Age is the essential element of every project James Cavagnari touches. There is an elegance, a particular beauty achieved only when a material stands through time, gaining soul and depth where shallow aesthetics would fade. For Cavagnari, a home is a person, and he designs them to become more captivating with each passing year.
With Villa Cupolino we could feel her, and we envisioned something romantic, a little bit decadent, because we knew the house must look like an old lady – a beautiful lady. She has wrinkles, white hair, and she's very elegant in her age. We knew we must do a restoration that would preserve that beauty through time.
The selection of materials is key, says Cavagnari. His understanding of how they will wear predetermines the evolution of his designs. The heavy wooden boards forming the villa’s original flooring were restored intact so that their patina – the thin layer of texture, shine, or colour that forms on a surface naturally over time – will continue to grow richer with age. In another 100 years, the floors will be truly stunning.