In the heart of Milan, Italy, situated in a classic old building, there is a private residence with a very personal touch.
Light is the main element here, flooding through ancient windows and shining through high glass doors. It lights up the rooms where antique furniture and modern design blend together seamlessly. A sophisticated and timeless elegance, where understatement is the key.
The apartment is located in a central area of Milan (Indipendenza square), built in 1929. During the restructuration, all the frames of that period were kept. They give a game of lights and transparencies among the various room (all with their glass and original flowery handles). Also, the original wooden floors were kept.
In each intervention of the home, materials that cannot create confusion with the originals were used.
For example, the steel in the stairs, absolute black Stone plates for the upper floor and for the stairs, colored crystals into the bathrooms and for the tables.
The furnishing mixes the contemporary (Foster’s table of Tecno, chandeliers of Castiglioni and Sarfatti, Nuvola up kitchen of Dada, Stark chairs of Driade, P40 chaise longue by Osvaldo Borsani, Elien Gray table, vicuna sofas by Baleri) with the ancient (19th century French mirror, Empire mahogany chest, English chairs, Persian antique carpets, African wood tribal statues) to give warmth at the home.
The centerpiece of the master bedroom is the Soft to the Touch Midsummer bed, with the Jungle bedspread. With its soft and reassuring presence, it is perfectly in line with the character of the house, an understated piece with a bold volume. The headboard is embraced by removable pillows, which lean on a precious Canaletto walnut insert for added height. Important details ensure the highest sleeping comfort: the bed base is made with hand-braided ribbons which are individually secured to the metal frame and can be adjusted to obtain unique firmness patterns.
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