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The mood of

Massimo Adario

La Casa Nepi, La Casa In Via De Bardi in Florence, La Casa Via Catone in Rome… Just mention the names of Massimo Adario’s projects to travel in Italy. But his influences are not confined to the Italian boot, the architect worked all over Europe to shape his style before returning to Rome to set up his own architectural studio.


A graduate of the prestigious Roman University La Sapienza, Massimo draws on the best of 20th century design to reveal poetry in eclecticism. Passionate about contemporary art and a specialist in art history, he advocates discreet refinement and indulges in surprising combinations of materials and natural tones. A nice way to confront yesterday and today thoughts.

What day is it? What time is it?

“Friday, 8:00 am.”

How do you usually start the day?


“Reading my favorite newspaper at breakfast.”

Your creative desires of the moment?


“Eclectic juxtapositions to create surprising dialogues.”


“The fruity, tangy smell of lemon.”

What’s the project you’re most busy with right now?


“The renovation of an old Florentine villa at Costa San Giorgio in the heart of Florence.”

What are the inspirations linked to this project?


“I draw my inspiration from the Florentine world, the true cradle of Italian art and architecture.”

A fetish material?


“Ceramic tiles.”

A color range that follows you through the time?  


“The color Pantone® Smoke Blue 17-4412.”

Massimo Adario -© Omar Golli – 2017

Your colormatch of the moment?

Pinterest Casa in via Catone Rome by Massimo Adario

Blue, white, green. These are in fact the three colors found in the ceramic tiles I recently created.

Your last 3 artistic favorites?

A reconstruction of the living room of the model house presented by Charlotte Perriand

The exhibition of the visionary French architect Charlotte Perriand at the Louis Vuitton Foundation …



Bottega Veneta printemps-été 2020

“The Bottega Veneta Spring-Summer 2020 show held at the Via Senato exhibition space in Milan…” 

The 90 m² model flat of the Salon d’Automne – Recreated for the exhibition by Cassina

“The film La Favorite by Yorgos Lanthimos which sublimates the absurd.” 


La Ruspa

The design piece that inspires you ?  


The La Ruspa table lamp, designed by Gae Aulenti in 1968, is a flagship design piece that can be found in all the major museums of contemporary art, including the MOMA in New York and edited by Martinelli Luce.

3 iconic design pieces?

The table Ollo designed by Alessandro Mendini Ollo and Alessandro Guerriero

Camaleonda sofa by the designer Mario Bellini

The Camaleonda sofa by designer Mario Bellini; the round marble table by Italian designer Angelo Mangiarotti edited by Eros; the Ollo table by Alessandro Mendini Ollo and Alessandro Guerriero produced by the Consorzio Esposizione Mobili for Studio Alchimia in 1988.

Angelo Mangiarotti for Eros

The creator you’ve spotted?


“The designer Pietro Chiesa, a leading figure in Italian Art Deco design.”

Donald Judd

Donald Judd

Artists who influence you? 


I draw my inspiration from the works of the Italian painter Alighiero Boetti and the American artist Donald Judd.

Alighiero Boetti

3 Instagram accounts you find inspiring?

Famous people you would like to have dinner with?

Haris Epaminonda, Venise Biennale 2019

Enzo Mari

The Cypriot photographer Haris Epaminonda, and the Italian architect-designer Enzo Mari.

Enzo Mari Chair

Haris Epaminonda

Haris Epaminonda

A mythical place?

The Sursock Palace in Beirut, Lebanon is a landmark piece of 19th century Beirut patrician architecture, tragically hit by the devastating explosion of 4 August 2020 in the Lebanese capital.

Palais Sursock © Guillaume de Laubier

The cultural place you could visit every week? 


I think I will never stop loving the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, which is mainly dedicated to classical Antiquity and contains one of the richest Greco-Roman collections in the world.

National Archaeological Museum of Naples

The architect who would build the house of your dreams?


I would say the Brazilian Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who in the 1920s played a crucial role in spreading modernist ideas across Brazil.

Casa Buntata – Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Serra dourada stadium – Architecture Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Architecture Paulo Mendes da Rocha – © Douglas Friedman

A place that marked you?


The villa of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev on the Galli Islands opposite of the village of Positano south of Naples.

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