Ba­ro­que spi­rit

AD (Italy) - - Storie. - words SARA MAGRO – pho­tos GIO­VAN­NI DE SANDRE

FACING PIAZ­ZA NA­VO­NA, THE APART­MENT OF DON­NA OLIM­PIA AT PA­LAZ­ZO PAM­PHI­LJ BECOMES AN EXCLUSIVE CI­TY LOD­GE FULL OF THE FINEST ITA­LIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP. Po­pe In­no­cent X never loo­ked out from the bal­co­ny of Pa­laz­zo Pam­phi­lj, thou­gh eve­ryo­ne in Rome knew he was the­re to meet wi­th don­na Olim­pia Pam­phi­lj, his ad­vi­sor, si­ster-in-law and – abo­ve all – lo­ver. He did of­ten peek out the win­dow to look at the Foun­tain of Four Ri­vers de­si­gned for him by Gian Lo­ren­zo Ber­ni­ni, li­ke the who­le set­ting of Piaz­za Na­vo­na. For the pa­la­ce he cal­led on Francesco Bor­ro­mi­ni, who ca­me up wi­th a spi­ral ramp in pla­ce of the for­mal stair­ca­se. Francesco Al­le­gri­ni was com­mis­sio­ned to ma­ke the fre­scos. The al­co­ve was do­ne wi­th the con­tri­bu­tion of the grea­te­st ar­tists of the Ita­lian Ba­ro­que. When Gior­gia and Ste­fa­no Bar­bi­ni en­te­red the pa­pal apart­ment of Pa­laz­zo Pam­phi­lj for the first ti­me – af­ter it had been aban­do­ned for years – they im­me­dia­te­ly rea­li­zed they could crea­te a new pro­ject the­re for San Lo­ren­zo Lod­ges, the fa­mi­ly col­lec­tion of mi­nia­tu­re 5-star ho­tels, ea­ch avai­la­ble for full-fa­ci­li­ty re­ser­va­tion. Now the­re are th­ree of them: the Whi­te Deer, a 4-room struc­tu­re in Val Pu­ste­ria; the Blue Deer, a catamaran sai­ling the coasts of Ita­ly; and the ve­ry new Ho­ly Deer San Lo­ren­zo Ci­ty Lod­ge in Rome. Great ef­fort and pa­tien­ce we­re re­qui­red to re­ge­ne­ra­te the pla­ce, in kee­ping wi­th the dic­ta­tes of the local he­ri­ta­ge au­tho­ri­ties. Work be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2017, wi­th the team of the stu­dio FM Ar­chi­tet­tu­ra d’In­ter­ni (Fran­ce­sca Mu­zio and Ma­ria Sil­via Or­lan­di­ni), spe­cia­li­zing in su­pe­rya­ch­ts. The ow­ners, hai­ling from the world of hi­gh fa­shion, had ve­ry clear ideas: Gior­gia, grand­daughter of Gae­ta­no Sa­vi­ni, foun­der of Brio­ni, was the ow­ner of the Esca­da sto­re in Rome, whi­le Ste­fa­no was Ceo of the Ger­man mai­son in Ita­ly and Fran­ce. For the re­no­va­tion they op­ted for ab­so­lu­te Ma­de in Ita­ly, and to­tal cu­sto­mi­za­tion of the residence wi­th an area of 350 squa­re me­ters. «Wi­th this pro­ject we be­co­me am­bas­sa­dors of Ita­lian ex­cel­len­ce and craftsmanship», Ste­fa­no proud­ly ex­plains as he il­lu­stra­tes the ex­cep­tio­nal skills re­qui­red for the clo­set spa­ce alo­ne: the doors are in cash­me­re wi­th red co­whi­de stit­ching, whi­le the in­ner sur­fa­ces are in neck­tie silk, mat­ching the re­tro sty­le of the De­dar fa­brics dra­ped around the win­do­ws facing Via dell’Ani­ma. The lea­ther coa­than­gers are by To­sca­ni­ni, the work­shop in Bor­go­se­sia, and the man­ne­quins by the fa­mous Bo­na­ve­ri are per­so­na­li­zed in red and blue vel­vet. The clo­set con­nec­ts the stu­dio and mu­sic room to the smal­ler be­droom, wi­th fre­scoed cei­lings, a 19th-cen­tu­ry fi­re­pla­ce and a tree wi­th whi­te ceramic flo­wers by Ali­ce Rie­hl on the wall. The other wing is ac­ces­sed th­rou­gh a cor­ri­dor-li­bra­ry, whe­re thea­tri­cal lighting and an an­ti­que fi­re­pla­ce tran­sform the pas­sa­ge in­to a pla­ce to lin­ger, thou­gh across the th­re­shold the­re are mo­re com­for­ta­ble so­fas and arm­chairs, a self-ser­vi­ce bar wi­th fi­ne wi­nes, and a di­ning room whe­re a con­tem­po­ra­ry look forms a con­tra­st wi­th a Ber­kel sli­cer from 1918, a Mu­ra­no glass chan­de­lier from the 1970s de­si­gned by Ar­chi­me­de Se­gu­so, and a la­te 18th-cen­tu­ry ta­ble in­laid wi­th 34 dif­fe­rent ty­pes of mar­ble.

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