ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST RUSSIA

July 1, 2020

In the early 2000s, the architect Savin Cuell designed a complex of cave houses on the rocky coast of the Costa Smeralda, leaving one of them for himself. Years later, the mansion was acquired by Titiana Lorenzelli, a big fan of the architect, who showed AD the interior of her new home.

 

When Titiana first entered the house, it seemed to her that she had always lived here. Savin made the interior "for himself", but in every corner (although all straight and sharp corners are smoothed out) the future hostess found something of her own, personal. Interior finishing with gypsum plaster in a milky shade, large living room windows overlooking the pool to the south and the sea with a lighthouse to the north, terracotta relief over the sofa, hand-crafted solid chestnut doors - all of this was charming with its thoughtfulness, monumentality and, at the same time, warmth.

 

 


 

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Whether because of the desire to leave the nature of the Mediterranean Cape of Capo Ferro untouched, or because of his own romantic closeness, or maybe because of everything at once, the architect Savin Cuell dotted the rocky coast of the Costa Smeralda with cave houses, fortress houses, houses-sculptures. The architect designed eight different but identical in spirit in the early 2000s and left one, overlooking the lighthouse, for himself.

 

However, Savin's perfectionism did not allow him to come to terms with the unfinished, in his opinion, exterior design, so the architect was in no hurry to move, and after a while he put the house up for sale. “As soon as I saw on the Internet that the villa was for sale, I called the indicated number and got on the first plane,” says Tiziana Lorenzelli, today's owner of the house. “Since childhood, I have admired the work of Savin Cuell, the way he interacts with stones, turning them into twisting architecture.” Perhaps that is why Lorenzelli became an architect herself.

 

Tiziana tried to personally meet Savin, but it was not so easy. “He was extremely careful and suspicious. This is understandable - Cuell put all his heart into this house and wanted to be sure that we deserve it, ”says Lorenzelli. The knowledge of the French language, native to Savin, helped to gain Titian's trust. And chocolates. “We met him in his studio, he was serious. I assumed that he, like me, loves chocolate, so I brought a box of chocolates as a gift, ”Tiziana recalls. After that, Cuell nicknamed Lorenzelli "Madame Chocolate" and weakened the defenses of his fortress.⠀

 

When Titiana first entered the house, it seemed to her that she had always lived here. Savin made the interior "for himself", but in every corner (although all straight and sharp corners are smoothed out) the future hostess found something of her own, personal. Interior decoration with gypsum plaster in a milky shade, large living room windows overlooking the pool to the south and the sea with a lighthouse to the north, terracotta relief above the sofa, solid chestnut doors, hand-crafted - all this charmed with its thoughtfulness, monumentality and at the same time with warmth.

 

Therefore, after the purchase, they did not change anything, adding only a few important details. So, in the living room, in addition to the “stone” sofa designed by Cuell, another comfortable sofa was required that could accommodate the entire Lorenzelli family. The choice fell on Edra's On the Rocks, its shape and fabric reminiscent of Sardinian granite, allowing the sofa to sit in the center of the room like a puzzle piece. Supported changes and mosaic mirror Miraggio from Edra.

 

The new owner of the villa understood that she was taking a risk: “Savin usually did not like interference in his work, but here he always behaved as if the house still belonged to him. But I liked it, I fully understood his feelings. " And the architect appreciated the changes. Moreover, he even helped to place in all the rooms the sculptures of Aluflexia, the author of which was Lorenzelli herself. Despite the material imitating a heavy gold nugget, the products are very light, which made it possible to attach them to the wall with a magnet. Cuell liked these sculptures so much that he even brought one to his workshop.

 

On June 19, Savin Kuell passed away, he was 91 years old. “I believe in fate,” says Titiana. - It was an honor for me to know Savin, work with him and learn from him. I think that the objects that we make always retain something of ourselves. And together with this house, our family will keep the brightest memory of this great architect ”.