Welcome to “My Kind of Room,” a new column in which the design world’s most influential players share the one space that they return to for inspiration again and again. Next up, designer Adam Charlap Hyman of the architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero reflects on a 1972 Gae Aulenti masterpiece.
“When I first came across La Grotta Rosa, the cave house designed by Gae Aulenti on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, I was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. It was a simple home built into an actual cave. At the time I was interested in the idea of the grotto as an element in the Rococo imagination. Coming across this room was a revelation: It hadn’t occurred to me that there could be a modernist take on an 18th-century obsession.
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