The house is centered on a large open courtyard that allows air and light to filter deep into the home. Majestic Doric columns line the space and give an immediate feeling of grandeur. The play of light and shadows cast by the columns continually changes throughout the day, which gives life to the heart of the villa. The main rooms all radiate off of this space. Some of my favorites include the library, which is a vast open room rising a story and a half. Fitting for such a scholar, the room is dedicated to Athena and is filled with antiquities that would inspire anyone lucky enough to have use of the space. The incredible chandelier is a copy of one in Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. As in the rest of the villa, the furniture is all done in exotic hardwoods based on models discovered at Herculaneum in the 18th century and in the Museum in Naples.
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city