An apartment near Monza designed by AIM Studio evokes Byōbu, the oriental dividing screens, and turns into an elegant and comfortable space populated by icons

From an unused attic to an intimate and elegant apartment. A piece of Japan in Brianza. It is no coincidence that Ikigai, a Japanese word that sums up the intersection between what we are, what we do and what we love, is the name that the Milanese studio AIM has chosen for its new interior design project in the province of Monza.

Starting from the existing structure, the design studio faced two phases: the structural reconstruction with the recovery of the attic, and the architectural interior design. Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, with clean lines and sensual shapes, AIM uses colors and materials to emphasize contrasts and give a unique character to environments.

The living area and the sleeping area are divided from each other by a septum covered with brushstrokes in cement finish marked by frames, to evoke in a modern key the Byōbu, the typical Japanese screen formed by the union of panels decorated with ornamental and calligraphic paintings, used precisely to separate interiors and delimit private spaces.

In the living area the freestanding furnishings dominate, dramatized by the scenic backdrop created by the kitchen with light tones in the background. A long corridor leads to the sleeping area, with high wood paneling and the partition, which here assumes the function of a continuous wardrobe.

Comfort and flexibility are emphasized and never sacrificed by virtue of elegance, indeed they interact with shapes and atmospheres to create a space where actions, thoughts and passions converge and find their ideal setting.

Timeless furnishings dot all the rooms of the house: the Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen and the Toio by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos in the living room (with the After Party carpet by Garth Roberts for CC Tapis); the Frate table by Enzo Mari for Driade, the Costes chairs by Philippe Starck, also by Driade and the Formakami lamps by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition in the dining area: again, the Spider lamp by Joe Colombo for Oluce in the bedroom , enriched by the Wallpaper Jungle wallpaper by Adriani & Rossi, the IC Lights Suspension by Michael Anastassiades for Flos in the bathroom, the Eames Plastic Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames (Vitra) and the Zig Zag by Rietveld (Cassina) in the studio where they stand out a carpet by Kasthall and, on the wall, arranged as decorative elements, sheets of the owner's notes.

Ph.Claudio Tajoli; Styling Fulvia Carmagnini.

Fixed furniture: Sangiorgio Mobili; Freestanding furniture: Spotti.