Le Case
Via dei Lucani 33/A
00185 ROMA
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Hose&Garden - Magnificent settings
aprile 2007
an Art Deco movement. Bulgari, who has children from a former marriage, lives there with his wife, Beatrice, a costume designer for the cinema, and their daughter. The home's main feature is a long rectangular living room facing an extraordinary garden, which the couple created with Roman landscape architect Isabella Casali di Monticelli. It loosely represents a Persian garden, with fruit trees, bamboo, an arbor, and numerous seating areas. There is a pool and, near the arbor, one of Sandro Chia's few outside sculptures, a polychrome work. For all its length and grandeur, the living room is surprisingly informal, dominated by an 18-foot­long sofa designed by Andrea Gobbi, copying a late-nine tee nth-century English sofa. There is plenty of other seating, as well, including a 1930S Poltrona Frau armchair, upholstered in green leather, and an armchair from the 195OS, which Beatrice rescued at Cinecitd and reupholstered in red leather. S,everal iron tables topped with marble, as well as a nineteenth-century Empire round table inlaid with marble, are casually placed around the room. Gobbi custom-designed the room's geometric-patterned carpets. The Bulgaris are serious collectors, and Nicola animatedly discusses his personal relation­ships with artists whose works line the walls, includingAlighiero Boetti, Gino de Dominicis, and Tano Festa. In the dining room, a painting by Julian Schnabel is juxtaposed with magnificent Neapolitan silver angels on ebony stands, by the famed metalsmith Francesco Saverio Rossi, who executed the figures in the style of Roman Baroque angels. Bleached white reproduction antique chairs from London dealer Christopher Howe surround the magnifi­cent dining table, and a 1930S Austrian Bohemian crystal chandelier hangs over it. Among all the treasures in this home, it is perhaps the nineteenth-century twin ame­thyst and ormolu columns that are most dear to Bulgari, who bought them at auction a few years ago. The carved Corinthian capitals are based on a late­eighteenth-century French model in the Louvre, and are by the same artisan who made the columns that have been displayed in the Roman flag­ship store since Nicola Bulgari's father's time. Though Bulgari is a family business, Trapani is careful to say that relatives do not pervade it. Under his financial guidance, Bulgari has grown from 500   Princess Lorenza de Liechtenstein, in a Valentino blouse, and daughter Allegra, top, water plants in the courtyard at Palazzo Lancellotti. II Nicola Bulgari sits with daughter Veronica and grandson Henry in his New York City apartment, right. IIln Bulgari's Aurelia workshop, above, a craftsman positions diamonds by size, following the design of a High Jewelry sketch. Approximately 25 talented artisans create and assemble every piece by hand, ensuring luxurious results.