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House for Artists, Civita di Bagnoregio (VT)

— 2017

The ancient 13th century village Civita is positioned precariously on a crumbling hilltop with the only access point along a suspended 70 metre high bridge.  The village is in need of continued investment to remain intact and is one of the many villages supported by the Italian tourist board as part of its 2017 campaign to protect small villages.

 

Today, Airbnb welcomes the Artist House to its platform hosted by the Mayor of Civita, to serve as an inspiring creative retreat for the artist community and travellers alike.  As part of its commitment to support communities around the world, Airbnb has enlisted experts to painstakingly renovate and restore the ancient dilapidated house to its original glory after a major earthquake in the 1980s.

 

In collaboration with the curator Federica Sala, Airbnb appointed Alberto Artesani and Frederik De Wachter from DWA Design Studio, to relook the interior of the house and transform it into a home that embodies the historic artistic talents of the village.

In a place which seems to be out of time, the project researches a dialogue between traces of history and contemporaneity, with its necessity to regain the bonds with its past.

Thanks to objects which represent the history of Italian design, the interiors become a stage for connecting with shapes and materials of the tradition of this region.

Not only objects but also colours become witnesses of the relationship between the changing landscape and the interiors where one can find the grey shades of the fog which covers Civita making it almost disappear, the blue of summer skies, the green of the trees and the ochre of tuff stone.

 

A renowned italian artist based in New Yorks, Francesco Simeti was called by the curator Federica Sala for a site specific installation that symbolises the cultural heritage of the village. The artwork named ‘Plunged into Gullies, Entangled in Orchids’, is inspired by the historical paintings of the Italian Renaissance and the layered landscape surrounding Civita.

Airbnb accoglie sulla sua piattaforma Casa d’Artista insieme al Sindaco di Civita, Francesco Bigiotti nel ruolo di primo sindaco host in Italia. La casa servirà come luogo di ispirazione e accoglienza per la comunità di artisti e viaggiatori. Nel quadro dell’impegno più ampio a supporto delle piccole comunità di tutto il mondo, Airbnb ha coinvolto la curatrice Federica Sala/PS per riportare alla sua originale bellezza Casa Greco, un edificio storico di Civita parzialmente distrutto a causa di una frana negli anni ‘80, e convertirla in una residenza d’artista.

 

Francesco Simeti, artista italiano basato a New York, è stato scelto da Airbnb e dalla curatrice Federica Sala per creare un’installazione artistica specificamente pensata per la residenza, come simbolo del patrimonio culturale del borgo. L’opera, un arazzo contemporaneo e due sculture in bronzo, è posta sia all’interno sia all’esterno della casa ed è intitolata “Plunged into Gullies, Entangled in Orchids”.

 

Ispirata sia dai dipinti del Rinascimento italiano che dal paesaggio che circonda il borgo di Civita: rappresenta le gole delle valli circostanti Civita e le orchidee che vi crescono spontaneamente, poste nelle nicchie all’esterno della casa.

 

PS ha affidato il progetto di design degli interni a Dwa Design Studio.

 

Si ringraziano i brand che hanno contribuito al progetto della residenza d’artista: Kvadrat, Cassina, Bitossi Home, Mariotti Fulget, Servomuto, Eligo e Source.

 

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Photo: DWA Design Studio