Living room in Salento Vacation Home by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba

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The basic barrel vault exerts an outward thrust requiring thick exterior walls or buttressing. That isn’t the case in the groin vault, introduced by the Romans and expanded in a variety of forms throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, a husband-and-wife team, fell for the "stellar vault" ceilings in a 17th century oil mill in a small Italian village. They kept the ancient stone floors, walls, and arches intact, making their mark by showcasing their own designs, like the one-off version of their Lama chaise lounge, originally designed for Zanotta, which graces the living room. To counter what had been a dark and soot-blackened space, the couple whitewashed the ceilings and walls and installed skylights and a wall of glass.