Flaviano Capriotti Architetti have recently completed their latest residential project in Milan, Italy. The apartment is located in the Torre al Parco, a building designed by Vico Magistretti and Franco Longoni between 1953 and 1956, and is home to a young professional couple and art collectors. The Torre al Parco, one of the most significant representations of Milanese living, is a 20-story residential building that sits on the border of Sempione Park as a monument to a bygone age.
Flaviano Capriotti entirely changed the layout of the apartment, which is located on one of the top floors of the Tower. Using a practical approach and respect for the surroundings, he created elegant interiors and developed some original furniture. The original finishes have generally been maintained; to delineate the various residential rooms, a noble material like marble is utilized, alternated with leveled and sanded herringbone parquet. Overall, the aesthetic decision was to engage with Magistretti’s design while maintaining the idea of a sober, elegant bourgeois home where the superior craftsmanship of the materials and the practicality of the rooms take center stage.
The entrance is set up as a tiny gallery with the artwork in the foreground and is distinguished by soft diffused light made possible by the oval ceiling breakthrough, which was created by the architect as a nod to the Spatialist movement of Lucio Fontana. The study is next to the front door and is furnished with a brushed light wood bookcase with cherry red lacquered backs that houses an early literary works collection, a number of miniature sculptures, books, and design items like the iconic Eclisse lamp designed by Vico Magistretti for Artemide. The seat, Luisa, was created by Franco Albini for Cassina, and the table is by AG Fronzoni for Cappellini.
Italian design by the masters continues to run throughout the apartment, complementing the pieces of contemporary art on display. Examples include the sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B and the Tolomeo Maxi lamp by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide, as well as the moss green D.151.4 armchairs and the D.555.1 glass-topped coffee table designed by Gio Ponti and reissued by Molteni&C. In the dining area, the warm, darker tone of the table made by Molteni&C to a design by Gio Ponti, who also created the multicolored chandelier for Venini, and the Cab 412 leather seats by Mario Bellini for Cassina contrast with the light elm wood paneling.
The kitchen uses an interplay of black and white thanks to its simple, clean lines. The Principessa Kocacin wallpaper by Rubelli adds beauty to the master bedroom, which also features Kelly bedside tables designed by Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform and lamps by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. The house also has a guest room, a closet area, and four bathrooms, one of which has Hermès wallpaper and polished Navona Travertine marble for the floor and washbasin, giving the room a very soft appearance.
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Photography by Andrés Otero