Natural High

The Daily Telegraph

Though it has been newly built from scratch, this tranquil, unobtrusive and simply furnished rural hideaway in Sicily, I Lentischi, looks as though it could have been here for hundreds of years.

The rustic style of the house is counterbalanced by contemporary furniture such as sofas with organic linen slipcovers and the decorative Flora lamp by Michele De Lucchi for Produzione Privata that hangs above the dining table. 'It gladdens the hear every time I look at it,' says Carniti, who is equally fond of the quirky iron furniture and graphic sculptures made by his friend, the artist Antonino Sciortino. 'My favourite is the tall "totem", which is both practical and inspiring,' he says. It's abeautiful way to display my books and ceramics'. Moroccan touches such as worn-leather poufs, pressed-metal tray tables and ornate lanterns can also be noted here and there - a touch of the Maghreb that feels right in Sicily with its strong Arab influences.

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