hero, ever since. This ranking, this hierarchy between the so-called minor and major arts has always existed.
Instead, I realize I am often more sensitive precisely to the minor arts. Arts connected with humor, that are not considered for their artistic aspects, but simply for their function as fun. I think levity and humor have their own intrinsic value that should not be underestimated. I am the daughter of a comic artist, I know about the difficulties of a craft based on these aspects, which are part of my basic, everyday culture.
These are the reasons why I thought about the actor of Moroccan origin Gad Elmaleh as a personality I particularly admire. He is a complete artist, like the great artists of the American musicals used to be. He knows how to write, act, dance and sing with subtle, light elegance. He manages to talk about French society in a delicate, original way. Without being heavy or presumptuous, without complaining. His work is hard to translate and describe because it is based on the French language, on the little details and nuances that define a culture.
Jonathan Carroll, American writer When one of his books is published Stephen King is always the first to send congratulations. Jonathan Carroll, from New York, is the other king of fiction that straddles horror and the metaphysical, noir and psycho-narrative. Wim Delvoye, Belgian artist They call him the Huckleberry Finn of art.
Revolutionary, anti-everything, Wim Delvoye decontextualizes, mixes and creates hybrids, because humor and disorientation are the essence of contemporary life, in his view. Daniel Clowes, American comic artist Talking about Daniel Clowes people often refer to an isolation that began in a troubled childhood, the same situation that reappears in many of the protagonists of his comics. Gad Elmaleh, comic actor from Morocco, resident of France An actor, musician and comedian of Moroccan origin, Gad Elmaleh is known for his pungent, light style.
Famous roles include Coco in and Hors de prix in Sterling Ruby, American artist He is represented by the gallery Pace Wildenstein of New York. In his works he mixes ethnographic elements with African primitivism. All with a touch of Parisian glamour. The world of the artist from Majorca is one of imagined and dreamt objects.
After all, he says he does not paint them, but works on the space that separates them from one another. The result is a flourishing primitivist universe, made to amaze. David Byrne, musician, from Scotland, American Leader and founder of the Talking Heads, David Byrne works in the fields of music and art. But Byrne also creates installations, sculptures and paintings, often without a signature. The New York Times noticed, in any case, and published a profile on his work as an artist, not as a musician!
Tom Waits, American singer Trademark of the maudit, especially when the lyrics describe grotesque, often disturbing personalities. All this has made Tom Waits a contemporary music legend. Flatz, Austrian artist Among his most recent works, the occupation of a former prison at San Michele di Ripa, where he wanted to experience the life of a prisoner. Together with other artists, he had been invited by the University of Innsbruck to think about the theme of isolation.
The adventure cost him a night in jail a real one! Apparently during his month of isolation Flatz killed time by making graffiti on the walls. Olafur Eliasson, Danish artist In , for example, with light bulbs, a mirror and smoke machines, he constructed an artificial sun inside the Tate Modern in London, an ode to nature and technology. Rachel Whiteread, English artist For her sculptures she often uses castings of everyday objects. In this way Whiteread transforms the negative into the positive and makes the object be absorbed by space, becoming an integral part of it.
Using polyurethane, resin, plaster and rubber, she creates a world that is simultaneously recognizable and therefore reassuring but also sinister and alien. A poetics that made her the first woman artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize. Brian Wilson, American musician, Symbol of the beach culture of the s.
Brain Wilson was the leader and main songwriter of the Beach Boys, as well as their bass and keyboard player, arranger and producer. Erwin Wurm, Austrian artist Their job is simple: As a result, of his vast production nothing remains except photographs and videos. Axel Vervoordt, Belgian interior designer. An avid collector with a past as an art and antiques dealer, Axel Vervoordt is famous for his interiors that mix tradition and modernity. The result is an erudite, precious eclecticism of great success.
