About the Book
Maremma House, Magliano in Toscana, Italy, 2013-2015
The building is set on a hill surrounded by olive trees and vineyards near the ancient village of Pereta, in the Tuscan Maremma countryside. The landscape around it is characterized by gently rolling hills sloping down towards the sea. The view from the house sweeps over Monte Argentario and the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
The house is laid out as three layers of volumes stretching horizontally along the north-south axis. The linear shape of the three floors echoes the dominating horizontality of the land. The arrangement of the volumes corresponds to the distribution of activity in the house as well as referring to a metaphorical stratification of meanings.
The activity of Studio Ponsi, established in Florence in 2008 by Andrea and Luca Ponsi, aims to link the various design scales in a relationship of mutual correspondences: urban design, architecture, interiors, furniture, and objects. Interested in exploring the analogic relationships between form and sensations, nature and artifice, past and present, the projects are developed following a line of thought at the same time rigorous, fluid and open, that metaphorically is reflected in the dominant linearity of the compositions. Just as any action on an architectural and town planning scale links the uniqueness of the project with the climate and the geographic and cultural conditions of every place, so the design of furniture and objects is the result of the integration of research and invention with the ever valid principles of proportion, balance, and harmony.