Apartment in XVII Century Palazzo
After several years of studying and working in Austria, a Neapolitan architect Giuseppe Antonio Martinello decided to return to his hometown and open its office there. He chose the prestigious Via Forya, the street of palaces, and bought a whole floor in the Ruffo di Kastechikala Palazzo.
Historical Apartment in XVII Century Palazzo
Apartment in the Ruffo di Kastechikala Palazzo, living room
The palazzo was built in 1690 by the influential princely family, and after occupancy of Naples by the Spanish King Charles III in 1734 the palazzo passed into his possession. The new king of Naples and Sicily located the Ministry of Finance in the palazzo. In the XIX century the building became one of the residences of the princely family of de Gregorio Cattaneo di Sant’Elia. That time the palace undergone a large reconstruction. The mosaic floors have been preserved from the first owners and the murals on the walls and wooden panels have been replaced by new ones.
In the next century the palace fell into disrepair, it was divided and sold in parts. The writer Luciano de Crescenzio housed the professor Bellavista in one of the apartments, where a movie was filmed based on his books. It has become the most prominent event in the history of the famous palazzo.
Front floor which was bought by Martinello, stood closed almost a hundred years. Time certainly left its marks on the wallpaper and murals, but the new owner even liked it.
Martinello delicately restored his part of the palazzo, keeping the atmosphere of light decadence. Drips and cracks do not spoil the interior and remind of its rich history.
In those areas where there was nothing to save, he did not imitate the old days, and painted the walls and ceiling with a monochromatic paint. But not much left from the old luxury: painted ceilings and walls, carved wooden panels, “hanging” library encircling the living room, mosaic or parquet floors and impressive door.
All that the architect brought from himself, is different from the palazzo style. Plexiglas doors, bright furniture, minimalist kitchen, huge sofas, rookeries, contemporary art.