Fiona & Anatole’s Italian home
The project is for internal alterations to a seventeenth century former farmhouse near Todi in Umbria, including a new stair, kitchen, and dressing, bath and shower rooms.
Historically, the existing ground floor had been opened up by the demolition of internal walls and their replacement with brickwork arches to create two large rooms where all the public activities of family life now take place. The kitchen is at the end of one room, and units are designed as freestanding items of furniture, with chestnut fronts and limestone worktops, to enable old and new to comfortably coexist. The stair is at the other end of the room, and continues this approach with thick chestnut clad treads cantilevered from a rubble limestone wall and stiffened by thin steel rod balusters.