See the choices of our Italian interior architecture studio in Milan for a project in the Porta Venezia neighborhood
Located in a prestigious building in downtown Milan, this apartment is the focus of a new renovation project by the Italian interior architecture studio Dome Milano Interior. This stately home is steps away from Porta Venezia and is a modern apartment where experts worked to conserve and merge its vintage details with modern Italian furniture.
The apartment in its initial layout had the living area completely separated from the bedroom area. At first, the apartment had three main rooms: two bedrooms, a large kitchen, and a bathroom.The first phase of the renovation of this modern apartment in Milan was demolishing the partition that separated the two bedrooms in order to build a new bathroom for the master bedroom.
The next phase of the demolition was reconstructing the water, electrical, and air conditioning systems. The main goal was to guarantee all the comforts of a luxury home and to bring this historic apartment up to the efficiency standards of a completely restructured residence. During the renovation work also the window frames and shutters were changed in order to enhance the thermal and acoustic insulation of the spaces. To preserve the exterior architecture of the Milanese historical building, a sliding blind system had to be restored.
The ceilings in this apartment are very high and reach 3.40 m, typical of the architecture of stately Milanese homes, which is an aspect that creates the impression of more ample space in this bright apartment.
Living and Dining Area: an open space with a surprise
In this Milanese apartment, two spirits coexist: a modern and designer one, visible in furnishing choices, and a retrò one, evidenced by the Art Decò fresco which was discovered during the renovation work.
This apartment designed by our Italian interior architecture studio occupies a single-storey only. The trait d’union of the rooms of the house is the parquet floor in a wood tile pattern. It is the protagonist found in every room except the bathrooms which instead feature wood strip flooring.
The living area is a well-lit open space. From this room, you can also reach a small balcony.
The kitchen is completely open to the living room. For the kitchen, it was decided to create a space with an island kitchen from Dada composed of a wall unit with a pantry column on one side and a refrigerator column on the other side. The island is equipped with a double sink and integrated appliances including a dishwasher and an oven. The dining counter is attached to one corner of the kitchen island. The counter area is accessorized with Palma, a modern hanging lamp from Vibia, and the graceful Woody chair by Alberto Meda for Molteni&C.
The copper color of the shelving unit stands out against the wall of the day area, as well as the dark tones of the elm counter and the black dekton top stand out. To complete the decor, two masks inspired by African tribal tradition were selected to bring out the color scheme of the fresco on the ceiling.
The masters of Italian furniture Design and exotic Home Decor
The living area is positioned on the side opposite the kitchen. This space is personalized by a sofa that has made design history: strips by Cini Boeri for Arflex, a contemporary classic and one of the brand’s most well-known products. Designed in 1968, it is considered a timeless piece. It is a modular sofa characterized by a completely removable quilted cover. It was so innovative for the time that it received the 1979 Compasso d’Oro prize. Paired with this sofa is the Bistrò armchair from De Padova, which was designed by another great Italian Designer and Architect in Milan, Vico Magistretti.
Finishing off the Italian decor for this area is the Mamì lamp from Penta, with a metal base and glass lampshade, and a vintage-inspired rug.
Small retro details are found also in the baseboards that wrap around the room and the decorative crown molding that runs along the perimeter of the ceiling.
The owners of this modern apartment in Milan have a strong passion for travel, especially for exotic destinations and so details to reflect this were included in the design project. For example, the Case Masks from Rotella and Aprilini were positioned in the hallway that leads to the bedroom area.
Italian style interior design: between art decò and the 1950s
The bedroom area is composed of two rooms and two bathrooms. For the master bedroom, which enjoys good natural lighting, it was decided to incorporate elegant c-ball wall lamps from b-lux. They are positioned on each side of the bed and in front.
Especially interesting was the choice to include a work by the Polynesian artist George Nuku in the bedroom. The iconic piece, Ghost chair by Kartell, engraved by the artist was chosen to further emphasize the owners’ passion for travel and exotic places.
Wardrobes from Porro were chosen for both the master and guest rooms.
In the guest room, a small study space was created and furnished with the elegant Compas Direction desk and a Fauteuil Direction armchair from Vitra, both works designed by Jean Prouvé. The armchair was a project from 1939 that was rediscovered in the archives of the French engineer. It features comfortable wooden armrests whose lines pair perfectly with the slim metal legs of the desk.
In this room, as in the living area, vintage decorative elements were also included, like the 1950s-inspired lamp, an element in perfect harmony with the style of the desk and armchair.
Color and Shape: the protagonists for the Bathroom choices
The bathrooms also underwent a transformation for this modern apartment in Milan.
The pre-existing bathroom was renovated to make space for an anteroom which leads to the real bathroom. The bathroom includes a double sink, toilet, and bathtub, which is positioned under the window. For the toilet, Rachele Pellegatta, our interior architect in Milano, chose from the Ceramica Cielo collections, including the “I catini” sink. The same sink model was chosen for the master bathroom, but instead in the single version. In the new bathroom, space was also carved out for the shower. In both bathrooms, grit slabs were chosen for the wall covering however in different colors: light colors for the master bathroom and dark colors for the guest bathroom.
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