Massimo Adario Architetto | Real Living Australia | February '21

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BLUE With views of the sea and the zest of lemons in the air, this holiday home enjoys a strong connection with its spectacular surroundings


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homes Ticking the boxes Every detail has been thought of in this holiday home in Sorrento belonging to architect Massimo Adario, right down to the tiled custom planters. Coastal scheme The kitchen (opposite) is clad in a selection of custom ceramic tiles by Francesco De Maio, which are a celebration of the colours of the natural landscape. Vintage pendants and a Vallauris ‘Shell’ lamp evoke feelings of yesteryear. A

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who lives here?

This is the holiday home of Massimo Adario, an architect based in Italy. @massimoadarioarchitetto

HAVING SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD SUMMERS holidaying in Sorrento, Italian architect Massimo Adario felt a special affinity with this crumbling villa on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples and the volcanic island of Ischia, it was home to a sprawling lemon grove, and Massimo couldn’t imagine a more idyllic place for a weekender. NATURAL INSPIRATION Informed by his architectural background and flair for design, Massimo gave the house a respectful yet much-needed cosmetic renovation that pays homage to the home’s location and history. Ancient load-bearing walls and vaulted ceilings of varying thicknesses have been resolved and unified with the addition of what Massimo calls “a band” of two-metre-high panelling that wraps around the rooms. In some places it’s painted shades of marine blue, while in the kitchen and bedroom, these panelled walls feature a fresco of custom ceramic tiles designed by Massimo. “The design references the panorama of the Gulf of Naples,” he explains. “The green of the trees, the yellow of the lemons and sun, the deep blue of the sea and light blue of the sky.” VACATION VIBE To enhance the holiday ambience, Massimo furnished the villa with bamboo chairs, tables, beds and decor from the ’60s. “It’s the kind of furniture that reminds me of my childhood summers by the sea,” he says, while vintage lights and original bathroom fittings from the same period continue the theme. The indoors and outdoors enjoy a harmonious connection, with many of the interior materials repeated in the alfresco terrace that runs the length of the villa. “I love the fact that all the inside rooms face directly onto this outdoor terrace,” Massimo says. Two long masonry benches are covered in the same blue graphic tiles as the interior, while Carrara marble stairs and floor inlays echo the internal flooring. Brass-framed tables with tiled tops and iron chairs painted white ramp up the summer atmosphere. It’s here on this terrace that you’ll most often find Massimo, enjoying a sunrise or sunset over the valley and sea, surrounded by his lemon trees, which have incidentally flourished since he took ownership. R

Take a seat Benches inspired by Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s designs for his Spanish villa Can Lis provide the perfect perch for surveying the lemon trees and views beyond. All awash The bathroom features original fixtures by Antonia Campi and vintage cane accessories from Bonacina1889. Inthe blu e corner In a corner of the study is a desk and chair from Retro 4M and prints by Alberto Burri, Piero Dorazio and Riccardo Baruzzi. Pride of place Homeowner Massimo (pictured opposite)sits on a Tito Agnoli bamboo armchair from Bonacina1889. The lamp is by Joe Colombo for Oluce and the prints are by Piero Dorazio. A




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Code blu e “Vietri ceramics, which are found in the domes and floors of many churches in this area, have always fascinated me for their colours and imagination of the designs,” Massimo says of these tiles, which are present in the kitchen and door leading to the hallway. An original seat by Tito Agnoli sits under two prints by Alberto Burri, while a Flos ‘Parentesi’ floor lamp adorns the opposite corner. A




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four ways to create an indoor-outdoor connection


Reference the outdoors with your decor. This coastal palette is a perfect example, or opt for natural materials and scenic artworks for similar results.


Repeat materials, such as the flooring, inside and out to create flow. Here, Carrara marble links Massimo’s living areas and outdoor terrace beautifully.


If you’re building from scratch, install windows and doors that frame your garden and outdoor area or provide access to natural views.


Create an alfresco dining space that’s an extension of your kitchen. Even better if it’s under cover, so you can eat and entertain there year-round.


Savin g grace Massimo resurrected the half-collapsed pergola and sunburnt lemon trees as part of the renovation. Clu b Med The home’s Mediterranean colour scheme continues in the outside terrace (opposite), which also features Carrara marble inlays in its stone paving. A

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sty le tip Keep holiday home decorative pieces minimal but memorable for extra impact – think symbolic artworks, sculptural ceramics or statement light fittings

Table for two The holiday house’s small dining nook consists of an original 1950s glass-topped table from Retro4M with Lio Carminati armchairs from Demosmobilia. The two wall prints are by Alberto Burri. A




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Living large Massimo’s cool and eclectic taste shines through in the living room, with its bamboo daybed and zodiac coffee table from Demosmobilia, Piero Dorazio print and Joe Colombo lamps from Oluce. Rest & recharge In his bedroom is a bed that was reproduced specifically by Bonacina1889. The headboard and two custom movable doors either side are covered with the same Vietri ceramics by Francesco De Maio. Two Flos ‘Parentesi’ lamps cast a glow above. Holding patternOn the bedside tables (opposite) are Vallauris shell lamps, which were sourced in France. The eye-catching tiled side door leads to the ensuite bathroom. A




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Point of view Massimo and his guests can take in the postcard-perfect view from one of four different outdoor tables that he has set with armchairs from Demosmobilia on the vast terrace.



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1 River Echo ru nner in Natural & Pewter (60cm x 1.8m), $290, Armadillo. 2 Perforated tray in Light Blue, $70 for medium, Hay. 3 Emuna mirror, $259, Nikau Store. 4 Bone inlay square tray in Thin Zigzag, $320 for small, Fenton & Fenton. 5 Nobodinoz ‘Soleil’cu shionin Mustard, $40, Smallable. 6 Stockholm 2017 rattan armchair with cushion in Röstånga White, $349, Ikea. 7 Oluce ‘Coupé 1158’wall lamp in White, $1612, Finnish Design Shop. 8 100% linen standard pillowslip in Lake, $90 for set of 2, In Bed Store. 9 Fence and Pen art print by Emma Lawrenson, $449 unframed, Saatchi Art. 1 0 Frank study desk in, $499 for small, Brosa. 1 1 Honed marble rectangle basinin Persian White, $808.50, Marble & Ceramic Corp. 1 2 Eden square kitchenmixer in Brushed Gunmetal, $289.90, ABI Interiors. 1 3 Arina dining chair in Mint Green, $129, Modern Furniture. 1 4 Lennox towel in Denim/Beige, $59.95, Mayde. 1 5 Apulian ceramic oval serving platter in Limone, $220, Alex and Trahanas. 1 6 Tino bone inlay coffee table, $899, Lounge Lovers. 1 7 Byron wicker daybed in Linen weave (2m), $1299, Early Settler.

Colou rs and finishes FROM LEFT Diamond Alt tiles in Aqua Mint, $165 per sq m, and Ocean Blues glazed tiles, $255 per sq m, Jatana Interiors. Calacatta Statuario satin marble tiles with porcelain back, $241.94 per sq m, Marble & Ceramic Corp. Wall paint in Maritime Blue, $130 for 4L, Porter’s Paints. real living


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