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February 10, 2016
These renovations connect rustic, classic, and modern design in Italy.
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A 200-year-old factory in Umbria is transformed into an inviting home by designer Paola Navone. Entering the apartment—it takes up the building’s entire second and third floors; Feliciano’s business offices fill the first—visitors pass by a sentry wall of lamps from Design House Stockholm on their way to the airy living-dining room with its 52 windows. Beyond, a gauzy wall of Indian cotton curtains leads to the bath. 

Originally appeared in Musical Chairs
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Renovated Art Deco apartment in Rome by SCAPE includes elm millwork and faceted enamel ceilings

SCAPE's transformation of the two top floors of a freestanding house in Rome's Colle Oppio neighborhood is a project that, as is often the case working with the city's ancient fabric, involved complex factors. The 2,368-square-foot apartment was distributed over three levels with two main floors and a mezzanine, "the fruit of numerous interventions that had been carried out in a disorderly and incoherent manner over the last twenty years." The renovation required structural work as well, including the consolidation of the floor slabs and roofing. 

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Originally appeared in You Won't Believe This Historic Penthouse Transformation in Rome
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A couple in northern Italy trade a cramped flat for a renovated farmhouse in the country. The sitting area and office are on the second floor, reached via the catwalk. Near the sofa by Piero Lissoni for Cassina is a Bourgie lamp from Kartell; on the large table, made from old roof beams, is a Taccia lamp from Flos. 

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Podere 43 allows for an endless array of leisure activities like ping-pong.

A complex of farm buildings from a less than glorious period in Italy’s history is magically transformed. The result? A sophis­ticated yet kid-friendly retreat that seamlessly fuses historical influences with contemporary design. 

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Three Vaults Apartment in Turin by R3Architetti

The architects at R3Architetti were given a unique challenge when they started work on what would become the 3 Vaults apartment. Not only were they tasked with creating a vacation home for a woman who wanted to use it during occasional visits to see family in Turin, then rent it on Airbnb the rest of the year, but they also needed to actually find an apartment to renovate and build most of the interior from scratch. 

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Originally appeared in Look Out for This Industrial Italian Pied-à-Terre on Airbnb
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dining room lighting

A 200-year-old factory in Umbria is transformed into an inviting home by designer Paola Navone. Entering the apartment—it takes up the building’s entire second and third floors; Feliciano’s business offices fill the first—visitors pass by a sentry wall of lamps from Design House Stockholm on their way to the airy living-dining room with its 52 windows. Beyond, a gauzy wall of Indian cotton curtains leads to the bath. 

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