Italian Emotions
OBJEKT South Africa|October/November/December 2019
The villa dates back to 1844, located in Albignasego, is a stone throw away of the ancient Italian city of Padua. In former days it was used by a noble family to control the surrounding land. Beginning of the 21th century, the Bottacin family decided to buy and to restore it. That complete restoration process was guided by Elena Bulatova and Vittorio Bottacin, who established their international interior design studio and general contracting firm in the reborn Villa Studiolo now surrounded by fields of roses.

The Villa Studiolo shines, like a phoenix arisen from the ashes. When the Bottacin´s bought it at the beginning of the 21st century, it was a shadow of its earlier, glorious incarnation. A mess according to Vittorio Bottacin and Elena Bulatova, who took it upon themselves to restore it to its former glory. It was as full of holes as Swiss cheese and many of the holes had been provisionally plugged up.

Built-in 1844 it was initially used by a noble family as a base from which to oversee their surrounding farmland. When they were in residence at the villa, they stayed on the first floor: the Piano Nobile. The ground floor was used for storing agrarian machinery, with further storage space on the topmost floor.

The beginning of the new millennium found only the core of the villa intact. With that structure as the basis the whole villa, a protected monument, needed to be reconstructed in its original style.

Vittorio and Elena remember only too well how much work that entailed. In total, it would cost them three years of intensive labor to make an original Italian Villa from the mess they had started with. In 2009 the work was completed.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM OBJEKT SOUTH AFRICAView All

The Finest Luxury Watches That 2020 Has To Offer

The finest luxury watches that 2020 has to offer

10+ mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

Vineyard Estate In The Sonoma Hills

Situated at the base of Sonoma Mountain, the 140-acre estate includes a main residence, a guesthouse, a barn, sculpture gardens, and an orchard, in addition to 60 acres of vineyard. All building and landscape elements are strategically sited to enable the harmonious coexistence of day-to-day operations of the vineyard and rural domestic life. It’s a design by aidlin darling design lead by Joshua Aidlin and David Darling.photo: Ben Tanner

2 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

Eco Chic

In the dutch polder

2 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

Natural Light In Osaka

House for Installation, is a renovated house located in Osaka, Japan, transformed into a minimalist atelier and residence for artists. Simplicity, flexibility and elegant use of light define the living and working spaces, an abstract setting for calmness, meditation and creativity.

3 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

Illy – Live Happily

Happiness based on three important mainstays: health, sustainability and pleasure.

4 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

Horst P. Horst Photographer Of Style

He was an icon in the world of photography, style and fashion: the German photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999) whose work influenced generations of taste-makers. A beautiful definitive retrospective exhibition of his work will be on display at the V&A in London. The exhibition, opening in September 2014, will include 250 photographs spanning six decades, shown alongside 1930s couture garments and contextual film material.

1 min read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

English Barn With Racing Spirit

The stone barn, built within the grounds of a country home in the Cotswolds, UK, serves as an executive suite and a place to house a classic car collection. The designer at Splinter Works was commissioned to plan the layout and design custom-made furniture to fulfil the many functions required of the space

2 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
September/October/November 2020

THE WHITE HOUSE PAINTED BLACK

The house was originally built in 1959 and was designed by a member of the Harvard Five w New Canaan, Connecticut, USA. It stayed within the family for which it was built until Tamara Bahry and her partner Rob White bought it in 2014. Tamara fell in love with the original design the moment she saw it and loved all the wood and glass. The location was perfect: it was built on a point, with views to all sides, lots of privacy and only 30 feet from the water. Alhtough the house was painted black, it was called ‘The White House’.

2 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
January/February/March 2020

SERENITY AND ELEGANCE

Renee and Ken Metrick were used to working seven days a week in their retail business in the Canadian Town of Toronto. If not travelling they were at their home base. Never thinking they were cottage people. But when that bug hit, it was the beginning of a new life surrounded by serenity and nature at the border of Lake Joseph, Muskoka. They asked architect Kelly Buffey of Akb Architects to realise their dream cottage.

2 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
January/February/March 2020

GRIMM TO THE LIMITS

The location of the house is special, it could have come straight out of a painting from a 17th-century Dutch master. The spot, Wierdijkje, can be found on maps as far back as the middle ages. Meadows lined with trees moulded by the sea wind, a path that disappears amongst shrubs and, in the distance, the dunes. It is a protected area, so for the time being nothing will disturb this idyllic picture. This is the coastal stretch of the province of North Holland, where the wind has free play over the land, where Jorg and Hannah Grimm bought an old ́ stolp´ farmhouse, aiming to transform it into a weekend home where art is the binding element. Here they find peace in their otherwise exhilarating life in the art world.

2 mins read
OBJEKT South Africa
January/February/March 2020
RELATED STORIES

Y&R: CHELSEA HAS A STROKE

LATE BREAKING NEWS

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 11, 2021

young and restless

Flashback to 2019

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
November 23, 2020

It's Only My Opinion

Daytime’s most outspoken columnist!

5 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
November 16, 2020

Y&R: DEVON FINDS OUT ABOUT ELENA AND NATE

Devon and Elena are in their Grand Phoenix suite getting ready for a gala in his honor, but Devon is only focused on her.

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
October 26, 2020

Be Our Guest

Y&R’s Bryton James (Devon) reflected on his acting career, his on- and offscreen loves and more on Digest’s podcast, Dishing With Digest.

9 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
August 31, 2020

Lying as an Art Form

Elena Ferrante’s new novel about adolescence explores the power of fictions.

10 mins read
The Atlantic
September 2020

Under Review

BOOKS FOR THE GREAT PAUSE

4 mins read
Russian Life
July/August 2020

A Cold Soup to Beet Summer

I was a picky eater in my childhood, and cooked vegetables were especially taboo for me, precluding any enjoyment of my mother’s scrumptious borshch, vegetable ragout, and the like. It must have been a small miracle for her, then, that I did eat her cold svekolnik (свекольник) soup. Perhaps I was seduced by its brilliant red color, or by the floating halves of a hard-boiled egg, or the fact that it was refreshingly cold on a hot summer day.

3 mins read
Russian Life
July/August 2020

Quick Toke with Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R)

Late-Breaking News

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
June 29, 2020

Eye Of The Tiger

She’s won three straight Ivy League Poy Awards and drawn comparisons to former WNBA MVPS Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart. Princeton senior Bella Alarie is as real as it gets.

3 mins read
Slam
January - February 2020