Luca Guadagnino Pulls Back the Curtain on His Interiors Studio

He organized the installation as a set of two opposing living rooms. “It’s an idea

He organized the installation as a set of two opposing living rooms. “It’s an idea the studio wants to push,” he says, “which is that the the living room is [no longer] representative of the contemporary household—but you could go back to it, to that approach to your space in life.” Eye-catching sconces in glass and metal illuminate his bright idea of returning to refined domesticity. “We’re very proud to have finally reached the catalog of FontanaArte with one of our projects,” he says of the legendary Italian firm that collaborated with him on the production of the sconces. Guadagnino enlisted another legendary studio, Spazio RT, for the boiserie that runs through each vignette. Against the bright fireplace, the boiserie takes shape in palm wood; against the more muted stone iteration, paneling is made from a warm oak. “Conceptually, the spaces are the same,” he says. “But then the details change.”

The wood paneling in the opposing living rooms was produced by Spazio RT.

Photo: Giulio Ghirardi

A view of the exhibition.

Photo: Giulio Ghirardi

The muse for the “Accanto al Fuoco/By the Fire” exhibition is none other than the enigmatic Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, a figure Guadagnino admires for his “profound knowledge of materials and the way these materials intertwine.” It’s certain to be a must-see for the crowds bustling through Salone. “It’s a 21st-century presentation,” he says, “but rooted very deeply in what is made by us for the now in the future.”