In­spi­red rooms

AD (Italy) - - Case. - words pho­tos MA­RIO GEROSA – MASSIMO LI­STRI

IN MI­LAN, AT STU­DIO PE­RE­GAL­LI, AMIDST VARIOUS PERIOD PIECES, A WORLD OF IN­FI­NI­TE OVERTONES, NARRATING A GREAT PASSION FOR HISTORY AND ART. The stu­dio of Ro­ber­to Pe­re­gal­li and Lau­ra Sartori Ri­mi­ni in Mi­lan, near the Con­ser­va­to­ry, re­flec­ts their per­so­na­li­ties. A bit of Sa­vi­nio, Bor­ges and Mon­giar­di­no, the al­lu­re of an en­chan­ted set­ting. This part of the ci­ty is al­rea­dy shel­te­red from the me­tro­po­li­tan chaos – a re­si­den­tial street wi­thout shops, lea­ding to a la­te Re­nais­san­ce chur­ch. At its hal­fway point stands an ele­gant, unu­sual fa­ca­de. «It seems li­ke a lat­ter-day tribute to Cop­pe­dè. It was built in 1928, but wi­th an ab­so­lu­te­ly non-Fa­sci­st sty­le», says Pe­re­gal­li. «Mi­lan is famous for its hid­den cour­tyards», Sartori Ri­mi­ni adds. «In­stead, this buil­ding tells its sto­ry from the outside, wi­th big co­lumns and a pie­ce of the gar­den». On the se­cond floor you en­ter the refined architectural world of Pe­re­gal­li and Sartori Ri­mi­ni, wi­th a fo­cus on hau­te dé­co­ra­tion and history, rein­ter­pre­ted to crea­te a mo­re ele­gant pre­sent. A thea­tri­cal set­ting rea­dy to sa­ti­sfy any ty­pe of ae­sthe­tic vo­ra­ci­ty, full of orien­ta­li­st pain­tings, proud­ly rag­ged ta­pe­stries, vo­lup­tuou­sly worn arm­chairs, piles of ma­ga­zi­nes, models, dra­wings, sam­ples, old ti­les, wallpaper rem­nan­ts. And lo­ts of books. «The­re are al­mo­st 10,000 volumes, on mar­ble, iro­n­work, an­ti­que ti­les, car­pe­ts, mo­saics», Pe­re­gal­li no­tes. Not to men­tion the ex­ten­si­ve ar­chi­ves of the pro­jec­ts of the stu­dio. At a cer­tain point, in 1998, af­ter the dea­th of Ren­zo Mon­giar­di­no, the

men­tor of the two ar­chi­tec­ts, the idea aro­se of mo­ving in­to his stu­dio, whi­ch was up for sa­le. «We de­ci­ded again­st it», says Sartori Ri­mi­ni. «The weight of his pre­sen­ce would ha­ve been too mu­ch. In­stead, we ha­ve ex­pan­ded this stu­dio wi­th other rooms, on the ground floor of a buil­ding that fa­ces this one. It is a space we ori­gi­nal­ly used for sto­ra­ge, whi­ch has evol­ved in a ve­ry na­tu­ral way». «Un­li­ke this stu­dio, whi­ch be­gan as the ho­me of my fa­mi­ly and al­rea­dy had its own de­co­ra­ti­ve ou­tli­ne, in the other spaces we ha­ve re­de­co­ra­ted eve­ry­thing, crea­ting a men­tal bond bet­ween the two apart­men­ts», Pe­re­gal­li con­clu­des. The­re too, vi­si­tors can get a sen­se of the sa­me ta­ste for beauty and me­mo­ry, an intense, en­ga­ging at­mo­sphe­re that ma­kes them feel they ha­ve been th­ru­st in­to ano­ther world, through a ma­gi­cal loo­king glass that leads to ano­ther di­men­sion.

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