Interactive floor plan: Fabrica exhibition at Villa Necchi

Villa Necchi is one of Milan's finest twentieth century villas

The Necchi family and completed in 1935, at the height of the Italian Rationalist movement, Villa Necchi is one of Milan's finest twentieth century villas

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The character of the building and the Necchi family

When the last Necchi sister died, the villa was donated to Italy’s non-profit artistic and natural heritage organisation, Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), who restored and re-opened it for public enjoyment. It regularly features on the Salone del Mobile and fashion week programme, this year playing host to Fabrica, Benetton's communication research centre, which has designed an object for each room, reflecting the character of the building and the Necchi family

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The four ceramic pots are held together by a metal mesh

Ceramic pots for the veranda, sponsored by Bosa

The four ceramic pots are held together by a metal mesh with different textures, evoking the range of decorative motifs found in the Villa. The object echoes the theme of greenery, but also touches upon the matter of security

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Ceramic pots for the veranda

Ceramic pots for the veranda, sponsored by Bosa

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Fireside accessories for the smoking room

Fireside accessories for the smoking room, sponsored by Vanzo Ferrobattuto, Sartori Marmi

As well as their practical use for stoking the fire, the fireside accessories also create an attractive display in front of an empty fireplace. They feature marble handles, which echo the material of the fireplace

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Fireside accessories for the smoking room

Fireside accessories for the smoking room, sponsored by Vanzo Ferrobattuto, Sartori Marmi

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Fireside accessories for the smoking room

Fireside accessories for the smoking room, sponsored by Vanzo Ferrobattuto, Sartori Marmi

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Table for the library

Table for the library, sponsored by Zanotta

The table reveals a secret drawer at the back, lined in the same green fabric that covers the top of the library card tables

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Table for the library

Table for the library, sponsored by Zanotta

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Coffee table for the salon

Coffee table for the salon, sponsored by Atelier F

The fringe of the coffee table, which conceals the space beneath the top, echoes that seen in the hangings and on the sofas in this room. The shape of one of the four corners is inspired by the pattern of the carving on one of the desks in the room

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Coffee table for the salone

Coffee table for the salone, sponsored by Atelier F

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Door stop for the entrance

Door stop for the entrance, sponsored by Atelier F

The door stop is a simple wooden wedge hung with a string of pearls

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Door stop for the entrance

Door stop for the entrance, sponsored by Atelier F

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The dining room

A view into the dining room

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Dinner service for the dining room

Dinner service for the dining room, sponsored by Richard Ginori 1735

The raised decoration of the dinner service is inspired by the pattern on the ceiling: floral elements and stars. On the back of each plate is a recipe inspired by the dishes that the family used to serve its guests

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Dinner service for the dining room

Dinner service for the dining room, sponsored by Richard Ginori 1735

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Dinner service for the dining room

Dinner service for the dining room, sponsored by Richard Ginori 1735

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Key rack for the main office

Key rack for the main office, sponsored by Atelier F

The wall-mounted key rack, inspired by the internal intercom system, reinterprets the Villa's floor plan. Each room has its own graphic symbol, making it easier to associate it with its key

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Key rack for the main office

Key rack for the main office, sponsored by Atelier F

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Glasses for the second office

Glasses for the second office, sponsored by Arrex Le Cucine

In honour of the numerous guests of the villa, this set comprises eight glasses. Each glass is different from the next so as to evoke the personalities and tastes of the guests. Made from Murano glass, the glasses have curved bases, so they have to be stored on the tray they are presented on

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Glasses for the second office

Glasses for the second office, sponsored by Arrex Le Cucin

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Leather bag for gun room

Leather bag for gun room, produced by Fabrica

The leather-bucket-shaped bag has a handle shaped like a fox tail and is inspired by the Necchi Campiglio family's passion for hunting

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Leather bag for the gun room

Leather bag for the gun room, produced by Fabrica

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Travel chair for the study

Travel chair for the study, sponsored by Italian Chair District

The travel chair draws inspiration from the one concealed in Campiglio's 'travel table'. The design and practicality contrast with the classic look of the materials: a perfect synthesis between traditional and contemporary style

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Travel chair for the study

Travel chair for the study, sponsored by Italian Chair District

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Rug for the stairway

Rug for the stairway, sponsored by Nodus

The large rectangular rug is inspired by the long narrow carpet runner on the Grand Staircase. In addition to recreating the appearance of the stair carpet, the rug's design creates a magical three dimensional effect

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Rug for the stairway

Rug for the stairway, sponsored by Nodus

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Decorative objects for the gallery

Decorative objects for the gallery, sponsored by Gallia e Peter

These objects are inspired by the hatboxes found in the last cupboard in the Gallery. There are three boxes, a lamp and a basket. The designs merge the container and its contents (the hat)

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Decorative objects for the gallery,

Decorative objects for the gallery, sponsored by Gallia e Peter

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Gigina and Angelo's chamber

Gigina and Angelo's chamber

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Pedestals for Gigina and Angelo's chamber

Pedestals for Gigina and Angelo's chamber, sponsored by Vhernier DeVecchi design

The pedestals are specifically designed to display a private passion of the Necchi sisters- their somewhat curious collection of cat-shaped ceramic ornaments

