When you run your finger over the map of the historic French region of Provence, working in a south-easterly direction across the roads, hills and ancient olive groves you come to the salt flats of the Camargue and boundless extents of lavender.
There could be no better location for a quiet, secluded refuge that reveals a past rich in the experiences of generations. Here, time seems to have come to a standstill. Light curtains stirred by the breeze caress floors over which slow steps pass from the comfortable, light-filled interior to the intimate, sunny garden, conceived as a natural outdoor extension of the house itself.
A few pieces of heirloom furniture, soft upholstered items covered with natural fabrics and a rich collection of designer objects that shift the place’s image and character from the past to the present, encased in luminous surfaces, communicative to the eyes and touch, alternating tone-on-tone and contrasting effects.
The space within the home, perfectly balanced and harmonised in all its parts, can be perceived from corner to corner as a series of small stage sets, providing backdrops that add value to daily life.
On close, careful inspection, the texture that covers the enclosing structure of floors and walls and triggers a subtle interplay of light and shade proves to be inspired by a material with a profound, intimate character: concrete.
This is the material of inspiration for the porcelain stoneware of the Ragno Stratford collection, widely used in this home, both in continuity of colour across the rooms and in contrasts for decorative solutions with a strong personality.
On the floor of the dining room and in the spacious lounge we find the 120x120 large size Stratford White, a minimal yet refined solution ideal for creating light-filled interiors. The fireplace wall, entirely decorated with the 30x30 cm Stratford Blue Mosaic, is an important design feature.
In the master bedroom, the bedhead is richly decorated with the Prive White 120x120 panel in floral and botanical patterns, matching the wall covering, also stoneware, in the Stratford shades of blue, perfectly coordinated with the fabrics and furnishings. On the floor, the long wood-effect stoneware planks of the Woodsense collection, chosen in Marrone colour, bestow warmth and harmony on the design scheme.
Outdoors, to conclude, the Stratford collection was chosen in 60x120 cm size, in structured version in White colour for the patio, and in extra thickness, 2 cm, version in Clay colour for the area around the pool.