By Rosaria Zucconi and Francesca Benedetto
Contemporary portrait — p. 200
20th century works of art and design: at home with Carlo Prada, journalist and collector who has chosen to live in milan, in a house custom- designed for the man and his collection Contemporary art and design interact in a game of continuous relations between the most innovative art forms and the masterpieces behind the history of design. We are in Milan, at the home of Carlo Prada, a keen art collector. The flat, located in a characteristic Milanese building, originally had living areas defined by period stucco ceilings and carved parquet. For the renovation, he chose architect Hannes Peer, based on his interior design work, which is halfway between homes and fashion areas. “We wanted to emphasise the two souls of the house: the spirit of the traditional spaces and the contemporary feel, by making the environments more fluid and transforming the kitchen into a ‘ veranda’ connected to the terrace and open to the rest of the house”, explains Peer. This new living area in the flat is highlighted by the resin used, in the shade of ‘ Gio Ponti light blue’. “I like to seek projects by those who have gone down in the history of design. Art came later, even if I have always nurtured it as one of my interests”, tells us Prada. “The idea was to add the works to the environment with subtlety, ensuring that they live in perfect harmony with their surroundings and create domestic situations that are always different”.