words by Flavia Giorgi — photos by Max Zambelli in collaboration with Francesca Benedetto
outdoors, Pamela dedicated herself to the mood of the rooms, where her taste for contemporary design and for the monochromatic shades of black and white is evident. Outdoors, the couple have also worked on the design of the garden, with bamboo, ferns, palm trees and umbrella pines. But it is the husband who has brought a tree into the house: in the middle of the living room, he has installed a trunk covered in dark patches: it belonged to a plant which had been cut down and which he recovered and reassembled in its current location. Enriched by the tones of the wood, the palette looks for new harmonies with furnishing accessories from Asia and Africa. “We see beauty in the unusual, we instinctively gather what others would find insignificant. We love simple and austere objects,” says Pamela. A contemporary reinterpretation with an eye on the past for this classic Long Island villa. A project by Bonetti & Kozerski, spurred on by an unusual turn of events
It all happens in the silence of the cold season. The house is uninhabited. A pipe bursts and water pours on to the floor, then drips from the walls, and slides down the stairs. Disaster! The impact on the villa interior is devastating. “The owner is an old friend from New York”, says the architect Enrico Bonetti. “He bought the villa around fifteen years ago for holidaying on Long Island with his family. After the pipe burst, he called me, telling me it was actually the nudge he needed, because he was thinking about a change”. Along with associate Dominic Kozerski, Bonetti set to work on the interior transformation. “We broke down the walls to create fluid spaces, which flowed from one into the next”. Simple, minimalist spaces, where emptiness is preserved as a value because it allows in natural light, emphasised by the opening of new windows. And by the reflections in the light surfaces, white paint for the walls and whitewashed pine slats for the floors. Students of Peter Marino in the 90’ s, Bonetti and Kozerski opened their studio in New York in 2000, alternating residential projects with retail, but also exploring the hotel sector, art galleries and schools. Their ‘ luxury’ is not showy, it is subtle, it is quality. And in this home it also translates into a calibrated choice of furniture, international design by the Eames, Mogens Koch, Sergio Rodrigues, Gino Sarfatti, Hans Wegner. “We refreshed the interior spaces with a contemporary language, but without excess. We looked not for contrast but for continuity, so our intervention was innovative but in harmony with the overall mood”, the architect concludes.