Laboratory

The most important choice a person will make when building or restoring their home, is the architect. The person who will share their dream, and years of their life. They will witness fights over the placement of the kitchen, the surprising emotion of choosing a fabric, the gasp when you see your view framed by a custom designed window for the first time. It is a long-term and intimate journey....

Age is the essential element of every project James Cavagnari touches. There is an elegance, a particular beauty achieved only when a material stands through time, gaining soul and depth where shallow aesthetics would fade. For Cavagnari, a home is a person, and he designs them to become more captivating with each passing year....

Whether he is designing a reconstruction or a new, contemporary house, the science of Cavagnari’s process is the same. He must discover the project’s personality before he can envision how it will be captured. Take Villa Cupolino, a breathtaking 14th-century villa overlooking the city of Florence. The recent renovation shows how Cavagnari can honour the identity of a historic home and bring its lost soul back to life, by uncovering the distinct personality that was lost over time....

The fabulous apartment we designed in New York is up for sale. Check out this video to get an inside look at the space:...

For a villa proposal in Provence, we played with the idea of repeating decorative elements and pieces of furniture to emphasize a concept, also creating harmony and also helping to set up a functional and structured area....

This is a unique detail from a kitchen in Moscow. We designed the leather compartments to recall the old Florentine apothecaries, with countless jars of ingredients. The piece produced by local artisans in Florence using only Tuscan materials....

In our Florentine townhouse’s garden, two very contrasting visual points of reference keep the eye in constant wonder: order given by basic geometric shapes true to classic landscape design, sitting alongside disorder created by green, wild nature. These are the types of surprising contrasts we love to work with....

We love fabrics. And when we find a fabric that we love and fits with the inspirational theme of a project, we look for unique solutions to help integrate it into a space. Here, for example, we worked with our Tuscan carpenters to create elegant closets made with fine Florentine silks for a villa in Cap Ferrat....