How would you describe your taste in interior design?
Every detail matters – it can be anything but it has to be perfect and the exact balance of things.
How do you choose the resident artists?
This is actually quite a long process. We start by reviewing the applications we have received internally. From there, we make a long list and conduct Skype interviews. Following that, we create a shortlist that goes to our advisory board. After they have issued their recommendations, we have our final list!
Can you tell us more about the residency?
The idea behind the residency was to create an open and democratic space, a place of exchange, and collaboration. This is why the residency is multi-disciplinary and we welcome anyone and from anywhere as long as they are committed deeply to their chosen discipline.
Do you have a favourite spot at the hotel?
I have quite a few. The Light & Rain Pavillion is a beautiful space, combining the old Roman tradition of oculus with Eastern asthetic of a zen garden, or the top of the mound in the medieval park of Toiano Vecchio with the best views of Tuscany.
An object that you particularly love?
Our striped pool umbrellas!
A fun fact about Villa Lena?
Our truffle dog Igor is very bad at finding truffles but very good at stealing croissants from guests’ breakfast tables
Who would be your ideal guest at Villa Lena?
Anyone and everyone.