OPEN IN­VITE

A spa­cious old home is turned into an artist’s res­i­dence with the soul of a share house

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IN THE AGE OF AIRBNB, it’s to­tally nor­mal to talk to strangers on the in­ter­net, show up at their house and spend a few weeks liv­ing there. Of course, most peo­ple pre­fer to keep their homes – and wifi pass­words – pri­vate. But for Martino di Napoli Ram­polla, home is a place to be shared. Af­ter work­ing abroad, Martino re­turned to Florence and felt the city lacked a sup­port­ive space for cre­atives. The so­lu­tion was this his­toric home owned by his fam­ily, which he de­scribes as an “ar­chi­tec­tural jewel that needed to be fixed up”.

CRE­ATIVE COM­MU­NITY Martino en­listed in­te­rior de­signer An­drew Trot­ter to turn the empty build­ing into “Numeroventi”, an artist’s res­i­dence and gallery with rooms for rent. They did it in 18 months. “I met An­drew at a con­cert held in his apart­ment,” Martino re­calls. “The idea of a place ded­i­cated to cre­ative ex­change stems from his open-house phi­los­o­phy.” Martino wanted ten­ants to feel at home, so An­drew de­signed spa­ces where young peo­ple could un­wind. They also chose un­fussy Scan­di­na­vian-de­signed fur­ni­ture to cre­ate a re­laxed vibe. The high ceil­ings made it pos­si­ble to build mez­za­nines in sev­eral rooms, how­ever, no other ma­jor changes were made.

WORK IN PROGRESS As Numeroventi grows, Martino plans to ren­o­vate more spa­ces that will ac­com­mo­date guests who come from around the world. He also plans to do up his pri­vate liv­ing quar­ters. “There is an en­tire com­mu­nity re­volv­ing around Numeroventi, a mix of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cre­ative tal­ent,” he says. “I ad­mit, its suc­cess ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tion. We hit the nail on the head!”

Pare it back “To coun­ter­act the over­whelm­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, I went for con­tem­po­rary and sober touches,” says home­owner Martino. The shared liv­ing room is fur­nished with a cof­fee ta­ble from Nome Fur­ni­ture, a Ferm Liv­ing rug and a vin­tage leather chair. The art­work is by Lorenzo Bri­na­tia, a for­mer res­i­dent.

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