In contradiction to French interior design, a gathered, agreed-upon concept of Italian interior design is up for grips. Italian design, like the country’s tale, is distinguished by a regionalism that produces eclecticism, variety and exquisite emotion that promotes experimentation. This week, as we honor makers of Italian interior design, we paused to take an off-the-moment review of some of the country’s most charming rooms. From Palermo to Turin, take a peek at some superb rooms that reveal the country’s heterogeneity of design and history. Luxuriant finishings in the living room of the late furniture designer Carlo Mollino’s home in Turin contrast with a more relaxed, distressed way to objects and upholsteries. Interior designer Paola Navone used both contemporary and rural elements in her rehabilitation of a recent Armani exec’s centuries-old Tuscan villa. Designer Michele Bönan has finished work for the Ferragamo family on more than 10 of their hotel grounds; pictured above is the penthouse of the Portrait Firenze in Florence. This vague, understated Florentine residence comes courtesy of Italian interior designer Filippo Carandini. In this 1920s Milan apartment, a saffron-hued chair by 21st-century designer William Sawaya takes center stage. Acclaimed design firm Studio Peregalli set an diverse mix of items in the trompe l’oeil stucco walls of this Brescia palazzo. In this Salvagni’s Roman home, featuring two citrus-colored armchairs by Nino Zoncada. Salvagni’s house was designed by the 19th-century architect Gino Coppedè, who is often pointed to as the “Italian Gaudi.” The sophisticated, energetic home of fashion designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua highlights a Saarinen dining table and a 1940s Murano glass chandelier. Vintage Roland Rainer chairs line the dining table in the 16th-century Sicilian home of designer Alfred von Escher.
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