Jonathan Tuckey Design have been appointed to remodel an impressive period villa dating back to the 19th century in Menaggio, Italy. Situated in the hamlet of Loveno, on the western shore of Lake Como, the villa is surrounded by a combination of soft lake views and the sublime mountains beyond. History blends with the legend when it comes to the origins of this villa: the discovery of a peculiar effigy of a mysterious lady traces the ownership of the villa back to a countess who stayed there until the early decades of the twentieth century.

The villa is arranged on four overall levels and characterised by a tall stone tower (campanile). Externally, the stone-paved terraces overlook the picturesque steep garden, a naturalistic and scenic environment, where centuries-old trees and panoramic viewpoints blend into a unique whole. Inside, a plethora of fascinating details – such as the black marble fireplace in the study room, the coffered ceiling in the living room and the beautiful interior doors – represents one of the most well-preserved examples of the 19th century eclectic style of Italian villas.

Building on the studio’s dedication to sustainability, JTD will focus on transforming the interior into graceful contemporary spaces whilst retaining and respecting the historic features of the villa. Additionally, the tower will be extended to offer more space for the family and emphasis will be given on landscape design, aiming to strengthen the connection between the internal and external spaces.