It was last year that Baxter, the luxury design brand, decided to restore an early 20th century villa softly nestled on the heights of Lake Como, and turn it into a place of the soul, where the brand’s collection could be reflected in the magic of the waters and the surrounding nature, creating an exciting dialogue suspended between past and present, matter and feeling, contemplation and striking design solutions. In an atmosphere, that of the lake, which has fascinated artists of all times, and still seduces visitors from all over the world.
Today, Baxter reinterprets the decor and interior design of its Casa sul Lago (House on the Lake) to accommodate the 2023 collection, without distorting its concept of the home as a realm of beauty with an unavoidable respect for the taste and personality of its inhabitants. Beyond the Art Nouveau-style entrance door, the Casa sul Lago welcomes visitors with a cream-coloured floor and a geometric pattern wallpaper: a modern backdrop that brings out the material contrasts and vivid colours for leathers and finishes that characterise the brand’s new collection. It is precisely this geometric wallpaper that will be the fil rouge of the entire project.
Entering the rooms on the ground floor, one is enveloped in shades of electric blue, cognac and black. Here the entrance is defined by Federico Peri’s Wave lamp and Adel pouf in blue. On the right is the relaxation area, where the protagonists are the Milano sofa with the Greta Special Edition Printed armchair and, from above, the spectacular Nuvola lamps. The room on the left, the study, houses the Parsec writing desk and the Etienne Bergère armchair. From the studio, proceeding into the living area, the visitor finds the new Jo sofa by Draga&Aurel; from here, past the Libelle bookcase, one enters the dining area.
Upstairs, the eye is caught by the large blue, black and orange geometries that embellish the wardrobe. This area of the house hosts two airy rooms with, on the left, the Clara bed and Joni desk, both by Christophe Delcourt, and, on the right, the suite dedicated to the Miami Soft project by Paola Navone, with the bed and, beyond a brass portal, the new sofa composition. The terrace is organised into a dining area and two for relaxation with previously released pieces but in new finishes: the Dharma table, the Linfa chairs in black iroko, the Himba sofa by Roberto Lazzeroni and, further on, in an almost hidden green corner, the Narciso armchair.
The annex, reached by a short flight of steps, is immersed in shades of chocolate, powdery and vibrant lagoon green: in the large open space sit the modular Juliette sofa by Christophe Delcourt and the new Isamu table with Clotilde chairs, all by Roberto Lazzeroni.
Even the greenhouse, which is reached by crossing a garden of bushes and aromatic herbs, has a new look: hand-painted wallpaper echoing the irregular profiles of 1970s tiles and the Chester Moon sofa in the new aquamarine version. Finally, the swimming pool, the most scenic spot in the villa, hosts the new modular version of Studiopepe’s Narciso sofa, two Himba loungers, the Judd table with another Narciso, in the shades of Tressage Vert fabric, placed between the prickly pear and the lemon grove: a true hymn to conviviality.
Photo © Andrea Ferrari