Venice

Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

1973 Walter Albini rented a house in Venice, an apartment with roof terrace overlooking the Grand Canal.
In July 1973 Casa Vogue dedicated a feature to it, called “Lo zoo incantato di Walter Albini” (Walter Albini’s enchanted zoo) by Isa Vercelloni.

From the first time I saw Venice I knew that sooner or later I would have a house on the lagoon.

Walter Albini

His Venetian house seemed to be set in Fairyland. With an enthusiasm not lacking in irony he had personally dealt with the decoration and the furnishings. He had designed some pieces, altered others, painting roses and lions in gold and even some gold wallpaper ( “to get golder gold” ). He collected artificial plants, golden palm leaves and ceramic animals to populate his rooms with an inchanted zoo. It was all purposefully theatrical. The marble of the walls was plastic and the “ oriental carpets “ were printed on Indian cotton furnishing material lined with rubber, an idea still worth copying today. Fornasetti lamps in the shape of Moor’s heads, fake marble linoleum on the floor, a dining room completely tiled with mirrors, round black Twenties glass vases filled with gold plastic roses hand decorated by him with paste diamonds like dew drops.

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo

  • Casa Vogue, luglio-agosto 1973, foto Aldo Ballo