The rolling countryside around Conegliano, a small Italian hill town close to the city of Venice, is known for producing prosecco (among other wines). The green foothills of the Alps, which rise majestically at the edge of the vineyards, form a protective barrier around the area, creating optimum growing conditions for the grapes. It is here, on a plot encircled by a huge 4,000-square-metre secluded garden, that Massimo Formenton of the architectural practice Parisotto + Formenton has built a modernist home with a simple and elegant aesthetic. The house is beautifully refined, from the clean lines of the building to the monochrome palette of the interior.
The rigorously minimal scheme was inspired by the homeowners, who wanted a ‘quiet and simple’ home; a space reduced to its essence, with no clutter or fuss. The layout was conceived around the traditional Japanese idea of open yet connected rooms, each of them furnished sparingly and with care.
All necessary items are stored away in closets, which were specially designed to work as the only visual partitions between living areas. This pared-back decoration gives the space an airy ambience, with a focus on the quality of the materials used. Different textures, from the grain of the dark wood to the patina of the concrete, are the only ornamentation required. Indeed, Formenton describes the concrete walls as ‘alive – in no need of decoration’.
United by a joint passion for exploring the mountains and entertaining friends at home, the homeowners also required a property that suited their indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With large seating and dining areas situated on the covered patios that surround this home, there’s a real sense of openness.
Fittingly for a house located in a wine region, it also includes a well-stocked cellar, with a fridge that can store many different varieties of wine, all at the ideal temperature. Whether you want to enjoy a glass of Malbec in front of the fire or sip a Sauvignon Blanc on the patio, this home is the perfect, sophisticated setting. studioparisottoeformenton.it
For the full house tour see ELLE Decoration January 2018
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