Having the courage to move forward, to innovate for the future, yet never forgetting the pull of memories, the tales of our past: this is the lesson that guides many of today’s journeys through the cultural, artistic or architectural landscape of Italy. It’s a lesson which aims to bring together opposites, and seems to be the inspiration for this villa in the centre of Forte dei Marmi. Set on three levels – two above ground and one below – and about 200m from the sea, it stands in a particularly prestigious and desirable area for property. Architect Paolo Neé, who headed up the project together with architect Paola Metelli, conceives, plans and carries out a renovation based not on an attempt at disguise, trying to simulate the style of traditional Tuscan properties, but on an open encounter of history, culture and design, on the creation of creative dissonances that are meant to be lived and enjoyed. The Forte dei Marmi project represents the bold physical incarnation of a balanced dialogue: the charm of the original features of the building on the one hand, and the unexpected playfulness of the interior design, which is modern and contemporary, on the other. The styles of the villa are inspired by Tuscan tradition, and in particular that of Forte dei Marmi, as evidenced in the materials, finishings and architecture. These elements dialogue with the contemporary interior design, expressed in the colours and materials of a holiday home; recurring themes are blue, in all its shades; soft, natural linens; and a colour palette of sand and earth tones. Personalising the space are furnishings and reclaimed objects, selected with care and recontextualised to achieve a fresh, welcoming family atmosphere.
Even the finishings are contemporary, but in keeping with Tuscan tradition and customs, such as soffits in Cardoso stone. This stone recurs throughout the project like a unifying motif, appearing in the windowsills and thresholds, as well as several other internal details such as the stairs that lead to the upper level, the worktop of the stunning Boffi kitchen, and other design details. On the ground floor lies a generous living area with access to the pergola, where there is an outdoor seating area. The living area leads to the kitchen, which connects to another pergola with a more private outdoor dining area. The prestigious but unusual furnishings were chosen specifically to create just the right feel, with fresh, crumpled fabrics suitable for a seaside home, and very natural fabrics used in the Fischbacher curtains.