A house that feels like a journey through the history of art and design, rich in contrasts like its inhabitants.
AN OPEN, SOCIAL HOME
Art welcomes the visitor as soon as they cross the threshold. The first sensation is not knowing where to focus one's gaze. The penthouse, on the top floor of a small building, is filled with objects from different eras and parts of the world. There is no wall without a painting, no corner without a sculpture, a stone, or a lamp, all of which provide inspiration for fascinating stories.
It is a house full of light and colour, narrating the passions and travels of twenty years of life together. A welcoming home where every room is shared and lived in daily, both by Michela and Giorgio and their guests. Doors are not closed, just as they try not to leave objects locked in boxes.
The fireplace is two-sided, so that you can enjoy the pleasure of the fire from both the living room and the bedroom.
A WINDOW OF FIRE
The definition of spaces in this house is unconventional. The living room is upstairs and is connected to the bedroom by a fireplace. The fire serves as a link between nighttime and daytime life, between the private and public dimensions.
EVEN IF WE ARE ALONE,
IN TWO DIFFERENT ROOMS,
THERE IS ALWAYS A WINDOW
OF FIRE THAT UNITES US.
ART SHOULD BE ENJOYED EVERY DAY,
OTHERWISE, IT LOSES ITS ENERGY.
At the entrance, a display case showcases a rich collection of Murano glass. At the foot of the stairs, Napoléon, Philippe Starck's garden gnome, peeks out.
CONTAMINATIONS ARE A GAME
The final effect is far from being a "museum-like home," stiff and artificial. This is thanks to the irreverent playfulness of Michela and Giorgio, who had fun mixing the important with the kitsch, Hoffmann's armchair with an Ikea coffee table, Mackintosh's chair with Habitat's lamp, famous paintings with flea market finds from France or Moroccan souks.
It's a house that reveals passions, interests, and curiosities, in a harmonious mix that perfectly reflects the personality of those who live in it.
The Funky Light, designed by Tibault Pougeoise, is one of Giorgio's favourite games.
WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH WHAT WE LIKE,
WHICH DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE PRECIOUS,
BUT SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EMOTIONS.
A FIRE THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOUR LIFE
The wood-burning fireplace is an essential element in this house for both Michela and Giorgio.
Giorgio, who grew up in a traditional Lombard farmhouse, loved to carve out small moments of intimacy early in the morning as a child when he sneaked in front of the already lit hearth.
For Michela, too, the fireplace is a childhood memory. The crackling of the logs was the perfect accompaniment, especially for the women in the family, for their chats and stories. The fire is also linked to Michela's inner journey and her approach to daily meditation practice. It is often right in front of the lit fireplace that Michela now takes a break of absolute stillness, helping her face each day's commitments with awareness and serenity.