olivetti showroom

Venice was as magical as ever, but the real architectural revelation was a little 1950’s modernist gem on the piazza San Marco, which i had never noticed before.  The Olivetti showroom is one of the most exquisite rooms I’ve ever been in, restored to its simple, yet sumptuous elegance and open to the public. It was designed by Carlo Scarpa in 1957 with the utmost attention to detail.  i love baroque venice, but it was refreshing to find something like this amongst all the venetian typical style.  i particularly loved the marble/chip floor, wondered how they inlaid those square pieces of stone.

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