Vincenzo De Cotiis created this private luxury holiday residence out of a historic boathouse in Forte dei Marmi in the province of Lucca in northern Tuscany. Respecting the history of the area, and of the brick building itself, De Cotiis has selected and custom-created pieces in marble, concrete, brass, fiberglass and lacquered wood, some with references to the maritime past.
He created a comprehensive whole that speaks one and the same language from the rough walls to the antique Murano glass vase, from furniture from his own Progetto Doméstico label to retro pieces and salvaged items.
In the Art Deco-inspired kitchen, storage cabinets are made of recycled fiberglass and fitted with brass handles. African wooden boxes and antique ceramics decorate the cabinets. The bedrooms are all on the first floor and they have their own, serene almost austere, ambiance warm woods and brass evoke the nautical past.
The grand salon is a great example of how De Cotiis preserved the reddish-hued patina of the historic brick walls. He designed a lacquered sofa base in bright red covered with tan suede cushions.
Photography ©Ambroize Tézenas