Grey House - Rome

photography Peppe Tortora

realization Valentina Ilardi Martin

Issue IX

GHOSTS ARE THE NORM HERE.

SOMETIMES THEY CALL YOU IN PARIS.

OTHER TIMES THEY MOP THE FLOOR AND DO THE LAUNDRY.

WHEN ACTING AT THEIR MOST ALTRUISTIC, THEY WARD OFF THE EVIL AND MAILICIOUS LIVING, FORETELLING FUTURE INTENTIONS AND OFFERING ADVICE ONE OUGHT HEED.

THEY ARE MOST AT HOME ON THE PIANO NOBILE, FREE OF ELECTRICITY, RUNNING WATER OR MODERNITY.

THEY KEEP WATCH OVER THE HOUSE AS LUPE GUARD THEIR LAND.

The three-floor building dates back to the early 1900s and is located in the Balduina district in Rome, just off Città del Vaticano. A "giardino pensile" protects the building. The dense vegetation includes a magnificient century-old magnolia, a bougainvillea and a tangerine tree.

In the hallway, a ceramic gramophone rests on a rosewood console, framed by two pale pink jars adorned by painted golden leaves and designed by HELLA JONGERIUS for IKEA. On the wall, the two centered paintings are watercolors by the artist Diva. The two paintings framed in black and arranged at the sides each depict two lizards, and are by Piero Pizzi Cannella. The space is illuminated by two chandeliers and matching appliqués made of cyclamen opaque glass and milk glass. The chandelier was made by MAZZUCCATO, the finest Murano glass craftsman of Venice.

The animal-shaped Venetian masks are all made by hand, and adorne the cerulean brocade wallpaper of the bedroom. The bed is covered by a black-based flower-printed quilt by ABC CARPET & HOME.

The sunlight coming from the bathroom's window dazzles the glass tears which adorns this nostalgic chandelier. It was found at Porta Portese, the most traditional vintage market in Rome.

A graceful female figure is embroidered with cross stitch by GIUSEPPINA CERASO. The jar containing withered flowers and the ceramic bird are both market finds.

A collection of frames, found at Porta Portese market, decorates the kitchen wall. A unique creation purchased from Via San Gregorio Armeno in Naples: a customized television hosts a miniature "Presepe," the Italian traditional Christmas nativity.

The dark tone of the living room enhances the magnificent Murano glass chandelier. Its intricate callas flourish in olive green frosting and rare milk glass. Milk glass originated in the 16th century Venice. This piece was also created by MAZZUCCATO. A ceramic hand-painted traditional skull, from Mexico City, lays on a circular table. The flower-patterned vintage armchair belonged to the previous owners of the house. The KARTELL "Bourgie Lamp" illuminates the corner of the room.

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