While on the one hand Italians are moving ahead with the times, sporting the latest gadgets and the best of fashion, there is a part of them that still values the Italian home, and its surrounding garden.
Homes have been central to Italian social life and general lifestyle since historical times, and due to its importance in the Italian psyche, Italian interior design, Italian furniture, and generic Italian design are some of the areas of eminence for Italy. There was a wave of pioneering new design in all these areas after WW II due to the advent of prosperity to Italy, and to the world in general.
Italians have always cherished family ties, and thus the venues where these ties are forged and reinforced: the kitchen where one generation's wisdom passes to another and love is shared, the bedroom where intimacies are established, the living room where guests are entertained, the garden which can provide not only spiritual, but also physical nourishment.
And then of course, there are the Italian bathrooms, which are some of the best maintained and aesthetically appealing in the world, with their ceramic tiles, gorgeous floors and spa-like baths.
Italian gardens flourished during the war, when many Italians were forced to fall back on their gardens for subsistence. They have always had a pride of place in Italian villas, but they became the objects of pride for the common man in the post-war era, and remain so to this day.
In this section on Italian Home and Garden, Life in Italy will keep abreast of Italian design trends, the various looks of Italian decor and furniture, and take the reader on a journey of knowledge and discovery. This journey is bound to be worthwhile, because when it comes to garden and interiors, Italians have a tradition of excellence.
Italian Tiled Floors: Masterful Designs
Similar to the situation for Italian doors, there is a strong interest in conserving antique or old floors, in particular the terracotta floors that are found in old villas or farmhouses in Tuscany.
These original terracotta Italian floors were hand made and thus the tiles tend to be irregular in shape and color. The fact that they may show signs of age like chips or stains is considered an attribute rather than a fault. Depending on the clays that were used to manufacture them, their colors may vary from pale yellow to salmon pink, from the multi...
A passion for food and family is rooted in the Italian culture. And uniting both these loves within the confines of the Italian home is la cucina, the kitchen. It is the part of the house towards which the Italian family tends to gravitate, where women share their concerns, where modern Italian men give a hand, where friends are given a taste of food hot off the oven, where the conversation often flows along with the wine.
Kitchen scene from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera, Venice, 1574
But this natural progression of the kitchen as a living area in the Italian ho...
Without the shadow of a doubt, the origins of modern Italian flooring and tiles lie in ancient Greek and Roman traditions. The range of floors and tiles you can find in Italy is endless: from terra cotta to marble, from simple stones to hand-painted ceramics, their variety is synonym with a true form of art, known and practiced in the country since the earliest times of its history.
Italian Tiles and Floors in History
In Roman architecture, tiles made of terr...
Italian Garden Furnishings
Garden and terrace furnishings for relaxed living Style and design in Italy now looks beyond the walls of the home alone. Increasingly, terraces and gardens are being turned into attractive and comfortable living areas, substituting the living or dining room during the spring to autumn period, and representing a place for the family to meet or to entertain guests.
Numerous producers of garden and terrace furniture offer standard and custom made pieces to fit all needs. For example, the company Le Terrazze which has as its motto "Style in the dec...
Italians are very health conscious. They also attach great importance to their appearance and go to great efforts to improve on what nature has given them.
Italian bathroom. Ph. pixabay CC
In the early post-war period, neither financial nor technical resources were sufficient to allow home improvement to extend to the bathroom areas. The small amounts of "extra" wealth that were available were devoted to the areas of the home that were most in view to the outside world, in particular the living room and the dining room. Also a relatively high proportion of the...
It is now clearly recognized that children's rooms are not just adult rooms on a smaller scale. Instead, children's rooms now reflect the different needs of the younger generations.
Children's Rooms In Italy
In addition, in recognition of the changes that take place in these needs as children grow, the basic furnishings of their rooms are such that they can be adapted over time. Thus, for example, one company specializing in quality children's furniture in Italy, Tiemme has developed lines of furniture that can have varied uses. Closet space used to st...
See Part 1 for more information on Italian Kitchen designs
Another major company manufacturing kitchen furniture Scavolini has as its motto "the kitchen that is most loved by the Italians". This company also has developed kitchens with clean lines and functional storage and working space.
Snaidero is a company has issued a publication of 144 pages called Kitchen.it and is another of the major manufacturers of kitchens in Italy that takes pride in quality and design. The company has as its motto "kitchens for life" as a reflection of the attention given to producing component...
Carta da lettere (writing paper) and carta da disegno (drawing paper) are just some of the fine papers available in Italy.
Even the names are magical. Italy is certainly the country to visit for anyone interested in luxurious paper. Shoppers can choose from many different types of paper including handmade paper, art paper and marbled paper. Couples planning an elegant, stylish wedding love to use Italian paper for their invitations because of its high quality. Most Italian towns and cities have shops that sell colorful bookmarks, leather boxes, and beautifully...
Italian Interior Design: An Introduction
It is no secret that most Italians have an inherent eye for good design, and Italian love for home is second to none. Take these two and combine them, and what you get is the essence of Italian interior design. If you are looking for a way to meet all that you require from your home and make it the cynosure of all eyes at the same time, look no further than interior design from Italy.
History of Interior Design in Italy
Interior Designing in Italy
The history of Italian interior design is pretty long and elaborate, interior designing w...