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The intimate art of fire

250 square metres of collector-chic atmosphere with an appealing double-fronted fireplace.

The following project is by an art- and design-loving collector couple of Pordenone (Friuli), who regularly keep an open house for their friends and acquaintances. This pleasurable coming and going is restricted to the ground floor, however, while their home’s more secluded, intimate zone is in the slanting-roofed attic upstairs.

The latter is graced with the charm and comfort of a compact-sized fireplace of appealing double-fronted design (model Forma B95 of MCZ).  

The fire can be enjoyed from both the small living area/reading room and from the master bedroom.

The fireplace was deliberately integrated into the custom-made bookcase, along with shelves, uprights and racks.

Inserting the fireplace heating system into the bookcase was not as easy as we initially hoped. Together with MCZ, we worked out a series of quite unusual technical solutions, which took into account insulation and the respect of minimal distances.

- Architect Giovanni Sciré Risichella

Not only the books and the bookcase itself, but also the parquet floor needed to be protected from coming into direct contact with the fireplace.

The solution, both aesthetic and functional, is a sort of marble facing that embraces the white plasterboard covering, protrudes mantel-like by 2-3 cm, then bends at 90 degrees towards the floor. 


Corde interior design studio

Corde Architetti was founded in 2003 by Alessandro Santarossa and Giovanni Scirè Risichella. It is headquartered in a converted building in the industrial port of Venice.

The work philosophy of the studio is focused on "contrast". The design approach is as horizontal as possible. The tasks and roles essential in different phases are fully reset in the development of the project with the desire to create a common platform for discussion. Research by the studio is rooted in this mingling of responsibility and attitude.



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