“We wanted a big kitchen to live in, not a small technical place to cook,” says Guido Chiavelli, who returns from work every day to have lunch with his wife and son. At the far end, a glass ceiling presents an open-air feeling. “Cooking while it’s raining is fascinating,” he says.
The sitting area and office are on the second floor, reached via the catwalk. “We watch TV here, use the computer, and sit by the fire,” says Chiavelli. “The way you access the space is part of the architecture, and that’s part of the beauty of it.” Near the sofa by Piero Lissoni for Cassina is a Bourgie lamp from Kartell; on the large table, made from old roof beams, is a Taccia lamp from Flos.
The top floor holds the Chiavellis’ bedroom suite, with a dressing room and built-in spa. “The farmers dried their crops up here,” says Chiavelli. “We knew right away this was the spot that we wanted to have our own room.”
The architect placed the windows at Sabrina’s eye level so that she’d be able to see her son, Rocco, playing in the yard outside. “You can feel the seasons changing here,” says Chiavelli. “I grew up three miles from here, outside in nature. This is a house for experiencing life.”