on the street. via garibaldi. pietrasanta, italy.
i think that i should call myself a house counselor, instead of an interior designer, too!
the casa museo boschi di stefano has the best salon style art installations that i have ever seen.
both the necchi campiglio villa and the boschi di stefano apartment building were designed by architect piero portaluppi (1888-1967) during the 1930’s.
portaluppi designed the apartment building in 1929-1931 for property developer, francesco di stefano. at the time, di stefano was building a new development of apartment buildings in the neighborhood surrounding corso buenos aires. as part of the development, di stefano built a five-story apartment building for his family. the building included a one floor apartment for each of his five children. his daughter, marieda di stefano (1901-1968), and her husband, antonio boschi (1896-1988), lived in the apartment on the second floor.
most of the furniture was purchased by the fondazione boschi di stefano, and is not original to the apartment. consequently, most of the rooms are no longer furnished according to their original function. instead, they are furnished with pieces from the same time period as the architecture and the art collection.
the foundation considers the credenza, dining table, and six chairs, designed by italian artist mario sironi (1885-1961) for the 1936 triennale di milano exhibition, as their most important acquisition. other notable purchases include an art deco desk, bookcase, table, and bar (circa 1930), designed by sicilian architect ernesto basile (1857-1932), and six chairs (circa 1930), designed by portaluppi.
the light fixtures acquired by the foundation for the apartment include the ‘who’s who’ of the italian glass industry. most are classic murano glass light fixtures from 1925-1940 by barovier, giacomo cappelin (1887-1968), venini, or napoleone martinuzzi (1892-1977) for venini. some are more modern, but from the same time period, such as the ceiling light in the sironi room by piero chiesa (1892-1948) for fontana arte.
boschi and di stefano collected over 2000 works of twentieth century italian art, which they donated to the city of milan in 1974 and 1988. part of the boschi di stefano collection is on exhibit at the museo del novecento, a contemporary art museum established by the city of milan in 2010.
about 300 works of art from the boschi di stefano collection are chronologically displayed in their apartment, according to art movement. there are entire rooms filled with works by novecento (1900’s) movement co-founder mario sironi (1885-1961) and spazialisti (spatialist) movement co-founder lucio fontana (1899-1968).
plus, works from the gruppo di corrente (current group), the scuola di parigi (paris school), and the chiaristi (clear), nucleari (nuclear), and informale (informal) art movements.
aren’t the salon style art walls exceptional?