Dear Diva Readers,
Mercanteinfeira with VIPS John Eason, Jennifer Mehditash and Caleb Anderson, we took time out of our busy antiquing schedule to soak in some serious design inspiration by visiting one of the best kept secrets in Milan – Villa Necchi Campiglio.hen shopping recently for antiques at Italy’s largest antiques fair,
The villa was built between 1932 and 1935 for the wealthy Lombard industrialist family made up of Angelo Campiglio, his wife Gigina Necchi, and her sister Nedda Necchi. It is situated in a very well-to-do part of Milan and was designed by Italian architect Piero Portaluppi. Both architect and client paid close attention to detail to create a house that would be the backdrop to a life well-lived in Milanese high society.
The home isn’t so much a gaudy “look at my wealth” statement—as many mansions of the gilded age were— but rather it is a mixture of architectural styles of the 19th and 20th centuries. The house is made up of an enfilade of rooms, each flowing into the next, but able to be separated by sliding doors. It is almost as if Portaluppi imagined the day-to-day life that would play out in the house and designed each space to be used at a certain time of day. Thought was given to the fact that there needed to be intimate spaces for everyday life but also larger, open rooms that could accommodate social functions.
The house is set in a large garden which includes a swimming pool and tennis court. Inside, the sculpted ceilings are an interesting feature as is the collection of 20th century paintings and sculpture. With no corridors, one must pass through each room to get to the next which creates a theatrical atmosphere, particularly if you imagine the sliding screens being shut and then suddenly opening to reveal the dining room with its table set for a dinner party.
While it’s not ostentatious, the villa is most definitely the epitome of luxury. From the grand veneered staircase which greets you to the goat’s leather paneling of the dining room walls, the attention to finishes and detail is paramount. There is even personalized crockery in the staff quarters that was designed by Portaluppi himself. Now that’s what I call understated decadence!
If you happen to be in Milan, you simply must visit this inspirational house museum – it’s one of Milan’s best kept secrets. It certainly is a lesson in architecture and design as it successfully mixes impressive 19th century style with progressive 20th century design. Perfection!
The Antiques Diva®
Here it lately it feels I’ve been living an “Oh la la” Life… a life where everything is seen through rose colored glasses. Of course that could be because I’m sleep deprived from an incredibly busy schedule and my eyes are just a bit blurry – but life has been lived with a gorgeous glow these days!
Paris Flea Market Tour
with The Antiques Diva and Editor at Large
I was delighted when Editor at Large TV chose to cover my Paris Flea Market Fête. If you’re not already familiar with this essential design industry website the best way to describe it is as “the CNN of the design world”. With Editor TV they take their design industry news coverage a bit further by offering a sneak peek into the lives of the people at the heart of the interior design and home furnishings industry.
After filming our Paris Flea Market Party, I took Editor at Large TV on a Paris Flea Market Tour with The Antiques Diva: we’re joined by two of my favorite international interior designers – David Dalton and Jennifer Mehditash.
Caption: Caught in a candid moment!
These jet-set designers do properties around the globe and their client lists read like a who’s who list. They were the perfect people to plunder the Marché aux Puces de Paris with for our Editor at Large TV Tour. But don’t take my word for it – you can watch the tour unfold, diva style.
Apologies should email subscribers have a problem watching this video – embeddable video can malfunction for email blog subscribers – if you’re unable to watch the videos here on my own blog – go to Editor at Large TV to watch our Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market tour Part II and Part III.
So pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!
Toma, The Antiques Diva®