The triumph of marble in contrasts of great impact

The great classics in black and white of the Natural Stone Collection by Antolini become the red thread of the renovation of a splendid historic residence on the shores of Lake Orta

Antolini, Miasino, Italy
Antolini, Miasino, Italy

The setting is very green, in the foothills of the Alps near Lake Orta. In this postcard view, at a height commanding a superb view, a historic villa from the late 1800s stands out as a protagonist in a sophisticated residential project carried out by the Primatesta architecture firm and the interior designer Cristina Quirico. The renewal takes its cue from interpretation of existing architectural features, defining the indoor-outdoor connection in terms of the contrast between white and black. 

The choice has gone to two great classics and their far from obvious decorative potential: the iconic Bianco Carrara and Nero Marquina marble varieties by Antolini, enhanced by a skillful dialogue with natural light that enters through large windows, reverberating from large terraces covered in an equally timeless material: Travertino.

The external area of access to the villa features a checked pavement, where Bardiglio Imperiale marble in gray alternates with Bianco Carrara to accompany the gaze and the path towards the large glazing of the entrance door. 

Every space in the house, while conserving the forceful architectural details from the 19th century, has a fluid, functional layout marked by the presence of Antolini naturals stones to formulate a minimalist style that is both welcoming and classical. 

The refined Lether Antolini matte finish gives the dark tones of black marble an unexpected modern boost, seen in the flooring of the kitchen, the dining area and the bathrooms, where the stone also rises to silkily cover the washstand and the vertical surfaces, in a harmonious dialogue with classic Bianco Carrara. 

Descending to the former cellar zone, the pale tones of the tabletop in Bianco Carrara, with Antolini’s matte finish, the upper space of the original brick vaults and various  material presences in natural colors enhance the convivial zone, in an ulterior contrast with the living areas on the levels above.