For instance, the way the waters of the magical lake illuminate the intimate, idiosyncratic apartment. In the loft is a day area, with the kitchen and a terrace overlooking the water. Below, there is the sleeping area and a study that serves as the reception for the bed and breakfast. A lift takes us up to the apartment, with its floor of heat-treated oak boards and whitewashed beams in the ceiling. A vibrant light filters in from the windows. Calmly, it embraces the furnishings, with their subtle variants of white, caressing statuesque tables and light fittings reminiscent of the bubbles blown by a child. The kitchen – with its matt units and glossy verticals – is nominally by Varenna, but has been designed ad hoc for the space. The large, angular White sofa is by Rodolfo Dordoni (Minotti). The rug is a family heirloom, and the large, iron-framed tabled is attentively surrounded by Hola chairs by Hannes Wettstein (Cassina). Works of art are placed directly on the floor; the stools are robust and brazen. All is light, all is elegance.
So too with the sleeping area, and the intimate, romantic master bedroom with its fabric-upholstered bed and leather-topped Bob side tables by Massaud (2006, Poltrona Frau). The regular rhythms of the Storage walk-in closet (Porro) are housed discretely behind glass doors and silhouetted suggestively by LED lamps. Then there are the bathrooms, with their pure lines and high-grade materials, most prominently the Fatima limestone from Portugal, which has been installed expertly and with reverent care by specialist artisans. A stone that reflects light, for a home that speaks its own life story, the story of an old town house with its cave and its stone walls; the story of a modern, elegant, immortal apartment.