A summer getaway in the Sicilian countryside

A summer getaway in the Sicilian countryside
A summer getaway in the Sicilian countryside

A modern house in Scicli, in the heart of Ragusa, a project by architect Fabrizio Occhipinti Amato in collaboration with Mohd for the interior design. A triumph of Made in Italy and local craftsmanship. Twenty thousand square meters of land with almond, olive and carob trees and a bliding white villa in the middle, reflecting the Sicilian sun as the nearby sea does.

“People call it Scicli shire,” explains architect Occhipinti Amato, “an area that has attracted many foreigners in the wake of the spectacular images showed by the Montalbano TV series. A crucial location in which you are surrounded by nature, by the Iblei Mountains that slide towards the Mediterranean sea, and by stunning Baroque masterpieces.”

This is where the Swiss client, an entrepreneur and former dancer, “a citizen of the world”, feels welcomed and at peace. A summer getaway she wanted “beautiful but functional.” “We thought of this house as a sculpture by Michelangelo, we constructed it by eliminating the superfluous, letting materials speak“. As the resin roof, the pitch stone floors, the wooden tables and stone blocks in the bathrooms, where the small mirrors with light bulbs are a tribute to theaters and dressing rooms, built on a design by Occhipinti Amato just like the kitchen top in enamelled lava stone.

Simple and valuable pieces, such as the walnut table Woodstock by Riva 1920, a triumph of precious materials, crafstmanship and Italian design, with an essential and contemporary line. Or the sofa On the Rocks by Francesco Binfaré for Edra, chosen for its irregular shape and maximum modularity, to allow hosts and guests to admire the sea and the countryside through the window.

Next to the white villa there’s a smaller stone house, another tribute to Italian design in the furnishing: the Trix pouf by Piero Lissoni and the Masters chairs by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet, alla for Kartell.

The colourful flat of Marcin Oz in the heart of Syracuse, Sicily

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