Situated at Umm Suqeim 2 on a quiet street in Dubai is the tranquil home of the founders of TAF House Material, Teresa and Alessandro Geneloni. With warm tones, water features throughout and the surrounding greenery, what’s at once apparent upon entrance is the positive energy that emanates throughout the peaceful abode. “Our home has a very strong energy,” says Teresa.
The couple moved into the home three years ago from Italy. “When we first entered this house, we fell in love with the brightness and the calm rhythm coming in from the windows and the pool. We are people who immediately catch energy flow - whether it’s in our work or our home environment.” Natural light fills the home through the white gridded windows, spreading a warm, cosy ambience throughout the space. “For us, the tiles and the wood speak to the surrounding environment,” says Teresa. “We refurbished all flooring and walls with our Italian brand 41ZERO42 for a stone look with Jumble and Otto, as well as a charcoal wood look with Yaki collections.”
An interior view of the master bedroom
The furniture has been sourced from around the world; the living room features sofas from Italian brands by the likes of Flexform and Milan-based Cargo Milano, a transparent ground lamp from Kartell, a beautiful custom-made, teal-coloured carpet from Besana Moquette and a chic hanging lamp bought from Morocco. All furniture pieces in the living room have been brought from the couple’s previous home, with the exception of the console table.
The dining table, which sits on a custom-made carpet from Besana Moquette, has been bought from Cargo Milano and above the table hang two black circular lamps from Morocco.
On the table are two statement ceramic centrepieces by Cermaiche Caltagirone, crafted in Sicily. Nearby is an antique cabinet from Malaysia, complemented with two beautifully designed blue vases. Two black Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer have been placed in the hallway and are complemented by a colourful hand-knotted carpet from Afghanistan. Over at the master bedroom is a custom-made carpet by Besana Moquette, a table lamp from the sixties by Manifattura Mancioli and a beautiful cabinet by Italian brand MisuraEmme. The bathrooms feature bespoke pieces from India and Morocco as well as a hanging lamp by Kartell.
An interior view of the dining room
Items and art work sourced globally from Italy, China, Afghanistan, Morocco, India and the Gulf adorn the spacious abode. There is art from international artists as well as original paintings made by Teresa and Alessandro. A highlight of the home is a 17-year-old vintage oak brown mirror which hangs in the master bathroom. “We bought the mirror from an international exhibition in Milan,” explains Teresa. “That is when we started to build our house together and this was the first piece of all our lives.” It was the first piece Teresa and Alessandro owned as a couple before getting married almost two decades ago.
Ceramic centrepieces on the dining table by Cermaiche Caltagirone, crafted in Sicily
Teresa’s childhood dream was to become a fashion designer, but it was when she met Alessandro that she discovered her untapped passion for interior design and together, they launched their own studio in Milan in 2008, specialising in materials and flooring and they later established a studio in Dubai.
TAF House Material offers Italian-made materials to the Middle Eastern market. “We want to share the creativity that’s in the heart of the Italian industry, which is our love,” explains Alessandro.
An artwork by a contemporary Iranian artist entitled Shiraz
“Just like fashion; when you choose a dress, you choose it for a reason and it is the same reason we choose the environmental materials that we design.” With a focus on Italy-made ceramic and porcelain tiles and wooden flooring, the design-driven company serves to enhance the quality of everyday lives through a careful selection of materials. This philosophy has been reflected throughout the eclectic home.
All images photographed by Aasiya Jagadeesh, ITP images
From Harper's Bazaar Arabia Interiors Winter 2019 issue