He lives in a 12th-century castle. Marco Ferreri, Italian director, actor and film writer His most famous film is La Grande Bouffe , where some friends gather in a villa and indulge in food, drink, sex and friendship until they get ill and kill themselves. His films narrate, in a typically offbeat way, the decadence of a society, and they often end with flight, self-mutilation or the death of the protagonists.
In the days of Italian comedies, Ferreri was considered the most countercurrent of all Italian directors. Doraemon, Japanese cartoon Doraemon is a Japanese manga by Fujiko F. Fujio, later used for a cartoon narrating the adventures of a robot cat from the future. On the facing page, detail of the installation by Laura Renna and portraits of the designers who have narrated their extra-sectorial personalities of reference in this article. Left column, from top: Right column, from top: Above, Tom Waits in a portrait by Danny Clinch. On the facing page: Limited edition of six.
Facing page, from left: David Byrne in a portrait by Chris Buck. Below, the Japanese cult cartoon Doraemon. A 16th-century palazzo near the Pantheon is the home of Luigi Serafini, a singularly eclectic artist who produces surprising works of spectacular talent. His home is a true portrait, entrusted to those who interpret it and document it in photographs. He is internationally renowned, above all for the Codex Seraphinianus, a book-encyclopedia with over a thousand drawings accompanied by writing that cannot be deciphered.
This is a fantastic, visionary interpretation of the widest range of materials, from zoology to botany, mineralogy to ethnography, technology to architecture, which attracted the attention of Roland Barthes, Italo Calvino and Federico Zeri, among others. It was published in by Franco Maria Ricci and has had eight editions, until the present one issued by Rizzoli.
The home-studio of Luigi Serafini opens like a diaphragm, and like an encyclopedia it can be browsed by curious, stunned guests on a fantastic voyage. With levity, Serafini breaks down and reorganizes, in domestic space, the objects he has redesigned, sculpted, repainted, constructing a constantly changing emotional path of memory in his Domus Seraphiniana. In the red and black entrance the light reveals large canvases and sculptures on wheels.
The house continues along a circular route. From the entrance we reach a dividing point, leading to the study and the corridor to the kitchen. Between the colored walls of the corridor, with optical linoleum flooring, we encounter a passage topped by a white wooden vault from which little sculpted faces emerge, with different expressions. The narrow walls feature another oil on canvas, with suspended figures, and some drawings. Heading for the study, the bookcases with. This is where Serafini works at the computer to make the images for the Natural Histories of Jules Renard. From here we can glimpse the large sculpture of the yellow hand that protrudes from the wall of the atelier.
In this luminous metropolitan highland, the Seraphinian nest of midnight blue walls, alphabets are tamed to adapt to fantasy, in the genesis of Codex-like worlds. Luigi captures the thronging images on canvas or paper, in the midst of many notes and sketches on a big work table with zebra-stripe legs. The orderly vitrines of the blue cabinet contain all kinds of pastels, pencils, cardboard, mannequins, brushes, oil paints and watercolors.
On the big red chest of drawers two nativity scenes are displayed under glass bells, and on the wall nearby neon glows with a letter from his mysterious alphabet. Over the colored fireplace, like a trophy, the head of a large silvery deer has antlers that light up, while two colored chairs create a convivial atmosphere. Serafini can be seen in a portrait on a large panel in the guise of a knight with 15th-century armor, urging us on to the large kitchen in the company of a green crocodile.
On the column refrigerator there is an old caned chair painted gray, a memorial of his beloved grandmother. Two nativity scenes inside transparent vitrines enrich the range of objects of affection and exception of Serafini. Detail of the head-trophy of a large silvery deer with luminous antlers over the fireplace. View of the corridor with the optical linoleum flooring, that functions as a visual axis and connection for the spaces. The large sculpture of a yellow hand extending from a wall in the atelier.
