Set in a 15th-century borgo in the hills of Tuscany’s dreamy Chianti Classico region, Galenda offers two beautiful apartments combining authentic historical architecture with modern interior design.
How would you describe the apartment in a nutshell?
A panoramic, two-story loft with a secret pool in a historic Tuscan setting.
What was the inspiration behind Umamma?
I am a design enthusiast who was born and raised in Tuscany. When I was 25 years old, I left Italy to work as a creative director in advertising but my roots were still there. I lived in Milan, Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Dubai but I knew that sooner or later, I would come back to perhaps work in Tuscany, looking for inspiration in the natural surroundings. I imagined an unexpected place with unexpected details, which is how Umamma was born.
How would you describe the atmosphere at the apartment?
Relaxed and true with a mysterious twist.
Please tell us about the interior design/architecture. How would you describe it?
New ways of reusing ancient structures were devised while all of the post-19th-century additions were completely demolished to rediscover the original form and materials of the building. The architectural design “sacrificed” what were thick, blind walls built as fortifications in order to open up the new living space to air, light and landscape, as well as the smell of the surrounding vineyards and olive trees.
Expressing a unique form of contemporary living in an ancient setting, the design of Umamma aims to convey both a sense of modern humility and the power of its structural advancement. The open-plan design and deliberately sparse furnishing of the loft create a careful balance between comfortable living and the ever-present aura spanning over a millennium. Overall, the effect escapes any preconceived style. The final result aims at a sense of peace and reconciliation.
What is so special about the apartment to you personally?
It brings back to life an ancient structure, with elements dating from the Roman and Etruscan age to the Renaissance while giving them a new function and meaning in unexpected ways. By removing the previously windowless facade, we’ve bridged the gap between the inside and outside worlds with its peaceful pastoral landscape. The pool is also quite special and was recently recognized as the “2019 Best Indoor Pool in Italy”.
Is the apartment best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?
Aside from large groups, it’s suited to anybody else, from couples to families. Children are welcome but given the apartment’s layout and facilities, they should be closely supervised by adults.