Fendi Casa Assumes New Headquarters in a Centuries-Old Palazzo

Parisian designer Jacques Grange transforms Italy’s Palazzo Orsi Mangelli into a showcase for the Italian furniture empire.

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When Raffaella Vignatelli assumed leadership of Fendi Casa last year, she inherited more than the stewardship of one of Italy’s chicest furniture brands. Her father, Alberto, who died in 2017, left behind a historic palazzo—painstakingly restored with the help of Parisian decorator Jacques Grange—that serves as the headquarters for the Luxury Living Group, the furniture firm he founded.

Located in the northern-Italian town of Forlì, the Palazzo Orsi Mangelli has “more than 700 years of history, and many legends,” Raffaella says. The original 14th-century palazzo is said to have been ordered to be destroyed by a local countess who “believed its owner had killed her husband.” The medieval entry remains, but most of the lavish 75,347-square-foot palazzo—including elaborate frescoes and intricate mosaic tiling—dates from a 17th-century rebuild. Embellished with antiques and contemporary photographs hand-​selected by Grange, the palazzo is a bold backdrop for Fendi Casa’s latest collections. “I wanted,” Grange says, “to convey a sense of la dolce vita.”

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1 The First Floor Passage
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A first-floor passage features hand-painted decorations by Zaccarini. The chairs, benches, commode, and lamps are by Fendi Casa, and the chandelier is by the Heritage Collection. The Venetian mosaic floor is original.

2 Gandolfi Hall Salon
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The salon in Gandolfi Hall is decorated with trompe l’oeil elements, including a painted vault attributed to the 18th-century artist Gaetano Gandolfi. The sofa, console, and Murano vases are by Fendi Casa. The photograph is by Massimo Listri.

3 Second-Floor Bedroom
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An 18th-century ceiling fresco was restored in a second-floor bedroom, where the bed, chest, console, rug, and Murano chandelier are all by Fendi Casa. The photograph is by Listri.

4 Stair Hall
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A circa-1900 staircase of Pietra Serena stone in one of the palazzo’s two stair halls. “We removed four layers of paint to get to the original green,” says Raffaella Vignatelli. The 1930s trompe l’oeil windows were painted by Cesare Camporesi, and the chandelier is also from the 1930s.

5 Dining Room
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A former bedroom was converted into a dining room. The original silk- brocade wallcovering was reproduced by Rubelli. The table, chairs, and Murano chandelier are by Fendi Casa. The ceiling fresco was hand-painted by Angelo Zaccarini.

6 Sitting Room
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Originally a chapel, a sitting room is furnished with a sofa and ottomans by Fendi Casa, and a Murano chandelier by the Heritage Collection, which is owned by the Luxury Living Group. The 18th-century overdoor painting (one of a series in an enfilade of rooms) is by Zaccarini.

7 Interior Courtyard
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The interior courtyard’s windows have shades, curtains, and awnings in a weather-resistant red fabric. The outdoor sofas and cocktail tables are by Fendi Casa. For details, see Resources.

8 Gandolfi Hall
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In the Gandolfi Hall, a pair of antique urns rest on neoclassical columns in green and white marbles. The curtains are silk, the 1920s wooden doors were completely restored, and the mosaic floor is original.

9 Kitchen
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The kitchen’s 1930s stove and copper water boiler were restored. The table and chairs are by Vladimir Kagan, the chandelier is a Fendi Casa prototype, and the floor is covered in 1930s hexagonal terra-cotta tiles.

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