In the foreground, the totemic figure in the form of a red ring known as King Botto. Serafini, portrayed on a large panel in the guise of a knight in 15th-century armor, welcomes us to the large, convivial kitchen. Rigor and new luxury p. Especially when the dualism appears in an existing context of solid values, historical roots, deep perspectives and novelty that becomes a synonym for rigorous intervention, a coherent new luxury that expresses new aesthetic and functional needs.
Just observe this Parisian interior reworked by Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering for an international globetrotter with a passion for collecting Fifties vases in Murano glass. A large, traditional apartment from the early s, formed by a sequence of rooms, with views of the Seine, inside a regular L-shaped layout. As in the product design by the Rome-based studio, the dialogue with history is resolved in terms of compositional synthesis that restores dimensions of dematerialization to architecture, with fluidity, flexibility, lightness, visual continuity.
The first sign of reference is in the hall: A suspended figure, a symbolic portal like a tribute to the frames of Sol Lewitt, extended in the living room by a white boiserie cut by lines, niches in honeycomb aluminium finished with gold. One of them, on the shorter wall, even conceals the presence of a fireplace. The theatrical setting is also created by the presence of a carbon fiber table finished with gold leaf, custom made at a shipyard, which can vary its form for different functions and desires.
It is composed of four ovals and three connections that also act as small independent consoles that form a sort of sinuous gold drop from the living room to the dining room and the kitchen, where they meet the work counter. While Parisian colors are found in the chromatic pattern and the new natural oak flooring is based on traditional French parquet, the lighting from essential fixtures built into the architectural structure brings out the suspended web of the compositional lines.
It is surrounded by a series of vertical glass partitions, some of them mobile, to border the various functions, including the shower with hammam. While all that glitters may not be gold, this strange, sparkling nugget seems to promise extraordinary special effects without searching too far afield. The lighting fixtures built into the architectural structure are the Secret model by Kreon.
The carbon fiber tables finished with gold leaf are one-offs made in a shipyard. The tables are formed by a series of irregular ovals on which to attach connectors that can rotate to generate an infinite variety of forms and configurations. The antique-effect wood floor is new. A welcoming vacation home of elegant simplicity, marked by a refined choice of materials that reflect the world of mountain living, reinvented in terms of analogies and contemporary signs. The building, one of the many vacation condos that multiply the scale of the traditional Alpine chalet, with balconies featuring the same perforated balustrades in wood, and the usual red geraniums in window boxes, has been intentionally ignored in this contemporary interior design.
The cloying, reassuring postcard image of most of the real estate ventures here is replaced, in this apartment, by reflection that could be extended to architecture as a whole in terms of lucid reasoning and general guidelines. Delivered in a rustic state, without partitions or finishings, the space of the house made it possible to work in total freedom. The idea was to create an independent, complete environment, in open contrast with the figure of the building seen from the outside. The house has been divided into two zones connected at the north and south, separated by the entrance path clad in gray stone, contained by walls covered with recycled oak planks, with a horizontal design that already announces the strong materic aspect of the spaces from the threshold.
Wood, first of all, in oak for the southern part of the house containing the master bedroom with its own bath, clad in walnut colored Travertine, and the large kitchen and dining area, extended in a relaxation area with a bow window, separated from the living area by a metal volume that contains a large double-face fireplace and forms a large portal in iron and burnished bronze. The metal is a reminder of ancient doors dense with studs and details in handcrafted hardware, and repeats in the entrance, thanks to sheet metal that produces reflections of light in the central corridor.
Certain portions of the custom wall shelving alternate with a series of alpacca panels of variable geometry, arranged in a modular grid. Paler, more luminous larch wood is used for the northern zone, containing two large bedrooms and a small study. Here the larch marks the entire space, at times, rising from the floor to the walls and ceiling, to construct a sort of total, monomateric environment where even the bathtub, in a glazed box, is covered with the same material.
