Yesterday, my Italian design class took a field trip to Quartiere Coppedè. This little (yet quite extensive) neighborhood was once home to the middle class. Now, a 140 square meter apartment here goes for €2.000.000,00! We explored this neighborhood, designed by Gino Coppedè, because of its art nouveau style. Completed in 1926, the post-modern architecture in the quartiere include references to various periods of art – Ancient, Classical, Gothic, and Baroque to name a few. Coppedè seems to have had a field day with the commission of designing this elite neighborhood. His influences range from Assyrian to local Italian, and even includes a Medici crest (they had absolutely nothing to do with this project). However, Coppedè’s eclectic style was frowned upon and received hostile criticism. But almost a century later, we love it!