Milano, 2021
A house where spaces, materials and cultures are blended together.
The story of this house starts from its flooring. The original floor of the apartment indeed was made up of variegated cement tiles in the shades of green, a detail which strikes for its beauty and uniqueness. The desire to restore it was shared with the clients, thus enhancing the entire house.
The choice of materials and colors stems from the desire to dialogue with the existing floor of the living room. The remaining part of the house, in contrast with it, is characterized by a parquet flooring, a material that is warmer both to the touch and in its color. Even the custom-made furniture relates to the floorings, emerging in the rooms also through the choice of its colors.
The kitchen of the house is a simple volume in oak wood with a top in carrara’s marble: two natural materials which get in dialogue with each other and with the existing floor of the living room, recalling the parquet characterizing the rest of the house.
A shelf integrated with the marble riser becomes the opportunity to place objects from the client's everyday life.
The tall kitchen columns and the sideboard are integrated instead into a bespoke green furniture system recalling the cement tiles.
As in the dwellings in Japan, original country of one of the two clients, the spaces of the house are continuously transformed and declined as needed. The custom-made furniture, in this house as in other projects of us, becomes a dwelling device that organizes the space and divides it when necessary, creating interesting visual glimpses and leaving to the light the role of enhancing materials.
The house was thought and designed for a family whose dwelling necessities, both for intimacy and conviviality, constantly change.

The need to place the living area away from the entrance has introduced the theme of the breakdown of the corridor. The separation towards the rooms becomes fleeting and the masses that face them are inhabited volumes housing service functions, such as the library and the laundry room. In this way the corridor doesn’t only configure itself as a passing-by space, but also as an area to stop in.
The children's bedrooms are separated by a wardrobe system which also houses a writing desk. A large door connects the two rooms, generating a fluid space for playing together, which can be closed when looking for privacy and calmness.

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Edil 2000 snc (opere edili)
Arredo 90 srl (falegnameria)
Federico Villa studio
Claudia Begni
Francesca Ghiselli
Marzia Colombo

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