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La dolce vita: How to bring a taste of Italy into your home

High-quality artisan production is the key to Italian interiors

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Frag Italia furniture from Panfili

Frag Italia furniture from Panfili

Marco and Luigia Panfili

Marco and Luigia Panfili

Natasha Rocca Devine. Photo: Barry McCall

Natasha Rocca Devine. Photo: Barry McCall

Tullio Orlandi

Tullio Orlandi

Wallpaper from Londonart available from Customwalls Ireland

Wallpaper from Londonart available from Customwalls Ireland

Porada Ziggy bed from Panfili

Porada Ziggy bed from Panfili

Interior design by Tullio Orlandi

Interior design by Tullio Orlandi

Interior design by Natasha Rocca Devine

Interior design by Natasha Rocca Devine

Wallpaper from Londonart available from Customwalls Ireland

Wallpaper from Londonart available from Customwalls Ireland

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Frag Italia furniture from Panfili

Ireland’s long-term love affair with Italy has many dimensions. Coffee and pizza are definitely up there. And you can’t knock an Irish-Italian chipper. But there’s also an ongoing obsession with Italian interiors. Italy has been the world leader in furniture design for centuries. It’s not the cheapest; high-quality artisan production is their schtick. But, where we can afford it, we can’t get enough of the stuff.

Ireland and Italy have a similar way of living,” says Luigia Panfili. “The traditions around family and gathering are quite similar, so the furniture also translates. There’s no such thing as a minimalist Italian home! I’m lucky I have both in me. I’m Italian but my mum’s Irish, although she’s lived most of her life in Italy.”


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