The complete reconstruction of this apartment in 1999 was articulated around two large paintings of the 1930s, with furniture by Jean-Michel Frank, and other items inspired by Brancusi. The owner required a sort of modular hotel suite, extremely simple to use, for sudden stopovers. The walls are in raw polished plaster, the parquetry in oak, the inbuilt furniture designed by atmosphere.
The main building dates from the 19th century. There was no question of giving a quaint old-fashioned look to this apartment belonging to an art collector. So the walls were plastered, painted and brushed, the inbuilt furniture custom-designed by atmosphere. The oak floor is reminiscent of the pontoon on the waterfront, seen against the backdrop of a breathtaking view over the lake of Lugano. A further touch is a 4 cm line running like a red thread along the walls, defining the space, encasing the doorways and moving from room to room.
In this farmstead, the first task was to clean the place out in order to reveal the true potential of the house. A contemporary approach was avoided so as to enhance its evident mineral character and care taken to facilitate movement and fluidity. The level space of the terrace was remodeled, the furniture aged, the painted wooden palisade around the estate acting as a link between house and workshop, swimming-pool, kitchen garden and river. Interior and exterior were designed to respond to each other via a strictly limited range of colours and materials blending with the predominantly mineral matter.