Colorful and lively, geometric and bright, it is located in Rome but looks like a holiday home. Light but cultured, Malaquite House, designed by Studio Strato, stands out for its chromatic counterpoints that alternate with homogeneous backgrounds
The location is decidedly privileged: the top floor of an Umbertine building in the center of Rome; from the terrace you can see the statues of the Basilica of San Giovanni, while on the opposite side you can see the arches of the Colosseum. But Malaquite House looks like a vacation home. Vitaminic, graphic and lively, it returns a cultured lightness, under the banner of chromatic exuberance and at the same time relaxing well-being.

Inhabited by a couple with two children and a dog, the apartment of about 150 square meters embellished by the outdoor spaces of the panoramic terrace, was designed by Studio Strato of the duo Martino Fraschetti and Vincenzo Tattolo who developed functional environments for the different family needs that, thanks to the careful choice of finishes, patterns and details, they are fresh, sunny and light, evoking the joyful and relaxing atmosphere of the holidays. The chromatic counterpoints that alternate with continuous enveloping backgrounds stand out. The architectural volumes are softened by the arched forms, a clear reference to the city and the history of Rome, which mark the passages between the rooms. From the cultured poetics, the surfaces, painted with colorful geometric decorations, amplify the perceptive complexity.

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The architectural configuration of the house revolves around the continuity of the corridor that crosses both the living area and the sleeping area. All the environments radiate from the hallway, each one defined by a stylistic particularity, underlined by accurate chromatic and material choices. Together, all the spaces weave the eclectic story of Malaquite House.

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In some rooms of the house, the oak parquet has been painted with graphic motifs in different shades: in light gray and blue bands in the living area, in an intense navy blue, in continuity with the walls, in the master bedroom and in light gray in the children's room. For the kitchen, the dining area, the bathrooms and the terrace, a flooring in terracotta strips laid in a herringbone pattern was chosen.

The arch, symbol of the (triumphal) architecture of Ancient Rome, is recalled in different openings of the corridor and living room, emphasized by the chromatic choices that mark, by contrast, the shape. Large and bright, with a ceiling painted in Tivoli blue, the double-height living area houses a dynamic mezzanine, integrated with the masonry bench, to create a sort of intimate and comfortable lounge area.

The dining / greenhouse area, which extends in continuity with the terrace, is also designed by three arched openings that open onto the corridor and the living room. The color that identifies the heart of the house is the green called Malaquite, which establishes the link between interiors and exteriors.

In the kitchen built in masonry, the original wooden ceiling has been preserved, whose natural, imperfect and tactile texture is enhanced by a lively yellow. Cozy and welcoming, it is the most rustic room in the house.

Climbing a step you pass into the sleeping area, where the color no longer emphasizes only the upper part of the rooms but becomes total: continuous and homogeneous: immersive. Monochromatic backgrounds alternate in a fascinating game of material references and tactile suggestions.

At times hypnotic, the long corridor is wrapped in a radicchio red that covers the walls, the ceiling and the bookcase with rational lines, lit by brushstrokes of Tivoli blue on the edges of the shelves.

As if it were a hollowed out volume, the master bedroom is completely covered in navy blue, a deep, irregular, material and tactile shade, which covers all the surfaces, from the walls to the ceiling, up to the floor. In contrast, the wooden wardrobes, the natural raffia headboard and the delicate decorations of the fabric appliques stand out.

The bathrooms are also mono-material and monochromatic, one deep blue and the other pure white. The children's bedroom is instead a large rectangular room: the white floor has been combined with walls that alternate patches of radicchio red with the zebra pattern of the wallpaper.

Each room therefore has its own specificity, an immediate visual recognition traced not only by graphics and colors, but also by the choice of furnishings, accessories, accessories and objects, the result of careful research that Studio Strato has undertaken in collaboration with Spazio Wide.

The result is a skilful combination of vintage and contemporary pieces with custom-made furniture, such as the sofa-bench-facing-mezzanine-fireplace system that characterizes the living room, the built-in kitchen and the furnishings of the bathrooms and bedrooms.

Each room is a colored piece of a coherent and harmonious project. Each room is a piece of an articulated story, exuberant but sober, graceful. A history of vacation.