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A colorful holiday house by the sea

A colorful holiday house by the sea

Frederic Vasseur

Set on the Italian Apulian coastline, this villa built in the 1970s has been radically renovated by the Neapolitan architect Giuliano dell'Uva. Today, it is a color luxury holiday retreat with purity.

This Italian holiday home is full of pep and has been renovated in a sunny and modern decor. As a tribute to the sun and the sea, yellow and blue are put in the spotlight and give gaiety and warmth instead. Discovery.

A little bit of paradise in Italy

This villa is so bright and open that it seems to overflow on the seascape. Everything predisposes, the wide bays, the terraces, the garden on different levels and the cinematic horizon of the Ionian Sea. Blue, immensely blue. Some days "the landscape looks like a postcard", Angelina Latorraca enthuses. For the owner, this house is first and foremost a family story. A piece of paradise with a private beach below where children, grandchildren, uncles and cousins ‚Äč‚Äčlive scattered between Milan and London. The couple lives in Taranto, Angelina shares the week between the activity of his notarial study and La Ventura, a nearby olive-growing estate where, for the last ten years, she has been committed to producing a 100% organic oil.

Sun break on Kettal lounge chairs and Libreria yellow or blue Zigo fabrics, 1970.

Frederic Vasseur

Frederic Vasseur

The choice of a holiday resort on the seafront has moved to Marina di Pulsano where still nestles enchanting natural areas between sand and rock. The couple noticed the achievements of Giuliano dell'Uva in Milan, Naples and Capri. Their wish to bring to the property a more contemporary Mediterranean flair corresponded to the spirit of the architect.

Contemporary design for this Italian villa

White card was given to the architect. It was necessary to revamp the house built in the 1970s by offering more lightness and a certain radicalism modernist without erasing its original character. The Roman landscape architect Antonella Sartogo also intervened, taking advantage of the slope of the ground to create different islands planted with maquis vegetation adapted to the sea wind and drought.

The aperitif served on Giuliano's tables and the ceramic tiles of Gio Ponti. Carpet, Kettal, Paola Navone mesh armchair for Emu and braided, Paola Navone for Gervasoni.

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Terrace in the garden designed by Antonella Sartogo.

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A bright and luxurious interior for this holiday home

Inside, the villa has little to do with its original plan. Whence the white that oversizes and soothes space. From where the floor in gray resin going up on the wall in order to create an unexpected rhythm. Hence the new order of dynamic vision brought by the graphic game.

What else could be conceptual and cold here is alive and sensual. Hence the primary color of the fabrics and their patterns, the use of monochrome, another way to accentuate the optical unity and reconstruct the perception of places.

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In the spacious and convivial lounge, everything revolves around the fireplace streaked with gray lines like a shadow coming from the outside: two soft wool Peg sofas designed by Nendo for Cappellini, Dot rug (Hay), Soft Spun Large wall light from Sebastian Wrong (Flos) and poufs balls Tato and Tatino (Baleri Italia). At the bottom right, in the dining room, white chairs Baleri Italia. On the left, the door opened on the cloakroom of friends suggests a graphic pictorial game of black and white lines.

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Vintage seats upholstered in Fuochi fabric (Livio de Simone), table flower by Roberto Lazzeroni (Lema).

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The white linen sofa by Martin Margiela for Cerruti Baleri, the coffee table (Lema) and the chandelier by Rody Grausmans for Droog Design affirm a holiday spirit.

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Yellow washbasin, Nic design and Rombi Taranto checkered textile, veneered under glass.

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In the renovated rooms, geometrical color drawing on the doors of the cupboards to which were added foot iron.

Frederic Vasseur

Frederic Vasseur

We can think of the unique work of the artist Felice Varini, also at Gio Ponti and his mythical hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento. Angelina did not have a great knowledge of contemporary design but from the beginning of the work she formed the eye at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Accompanied by the architect, she selected Paola Navone, Nendo, Antonino Sciortino ... The fabrics of Livio de Simone are the other dominant of the place. This fashion designer dressed in the 1970s the jet-set of the Amalfi coast to Milan.

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Dressed in wood painted in lemon yellow, Sikkens and Mirois, Hay.

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Today Giuliano dell'Uva, artistic director of the eponymous brand, diverted the seventies prints into the decorative universe and enriched it with a new collection. Symbol of the sea and the sun, the fabrics merge between exterior and interior as a whole and that is what pleases the hostess.

Far from the strass that animates the Italian Riviera in some places, the villa plays a soft balance between modernity and conviviality. And adopt a simple life that belongs only to her.

Under the Luciano Romano photograph, Martinelli Luce lamp and vintage seat bought in Naples, dressed in Spina fabric, designed by Guiliano.

Frederic Vasseur