- Architecture & development
Near Florence lies a beautiful country house that once belonged to a popular painter whose stay here is still evident thanks to the exotic atmosphere he brought with him. Architect and designer Pietro Franceschini took up this project and transformed it into the most ideal home: Casa M was born. The new owners will undoubtedly be amazed by the extraordinarily detailed finish.
Pietro Franceschini currently lives between New York and Florence, having studied in Italy, Portugal and America. This designer has discovered many cultures and it is precisely these that inspire him. After graduating (cum laude!) from the University of Florence, he worked, among others, with Leeser Architecture in Brooklyn, Claudia Nardi in Florence, Laisé Roussel in Paris and Carlo Ratti Associati in New York. The project shown here is further proof that the architect can also realise very special projects under his own name. The typical Tuscan rusticity at Casa M was complemented by pastel colours, rare marble and, last but not least, by exotic plants in the garden. This combination is very unusual for a city like Florence. Why? Simply because of the diversity and variety. The intention was to bring contrast into the interior. The aim was to create an environment of relaxation for the new owners.
A pure, minimal atmosphere with a sense of soul.
The client is a young successful businessman and his partner is the owner of an iconic Florentine silver manufacturer. Both have a love of art and detail. From the start, it was clear that they were open to non-traditional interiors. Franceschini wanted to bring a pure and minimal atmosphere combined with a hint of soul. This was the reason why the finishes are not flat. The cement floor, for instance, provides a nice contrast to the old beams and the colour palette is quite neutral in the house. Thanks to the retention of the wooden beams and cracked doors, the lovely old charm of the Italian property is highlighted. Furthermore, architect Franceschini deliberately chose concrete floors and a unique selection of one-of-a-kind items to make the rooms his own. Well-known names that promise quality were chosen resolutely. Just think of the Elysée Chair by Pierre Paulin, Vine Light by "ANDlight" and chairs by Charlotte Perriand. We are already completely in love with the Golden Arch Console designed by Pieter Franceschini himself. This piece comes from his very first furniture collection: the Olympus collection which we will continue to keep an eye on. Thanks to these choices, this interior lends itself perfectly to exhibiting art. The selection of furniture matches with those pieces and is a mix of contemporary and French mid-century. Some pieces were already owned by the client, so the mix came about very naturally. Design by Pietro Franceschini
Images by Enrico Capanni