Opening their door to us today is Francesca Bragagni, a construction engineer who also works in architecture and restoration.

The renovation project that we’re going to tell you about is the result of one of her ideas which blends a strong interest in the current trends for minimalist and simple furniture, with a strong respect for Tuscan traditions.

In fact, Tuscany is our destination today, with its rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards that never seem to end. We are in Bagnolo, in the province of Prato, in the protected area of Monteferrato.

Is the name already familiar to you? You’re probably a foodie! Just a stone’s throw away from Francesca’s house, in the middle of the countryside, is the estate of Marchese Pancrazi, famous for its award-winning Pinot Nero, and the Javello Farm, which produces the renowned Montemurlo olive oil.

The main features of restructuring

The house is part of the residential complex “Borgo Forte”, built between 2000 and 2002 with classic features characterizing the modernised Tuscan style house.

The aim of the project has been to enhance this choice, by making it more current and functional in the management of spaces and the choice of furnishings.

The door and window frames along with the bush-hammered pietra serena staircase with wrought iron railings have been maintained; the latter having been repainted in satin black. This colour also appears on other features throughout the ground floor.

The subdivision of the rooms has, however, been revolutionised, creating a single open space that combines both dining and living areas.

Design and tradition: choosing the right fireplace

The main role of a fireplace, as we all know, is to provide heating. But it’s also much more than this and there are therefore a whole host of different factors to consider.

First of all: why choose a fireplace instead of a stove or radiators? Francesca wanted an efficient appliance but one that could also be an attractive feature such as those found in typical Tuscan country houses.

In this case the choice fell on an Ecomonoblocco Design SF 50 3D L air, for its clear cut contours, perfect for giving a modern touch to the surroundings. The cladding was made by a craftsman in quartzite: this achieved an aesthetic effect similar to that of the pietra serena of the staircase, but with a much greater thermal resistance.

The positioning of the fireplace: a smart choice

Unusually, Palazzetti’s Ecomonoblocco fireplace has been positioned in the centre of the room, as the undisputed protagonist. In this way it manages to divide the spaces brilliantly, without the need for a barrier, such as a wall.

visione della sala da pranzo e della cucina attraverso il caminetto
View of the dining room and kitchen through the fireplace glass

This “embraces” the fireplace perfectly, creating the right atmosphere thanks to some concealed LED lighting.

When the fireplace is not lit you can see through the glass on three sides, whereas when lit the fire can be seen from both the dining area and the living area.

The Ecomonoblocco SF 50 3D fireplace and the custom-made, LED-lit bookcase

A clever design allowed the installation to be “exploited” to hide an additional unsightly feature. An installation chaft, which protruded several centimetres from the wall, was covered by creating a made-to-measure, fire-resistant plasterboard bookcase around it.

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Project by Francesca Bragagni for Bragagni Studio Tecnico.
Palazzetti Fireplace purchased by FIM Fratelli Tissi.

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