This apartment renovation project in the heart of Milan, was driven by the client’s desire for a visual connection with nature. The location was carefully chosen to establish a personal and meaningful bond with a space that resonated with the client’s identity.
The architects at Marcante-Testa approached the project as an exploration of elements that evoke nostalgic and familiar sensations. The idea was to create a home that not only served as a repository for intimate memories but also acted as an extension of an outdoor sanctuary, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling urban environment and work life.
Intriguingly, the design beautifully integrates nature into the interiors. The walls of the rooms are adorned with captivating and somewhat surreal depictions of tree canopies and leaves, inviting the enchanting outdoors into the living spaces.
The choice of materials further enhances this connection, with wicker, Vienna straw, and linen being used for seats, dividers, wardrobe doors, and headboards. Even the kitchen table embraces a vintage charm, featuring faux marble laminate.
The blend of decoration and custom furnishings adds a delightful touch to the interior, creating a light and inviting atmosphere. Despite working within tight constraints of both time and budget, the architectural integrity of the building remains unaltered
The shifting views and perspectives within the space are accentuated by clever use of chromatic contrasts on the walls. A resin floor partially covering the wood serves as a symbolic “carpet” to anchor the dining area, while metal frames in the bedrooms frame delicate botanical illustrations, creating dedicated spaces for relaxation and study.
Photos by Carola Ripamonti