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From Turin to the italian lakes

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Sofia Lazzeri designs furniture for top Italian manufacturers in addition to taking on special commissions and creating one-off items. Like many young designers of her generation, she believes in the resurgence of manual work and a focus on craftsmanship.

“Its forms echo those of the region’s traditional houses which I have reinterpreted to bring in line with our time”

Jérôme de Meuron

The home of architect Jérôme
de Meuron

This family abode is an astonishing concrete edifice which nestles in the vegetation of Lake Maggiore’s shoreline. The building’s minimalist façade and commanding, iron main door point unmistakably point to its modernity.

The home of architect Jérôme<br>de Meuron

“I enjoy working with natural materials such as wood because they age so beautifully”

Jérôme de Meuron

The uncluttered lines of this home’s architecture, its near-monastic simplicity and the use of non-finished materials bestow it with a primitive, sculptural feel. In addition to the secrets of the exterior, the interior – which we had the privilege of exploring – is even more astonishing. The louvered shutters, skylights and large picture windows create a fascinating lighting effect, while the custom furniture – also designed by Jérôme de Meuron – fits perfectly with the building’s volumes and timelessness.

A meeting with designer Sofia Lazzeri in Lugano

Sofia Lazzeri designs furniture for top Italian manufacturers in addition to taking on special commissions and creating one-off items. Like many young designers of her generation, she believes in the resurgence of manual work and a focus on craftsmanship.

A meeting with designer Sofia Lazzeri in Lugano

Our visit enabled us to admire the Innesti vase collection she created in collaboration with the designer Alexandra Denton. These elegant, ageless pieces feature a fusion of contrasting materials. “I adore working with different materials and experimenting with a variety of techniques” she says. Here, she has combined glass and textile which exude a blend of cold and warmth, fragility and strength.

“A piece doesn’t just have to have beautiful forms;
it must also express our relationship with the world and connect with it”

Sofia Lazzeri

The adventure continued with a ride along the shores of Lake Iseo where we were welcomed to the Villa Crespia vineyards by Michela Muratori. Driving along the vine-lined lanes to this delightful property, visitors are immediately struck by the location’s quietude and won over by the passion of its owner who knows everything there is to know about the domain. Situated at the lake’s southern tip in the Franciacorta region, Villa Crespia produces a renowned sparkling wine, the result of a delicate blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

“Vineyards need to tell a story. I love the proximity I enjoy with my customers.
It allows me to convey the emotion of my wine”

Michela Muratori

Michela Muratori and her cousin tend to this 60-hectare family-owned domain which was acquired by their grandfather before being built up by the latter’s sons. Michela’s respect for nature and quest for purity have inspired her to produce an exceptional organic sparkling vino which brings experts and hedonist epicureans alike to her winery.

This understated museum in Chiasso’s cultural quarter, close to the theatre, is an ideal spot to indulge in a little cultural tourism. This splendid luminous white cube designed by Italian architects Durisch and Nolli houses the archives of Max Huber, the famed graphic artist of the 1950s and 1960s.

At night, the floodlit luminous façade allows the museum’s exhibits to be admired while at the same time lighting up the town like a lantern.

Inaugurated in 2005, it also houses works by contemporary designers and photographers to serve as a bridge between the past and present and bring the art of visual communication to the public.