Introduction

Editorial by Adriano Bacchella

It was thanks to those forty olive trees with their crowns swishing in the wind. And it was thanks to those Small Dolomites, as they call them here in Elba, which seem to be set on fire at sunset and sunrise, with the rays burning through the holly oaks around
the house, evoking different emotions each time they appear: perhaps the perfect scenery of a western by Sergio Leone, or
perhaps the memories of adventurous Sub-Saharan trails.
If it weren’ t for them, I would’ve driven right past that simple, abandoned house covered in blackberry bush making it hard to even tell the difference between the land and the construction’s walls. I had instead found a place to re-invent, to redesign maintaining its link with the surroundings, starting from the search for the relationship between home and nature that has been lost across time. I wanted to give back something beautiful to a beautiful place, and return to the eyes of the people a gift box full of elements generating harmony. The project – in the name of sustainability through recovery – has brought together friends, craftsmen, and professionals. Now, as the summer draws to a close, it may be considered successfully completed.
I t i s far from perfect, i n fact the home is a bit lost in time, but the feeling when you enter it and walk around it is certainly that of well-being circulating inside and outside, in a seamless, flowing space.