HO TEL N’ORMA, SICILY 9 3 PROJECT
‘At night the building becomes a
sequence of luminous areas, lit with
simple, elegant lamps’
The interior has been transformed into a series of
spaces where, again, opposites co-exist. Austere lines
emphasise the warmth of a family sitting around a
fireplace. The interior design was conceived as a kind
of living architecture, with an abundance of playful,
aesthetic and philosophical images: a tendency
towards Germanic design is offset by seemingly
careless rustic details. Functional spaces are reborn as
stylish accommodation that does not forget the past:
in one bedroom, walls of tuff and amber colours are
in tune with original rustic furniture and pieces of
contemporary design. A cavity once used to store grain
has become a small fireplace.
At night the building becomes a sequence of luminous
areas lit by Davide Groppi’s simple, elegant lamps.
There is Edison, a wall and table lamp that is both a
salute to Edison’s light bulb and a piece of light art.
Ovo, a metal suspension lamp, delivers pools of
glowing light to the surfaces below, while Moon, a
stunning orb in Japanese paper, brings an unearthly
lunar glow to a bedroom that was once the stable.
Outside, the shapes and surfaces of the building are
picked out by lamps chosen for appearance and effect.
IMU, an LED wall lamp in the form of a miniature
casa, provides a homely welcome at the entrance.
Translucent Lenta floor lamps warm the terraces and
courtyards, while Sampei Outdoor – a tall, swaying
blade of grass with a tiny adjustable spotlight, raises
Opposite: The bedrooms
are dominated by the Moon
luminaire, an oversized orb in
Above, right: The understatement
continues in the dining room,
where a simple pool of light in
the centre of the tables creates
focus and warmth
Below: The plan of the farmhouse
and additional buildings