Thursday, May 12, 2016

Missoni boho spirit dominates decor of country home


Amid the artful clutter of her country home in the Lombardy, Italian design house matriarch Rosita Missoni serves up what could be a manifesto of boho living:

“I cannot stay away from color.”

“A house must have the personality of the people who live in it.”


“I’m an accumulator, not a collector.” 


I couldn't have said it better myself!


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Vogue Australia

The occasion was an interview for Vogue Australia. The mighty Missoni design house Rosita built with her late husband Ottavio is still famous for its distinctive zigzag and striped knits, which populate the fashion world as well as home décor. But that house has nothing on this house—the two-storey villa she and Ottavio built and shared for 40 years.


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Vogue Australia

It’s an unassuming house nestled in the trees at the end of a long driveway in Sumirago, a small town 30 minutes north of Milan, at the foot of Italy’s Lombard Alps, and just minutes from the Missoni factory. But inside it’s, well, take your best guess based on the big metal letters mounted at the front door that spell AMOR. You can't see them from this picture, but you feel them, right?


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Vogue Australia

Inside, everywhere, are vignettes of vivid color… 


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Vogue Australia

…paintings by the likes of modernists Gino Severini and Alberto Savinio, as well as works by textile artist Kaffe Fassett, all of whom either inspired or collaborated on Missoni designs… 


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Vogue Australia

…and energetic pattern. As you can see, both color and pattern pop against the home’s clean modern lines and white walls. If you look closely you'll see one of Rosita’s favorite decor motifs, mushrooms, at the lower left of the living room window into the conservatory.


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Vogue Australia

But if you miss them, don’t fret. There are plenty more—like those above… 


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Vogue Australia

…and these in the conservatory, made for Rosita by Missoni workers on her 80th birthday.


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Vogue Australia

Much of the home’s vibrantly patterned textiles were sourced from the Missoni Home line itself.


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Vogue Australia

The property is full of expansive views and haunting light. Mosaic tables and stools on the terrace provide a place to enjoy both, as well as an aperitif. 
 

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Vogue Australia

Every Saturday Rosita sets her dining room table for lunch and waits to see who will turn up from her brood, who now run the Missoni business. If you were wondering about that chandelier...


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Vogue Australia

...here's a close-up. As a treat for her toddler great-grandson, Rosita added fabric butterlies to it. “Ever since then people keep bringing me more butterflies to add,” she says. It almost looks real, like the butterflies are feeding there.

Follow the link to Vogue Living to see more photos of the Missoni villa and read the full article by Fiona McCarthy.

If you are or will be in London before Sept. 4, "Missoni Art Color" opened at the London Fashion and Textile Museum May 6. Also of interest is a companion piece run by Architectural Digest, "How Sonia Delaunay and Lucio Fontana Inspired Missoni's Cheerful Fashion and Home Line." Follow the links for more information, and while you're at it, I would LOVE it if you'd follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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