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