Imagine experiencing the same emotions one feels while aboard a luxurious yacht, but within the confines of a stunning villa. It may sound improbable, but entrepreneur and influencer Serena Spinucci has achieved just that with her remarkable villa nestled among the hills overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lugano. Co-founder of the renowned Milaner brand, known for its curated selection of exquisite Italian clothing and accessories, Spinucci collaborated with Italian architect and yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini to bring her vision to life. This 650 square meter, three-story villa seamlessly merges the elegance of yacht design with the tranquility of lakeside living.
Spinucci and Spadolini’s collaboration began in 2011 when they met through mutual acquaintances in the yachting industry. Impressed by Spadolini’s expertise in yacht refits, Spinucci enlisted his help in renovating her yacht, Virginian, which led to the successful refurbishment of two more family boats. Given their previous collaborations, it was only natural for Spinucci to turn to Spadolini when designing her new villa in Lugano. The objective was clear: to evoke the same sense of luxury found aboard a yacht.
One of the main challenges in the villa’s design was seamlessly connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces. The original building had small windows, necessitating structural interventions to create a harmonious flow between the villa’s interior and its picturesque surroundings. By removing certain pillars and incorporating large windows throughout, the villa now integrates effortlessly with the landscape. Notably, the living room’s expansive glass walls can be opened, effectively merging the interior with the surrounding garden.
Glass and crystal elements play a significant role in the villa’s interior design, enhancing the feeling of openness and light. The staircase, illuminated by a skylight, is a standout feature, allowing light to filter through the different floors. Complementing the glass elements, the interior is characterized by the extensive use of oak wood, crafted by the skilled artisans of Del Curto carpentry in Chiavenna. The combination of modern and traditional furnishings creates an elegant ambiance, with family heirlooms seamlessly integrated alongside contemporary pieces.
The villa’s interior furnishings strike a delicate balance between modern and traditional styles. The dining room, adorned with a grand tapestry flanked by ancient rudders, features the Mars round table, Audrey chairs, and a contemporary Golden Cloud chandelier. Natural light flows effortlessly through the space, connecting the dining area with the living room. The living room itself boasts Promemoria large sofas and a central coffee table, juxtaposed with a striking antique carpet.
The master bedroom, located on the same floor, offers panoramic views of the lake through a large window and opens onto a terrace, providing an idyllic setting for breakfast or moments of relaxation. The lower floor houses sleeping quarters for children and guests, along with a spacious and well-equipped fitness area. Every aspect of the villa’s design has been carefully curated to ensure the utmost comfort and tranquility.
In collaboration with Tommaso Spadolini, Serena Spinucci envisioned an outdoor space that exudes elegance, practicality, and comfort. Hortensia garden design company contributed to the “green furniture” concept, resulting in a meticulously planned garden layout. The outdoor paths seamlessly connect the swimming pool, changing room, and relaxation area with a television. Notably, a gazebo positioned on the roof of the villa provides an elevated dining experience akin to the flying bridge of a yacht.
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