Villa Antoinette

Viale Italico 1 (Forte dei Marmi)

Villa Antonietta is a stately home situated in via Corsica, 21, in the Roman Empire, in the town of Forte dei Marmi.


Is the 1930s the district "Imperial Rome" in Forte dei Marmi, a collection of villas built at the time of the Empire, "a privileged corner, a maze of small streets all look the same, a purported Empyrean". Its creation corresponds to the idea that was forming in the Italian bourgeoisie as to how to spend the holidays: no longer, or only, at the big hotels hip but in villas on their own and to do this.
The building is located within a plot almost square (50 x 55 m), on the corner of two streets in the urban pattern of neighborhood, designed by the engineer. Prof. Aldo Castelfranco drafted in 1936, and is until today almost corresponding to the original forms.

The criticism

The villa is seen by critics as an example of the "Mediterranean" Rationalism that Castelfranco had acceded and which manifests itself here in particular "asymmetric plant, smooth surfaces in white walls, corner solution, in reason of the bow-window, in butt glazing". The Mediterranean is given instead of the use of all organic materials "decorative", such as brick and wood, with which "dims the rigid architecture, making it more fluid and natural composure the combination with green pine trees and the garden". With this type of extra touches "the general appearance of the villa, one of the few remaining to have preserved the original appearance, is mitigated, more bourgeois, almost a quote by Mallet-Stevens".


The entrance Avenue marks the perfect diagonal lot Quad, penetrating the House and indicating the entrance from the staircase and balcony also emphasized continued. The whole volume is organised smoothly without offering the possibility to find a main façade. The lines are broken several times, curve, become balcony, they fold yet; the outer form a volume that makes smooth plaster (today however finished spraying), slender pillars and sills, continuous glazing, wood-framed buildings.
Outside in the large garden surrounding the villa, there is a wooden gazebo designed from Castelfranco East with wicker chairs pagodas inspired with metallic structure always from villa Ottolenghi Wedeking, and finally a fountain-sculpture in the four compartments on a square concrete pillar coated-Futurist Ernesto Michahelles In honor of Taylard.


The internal organization of space has in the stairwell the element generator that determines a ground floor currently used as a dining room, but originally side entrance of the House. The curved side of this floor houses a French door height and landing, a stained glass window shaped similarly to the opening of the ground floor. The rounding of the stairwell and the second entrance is in front in a cylindrical volume enriched by an external staircase in marble with curved iron pipe railing and a particular iron and Glass Canopy from the elliptical. Together with rounded frames, existing in all prospectuses, these items give a strong late-Deco taste all this stem.
The room on the ground floor and the staircase-dining room are separated by a large glass door more leaves that when opened gives you the possibility to expand and broad rounding of stay to relate to each other in the dining area. On the ground floor, on the right of the stairs, there is a guest suite composed of a very large bedroom, a bathroom and a hallway. The entire portion of the existing building on the ground floor, to the right of the stairs, is intended for service areas and for servants. It is organized around a hallway environments, open to the outside, and consist of a kitchen, a double bedroom and a single bedroom, a small bathroom with shower and a dining room.
Dining room and kitchen have been remodeled with lots of attention to original project by Peter Pang.
All the floors of the ground floor are stained concrete tile and fine grit of cm. 20 x 20, products from the firm Tessieri, except service rooms they have (except the dining room) sown in situ flooring. On the first floor stairs lead to a fairly broad disengagement organized like a real room. To the right, another hallway distributes two very large bedrooms and a bathroom. Currently one of these two rooms is used as a study. The other portion of the first floor is very similar to the corresponding part below, has been converted into a bedroom in the room with a curved wall, perhaps originally studio. A balcony with wooden timbered parapet marks all the curved part of the perimeter wall. Yet we find, here on the first floor, the grit floors manufactured by firm Tessieri, except in the study where a carpet has been applied to the mat.
Over time, much of the original furnishings have been lost, but designed by Castelfranco remained some sofas and armchairs, fireplace and library embedded into the wall of the living room, the dining room furniture including wooden door between the dining room and the living room, and some glass and brass lamps. Contemporary objects at the mansion were subsequently purchased on the antiquities market in order to keep alive the spirit and flavor of this work.
In the living room, the couches were taken from the existing template, the table in braided rope is translucent (Florence), beige leather console is Guglielmo Ulrich, the library originates from the auction of villa Ottolenghi Wedeking in Acqui Terme, the walls a landscape of Raffaele De Grada of 1936 and a silk moire Panel of Acquaviva. The dining room, besides the furniture designed by Castelfranco, Ulrich and a cup of candelabra has Z.
Upstairs you notice a piece of furniture with inlays of Gio Ponti, a mobile radio of Insa Radio, a chandelier, one of the last works of Cappellin before closing his furnace, and an embroidered tapestry in half point Herta Ottolenghi in Wedeking. Elsewhere: a model of the Cruiser Zara by Paul Trestles of 1931, a toilet perhaps Tempestini, Breuer's chairs, one toilet designed by the Florentine architect Gherardo Bosio for Florence, Translucent paintings of Andy Warhol.


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