IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE SEA OF ELBA, A VILLA INTERPRETS THE DUAL SPIRIT OF THE ISLAND, SEA AND LAND. REFLECTING THE CHANGING HOURS AND SEASONS WITH SHIFTS OF LIGHT AND COLOR.
words NICOLETTA DEL BUONO – photos GIORGIO BARONI
Pietro Del Vaglio is one of those logical designers. A rationalist? Not necessarily. The minimal look is not for him. But his choices are always carefully thought out, never accidental. Never a banal moment. Just look at this seaside residence on the island of Elba, designed for a couple with kids. It was already there, but it has been totally reinvented, removing the pitched roof and putting on a flat one, radically changing the layout, adding plants for a shady garden reached by means of a promenade made with slabs of pietra serena. Del Vaglio: «The clients, friends of mine, live here year round. So I thought about a sunny, Mediterranean house that would not convey a sense of vacation, but one of settlement. It had to adapt to the rhythm of the days, the seasons». Inside, large open spaces encourage informal habits. The large U-shaped living area signals its various functions only with shifts in the floor level: the dining and conversation spaces, in the arms of the U, are higher, while the living area is recessed. Visual continuity is ensured by the floors in slabs of pietra serena and quartzite. Upstairs, the bedroom zone offers ample spaces and elegant bathrooms, with custom sculptural fixtures in quartzite. This level also contains a sort of annex with its own elevator and a separate entrance from the garden. The architect has designed many of the furnishings and the whole kitchen, and added sculptures by Tania Scotto D’Aniello, and paintings done for the occasion by Simone Chiorri.