The first question James Cavagnari wants to answer is: Who is your home?
Whether he is designing a reconstruction or a new, contemporary house, the science of Cavagnari’s process is the same. He must discover the project’s personality before he can envision how it will be captured. Take Villa Cupolino, a breathtaking 14th-century villa overlooking the city of Florence. The recent renovation shows how Cavagnari can honour the identity of a historic home and bring its lost soul back to life, by uncovering the distinct personality that was lost over time.
The designer is fascinated by the character of each home, and this guides his vision and his work. “For an existing building, you must ask, where is it, how it is, how is it linked to the territory and the people?”
With Villa Cupolino, Cavagnari and his team saw a woman, hidden and waiting to return to dignity. “She is a grand and elegant lady. How could we help her to become what was lost, with new possibilities?”