The long wood planks used in most of the house underline the regular character of the form of the rooms in the overall layout, with a slight digression only in the design of the floor of the living room, which follows the classic Versailles motif. The value of handiwork also becomes a part of the overall design approach: The fireplace set into the metal volume becomes the focal point of symbolic communication between the spaces. Divans by Minotti, fabrics by Loro Piana, built-in lighting by Viabizzuno. In the heterogeneous family of materials, the polished iron sheet between the kitchen and the living room, with its soft reflections of light, forms a contrast with the recycled oak panels that clad the central nucleus of the furnishings like a ribbon.
Walls and ceilings in lime plaster. Lamp by Flos, seat by Vitra. The use of a single warm material, Siberian larch, also characterizes the enclosure of the two bedrooms in the northern zone. Large, austere and linear, this area is marked by the spatial and visual continuum of the bedroom zone, bath and closet. The house in the rock p. The new home-studio of Michel, an architect and designer working for leaders in this sector, and Donia, architect, sculptor and painter, is a dwelling that exists in continuity with nature.
Olive trees, stone, white marble are the characteristic elements of the landscape of the hill on which the house stands, a place for work and everyday life, far from the noisy city. Instead, it operates in the present, both in terms of environmental issues, including optimization of energy sources total self-sufficiency, including collection of rain water, the use of a heat pump, solar panels , and in finding a delicate solution to construction in a natural setting. The clear, almost programmatic approach avoids facile imitation, yet blends into the landscape.
The project met with the interest and support of the City of Lucca and the local authorities. The shape of the hill, the layering of rises and portions of white marble together with the green of the olive trees and the native brush, suggested flanking the existing, seriously damaged structure with an extension of living space added to the house proper, placed between large terraces faced by the work space. The terraces reinterpret, transforming their figure and size, the agricultural terraces of the past, making the insertion of the new construction more harmonious.
In these terms the choice of a single material like white marble, used for the external facings of the entire construction, becomes a factor of continuity with the rock, the very material on which the house stands, becoming a sort of architectural extension that transforms the materic geography of the place. Without camouflage or disguise, the house uses its compositional process to assert its open, sincere modernity.
The new residential volume follows the proportions of its predecessor, with a pitched roof, marking the downhill facade with a few openings organized in an irregular way that functions for the interiors, and thus guaranteeing perception of the main facade as a figure in stone, linked to the same treatment of the embankment walls of the lateral terraces and of the lower curved volume of the studio.
On the two lateral facades the back is placed up against the hill , the house opens with large sliding glazings, mingling outdoor space with the large living area and clearly configuring the contrasts of full and empty zones, the rhythm between the marble of the downhill facade, the transparency of the interior spaces, the stone of the hillside. The latter becomes the protagonist of the spaces, brought inside as a natural backdrop behind the kitchen open to the dining and living areas, and in two bedrooms and a bath on the upper level.
The relationship with the rock is direct and emphasized by the linear design of the spaces, by the furnishings utilized, by the geometric treatment of the internal surfaces, in a relationship of intentional contrast with the materic character of the hill. On the ground floor two compositional elements characterize the space: The staircase rises through two levels in a free, open space that underscores its size and role as a central element. The heart of the house in figurative and connective terms.
On the upper level the master bedroom occupies the end zone with its own bath and closet, while three other bedrooms area arranged along a central corridor that concludes with a common bathroom. In the entire nighttime area, in the summer, the house can be opened for a view of the stars: The waterproofing was done by Rubber. Nord Light by Artemide. The complex follows the form of the hill. The reconstructed existing volume extends in the new volume of the work space that opens to the large terrace.
The downhill facade is marked by a few openings, with the main surface in stone, like the embankment walls of the lateral terraces. The stone of the hill becomes the protagonist of the interiors, as a natural backdrop for the kitchen, open to the dining and living areas, and in two bedrooms and a bath on the first floor. Ceiling lamps from the. Picto and Rastaf series by Artemide.
