What are the 15 interiors every design lover must see in person?
Thank you, AD PRO (of Architecture Digest) for including me in this survey, which comes to reveal pilgrimage destinations of interiors, for lovers of design. My choice was the chapel at the Brion Cemetery is in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy.
“In a tiny cemetery of the rural village of San Vito d’Altivole, at the foot of the picturesque Dolomites, stands one of the most remarkable interior spaces of the 20th century. Created by the greatest Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, the chapel of the Brion Tomb was his ultimate masterpiece, built over a period of nine years (1969–78) for the Brion couple, founders of the Milanese electronic manufacturer Brionvega. When the entire world is crowded together at the Venice Biennale, a drive through the lush wine country of the Veneto to the breathtaking chapel where the only visitors are a handful of design pilgrims, is an unparalleled experience.
“Scarpa’s vocabulary and his achievement of the essence of form were at its best in this gem. The space comes to evoke physical and emotional substance, while merging classicism with modernism. His commitment to craftsmanship, along with the combination of the materials, glass and concrete, is not only unique, but helped him to achieve this substance. The pristine Brion Tomb manifests the power of abstraction in its most magical way.’