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Art in (a) flat

Milan-based web designer Franco Scarpino has a bolt hole in San Leonardo di Cutro, Calabria on the Ionian Sea. Here in his 40 sq m attic apartment he can throw open the windows and gaze out to see. But Franco seems to spend most of his time looking inside his flat.On the wall there are works of 15 different Italian artists. You see Franco is part of a home based gallery movement Art in Flat which brings artists and home owners together to exhibit art in one of its most natural habitats, the walls of a house. You could say this post is half reader's home half home exhibition. I think I need to get involved in something like this here in Australia. A very cool idea.

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The power of light

I know...you're wondering where the furniture is. Sometimes it is more about the architecture, and in this case it is also about the incredible effect natural light can have in a space. These photos are magical. Such stunning blank canvases, by Sicilian interior architect and designer Antonino Cardillo. Monolithic at times, shapely at others, Cardillo’s work bears more than a passing affinity to architecture of the ancients.

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Light and dark

Day and night. Soft light, deep shadow. Earth and metal. Mirror and marble. Feminine and maculine. Precious and raw.Two houses by Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis. Two spaces full of tactile pleasure and celebration of form.

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A country house

Italian design firm zanon architetti associati have breathed new life into this old Treviso country villa. The ground floor as become one large room while glass windows on the box like extension reflect the garden blurring the edges between inside and out. Vines grow up over the terracotta hued house and corten steel weathers to match the render. New and renewal, modern and traditional.

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Almost perfect. Almost real. Almost losing my mind trying to convince myself they really are computer generated. Definitely lovely. Florence apartment interiors by Filippo Carandini.