Visit to a noble “poor people’s house” in southern Italy

Living room by Morten Angelo

You need Morten Angelo To look at it fleetingly and know that is not a man for a new building. The 52-year-old partner at the Copenhagen-based web agency “Brandhouse” can be described concisely and easily with three adjectives: archaic, practical, good. The man with the tribal tattoos, who hide themselves under the designer shirt during the day, is one who, in case of doubt, first of all, an imitator, is constantly under power. And just because his level of activity is so high, he needs a place to recharge himself unerringly. He found this place in southern Italy: one Trullo ,

Morten-Agello Trullo Trullo pizza

Oasis in the heel of the boot

What is that? A limestone circular house with a characteristic conical roof, widespread in Puglia, Italy’s relatively untouched boot heel. The first trulli are said to have originated in the 17th century as “poor people houses”. Anyone who visits the advertiser in his oasis of peace meets a happy man. “It’s fantastically quiet here,” murmurs Morten Angelo about his unusual estate, “you just hear the wind rushing in the olive trees, a few wild dogs barking in the night and from afar the sheep’s bells ring.” Morten Angelo joined a few years ago while browsing through a magazine at random on his dream house. He made contact with local estate agents, visited 18 houses and finally settled on a nearly 40,000 square meter estate with two old unrenovated trulli near the town of Ceglie Messapica, about 25 kilometers from the Adriatic coast. It was important to Angelo, who designed all the sketches himself, that the simplicity of the old buildings was preserved.

Trullo in southern Italy

Removal Plan on the napkin

For the new cultivation he chose a local limestone. The interior of the 208 square meter house harmonizes with the exposed walls and the rounded wall lines. Old chandeliers and many candles give the rooms a medieval feel. The Copenhagen designer set some accents with some design classics, modern furniture and flea market finds. “The first night after buying the trulli, I sketched a sketch of the house on a napkin,” says Angelo. “It’s really funny, but it’s almost the same today!”

Rough meets classic and modern – the following pieces from the OTTO assortment fit in with this furnishing credo by Morten Angelo:

Bring the charm into the house:

Here are some more insights into Morten Angelo’s Trullo in our gallery view:

Photo credits: Morten Angelo ( )


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