The kitchen is composed of a white counter that includes a Foster by Alessi range with downward exhaust. The rest of the equipment is hidden behind three sliding doors. The secondary staircase descends to the basement and gets its light from the living area. The landing is bordered by a series of small tables that form an exceptional metal railing, custom-designed. The main staircase is a spiral, treated as a sculptural feature marked by circular openings, with a bright poppy color on the inside. It extends through two levels in a free two-storey space.
The resin for the floor is produced by Teknai. In the bathrooms, tubs, washstands and accessories all designed by Michel Boucquillon. Washstands and tub by Aquamass, accessories from the Worn collection and applique lamps from the Ecco-Ecco series by Valli Arredobagno. The wave of the lake p. The two Japanese architects invent a multidisciplinary, multicentric space, an artificial park for learning. As a student, I would have loved to spend time inside this special architecture. Patrick Aebischer, president of EPFL strolls around the Rolex Learning Center and talks about how creativity is the factor that unites art and science, and how this new architectural icon embodies that ambition.
Lake Geneva is close by, to the south, beyond the houses and gardens. The best technological research center in Europe and a desire to excel prompted the Swiss government and private investors, guided by Rolex, to hold an international architecture competition, leading to the latest masterpiece by SANAA. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have bare, essential gestures and features.
They are icons, themselves, of a new way of designing, of thinking about space in movement, of living without any black lines that tell you where to stand, whether you are inside or outside, together with others or simply alone. Actively, it encourages students to choose. The square plan, 20, sq meters amidst hills, valleys and slopes, runs fluidly in two parallel waves, the concrete floor and the steel roof, undulating the functional program around 14 air bubbles. Entirely glazed courtyards, irregular ellipses, cross the space with the delicacy of breath. Without ever dividing it, they unite earth, air and sky, gazing horizontally at internal paths, those that descend diagonally and wind through other, adjacent cylinders.
The multimedia library with , volumes, the study rooms for persons, the auditorium for , the three refreshment zones for , the offices, all share a world that is both democratic and anarchic, public and private. Walls are not needed, here the presence of others can only be glimpsed, perceived. On the crest of a wave or at the back of a rise you can see legs and heads slide between borders of horizontal planes, while slender steel columns serve as props.
They remind us that this new architectural domain is a structural gem ordered by two shells resting on 11 arches with spans of meters. The frame in steel and wood set in cement forms its contours with the shadows of the day. Under the curved intrados someone talks about the previous evening, at the center of the main courtyard lit by a zenithal iris; on the meadow someone else is eating.
We think how nice it would have been to get an education on the shores of Lake Geneva. Is the future now? In her works, construction is always closely related to use by people — students and young people, in the case of the Rolex Learning Center — without aspects of self-referential posturing. The recent work in Lausanne could become the manifesto of a mood, a wider-ranging indication.
She offered a preview of this at the press conference, narrating the program of her Venice Biennial: I have invited the architects who will take part in the event Luca Molinari will be responsible for the Italian Pavilion, ed. Because the important thing is to communicate how ideas are developed and contextualized with respect to the environment and to the observer-user, who becomes an active part of the design work.
But it can start with small things, and this too has its value. Even knocking down a wall can change the way people relate to each other. On the facing page, detail of the steel roof, looking west. View of the courtyard in the form of an hourglass, adjacent to the restaurant zone. View of the library, with the rises that lead to the northwestern top of the building in the background.
The ramp leading to the multimedia library. Vitra, the campus of miracles p. Uniform anthracite stucco covers the sides while the short facades are completely fenestrated, like big eyes gazing at the landscape in different directions. Inside, the building displays the Home Collection of Vitra: On the five levels of the new complex the spaces flooded with light are very flexible to contain a wide range of exhibits, while the innermost part is crossed by a continuous vertical space that offers, from one level to the next, varying views and perspectives. At the end of the descending visit itinerary one returns to the reception area, with a restaurant and shop, and the covered plaza with wooden deck flooring.
