Crack open the Chi­anti

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design The Inside Track -

We’re ac­cus­tomed to con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian de­sign in the UK (Boffi, Minotti and Cap­pellini, to name a few), but, to date, clas­sic pieces from Italy are rare birds. How­ever, to judge by the hordes that re­cently flocked to ad­mire the Floren­tine tiles on show at the Ba­lineum pop-up store at Pen­treath & Hall, there is a grow­ing ap­petite for the coun­try’s more tra­di­tional style. Last month, Frette, the man­u­fac­turer of lux­u­ri­ous bed­li­nen, opened a Lon­don store af­ter an ab­sence of 16 years. On the New Kings Road, SW6, Of­ficine Gullo (www.of­ficineg­ullo.com), the Floren­tine kitchen man­u­fac­turer of breath­tak­ing kitchens that com­bine mod­ern tech­nol­ogy with clas­sic Ital­ian styling (left), has been demon­strat­ing that not all Ital­ian de­sign is Mod­ernist.

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