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Pedestals for Gigina and Angelo's chamber

Pedestals for Gigina and Angelo's chamber, sponsored by Vhernier DeVecchi design

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Mirror for Gigina and Angelo's chamber

Mirror for Gigina and Angelo's chamber, produced by Fabrica

The mirror conceals two hidden compartments, one for him and one for her

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Mirror for Gigina and Angelo's chamber

Mirror for Gigina and Angelo's chamber, produced by Fabrica

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Gigina and Angelo's bathroom

Gigina and Angelo's bathroom

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Glass bell jars for Gigina and Angelo's bathroom

Glass bell jars for Gigina and Angelo's bathroom, sponsored by Massimo Lunardon, perfumes made by Daphné Bugey from Firmenich

The glass bell jars, one for him and one for her, stand on wooden bases imbued with two new essences, one masculine and one feminine, concealing the ephemeral refinement of perfumes

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Glass bell jars for Gigina and Angelo's bathroom

Glass bell jars for Gigina and Angelo's bathroom, sponsored by Massimo Lunardon, perfumes made by Daphné Bugey from Firmenich

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Nedda's dressing room

Nedda's dressing room

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Silk scarves for Nedda's dressing room

Silk scarves for Nedda's dressing room, sponsored by Larioseta

These silk scarves are an ironic reinterpretation of the Christian Dior ones in the closet, which feature personal dedications to the sisters.

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Silk scarves for Nedda's dressing room

Silk scarves for Nedda's dressing room, sponsored by Larioseta

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Linen towels for Nedda's bathroom

Linen towels for Nedda's bathroom, sponsored by United Colors of Benetton

The linen towels feature a beautiful gold thread design inspired by the works of art in Nedda's bathroom

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Linen towels for Nedda's bathroom

Linen towels for Nedda's bathroom, sponsored by United Colors of Benetton

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Vases for Nedda's bedroom

Vases for Nedda's bedroom, sponsored by Bosa

The vases with the leather labels are inspired by the floral tributes presented by Nedda's suitors and 'secret lovers'. They are punctured by small holes, through which different leather labels - with a printed date and a space for recording the giver's name - can be hung

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Vases for Nedda's bedroom

Vases for Nedda's bedroom, sponsored by Bosa

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The prince's bathroom

The prince's bathroom

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iPad case for the prince's bathroom

iPad case for the prince's bathroom, sponsored by Francesco Lionetti Florence

The travel set is inspired by the prince's large suitcases and the beauty sets of yesteryear. The leather case provides invaluable protection for today's essential iPad, whose screen becomes the mirror of the past

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iPad case for the prince's bathroom

iPad case for the prince's bathroom, sponsored by Francesco Lionetti Florence

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Desk set for the prince's bedroom

Desk set for the prince's bedroom, sponsored by Moleskine

The desk set is a miniature reproduction of a work desk, inspired by the elegant burr walnut writing desk in this room, designed by Portaluppi. Made from wood and leather, each module contains pens, notes and other stationery

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Desk set for the prince's bedroom

Desk set for the prince's bedroom, sponsored by Moleskine

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Guest bathrooms

One of the guest bathrooms

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Housekeeper's bedroom

The housekeeper's bedroom

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Lamp for the housekeeper's bedroom

Lamp for the housekeeper's bedroom, produced by Fabrica

The table lamp with two sail-shaped elements that form its shade, is inspired by the recurrent sailing ship motif in the maid's room. The two-dimensional nature of the scarves which adorn the wall acquires a third dimension and a new function on the lamp

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Lamp for the housekeeper's bedroom

Lamp for the housekeeper's bedroom, produced by Fabrica

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Personalised accessories for the housekeeper's bathroom

Personalised accessories for the housekeeper's bathroom, sponsored by Agape

The beautiful personalised accessories were a luxury that maids could not afford. This new set, specifically designed for the housekeeper, is therefore a small treat and a dutiful tribute to a figure who played such an important role in the home

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Personalised accessories for the housekeeper's bathroom

Personalised accessories for the housekeeper's bathroom, sponsored by Agape

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The linen room

The linen room

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Thimbles for the linen room

Thimbles for the linen room, sponsored by Vhernier DeVecchi Design

A set of exclusive silver thimbles complements the fine fabrics in the linen room. Each of the new thimbles is unique, inspired by the inhabitants' silhouettes and resembling the small hats loved and worn by the Necchi sisters

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Thimbles for the linen room

Thimbles for the linen room, sponsored by Vhernier DeVecchi Design

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Outdoor cushions

Outdoor cushions, sponsored by Moroso and tray, sponsored by Alessi

This outdoor cushion and tray are designed for pool-side lounging. Their shape is directly inspired by the workmanship of the pool surround at Villa Necchi

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Outdoor tray

Outdoor tray, sponsored by Alessi

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Outdoor cushion

Outdoor cushion, sponsored by Moroso

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Installation view of the exhibition

Installation view of the exhibition on the top floor, detailing the backstory of each project

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Installation view of the exhibition

Installation view of the exhibition on the top floor, detailing the backstory of each project

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Sketches and inspiration pictures

Sketches and inspiration pictures for the scarves

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.