In­si­de No Li­ta

In the nei­gh­bou­rhood on the ed­ge of Lit­tle Ita­ly, Mi­chael Ma­ha­ram’s loft looks even fur­ther nor­th. Wi­th a ra­re design col­lec­tion and a Scan­di­na­vian at­mo­sphe­re

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - Inside Design/ Tessuti - by Hel­le Wal­sted — pho­tos by Wi­ch­mann+ Bend­tsen Pho­to­gra­phy words by Ka­rin Grä­bæk — in col­la­bo­ra­tion wi­th Fla­via Gior­gi

An ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry buil­ding, small in sca­le and wi­th few re­si­den­ts, in NoLita ( Nor­th of Lit­tle Ita­ly), a char­ming lit­tle nei­gh­bou­rhood whe­re Mi­chael Ma­ha­ram, an en­tre­pre­neur, and his wi­fe Sa­bi­ne Stein­mair, a pain­ter, mo­ved a do­zen years ago. Our at­ten­tion is fo­cu­sed on the loft on the lo­wer floor, whe­re whi­te walls and woo­den floors form the bac­k­drop to an ex­traor­di­na­ry design col­lec­tion, pre­do­mi­nan­tly Nor­dic in style. Poul Kjæ­rholm, Ka­re Klint, Mo­gens Ko­ch, Ger­rit Riet­veld, Alex Sal­to, Hans We­gner, but al­so Char­lot­te Per­riand, Pier­re Jean­ne­ret and Do­nald Judd play star­ring ro­les in an ex­clu­si­ve fur­ni­shing screen­play. “I ha­ve been col­lec­ting design for two de­ca­des, fa­sci­na­ted by the nar­ra­ti­ve of the Scan­di­na­vian ap­plied arts, al­ways in­te­re­sting thanks to their vir­tuous in­tert­wi­ning of form, no­bi­li­ty of ma­te­rials and use­ful na­tu­re.” The­se works and their crea­tors are spo­ken about in ma­ny books in the woo­den boo­k­ca­se ta­king up an en­ti­re wall of the li­ving room. Op­po­si­te, the green to­nes of the so­fa and the ce­ra­mics are the con­tra­sting no­tes in a chro­ma­ti­cal­ly neu­tral who­le. “In kee­ping wi­th Scan­di­na­vian ae­sthe­tic va­lues, it see­med na­tu­ral to fo­cus on ma­te­rials that are able to age wi­th di­gni­ty, su­ch as lar­ch, Dou­glas fir, teak, Ore­gon pi­ne.” The pas­sa­ge of ti­me has al­so tran­sfor­med the hun­ting ground of the in­sa­tia­ble col­lec­tor, who star­ted out at a ve­ry young age in the world of an­ti­que col­lec­ting wi­th fruit­ful raids on the flea mar­ke­ts of half of Eu­ro­pe; a ha­bit that, as his eco­no­mic re­sour­ces grew, then evol­ved, ai­ming at hi­gher qua­li­ty sour­ces.

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