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n exclusive view from the hills above the lake, a bewitching villa with large windows that overlook the landscape and a long, narrow terrace dug from the steep slope with a small pool of water. It took this dream home to convince the new owners to move to Switzerland and leave their beloved Italy and the Ligurian sea behind. To complete this enchanting picture, designer furniture inspired by the Scandinavian aesthetic, planned to a great extent by the lady of the house, full of energy and with extremely clear ideas. 


The ground floor looks onto a small terrace with neither railings nor parapets

The ground floor looks onto a small terrace with neither railings nor parapets. The pool of water is evocative as well as functional.

Hidden in the thick bushes on the hills that surround Lake Lugano, you arrive through an impervious, winding road that at the top, opens up on the landscape of the Pre-Alps. Opposite the villa, there is a tiny terrace with a mini-swimming pool, a pool of water that on the darkest days too, reflects the light towards the interior of the house.


The careful renovation, overseen by the architect of a local firm, has rearranged the spaces of the three levels of the villa. The entrance is at the top, at street level, here the focal point of the dining area is a large table placed in an ultra-scenic position, windows on one side and the open-plan kitchen on the other for a combination of beauty and irresistible goodness. The tones are soft and natural, similarly to the sand-coloured resin floor on which is arranged rarefied, wooden furniture in a natural finish, Scandinavian design for the most part, one of the great passions of the lady of the house.


Soft tones, steel and natural wood define the dining area. With its simple, elegant lines, Scandinavian design conveys a sense of peace throughout the space. Around the table, CH24 Wishbone chairs, a design icon in production since 1949. PH5 pendant lamps designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen in 1958. The Bigfoot table by E15.

The stainless-steel kitchen has an informal as well as a professional feel. With its endless reflections, it creates a luminous effect that naturally amplifies the light around the home. Artusi kitchen by Arclinea.


Different materials are used in the private area of the house, although the soft, delicate shades are a constant. The floor is made of wooden planks from Scandinavia. Simple and refined too, the crisp furniture includes classic Scandinavian pieces of the fifties as well as several modern designs. The overall scheme conveys a calm warmth, a serene welcome that encourages you to relax.


With a natural, serene colour palette as well, the living room combines furniture from the fifties to the present day, such as Ray & Charles Eames, Cini Boeri and Tom Dixon. Furniture consultancy Bredaquaranta, Milan.

The rooms on the first floor are just the right size. Simple and functional, they reflect the restrained but welcoming style of the house. Ghost bed by Gervasoni, Parentesi lamp by Flos and a vintage 1950s-style wall lamp.

Villa over Lugano lake, Bredaquaranta furniture store, Milan

The guest room has been especially furnished for the grandmother. Beside the bed, there’s a small desk and a wooden lamp, they are both vintage Scandinavian piece of the '50s. On the right, the master bathroom designed by the architect.


The ground floor is a brighter, open-plan version of a classic "tarvernetta", a basement room. Set aside so the kids are able to play without restraint, it overlooks the terrace with a small swimming pool. The previous owners had originally used this floor as their own wellness-centre and the swimming pool used to be here as well.  Now, in the same place there is a mountain of cushions the lady of the house placed for her daughter and her friends.


The ground floor is transformed into an area to play freely in. Lugano lake, bredaquaranta

The ground floor is transformed into an area to play freely in, with the windows open in the summer and in the winter with a splendid view while staying warm.

The ground floor bathroom has a large washbasin, so the little guests are able to wash their hands all together. Lugano lake, Bredaquaranta

The ground floor bathroom has a large washbasin, so the little guests are able to wash their hands all together. The mirror fitted inside the alcove provides a practical shelf. The towels are kept in a simple wooden cabinet.


Warmth and harmony, modernity and simplicity, elegance and spontaneity... there are many, and all beautiful, words that come to mind when thinking of this villa nestled above the lake.
The Scandinavian style inspiration, the great classics of Scandinavian design that are skilfully combined with modern design icons as well as simpler pieces illustrate the talent of a determined and creative home owner, who has poured all herself, her history, her soul into this house. So as not to regret, even for a moment, having left Italy and the Ligurian sea.



Design project

Renovation of a villa on the lake  
Lake Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland

Furniture sourcing:
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Bredaquaranta, Milan
Via Fatebenefratelli 10, Milan, Italy


Courtesy Bredaquaranta

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