November 28, 2021

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Brave architects have shown that different styles can be combined in an interior…and it works!

Balance, fresh design, plenty of light and room to breathe. This is the result of the work of architects who renovated an old apartment in the Italian city of San Donato, Milan. After a complete makeover, it became a home for a couple with one child. What are their priorities?

The basic requirement of a family with one child was not entirely common or simple. According to the investor, the architects had to focus on the aesthetics and materials of typical Apulian farms. That is why they should add a touch of a northern European look and not forget about the mild industrial accent. The task was challenging, but the result was quite enjoyable, light, clean and especially spacious. Everything fits perfectly together.

Thanks to the design change, it was possible to obtain a large and open floor plan. Source: Simone Furiosi

Thorough cleansing in the beginning

At the beginning of the transformation of the apartment, it was necessary to thoroughly clean the space and remove unnecessary partitions. Thanks to this, it was possible to obtain a large and open floor plan. In this way came the natural light, which was previously limited by various obstacles.

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Finding balance was a challenge

The architects, led by studio founder Celina Pertola, described the search for balance as a challenge. Their task was to find a master design that could sum up the different requirements of the investors and create a unique home. The tones throughout the interior are clear, and the largest areas are covered in natural wood with white on the furniture and walls. They gain contrast and balance in proportion to the use of black iron, which also gives the apartment the desired industrial accent.

Simple cozy living room in white and brown

The largest spaces are covered in natural wood with white on the furniture and walls. Source: Simone Furiosi

Black metal balances wood and white

The heart of the apartment is a spacious living area divided by an iron window with a black frame. In one part there is a living room and in the other part there is a kitchen with a dining room. However, thanks to the optical connection, they work as a single unit.

Farmhouse white wooden kitchen with industrial touch

Kitchen. Source: Simone Furiosi

A huge wooden table and a white kitchen with a wooden worktop and shelves on the wall reminds us of the farming style of the region. Black lamps hanging above the table add an element of industrial style. The bedroom is designed in the same style and colors. The cabinet’s wood architecture is reminiscent of a wooden cabinet door hanging on a black metal rail.

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Two bathrooms – one made of earthenware and the other with gray tiles

The apartment has two bathrooms, each with a different design. One uses a contrast of anthracite and white tiles, and the other combines yellow and brown majolica on the floor with glossy white tiles on the walls.
A fresh, young project that shows what is possible when you find brave and skilled architects.

Black metal frame separates the kitchen from the living room

The architects acquired contrast and balance in proportion to the use of black iron, which also gives the apartment the desired industrial accent. Source: Simone Furiosi

SD apartment

Architectural studio: Nomad Architecture Interior Design

Authors: Celina Bertola, E. Procina, A. Isidore

Venue: San Donato Milanese, Italy

Project: 2017

Realization: 2018

Plocha: 105 + 44 pm2

Sabina Zavarska

Photo: Simon Furiosi