Italian Interior Design: Discover Italy's Most Beautiful Homes

CEO Khai Intela
Italy is a country renowned for its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking landscapes. And just like the country itself, Italian interior design is a perfect reflection of this diversity. From the sleek, clean lines...

Italy is a country renowned for its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking landscapes. And just like the country itself, Italian interior design is a perfect reflection of this diversity. From the sleek, clean lines of Milan to the rustic charm of Tuscany, Italian design encompasses a wide range of styles and influences. In this article, we invite you to take a virtual tour of some of Italy's most beautiful homes, each representing a different region and showcasing the unique aesthetic of its surroundings.

Elegant Eclecticism: Exploring Italian Interior Design

Italian interior design is characterized by regionalism that encourages eclecticism, diversity, and artistic experimentation. It's all about embracing different styles, eras, and materials to create a harmonious and visually stunning space. Whether it's the opulent finishings in Carlo Mollino's Turin home or the modern-rustic restoration of a Tuscan villa by Paola Navone, Italian designers effortlessly blend old and new, luxury and simplicity, resulting in captivating interiors that tell a story.

Carlo-Mollino-Turin-House-1stdibs Opulent finishings in the living room of the late furniture designer Carlo Mollino’s home in Turin contrast with a more casual, distressed approach to objets and upholsteries. (Photo by Bart Kiggen)

A Journey Through Italy: Region by Region

Let's embark on a visual journey through Italy, exploring the stunning interiors that represent each region's unique style and charm.

Florence: Where History Meets Sophistication

Florence, known for its rich history and artistic heritage, is home to some of the most elegant residences in Italy. Designer Michele Bönan has collaborated with the Ferragamo family to create remarkable interiors, including the penthouse of the Portrait Firenze hotel. Meanwhile, Italian interior designer Filippo Carandini showcases the beauty of understated elegance in a neutral Florentine apartment.

Michele-Bonan-Firenze-Hotel Designer Michele Bönan has completed work for the Ferragamo family on more than 10 of their hotel properties; pictured above is the penthouse of the Portrait Firenze in Florence. (Photo by Massimo Listri via Condé Nast Traveler)

Milan: A Playground of Colors and Geometry

Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, showcases interiors that are vibrant, bold, and full of personality. Ettore Sottsass, one of the pioneers of Memphis Design, created an apartment with bright colors and geometric patterns that perfectly embody the avant-garde spirit of Milan. Design duo Dimore Studio, on the other hand, uses unexpected color combinations to create moody and captivating spaces.

Ettore-Sottsass-Milan-Apartment-1959-1stdibs A 1959 image of Ettore Sottsass‘ Milan apartment. The home’s bright colors and emphasis on geometry reflect the aesthetic that Sottsass would popularize in the 1980s under the moniker of Memphis Design.

Rome: Timeless Beauty and Eclectic Pairings

Rome, the eternal city, is known for its grand architecture and timeless beauty. Architect and designer Achille Salvagni's residence in a neoclassical building showcases his penchant for eclectic pairings and a belief that beauty transcends style and era. The elegant home of fashion designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua perfectly blends classic elements, such as the Saarinen dining table, with a touch of modernity.

Achille-Salvagni-Gio-Ponti-1stdibs Another image from Salvagni’s Roman apartment, featuring two citrus-colored armchairs by Nino Zoncada. Salvagni’s building was designed by the 19th-century architect Gino Coppedè, who is often referred to as the “Italian Gaudi.” (Photo by Eric Laignel via Interior Design)

Sicily: Baroque Splendor and Artistic Evolution

The island of Sicily boasts a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes. The ballroom of Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi, immortalized in the film "Il Gattopardo," captures the grandeur of baroque architecture. At Villa Lena, Ettore Sottsass' Tahiti lamp brings a playful touch to the property's 18th-century buildings, emphasizing the importance of cultural and artistic evolution.

Palazzo-Valguarnera-Gangi-Sicily-Interior In Palermo, Sicily, the ballroom of the Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi — a baroque masterpiece that dates to the mid-18th-century — was made famous by the 1963 Luchino Visconti film, Il Gattopardo.

Embracing It All: Italian Interior Design at Its Finest

Italian interior design is a celebration of history, cultural diversity, and artistic expression. From the iconic designs of Fornasetti to the innovative creations of contemporary designers, Italy continues to inspire with its ever-evolving design scene. So whether you're drawn to the elegance of Florentine interiors or the boldness of Milanese design, there's an Italian aesthetic that's sure to captivate your imagination.

Italian Design Collection (Article reviewed on the 5th of October, 2020)

Images:

  • Carlo-Mollino-Turin-House-1stdibs: Opulent finishings in the living room of the late furniture designer Carlo Mollino’s home in Turin contrast with a more casual, distressed approach to objets and upholsteries. (Photo by Bart Kiggen)
  • Michele-Bonan-Firenze-Hotel: Designer Michele Bönan has completed work for the Ferragamo family on more than 10 of their hotel properties; pictured above is the penthouse of the Portrait Firenze in Florence. (Photo by Massimo Listri via Condé Nast Traveler)
  • Ettore-Sottsass-Milan-Apartment-1959-1stdibs: A 1959 image of Ettore Sottsass‘ Milan apartment. The home’s bright colors and emphasis on geometry reflect the aesthetic that Sottsass would popularize in the 1980s under the moniker of Memphis Design.
  • Palazzo-Valguarnera-Gangi-Sicily-Interior: In Palermo, Sicily, the ballroom of the Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi — a baroque masterpiece that dates to the mid-18th-century — was made famous by the 1963 Luchino Visconti film, Il Gattopardo.
  • Italian Design Collection: An exquisite collection of Italian interior design inspirations. (Article reviewed on the 5th of October, 2020)
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