KBB - June/July 2009 - (Page 36)

Diplomatic Mission In Washington, DC, an embassy kitchen negotiates formal functions and family By Alice Liao A 36 As the seat of the Italian embassy in Washington, DC, and a showcase for Italian design, Villa Firenze, a 1,985-sq.-m Tudor-style residence, seems aptly named. After all, Firenze is Italian for Florence, which enjoys a rich cultural past, made famous by the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Filippo Brunelleschi. But interestingly enough, Villa Firenze does not take its name from that sparkling Tuscan city. Instead, its inspiration is none other than Florence Guggenheim, mother of previous owner Colonel Robert Guggenheim, who christened the home in her memory. For some, the connection may seem more than coincidental. Destiny? Perhaps. Today, the interior of Villa Firenze speaks to the best in Italian design, yet does so while paying respect to the home’s 1920s architecture. Both modern and traditional-style pieces cohabit comfortably in rooms elegantly ornamented with decorative molding, wood paneling and period-accented details. One noteworthy exception, however, is the 70-sq.-m kitchen, which was designed by the project division of Italian kitchen company Arclinea. Here, an unabashedly contemporary sensibility, modern conveniences and a versatile layout combine in a space intimate enough for casual family gatherings yet capable of catering a 250-guest diplomatic function. The kitchen ably responds to both scenarios thanks to a floor plan conceived with considerable input from the current ambassador, Giovanni Castellaneta, and his family, as well as the embassy’s full-time professional chef. Roughly consisting of a kitchen within a kitchen, noted + K BB June/July July 2004 2009 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of K/BIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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