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Contemporary Venetian Style

By , October 19, 2009

I was looking through the August, 2009 issue of Interiors magazine and came across the photo spread of Stefano and Riccarda Contini’s 15th Century Venetian palace.

As if having gorgeous home on the Canale Grande wasn’t enough of a dream come true, the home is filled with stunning modern art and contemporary furnishings that Stefano, a gallerist, has collected with his wife over the years.

While everything featured in the photos was extraordinary, I fell in love with this brass “Sliced Violin” table  by Arman, made to look like pieces of a deconstructed violin. The accompanying chairs are both industrial and elegant and are set off perfectly by the deep blue painting of a man on a bench.


The genius of this arrangement is that it’s really such a simple setting, with all the art surrounded by open space.   And here specifically, the furniture IS the art.  And notice the classic Venetian terrazzo  floor the sculpture rests on.  The art pieces are unique and form a superb collection that reflects the spirit of the family. It demonstrates how a historical home can be imbued with modern flair to create a living environment that is itself a work of art. How lucky that this family gets the pleasure of  living there!

Warm Regards,



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