Masi di Vigo, Ton, Trento
interior design, outdoor spaces design
204 sqm (interior), 70 sqm (exterior), 291 sqm (garden)
2019 – …
Elisa Burnazzi, Davide Feltrin
TB apartment: living in a Thun castle, among the apple orchards
We are talking about the interior design of an apartment located on the ground and first floor of an eighteenth-century house, in the town of Masi di Vigo. This building with a residential and rural function once belonged to the Thun family, whose name derives from the present Ton, a municipality that constitutes the gateway to the Val di Non for those coming from Trento.
The design of this apartment started with bespoke furnishings and advice on which design furniture to buy. We then moved on to the garden project and advice regarding the colours and materials of the external finishes. For our architecture studio, this is a complex and fascinating design: furnishing an apartment in a historic house, with beams and vaults blackened by past fires, in which the agricultural and natural landscape bursts from the mullioned windows.
TB apartment: the dream to come true
The TB apartment that is on two floors and is a part of a historic multi-family building, is located in the southern area of the municipality of Ton. The accommodation overlooks a private garden and dominates the southern area of the Val di Non.
The custom-made furniture project entails, on the ground floor, the living area and the garden, on the first floor the sleeping area, the study and the private living room of the apartment, as well as the spiral staircase connecting the two levels. In the private living room, dominated by the red Verona marble fireplace with the Thun family crest, the walkways of the castles inspired the creation of a stage: this raised floor level was created to integrate the spiral staircase, and at the time himself theatricals the ancient family furnishings. Furthermore, the raised floor, which can also function as a bench, allows you to enjoy, from an even higher position, the relaxing and suggestive view of the garden and the landscape. On the ground floor, a further rise integrates the sofa in the TV area with the staircase leading to the first floor.
TB apartment: our project between interior design, exterior design and the completed work
The design enhances the spatial characteristics of the accommodation and its history: the vaults on the ground floor, the high ceilings with wooden beams and the imposing marble fireplace on the first floor, the large windows and French windows of the living area frame to the garden. The finish of the furnishings, a deep dark gray, evokes the colour of the parts blackened by the fires, discovered during the restoration phase. The lacquer is applied to the custom-made wooden furniture, to the resin-coated spiral staircase, and to the fabrics of the sofas and beds, contrasting with the light gray of the Venetian terrazzo flooring. The dark wood of the restored original beams, fixtures and furnishings is flanked by Ton’s dining table and chairs (!), Thus creating an integration between historical and contemporary elements. An iconic piece of design history is housed in the gray lacquered kitchen island which has a subtle top of the same Venetian terrazzo as the floor.
The fireplace on the first floor acts as a visual fulcrum of the private living room, which serves as a conversation and handling space for the various bedrooms, inspiring a sense of welcome and warmth. In the sleeping area, dark gray lacquered wood is still present on the walls and fabrics, warming the rooms and giving them a full feeling of relaxation. In the bathrooms the Venetian terrazzo floor is used and in the showers, whilst the enamel is spread on the walls.
In regards to the lighting project, it sees the use of a few LED lighting fixtures in line, aligned with the wire of the beams, which wash them and give the spaces a suggestive and abstract atmosphere. These are flanked by LED spotlights, which are able to improve the brightness of the space in the evening and at night. Above the dining table and on the island, impressive glass chandeliers draw the attention of visitors to the hub of family life. In the living room on the first floor, heated by the fireplace, stands a beautiful eighteenth-century lantern, a model historically suitable for this rural residence that dominates from above, today as it did then, a valley rich in culture.