After nearly eight years of renting a tiny apartment in the center of Asolo, in northern Italy, Guido Chiavelli and his wife, Sabrina, were ready to find a house outside of town and start a family. “Our dream was to go back to the countryside where we both grew up,” says Chiavelli. “We want our children to experience close contact with nature. If you live in an urban area, you have a different kind of childhood.”
A huge glass-and-steel central stair envisioned by the architect spans four floors of the Chiavellis’ newly expanded house.
In the dining area a vintage table is surrounded by Giandomenico Belotti Spaghetti chairs. The space, which also includes the kitchen, occupies a 1970s addition.
Locally sourced Italian slate covers the ground floor rooms; the coat rack near the entrance is from Zanotta.
The sitting area and office are on the second floor, reached via the catwalk. Near the sofa by Piero Lissoni for Cassina is a Bourgie lamp from Kartell; on the large table, made from old roof beams, is a Taccia lamp from Flos.
The top floor holds the bedroom suite, with a dressing room and built-in spa.
Photo by: Helenio Barbetta for Dwell