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An Italian Palazzo

Entry: The glass portico features a wall of original windows overlooking  outdoor courtyard. A long wooden bench running under the window and frescoes give immediate impact upon entrance.

For Sabrina, an architect/interior designer and property developer, this house proved the perfect opportunity to realise her dream of combining all three aspects of her work within one project. “The project would allow me to have fun and play with different ideas from the design to the décor. It gave me a chance to create within a beautiful framework, says Sabrina.Once home to a noble family, the top floor home had been abandoned for several years. The neglected 250 square-metres would take the better part of three years to restore and renovate mainly because many of the original antique frescos by Tuscan painter Luigi Catani -whose works can be seen in Palazzo Pitti in Florence and in several Medici villas in and around Tuscany- had been painted over.

The red cross painting is from Berlin and the aluminium letter A was bought second hand. Dining Room: “Since the house is very important, I decided to play and have fun with the décor”, says Sabrina of her home. “Tulip” dining table and chairs by Saarinen inject a modern ambience into the dining room with original fireplace and frescoes. Glass water bottles are “Seletti” designer vases. The white lamp above dining table was a second hand. Collection of French mirrors of varying shapes.
left The red cross painting is from Berlin and the aluminium letter A was bought second hand.
right Dining Room: “Since the house is very important, I decided to play and have fun with the décor”, says Sabrina of her home. “Tulip” dining table and chairs by Saarinen inject a modern ambience into the dining room with original fireplace and frescoes. Glass water bottles are “Seletti” designer vases. The white lamp above dining table was a second hand. Collection of French mirrors of varying shapes.
Sabrina Bignami Guest bedroom: The armoire is from the 19th century. It came with the house but was painted white. The “Poste Italian” antique linen bag and smoke plastic chair are second hand. The fifties armchair was found at a flea market and is an original “Saporiti” .
left Sabrina Bignami
right Guest bedroom: The armoire is from the 19th century. It came with the house but was painted white. The “Poste Italian” antique linen bag and smoke plastic chair are second hand. The fifties armchair was found at a flea market and is an original “Saporiti” .
Dressing room: The vintage mannequin was found at a flea market in Bologna. Sabrina designed the set of shelving/ wardrobes for the dressing room. The vintage pedestal table with aluminium base and plastic chairs were bought in a flea market in Amsterdam for 50 Euros each.
Dressing room: The vintage mannequin was found at a flea market in Bologna. Sabrina designed the set of shelving/ wardrobes for the dressing room. The vintage pedestal table with aluminium base and plastic chairs were bought in a flea market in Amsterdam for 50 Euros each.

Images and text: Nathalie Krag via Taverne Agency and Tami Christiansen. Saarinen dining table and chairs, Seletti glass bottles, Saporiti armchair

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