For the LOVE of Italy
The living room of Carlos Souza’s apartment in Rome. (SIMON WATSON)
Inside the master bedroom at La Fortezza, a 12th-century fortress in Tuscany. (WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ)
A hallway at Lucia Silvestri’s restored trullo in Puglia. (JAMES MERRELL)
The dining room of a London apartment designed by Studio Peregalli. (RICARDO LABOUGLE)
Whitney with his mother at Villa d’Este, on Lake Como, Italy. (COURTESY OF WHITNEY ROBINSON)

IT’S NO SECRET THAT I SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN ITALY. Whether it’s Venice for the biennale, Rome for the week-end, or the requisite Milan-Como design-and-unwind double feature, Italy is like a second home to me.

My heart goes out to all of the victims of the tragedy that is sweeping the globe as I write this letter.

The issue you have before you was conceived many months before the world had heard of COVID-19. It was created to celebrate Salone del Mobile, the annual design extravaganza in Milan. As of press time, the show has been postponed indefinitely; whenever it may happen, it is our sincere hope that the world will be rid of this virus. Needless to say, this issue has evolved into something else: a greater ode to the entire nation of Italy.

For me and the editors of ELLE DECOR around the world, and for the design industry at large, it’s true that we are nothing without Italy. It is my greatest hope that this issue, which serves as a loving tribute to this wonderful country, transports you to some of the most beautiful spots that will inspire you now and far into a happier future. For now, when home is on all of our minds more than ever, may you and yours stay safe, healthy, and happy. Forza!


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