High-Drama Emerald
A former aristocratic palazzo south of Florence retains some of its 19th-century grandeur, thanks to Italian-born architect and designer Patrizio Fradiani (July/August 2014). The living room, featuring terrazzo floors and a frescoed ceiling, comprises a harmonious mix of ultra-modern pieces (a sleek sectional) and old-world charm (a collection of candelabras). But the focal point is undoubtedly an antique chair upholstered in a high-drama emerald green. Complementing this historic item is a modern, lacquered green side table topped with a tiny dinosaur figurine—a touch of humor that keeps the room grounded.