The house was designed by Piero Portaluppi in the 1930s for the Necchi family, wealthy sewing machine manufacturers. The house is monumental, luxurious in finish and functionality, but sober and understated.
Close-up of the facade in brown and beige; in plaster and stone. It is divided in four quadrants each with a different finish, I think to give the otherwise fairly flat front more depth. The star, also visible in the drawing above, is the bathroom window. The four quadrants are also visible in the drawing.
The room had a make over in the 1950s by Tomaso Buzzi. He introduced a more decorative, elaborate style (see bottom photo).
The war had changed people's views. They associated the modernist style with the run-up to the war and fascistic architecture. There was a desire to go back to more traditional values and designs. This house visit has made me understand in one go the difference between pre- and immediate post-war styles. An eye-opener.
Even the guidebook (Villa Necchi Campiglio a Milano, in Italian only, published by FAI Skira), is not particularly fond of the 1950s changes. It says that Buzzi thought his design were a 'revolution', but the book judges his rooms 'reductive and standardised'.
Villa Necchi: www.casemuseomilano.it.
Second, third and fifth photo by me, the others reproduced from the guidebook.