The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits.
In the rarefied world of Milanese design, high-profile stars usually work alone. Partnerships between husband and wife are even scarcer. Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba may be the exceptions that prove the rule. Since 1994, they have collaborated on an amazing number of projects: designing bathroom equipment, kitchens, furniture, and lighting for an almost endless list of companies, including Boffi, Cappellini, Salviati, Foscarini, and Zanotta, and winning several prestigious awards, including a Compasso D’Oro—Italy’s highest design prize—in the process.
When the couple decided to look for a vacation home, they turned their gaze far from the hectic world of Milan, their home base, and started house hunting over 600 miles away in the southeastern part of Italy, in Salento—sometimes referred to as the high heel in Italy’s boot—a sub-peninsula in Puglia. “This part of Italy is beautiful,” explains Palomba, adding that the family had vacationed there for many years. “We find it rich in poetry,” he says. “And since we love the area so much, we decided to buy a house there.”
They found the house of their dreams—an old oil mill that dates back to the 17th century—in Sogliano Cavour, a small village in the province of Lecce. “It was love at first sight,” says Serafini. “We are architects, and we immediately understood the potential of the place.” The couple realized that they could put their own imprint on the house but still retain its raw spirit, keeping the ancient stone floors, walls, and arches intact.
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