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Aquaz­zura’s Edgardo Oso­rio takes Jacqueline Kot on a tour of his eclec­tic Floren­tine home

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A grand tour of Aquaz­zura founder Edgardo Oso­rio’s Floren­tine home

Gor­geous De Gour­nay wall­pa­per with animal print, mar­ble busts with dis­plays of co­ral—the home of Edgardo Oso­rio and his part­ner, Ri­cardo D’Almeida Figueiredo, is a riot of colour and pat­terns, of con­tem­po­rary and clas­sic el­e­ments, all con­tained within the stately Palazzo Corsini in Florence.

“I love the con­trast be­tween the an­tique and the mod­ern and I can hardly be­lieve my luck, some years ago now, at se­cur­ing such a gem. I have al­ways been in love with this beau­ti­ful palazzo,” says Oso­rio, who is the founder and creative di­rec­tor of lux­ury shoe brand Aquaz­zura, and whose head­quar­ters and de­sign stu­dio are lo­cated in the same build­ing, along with a ground-level bou­tique.

There are cer­tainly plenty of con­trast­ing el­e­ments in the home, which Oso­rio designed with in­te­rior de­sign firm Casa do Pas­sadiço. The damask gold and cork wall­pa­per in the liv­ing room is matched with a car­pet in a geo­met­ric pat­tern, while blush-pink so­fas from Merid­i­ani flank a pouf cov­ered in ze­bra print. Pot­ted plants with large fronds and a dec­o­ra­tive crane leaven the mix. Over­look­ing all this are art­works by Aaron Young, Dan Res and Douglas Gordon, while a baroque-style Por­tuguese al­tar from the 17th cen­tury is a strik­ing fea­ture of one of the walls.

Full of colour and char­ac­ter, the room looks sump­tu­ous but not in­tim­i­dat­ing— a place to re­lax and have fun.

“I love colour, I love to host, I love to have fun,” says Colom­bian-born Oso­rio. “When I think of space, I think of where I can en­ter­tain my friends. I don’t want it to be for­mal; the space is beau­ti­ful but I want to be able to sit on the floor, or the couch, to have a good time and be re­laxed. I love joy­ful­ness, and that, I think, is my Latin side coming out.”

The home is like a liv­ing scrap­book of Oso­rio’s loves and life­style. A fas­ci­na­tion with corals and shells has re­sulted in a col­lec­tion, some found at auc­tions, that cov­ers a wall in the TV room.

“I think that a space needs to com­mu­ni­cate some­thing. I like rooms that feel lived-in. They give you an emo­tion in a way,” says Oso­rio. “When I dec­o­rate a space, it is very

much a feel­ing. There is no rule to fol­low; it’s just what­ever feels right.”

Each room was designed to have a per­son­al­ity of its own. The din­ing room fea­tures a more stately look, with ex­ten­sive mould­ing and pan­elling on the walls, com­ple­mented with col­umns. A vin­tage Sput­nik crys­tal and brass chan­de­lier from the 1970s hangs above a Car­rera mar­ble-topped din­ing ta­ble from Carlo Colombo.

“I had mood boards of things that I love, such as dif­fer­ent palaces across Europe, or places and apart­ments that I ad­mired,” says Oso­rio. “Yves Saint-Lau­rent’s apart­ment in Paris, the en­trance fea­tured Chi­nese lac­quer. I love the colour and I wanted that, so I made one of the foy­ers in the home all lac­quered in red.”

The strik­ing red, along with a ze­bra-print rug and a mar­ble-topped cof­fee ta­ble fea­tur­ing hues of golden brown and white, turns a mere foyer into a space that makes a bold state­ment

HOME SWEET HOME From top: Edgardo Oso­rio has made Florence his home, with the head­quar­ters for Aquaz­zura lo­cated in the same build­ing as his apart­ment; the din­ing room show­cases Oso­rio’s love of com­bin­ing clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments in the decor

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