The renovation of a historic, 19th century building in the center of Venice, hailed by some as "the most decorated city in the world," by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa is titled Another Venice and is one that speaks of its very essence. The project was completed in 2017 and faces a picturesque small canal in Sestiere San Marco—so it's no wonder that each of the apartment’s 450 square meters is geared to paying homage to its extraordinary surroundings.
The designers focused on an inside/outside relationship, implementing elements - such as the vertical architecture of the facades - into the décor, going so far as to reflect these in everything from the apartment's structural elements, to the patterns featured throughout. Upon entering the building through the milled eucalyptus wooden staircase, guests and residents are treated to a foreshadowing of what's to come, with the rich, jewel-toned, graphic paneling leading gazes upwards towards the tall, thin windows near the ceiling. The "movement" in this design seems to usher one into the apartment itself…
Once inside, the living room appears to be a spot in transit - almost like the ever-shifting waters of the canal outside the walls - with diaphragm-like dividers sculpted in shiny brass and glazed, green glass, separating the space but doing so without sacrificing a single beam of light, even in the room's darkest corners. Meanwhile, the walls are either painted in rich jewel tones - similar to the entryway - or covered in graphic, geometric wallpapers. The inlaid, parquet floor is just as elaborate as the walls, featuring a brown square design that seems to mirror the elaborate, architectural elements of the building itself.
The kitchen is definitely worthy of mention. Its cabinet system has been custom designed by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa - as are most of the furnishings throughout the apartment - and crafted out of earthy eucalyptus wood and shiny brass. The bedrooms are kept "simple" where the focus is on the millwork of the double doors and coffered ceilings, to then go all out on the large, brass wardrobes that strike an art deco note of geometric design. The bathroom is just as "glamorous" as the kitchen, boasting custom designed cabinets - also in Eucalyptus wood and brass - juxtaposed by sea-foam green walls and shrimpy pink floors.
All in all, this apartment manages to successfully reinterpret Venice's elements - think shimmering colors, the landscape that seems to shift along with the tide - that are so well-known and sought after, ultimately making it a gem of a spot articulately set in the heart of one of Italy’s most stunning cities.