The Vitrahaus successfully combines opposing needs, becoming a landmark that indicates the presence of the campus from afar, while developing a complex, interesting relationship with the other buildings and the landscape of gentle hills. At the same time it enhances the pieces in the collection, projecting them against the backdrop of vineyards and springtime expanses of flowering cherry trees.
We asked Rolf Fehlbaum, the owner, if Vitrahaus is the completion of the campus, and find out that: The entrance opens onto a covered plaza, with wooden flooring, that reveals the complex geometry of the building, a three-dimensional labyrinth. Five storeys, over sq meters, mostly for the display of the Vitra Home Collection, completed by service areas for visitors: The entire complex is formed by the sum of an element that, from the outside, simulates the archetypal form of the house.
Inside, the design reproduces the spatial situation of a metropolitan loft. A voyage through the historical memory, current production and research of Vitra design. New stone age p. An innovative process that breaks up the grammar of architecture and destroys another one of the few remaining limits on design. The ambiguity at the core of design is the same one found in the concept of form, always balanced between the world of ideas and the world of things.
It is not just a figure of speech: D-Shape, the technology invented by Dini, uses the same logic as rapid prototyping to quickly, automatically make structures of any form and size, from a chaise longue to a whole building, using sand as its basic material, solidified by a special inorganic ecocompatible binder. At the end of the solidification, the excess grains are removed, letting the structure emerge as from an archaeological dig.
The materials used in architecture today reinforced concrete and masonry are costly, and constrain the project due to lack of flexibility: With D-Shape a new grammar appears, made of concave and convex forms, hollow and porous, that can support with the same ease i. Dini — who says he is not a creative designer but a man who invents technologies — went to London four years ago to figure out what to do with his invention, and met the Milanese architect Andrea Morgante, who proposed a project that could only be made with D-Shape, the Radiolaria Pavilion, a monolithic structure 2 meters high, composed of layers of sand, inspired by the microorganism that gives it its name.
Though for the moment he has to be satisfied with moulding it in parts, the possible dream remains that of moulding a building in a single solution. In the meantime, the potential of the D-Shape method is illustrated by the designs of Morgante Shiro Studio and the studio Modoloco. Morgante proposes a collection of furnishing complements in rock, the Trabeculae Series, a table and shelves but other pieces are on the way in which the porous quality of the structure comes from the study of the computer tomograms of spongy bone formations.
Modoloco, on the other hand, has come up with Era Glaciale, modular outdoor seating in which the volume is treated as a fluid paste whose solids become hollows. The search for organic, free, bony forms is part of the nature of D-Shape: Dini looks at things this way, with one eye on the past, the other on the future: The next D-Shape adventure is to develop a system for moulding things on the moon, using its sand.
The project, conceived as part of the Aurora mission of the European space agency, in should accompany the man who, while headed for Mars, will make a stop on the moon: So the material, already freed of form, will also be freed of weight. For years the development of 3D software has helped designers to widen their horizons, but always on the scale of prototypes. D-SHAPE fills this gap in the construction market, with the first tool capable of giving concrete form to complex digital models. A detail and an overall view of the Radiolaria Pavilion, a project by Andrea Morgante.
A monolithic structure, 2 meters high, composed of layers of sand, each 10 mm thick, whose form is based on the one-cell microorganism of the same name. The geometric morphology of Radiolaria reflects the potential of the mega-moulder D-Shape, capable of constructing any complex geometry without the use of temporary moulds, formworks and metal cores.
At the end of the process the excess grains are removed. Below, the Trabeculae Series by Andrea Morgante Shiro Studio , composed of a table and shelving, based on spongy trabecular bone structures. Below, the urban furnishings project Era Glaciale by the studio Modoloco, composed of a series of modular parts of great sculptural effect, bringing out the technical-poetic specificities of design made possible by D-Shape. Until 23 May, Milan presents a major retrospective exhibition. Many people have been amazed by Gillo Dorfles Trieste, Among these exceptional expressions of Gillo Dorfles, there are two that are less familiar and less often discussed, perhaps.
