This Milanese interior immediately revealed all the grace of the project developed in the mid-1950s by the engineer Giacomo Mantegazza, known, together with his father, for being the author of some of the most beautiful villas on Lake Como.
In this historic building in the centre of Milan, the engineer had created an elegant interior, by designing in section a sequence of spaces modulated by vaulted false ceilings, arches and alternating lowerings, in dialogue with the typical 1930s finishes of the building, with its pictorial decorations and cementine and seminato floors.
Therefore, starting from a very distinctive spatiality, our project has reinterpreted the distribution of the apartment.
The clear division between the service area for the housemaid and the noble area did not reflect the needs of a young couple today. The old rooms used for cooking and ironing have been transformed into a single spacious kitchen with peninsula and dining area, to embrace a contemporary idea of conviviality.
The axis that connects the kitchen to the living area has been opened by widening the door of the former ironing room to visually connect these two wings of the apartment.
The punctual removal of some fixed furniture and the remodulation of the false ceiling has enhanced the volume of the living room connected with the oval dining room. The sleeping area has maintained its proportions, as have the bathrooms, with completely redesigned materials.
Grès tiles with veins of natural stone, in nuances of beige and grey, are combined with the oak wood of the new parquet and the dove grey tone chosen for the walls up to the springers of the vaults and arches.
The lighting project enhances the geometries of the rooms, creating contrasts between the new and the pre-existing.