Villa Studiolo 1844

The villa dates back to 1844, located in Albignasego, is a stone throw away of the ancient Italian city of Padua. In in former days it was used by a noble family to control the surrounding land.

Beginning of the 21th century, the Bottacin family decided to buy and to restore it. That complete restoration process was guided by Elena Bulatova and Vittorio Bottacin, who established their international interior design studio and general contracting firm in the reborn Villa Studiolo now surrounded by fields of roses.

The Villa Studiolo shines, like a phoenix arisen from the ashes. When the Bottacin´s bought it at the beginning of the 21st century, it was a shadow of its earlier, glorious incarnation. A mess according to Vittorio Bottacin and Elena Bulatova, who took it upon themselves to restore it to its former glory. It was as full of holes as a Swiss cheese and many of the holes had been provisionally stopped up.


Built in 1844 it was initially used by a noble family as a base from which to oversee their surrounding farmland. When they were in residence at the villa, they stayed on the first floor: the Piano Nobile. The ground floor was used for storing agrarian machinery, with further storage space on the topmost floor.

The beginning of the new millennium found only the core of the villa intact. With that structure as the basis the whole villa, a protected monument, needed to be reconstructed in its original style.

Vittorio and Elena remember only too well how much work that entailed. In total, it would cost them three years of intensive labor to make an original Italian Villa from the mess they had started with. In 2009 the work was completed.

Vittorio: “We began our interior activities and our own brand Ypsilon in the villa that year. We had a studio in Padua, but we really wanted to have a green decor around us. We needed a place that would provide us with emotion and inspiration. For that reason we planted 440 roses that I check every day because they are my lovely roses.”


Today, the villa provides their clientele with a direct sense of Italian style. A plaque on the front gate summarises the Italian and international top interior brands for which they are the official partner  Arclinea, B&B Italia, Flexform, Maxalto, Rimadesio, Molteni, Rolf Benz, Gubi, Bisazza, Henge, Moooi, FontanaArte and their own brand Ypsilon to name a few.

Their activities are wide-ranging, allowing them to provide a 360 degree service with differentiated and complex interventions: from construction, using building structures complete with electrical and technical systems; to interior design, for comfortable and functional residential properties, hotels, restaurants and commercial spaces. Elena and Vittorio first got to know each other in Russia, where Elena runs several successful interiors businesses and Vittorio is active as a distributor of ceramics, marble tiles and bathrooms. His father is one of the founders of Iris Ceramica, so he was no stranger to the trade.

Elena: “While working in Russia, we came to the conclusion that the business field in Russia was too small for our creativity. Lots of our contacts asked us not only for furniture or tiles, but for complete interior solutions. They thought we, with Vittorio coming from Italy, could come up with special Italian-styled ideas. So we decided to start our design studio in Padua. And now we are working from our studio here and out of Moscow too.”

From their beginnings in Russia, they are now covering the world. The style of their clients has always been their starting point: creating an atmosphere around them where they feel comfortable, as well as a house and an interior that they can use and enjoy.

©production: Lorenza Dalla Pozza & photos: Hans Fonk