Architect : James Cavagnari

Designer : Erin Quiros

Photographer : Scott Frances

Homeowner : James Cavagnari and Erin Quiros

Year : 2005

Location : Eolian Island Sicily, Italy



While visiting the location for a future villa on the Isle of Salina in Sicily, we were awe-struck by the natural beauty of the surrounding area. We thus decided to design the home as an ode to its context and by inverting the traditional concepts of a living space: bringing the outside in and the inside out. The final result is a blend of wild nature, landscaping and a man-made structure that that blends seamlessly into the scenery.



James Cavagnari, founder of PRIMA DESIGN, is an Italian-British architect whose visionary works can be found around the globe


Establishing his studio in Florence, Italy in 1995, Cavagnari’s client roster began with the iconic fashion house of Salvatore Ferragamo, spearheading the development of more than 200 stores worldwide. He was also the recipient of a prestigious design competition, which granted him the opportunity to lead the visual merchandising redesign for Bulgari, implemented in all retail locations globally.
Over the last 20 years, PRIMA DESIGN has also conceptualized tailor-made residential projects for notable personalities such as Justin Portman & Natalia Vodianova, Veronica Varecova, Petr Nedved, Ken Nahoum, among others.

With a “know-how” and “know-who,” Cavagnari has fostered relationships with the most sought-after Tuscan artisans to source unique materials and create revolutionary design solutions that give a nod to centuries-old traditions.
Today, Cavagnari is conceptualizing and creating exclusive residential and commercial projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His design philosophy of creating a unique, contextualized soul and personality for every assignment has been praised by prestigious publications, who have lauded his works as having “emotion – and logic as well” (Architectural Digest USA).


 Via delle Conce, 20/r

50122 Firenze, ITALY

TEL +39 055 209050
FAX +39 055 2094095


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