A closer look into one of Italy’s most prestigious artist residencies.
words TJ DHALIWAL photo MARINA DENISOVA
Sitting a few blocks away from the Piazza Della Signoria and a short drive from Santa Maria Novello, Numeroventi feels like a hidden stone in the crown that is Florence. It has been home to institutions and public figures for hundreds of years and more recently a syrup factory.
Being the unofficial birth place of the renaissance, the city is synonymous with artistic and intellectual pursuit. It nurtured and hosted the likes of Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci and Paolo Uccello to name a few. Segway to the current century, Numeroventi is a modern creative hub, and somewhat patron, hosting artist residencies and often transforming into the backdrop for shoots, visual productions and today’s painters and sculptors. Once inside you’re greeted by an ethereal echo in its courtyard, and the tone is set for the rest of the exploration.
Its former renaissance glory has been transfigured into the 21st century, the main hall leading up to the residences hosts two large mirrors and has been depleted of any furnishings further amplifying the grandiosity of the space. The rooms and studios further reinforce minimal design and are beautifully furnished with mid century furniture.
Despite its new minimal aesthetic the building remains true to its integrity and period Italian aesthetic, the original crown mouldings and frescos embellish spaces and so you never feel as if you aren’t in the heart of Firenze but rather in a haven of rare Italian minimalism in a city where maximalism and opulence is often interchangeable with beauty and luxury. . It stays truthful to the city’s history, love of design as well as the buildings architectural integrity, Numeroventi evokes thought, sentiment and inspiration.
numeroventi is available to book for short stays and artist residencies