In the heart of Rome, a city of temples and palaces, Paola Massardi and Andrea Secci fell in love with an apartment in a 19th-century building near the Piazza Navona. The ancient world is literally right outside their window: Next door are the ruins of the Baths of Agrippa, built in the first century B.C.
Passionate collectors of contemporary art, Massardi and Secci wanted to retain the timeworn charm of the building while creating a space in harmony with the dramatic designs that they love. With their 13-foot ceilings, the rooms are the perfect setting for the couple’s cutting-edge furniture and accessories and evocative artwork. In the living room, a sensuous, curving sofa designed by Zaha Hadid creates a startling contrast to the patinated tile floors.