Luca Guadagnino’s First Interior Design Project is an Ochre Mansion on Lake Como (Because Of Course It Is)

Pretty much every design person we know has been obsessed with Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino since the debut, almost 10 years ago, of I Am Love, the Tilda Swinton movie shot primarily on location at the Villa Necchi, a Piero Portaluppi–designed home in the middle of Milan that’s something of a design-world touchstone. So it’s no surprise that there was a general freakout this weekend when T Magazine published Guadagnino’s inaugural experiment in interior design — a 9,600 square-foot, two-story ochre mansion on the shores of Lake Como, owned by Yoox founder Federico Marchetti and his partner, Kerry Olsen. Though Guadagnino isn’t a designer by trade, he assembled a crew of 150 Italian craftspeople to execute his vision, and naturally, every detail is considered. Some of our favorites include the wall-mounted brass faucet streaming into a freestanding blue marble basin, the wall panels covered in Kvadrat fabric, and the cheery kitchen, done up in a patchwork of yellows. For more images — and to revel in more exquisitely first-world details like the subterranean bathing pavilion, the 303-piece china collection, and the “helipad-sized” Hermès dining table — head over to T’s website. Ah, to be a mogul.


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