Borghi italiani

Now online, two new artists’ houses in Lavenone and Sambuca di Sicilia, created in a project by Airbnb curated by Federica Sala, with interior design by EligoStudio and works of art by Edoardo Piermattei and Olimpia Zagnoli.

Sambuca di Sicilia, in the province of Agrigento, is one of the towns selected for the project, where the Turin-based artist Edoardo Piermattei has been invited to intervene. Inspired by the great masters of the Renaissance and Sicilian Baroque, he has created a modern three-dimensional fresco for various zones in Casa Panitteri.

In the mountains of Lombardy, Lavenone is a small rural town in the province of Brescia and the location of Casa Maer. A multifunctional facility for social inclusion, Casa Maer has been designed to also be easily accessed by the disabled. Olimpia Zagnoli has created a wall work with a focus on local fauna, titled Dance of the bufo bufo.

The Borghi Italiani project launched by Airbnb in 2017 in collaboration with MiBACT and with the support of ANCI calls for the promotion of 40 Italian towns and the renovation of public buildings in Sambuca di Sicilia, Civita di Bagnoregio and Lavenone, historic settlements that geographically cover three sections of Italy – south, center and north – bearing witness to the various kinds of beauty found in our country.

The project is flanked by the work of a range of artists invited by the curator Federica Sala, who are asked to establish a dialogue, each with a different residence, to make site-specific artworks.

The initiative also makes room for design with the studios DWA of Alberto Artesani and Frederik De Wachter – for the pilot project at Civita di Bagnoregio – and EligoStudio – founded by Alberto Nespoli and Domenico Rocca, for Sambuca di Sicilia and Lavenone. These firms have focused on the interior design, selecting products by important brands.