From the Archives

Dining and Sitting

Images from Cabana Magazine Issue 4
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A cosy Alpine sitting room in Tirolo, full of collected objects, photographed by Guido Taroni.

In this series we share some of the most beautifully curated and intensely atmospheric rooms from the Cabana archives. This week, elegant dining rooms and cosy sitting rooms from Bologna, Tirolo, Capalbio, Paris and Petrushovo, all photographed exclusively for Cabana and published in Issue 4. 
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The magnificent frescoed dining room at Palazzo Aldini, Bologna, photographed by Guido Taroni.

Palazzo Aldini, Bologna, Italy
"It is hard to pinpoint what makes an interior beautiful," writes Guido Taroni. "There are definitely two factors that concur in making a space feel unique: the bones of a house and the alchemy of the decorative elements. This house definitely has both: its “bones” go back to the 16th century, when it was built, and then to the late 18th century, when Felice Giani was called in by one of the Italian ministers to Napoleon, Antonio Aldini (the palazzo is known today as Palazzo Aldini), to decorate and paint all the ceilings."
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Corners of the sitting room at Palazzo Aldini, Bologna, photographed by Guido Taroni.

A hillside house, Capalbio, Italy
Rustic elegance reigns in this beautiful home in Capalbio, a small commune on the border of Lazio and Tuscany. "The house of Carlo and Giulia Puri lives symbiotically with the nature that surrounds it," writes photographer Antonio Monfreda, "in a small grove of olive trees and ivy, roses and bamboo,where fruit trees like pear, peach and cherry mingle with cacti and oleanders. It is a poetic place with a very specific soul, where nothing is particularly valuable, and at the same time everything - like memories and sensitivity - is very precious."
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The sitting room in the Capalbio home of Carlo and Giulia Puri, photographed by Antonio Monfreda.

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The dining room in the Capalbio home of Carlo and Giulia Puri, photographed by Antonio Monfreda.

Carolina Irving's apartment in Paris
When US-born textile designer Carolina Irving moved to Paris (where she had once lived and studied) after years of travelling, she did not think in terms of decor, according to Stephan Janson. "What she needed was a shelter to work peacefully in, as you can see in the studio-library-dining room, but of course it could not help being flamboyant. Books abound, swatches are everywhere, along with ceramics found all over the world..."

The sitting room in designer Carolina Irving's home in Paris, photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna.


The studio-library-dining room in Carolina Irving's Paris home, photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna.

A Dacha in Petrushovo, Russia
"For our French guests, our house is a model Russian dacha (country house) Russian visitors, it is an unfamiliar, western rearrangement of Russified objects," writes US-based French-Russian artist, Anastasia Lopoukhine, of her family house in Petrushovo. "The house is the physical manifestation of the running theme of my family; between countries, between many worlds. Looking around the sitting room I am surrounded by my grandfather’s books. Mostly French philosophy, 19th century novels and encyclopaedias."
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The book-filled sitting room of Anastasia Lopoukhine's family home in Petrushovo, photographed by Giada Ripa.


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