In Turin, in the district of Crocetta, the architecture studio Italy and Partners has redesigned a elegant apartment from the early 1900s, tailor-made for a young family. Bright and characterized by refined spaces right from the start, it was enhanced by the choice of details, all oriented towards comfort and an elegant but functional welcome, at the service of everyday life.
The eye of those who led the work is special, to differentiate it is a fundamental aspect: the architect Matteo Italia , who oversaw the project, was also the client - future tenant - together with his wife and son.
How do you design your home?
When the apartment to be designed is also the same one in which you are going to live, it is inevitable that needs and wishes could be intertwined with lucid planning. Ideas, research and implementation are influenced by personal involvement: “It's tiring, I admit it”, explains Matteo Italia.
“While we are always very determined for customers, when you design for yourself everything becomes more problematic. But it is also a challenging design exercise. It is nice to be able to create a mix between architecture, design objects and memories. A sort of compromise that sums up personal and professional growth. With my wife we chose how to prepare everything. For example, we love art very much and we have focused our attention on this: the boiserie was designed precisely in function of the enhancement of our pieces of the heart ".
The warmth of details
The important presence of artistic elements and personal memories collected, blends with the precious exaltation of period details: together, they give the rooms a welcoming and warm atmosphere. What immediately catches the eye are the original stuccoes of the 1900s that characterize the breathtakingly high ceilings: 4 meters that bring an impalpable lightness to the spaces.
In particular that of the hall: a central rose window that recalls the houses of the last century. Also the doors have been kept in their authenticity - with the exception of that of the walk-in closet (Lualdi retractable flush with the wall) and those of the bathroom and laundry room (Rimadesio in brushed glass) - they have all been restored and repainted with matte enamel.
From one story to another
Some aspects of the layout have been completely revolutionized. Matteo Italia continues: "We bought the house that had been renovated for about 7 years and never lived in. It was new but many spaces were wasted compared to our needs: we rethought the entrance, for example. From the open space of about 30sqm as it was, we have obtained an additional room - the study - and two large walk-in closets".
Other works, however, concerned the finishing : "We kept the existing parquet only in my son's room. For the rest we opted for a chevron spine pose that in a certain sense led from the entrance to the room ". To underline this, the choice of a natural palette with light and comfortable tones that embrace the shades of sand - the common thread of all the rooms, each declined in its own right - and of the sage green, which welcomes you right from the entrance. In the living area, the strong blue of the details stands out - such as the Bonaldo velvet chairs - as if to represent a serene conviviality, typical of the environment.
The importance of light
One of the salient aspects, which contributed to the identification of the 'ideal' house for the family, is precisely the light: all the rooms enjoy good exposure, but the room, in particular, is very bright. With its 40 square meters and the angular position it is characterized by large windows overlooking the exterior of the building.
Natural light was then combined with the one designed: lighting plays a fundamental role, it is the result of meticulous research that reveals a strong passion for the theme: "I am convinced that light can change the perception of environments and how you experience them. It is an aspect to which we are very careful, always. In my home I wanted to emphasize it: veils, indirect or direct light, emphasis on aspects that are salient to us. In the bathrooms, 'Mark' has been inserted, the body I designed for Panzeri (in one in a brass finish, in the other in white)" confirms Matteo Italia.