ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Content - Words AMY BRAD­FORD


A slab of mar­ble, a glint of metal or ex­otic wood can com­bine to cre­ate an ob­ject of rare beauty. In the home, the mixed ma­te­ri­als aes­thetic is height­ened and com­ple­mented by splashes of colour, lay­ers of fabric and mismatched prints. Cre­ative duo Stu­diopepe – aka Ari­anna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto (above; read their profile on p57) – cre­ated the per­fect em­bod­i­ment of the trend with this apart­ment, which was the talk of the 2017 Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair.


The Visit, set in an early 19th-cen­tury build­ing in the Br­era dis­trict in cen­tral Mi­lan, is an el­e­gant fu­sion of past and present. Stu­diopepe came up with the idea for the apart­ment while they were hav­ing a drink at Bar Basso, one of Mi­lan’s old­est and most fa­mous cock­tail bars. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously cre­ated shop in­te­ri­ors for big brands such as Max­mara and Fritz Hansen, the duo were eager to work in a do­mes­tic setting. ‘ When we go to visit someone, we dis­cover their pri­vate uni­verse, full of signs, layered de­tails and per­sonal ob­jects,’ says Ari­anna. ‘ We be­lieve that a home is the phys­i­cal trans­po­si­tion of our in­ner world, so we filled the apart­ment with things that make us happy and that evolve over time. Bar­ri­ers be­tween the rooms are fluid, and there are no­madic fur­nish­ings whose func­tions can be trans­formed.’

Ari­anna and Chiara took in­spi­ra­tion from artists when plan­ning the apart­ment’s dec­o­ra­tion. Among them were Dutch painter Piet Mon­drian, English sculp­tor David Trem­lett and Amer­i­can artist Sol Le­witt, whose work in­flu­enced the geo­met­ric mu­rals that the pair de­signed for this space. Th­ese roam over walls and ceil­ings, cre­at­ing vis­ual ‘con­ver­sa­tions’ with art­works, fur­ni­ture, doors and win­dows. ‘ We used them to open up new per­spec­tives,’ ex­plains Ari­anna. ‘For us, it’s not just what’s in a room that’s im­por­tant, but what you can see from one room to an­other.’ stu­diope­pedesign.it

Op­po­site In this cor­ner of the liv­ing room, Stu­diopepe’s ‘Gelosia’ screen for Spotti Edizioni sits be­hind a mar­ble ‘Tavolo M’ ta­ble by An­gelo Man­gia­rotti for Agapecasa. On the ta­ble is an ‘Os­si­mori III’ lamp by Stu­diopepe and a striped vase by Et­tore Sottsass for Bi­tossi. The ‘Stilla’ poufs are by AYTM, the ‘Pan­na­cotta’ side ta­ble is by Ron Gi­lad for Molteni & C, and the se­ries of four ‘Lune’ sconces on the wall are by Ate­lier de Troupe De­tails, above Stu­diopepe (from left, Ari­anna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto) and the ‘Totem Din­ing’ con­sole ta­ble de­signed by Stu­diopepe and man­u­fac­tured by Arpa In­dus­tri­ale us­ing ‘Fenix NTM’, a scratch-proof lam­i­nate. On top of the con­sole sits a hand sculp­ture by Gio Ponti, a vase de­signed by Et­tore Sottsass for Bi­tossi, and an ‘Os­si­mori VI’ lamp by Stu­diopepe Stock­ist de­tails on p152 ➤

Pho­tog­ra­phy AN­DREA FER­RARI

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