If a house bears the name of its inhabitant, this house has at least two. That of the owner and that of those who conceived, designed and built it.
In Naples , the flexible and dynamic needs of the client coincide with the constant research of the young architect Carmine Abate , whose vision, overflowing with suggestions and inspirations, becomes juxtaposition, contamination, mixing of materials, starting from a singular organization of space.
An unprecedented floor plan, marked by a long corridor which, like a pendulum, arranges and maintains shapes and textures in balance, needs and passions to culminate in a domestic agora which, like a compass, distributes the rooms.
Carmine Abate’s manifesto house
“I left Carmine Abate carte blanche”, explains the owner Luigi Ganzerli, manager of a company who travels for half the week and who therefore was looking for a property for him and his extended and international family that was close to the airport and away from the traffic of the center of Naples.
“I accepted the furnishing proposals of the architect whom I trust blindly, learning to interpret my taste, very similar to his: we both suffer the charm of the seventies”. The house born from this passionate dialogue/exchange has thus become the stylistic manifesto that best represents the design work of Carmine Abate.
The seventies, wooden pleats and herons
The seventies are recalled everywhere: in the furnishings, in the materials, in the shades, and stand out in a particular way in the corridor where the large equipped wardrobe, with its pleated covering in canaletto walnut, incorporates technical compartment, laundry room and shoe cabinet, as well as hiding the bedroom door. Opposite, on the other wall, the Misha wallpaper panels stand out with herons on a gold background, accompanying the walk to the house's agora.
The long corridor that culminates in the agora
The characterizing element of the plan is the corridor about thirteen meters long which culminates in the agora, a circular antechamber composed of sixteen sliding panels in solid oak through which you enter the different rooms.
The resin-coated stone block with a velvety effect is grafted onto the wood lining the corridor and agora, restoring the effect of a carpet that unrolls to indicate the path. On the ceiling, stabilized moss with inserts of pink pepper and black pepper emphasizes the circular shape of the environment. Warm materials and bright colors are combined with the soft Missoni fabrics that cover the poufs.
The enveloping domestic agora becomes a space of passage and sharing, a place where you can carry out various activities and at the same time access the bedroom, the bathroom, a computer station and a walk-in closet.
La zona giorno è un open space
Le tre aree principali della zona giorno con figurata come un open space – la cucina, il pranzo e il living –sono evidenziate da una pavimentazione differente per ogni ambiente. Nel living, lo scultoreo e organico divano di Edra poggia su una scacchiera di marmo, dove il nero Marquinia è alternato al bianco Carrara, mentre il perimetro è in ceppo di gré resinato. La zona pranzo è enfatizzata da una composizione di doghe di legno su misura, mentre il pavimento della cucina è rivestito in gres color Perla.
A permeable dwelling
The house is constantly permeable from inside to outside, towards the Mediterranean vegetation and the swimming pool, in a continuum of colors and materials. The outdoor is surrounded by hedges and tropical plants from Brazil to which an Australian tree is added, while the wall with the yellow zellige hides the shower.
The mountains and the tropics in the bedroom and in the green&rocks bathroom
The colonial flavor of the bedroom and its bathroom reveal the dual nature of those who live there. On the one hand the bathroom seems to evoke the rock and the mountain, majestic and noble, great passion of the owner, on the other the bedroom is a overseas microworld, as part of the Cuban family, seen from the eyes of a migratory bird.
Like a dream picture
The wallpaper signed by Misha behind the bed by Molteni & C, is framed in a frame as if it were a painting. The grape clusters were deliberately chosen by the architect in an unnatural color, to emphasize the dreamlike side of the environment.