The family nest with the memorable name Ca'Caprari by architect Giulia Delpiano and designer Corrado Conti is an ancient house built back in the 14th century in Italy, in the province of Reggio Emilia. Creative owners turned its interior into an epicenter of contrasts. It combines architecture, paintings, and furniture of the Renaissance with vintage objects of the 20th century’s different decades, as well as works of art from different centuries with ultra-contemporary design art objects.
The house, built during the Renaissance, is located in a village with a long history on the hills of Reggio Emilia, in the valley of the Crostolo River.
The first structural reconstruction was carried out by Corrado Conti's father, Fausto Conti, a passionate collector of Medieval and Renaissance art. Thanks to his deep knowledge of the architecture and artistic culture of the Apennine region of Reggio Emilia, Fausto Conti completed a restoration that reflected reverent respect for the great cultural heritage of his country.
When the house became Julia and Corrado's home, the two architects integrated works of art from their father's collections into the more contemporary interior concept.
“Vintage,” says Corrado Conti, “for us is associated with the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century. In this period of history we would like to live, because these were the years of the birth of great Italian design.”
The house has two levels connected by a central staircase made of glass and corten, which represents an ultra-modern axis in the center of the house, topped by a double authentic Renaissance architrave. It is engraved with the date "1512" and a six-pointed rose, symbol of the Sun, which marks the entrance to the main floor.
All interiors of the house, from the living room to the kitchen, from the study area to the master bedroom, are the result of careful research, which traces associations with historical and modern interior elements on both a stylistic and functional level.
The objects and architecture of the Italian Renaissance are a source of inspiration and creative reinvention for Giulia and Corrado, who live in these spaces every day, experiencing their home as a fortress in which every ancient stone creates a sense of well-being and provides a constant energy boost.
Much of the interior's decoration, doors and windows, floors and boiseries, as well as the fireplace, dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, were recovered from destroyed villas and palaces in the Reggio Emilia region and restored. The spirit of the “genius loci,” the spirit of the richest history and artistic culture, hovers in the house.
A distinctive element of the house is ensembles of incompatible objects. Thus, crystal martini glasses and original plaques from the 1950s sit next to a collection of 18th-century glazed pottery amphorae that were used to produce balsamic vinegar, very important in Italy's gastronomic tradition.
All pieces of furniture collection were chosen gradually; they reflect the journey from the past to the future. The designers managed to create organic combinations of different interior elements: antique armchairs, a 16th-century fireplace, signs of the iconic Italian brands Fiat and Moto Guzzi. In the kitchen area, a table dating back to 1500 functions as a modern kitchen island. It is complemented by a cupboard with unique Renaissance doors.