Architect and designer Vincenzo De Cotiis was born in 1958 in Gonzaga, Italy. After studying architecture at the Milan Politecnico, he founded his studio and gallery in 1997.
“An aesthetic infused with “perfect imperfection” is obtained by initial decomposition followed by recomposition, passing through the use of new materials and their expressive potential, thus generating works that recall nature in the abstract.”
Taking advantage of recycled, reclaimed and reconstructed materials and utilising them to their fullest potential is a speciality of De Cotiis. In the quaint fishing port of Lucca on the Serchio river in northern Tuscany, Vincenzo De Cotiis has reimagined a former boathouse into a contemporary luxury residence where his ideas were manipulated fully.
Using local materials that include marble, concrete, fibreglass, lacquered wood and brass, the house has multiple spaces to promote relaxation, study and social activities. The minimalist bedrooms are set on the first floor and enjoy a passive nautical theme that benefits from impressive skylights, flooding the rooms with natural light.
Stunning green marble and brass fixtures in the bathrooms add to the levels of luxury whilst throughout, the brutal industrial panels and staircase contrast with elements of historic and rustic charm.
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