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Inside the Spectacular Palazzo of an Italian Jewelry Designer

Photos by James Merrell/Town & Country

Take us far, far away, Town & Country! The magazine's November issue leaves behind the whole Bard-Brown debate in favor of the luxurious Milan digs of Osanna Visconti di Modrone, whose jewelry designs appeal to the tastes of the fabulous and the fashionable, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Tomas Maier among her followers. Her second-floor apartment, editor Whitney Robinson discovers, is filled with all sorts of delights: sumptuous fabrics (silk, velvets), contemporary artwork (Vik Muniz, Jedd Novatt, Anish Kapoor), and eclectic furnishings (Lucite dining chairs, an heirloom pharoah's bed, leather chairs), all against the Old-World and very Italian backdrop of terra cotta floors and plaster walls. He writes:
"We are surrounded by trays filled with pieces from her eponymous jewelry collection, sculptural silver and gold, faceted beads in garnet and pump- kin. One cuff looks like a Sol LeWitt painting cast in sterling. Another bracelet in cast bronze is a wearable Richard Serra. Art of one kind or another envelops you everywhere in the house." Visconti serves up a few pithy quotes of her own: "The house is a mixture of where we come from and where we are now." Also: "If you only live looking backward, it’s dangerous." And, for the gold star: "So what if I want to put the painting on top of the fresco? I just do it. I want to feel comfortable in my house. And in two months I may change my mind. I don’t have rules. I just follow what my heart says."

It's the sort of eloquent commentary we can't really add to, so do have a look at the photos above.

· Town & Country [official site]
· Osanna Visconti di Madrone [official site]