This imposing space was brought to life from the remains of a traditional barn. Faenza-based Studio Rava Piersanti enclosed its three open sides with glass walls, creating a sense of immersion in nature. Signs of wear and tear have been left to mark the passage of time on the columns and brick walls, but the rest of the space has been updated into the here and now.
Automatic curtains across the glass walls lend privacy to the rooms when needed, and a striking mezzanine floor hosts a king-sized bed with views across the foliage. The spacious ground floor includes a living room that expands into a dining area, with a foldable kitchen that can be opened and closed as needed.
Interiors are a treasure trove of 20th-century art and designer furnishings, including some rare pieces. Of particular note are Marcel Breuer seats, AEO sofas by Archizoon, and the classic modular sofa, Camaleonda, by Mario Bellini.
The space also serves as a showcase for the expressive art of French artist Philippe Artias, a post-war friend and confidante of Picasso in Vallauris, who later moved to Italy.
The loft is located on grounds with several other residences and surrounded in park-like landscaping, with an almost sculptural array of raised vegetable and herb beds, plus an orchard. Much of the produce is used for the breakfasts that are served to guests each morning.
This is a great vacation home for rent in Italy for two guests, with options for larger groups. To see the Villa on the same property, click here.