Ever since I first met him in the early s, what I have always appreciated, and what has kept me linked to Gillo, is his great openness to artists. For many generations of artists Dorfles has understood how to interpret their work and describe it in essays; he is always open and, even more extraordinary, never asks for anything in return!
On many occasions Dorfles has gathered around him the best creative talents, as in the exhibition on Italian art at the Museum of Dortmund in , or at the island of Korcula, in the former Jugoslavia, where architects, artists, graphic designers and writers Perilli, Scheggi, Omcicus, Porro, Cieslewicz, Rykwert joined forces in a summer seminar at Vela Luka.
It was an important experience that led to a range of expressions of interpretation and transformation of the Dalmatian coast, with vital exchanges among the various artists: That summer we traveled in Jugoslavia with Gilda, Gillo and his wife Lalla; he was always ahead of us, and though we were thirty years younger it was hard to keep up with him on our excursions. I would also like to express all my amazement, admiration and appreciation for Gillo, that assiduous observer of all types of artistic expression: What impresses me most is that even today he still visits the extremely tiring events, like furniture and art fairs.
He is open and able to observe, understand, stay up to date on many disciplines, which often ignore each other and live in separate worlds. Gillo manages to cross them and even to leave a sign of his presence! In any part of the world his name brings with it inestimable values of culture, knowledge and moral commitment, but above all it represents the exception of a scholar who pays attention to the evolution of all the various artistic disciplines: His thinking is the result of this critical observation of concrete things inside different disciplines, things others may only have perceived in terms of the earliest symptoms.
Dorfles knows how to read the secondary, peripheral aspects of this signs that, precisely because they are not yet part of the logic of the system, anticipate its changes. Today Gillo Dorfles can represent one hundred years of culture because he has lived with culture from within, with a rare way of keeping an open mind. We all love him and are grateful to him, and we have all gone to see his great retrospective, proud of what he represents. An exhibition that reveals Dorfles as an artist, a painter among painters, capable of expressing his moods, capable of representing his inner aspects and his desire to create in complete freedom.
His drawings are above all liberating acts of fantasy, and demonstrate the pleasure he finds in combining signs and colors. There is a lot of play and irony in his works, maybe a way to keep a certain distance from the committed avant-gardes that have followed one another across the last century. He too says that his works are not figurative, but at the same time they speak to us of personalities whose psychic anomalies Dorfles seems to explore. I believe the major exhibition at Palazzo Reale is above all a rare occasion in which Milan manages to express its gratitude and pride for everything Dorfles has been able to give to the cultural evolution of the city.
Gillo Dorfles during a seminar at Vela Luka, ex-Jugoslavia, Due figure con appendici,, acrylic and oil on canvas, private collection. Facing page, from upper left: Guerriero verde azzurro, , acrylic and oil on canvas, private collection. Due schieramenti, , acrylic and oil on canvas, private collection. Anacoreta con inserzione femminile rilingue, , acrylic and oil on canvas, private collection. Untitled, , pin in silver, cire-perdu casting and handiwork, 8. Untitled, , Untitled , plates in painted ceramic; Untitled, , painted terracotta; Untitled, , painted terracotta. The catalogue of the exhibition Gillo Dorfles.
Pierre Staudenmeyer, refined intellectual, art collector, designer of jewelry and one of the first to present artistic design in his galleries Neotu and Mouvements Modernes. Pierre Staudenmeyer, who died in at the age of 54, was an ambiguous, mysterious character, a lover of rings and tattoos, theorist and merchant, as he liked to call himself. He began to offer limited editions in his gallery next to the Beaubourg back in the early Eighties, when industrial design was still a field of ethical values and limited editions were still viewed with suspicion and presented almost in a clandestine way.
Today they are everywhere, protagonists in fairs and galleries around the world.