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Coun­try style is given a re­boot in this Tus­can farm­house, which com­bines the tra­di­tional and the con­tem­po­rary

State­ment de­signs el­e­vate what could be a clas­sic coun­try home into some­thing very spe­cial – a new kind of mod­ern

Perched amongst the an­cient or­chards and pic­turesque olive groves in Travalle, a Tus­can vil­lage sit­u­ated near Florence, Podere Bus­so­laio is a pic­ture- per­fect 15th-cen­tury farm­house with a dif­fer­ence. The 700-square-me­tre es­tate be­longs to two cre­ative sis­ters, Clau­dia and Elisa, who to­gether em­barked on a four-year ren­o­va­tion project, un­der­taken by ar­chi­tec­ture firm B-arch, trans­form­ing this his­tor­i­cal prop­erty into two very on-trend fam­ily homes.

The chal­lenge of the project was to re­spect the build­ing’s orig­i­nal Tus­can ar­chi­tec­ture with­out be­ing re­strained by it. In Elisa’s sec­tion of the farm­house, where she lives with her hus­band Diego and their two chil­dren, Nic­colò and Tilda, the build­ing’s ex­posed beams and bare stone walls co-ex­ist with ur­ban ma­te­ri­als such as slick poured ce­ment floors and lime­wash walls. The pal­ette is soft and sub­tly mod­ern, but the fur­nish­ings are dar­ingly con­tem­po­rary, from the ‘Modo’ chan­de­lier by Roll & Hill to ‘Bee­tle’ chairs by Gubi and a ‘Cloud’ sofa by Francesco Rota for Lema. These state­ment de­signs el­e­vate what could be a clas­sic coun­try home into some­thing very spe­cial – a new kind of mod­ern. A high­light of the in­te­rior is the metal­lic book­case in the liv­ing room – de­signed by B-arch ar­chi­tects, it re­sem­bles a golden, glis­ten­ing bird­cage. Amid this moder­nity, there are still know­ing nods to the past: in the kitchen, a tra­di­tional fire­place and re­stored bread oven add charm to the cus­tom-de­signed cab­i­netry. It is a stylish rein­ven­tion of the farm­house kitchen; still the beat­ing heart of the home, but com­pletely open-plan, fin­ished in white mar­ble and stain­less steel.

Out­doors, large gaze­bos sit be­side the swim­ming pool, giv­ing Clau­dia and Elisa’s fam­i­lies a beau­ti­ful place to re­lax to­gether, lis­ten to the chirp­ing of the ci­cadas and en­joy the views as they cook on the bar­be­cue. Life here is the per­fect bal­ance of old and new, tra­di­tional and mod­ern, com­bined with an eye for the fash­ion­able. b-arch.it

Por­trait Home­owner Elisa and her hus­band Diego with their chil­dren, Nic­coló and Tilda Liv­ing room A leather ‘Cloud’ sofa by Francesco Rota for Lema pro­vides mod­ern re­lax­ation and is paired with a clas­sic Eames lounger (avail­able from Skandium). The...

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Din­ing room The vin­tage ta­ble is sur­rounded by ‘ Bee­tle’ chairs by Gubi (avail­able at The Con­ran Shop). The ‘ Modo’ chan­de­lier is from Roll & Hill Kitchen Gubi stools pro­vide a spot to eat break­fast at the mar­ble and stain­less-steel is­land Stock­ist...

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