ON RE­FLEC­TION

The new fash­ion is for fan­tas­ti­cal mir­rored in­te­ri­ors

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words PIP MCCORMAC Pho­tog­ra­phy HELENIO BARBETTA/LIV­ING IN­SIDE

To con­jure up a sense of light and space in an in­te­rior, a re­flec­tive sur­face is one of the old­est and best de­sign tricks. Now, how­ever, we’re see­ing a trend for mir­rors be­ing used in even more elab­o­rate ways. It’s the age of the grand il­lu­sion.

Take this Vene­tian pent­house, which ar­chi­tect Al­berto Ne­spoli of Eligo Stu­dio has up­dated with a gi­ant, sus­pended, piv­ot­ing mir­ror, made by fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­turer Arredo91. In­stalled in the en­trance hall, it bounces light around the whole in­te­rior.

The brief from the own­ers of this grand third-floor apart­ment in a 16th-cen­tury build­ing in Sestriere di Cannare­gio was to ‘max­imise the fea­tures of the orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­ture by bring­ing the views of the Grande Canal into the apart­ment,’ says Al­berto. ‘They wanted to cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary space with­out ever in­ter­rupt­ing the con­nec­tion with its won­der­ful sur­round­ings.’ Al­berto be­gan by think­ing about where to place the fam­ily’s rich col­lec­tion of Mu­rano glass vases – find­ing the ideal spots to re­fract the light that shines in through the large win­dows. He then clev­erly in­stalled re­flec­tive steel cab­i­nets in the liv­ing room and bed­room, and, of course, the large, round mir­ror. As it’s able to ro­tate, this cen­tre­piece can be redi­rected as the sun moves, catch­ing glints from the vases and the glass top of the ‘Pon­tac­cio’ din­ing ta­ble, part of the ‘Mi­lano’ col­lec­tion by Eligo Stu­dio. The re­sult is a feel­ing of har­mony with the out­side, or as Al­berto puts it: ‘ You im­me­di­ately feel ab­sorbed in an an­cient Vene­tian court’. It’s all that beau­ti­ful danc­ing light, the in­te­rior shim­mer­ing along with the city. eligos­tu­dio.it

THE GRAND IL­LU­SION

This huge, piv­ot­ing mir­ror twists on its switches and sock­ets – which were pro­duced by PLH Italia – al­low­ing light to be di­rected into any room in the apart­ment. The walls sur­round­ing it are cov­ered in Vene­tian plas­ter, and the round ‘Hu­man Cir­cle In­ferno’ car­pet be­neath it was de­signed by Veneziano and Di Vir­gilio for No­dus.

MAKE LIGHT WORK

As this apart­ment fea­tures ir­reg­u­lar ceil­ings and cor­ners, it made sense to cre­ate a light­ing sys­tem for each in­di­vid­ual area, rather than one for the whole space. Re­cessed spot­lights and floor lamps mean that light con­tin­ues to dart play­fully around the apart­ment long after the sun has dis­ap­peared. The wall and ceil­ing lamps are by be­spoke light­ing de­sign­ers PSLAB. Stock­ist de­tails on p167

VENE­TIAN SPLEN­DOUR

The kitchen is sit­u­ated in an awk­ward nook that lacks light. How­ever, with help from the piv­ot­ing mir­ror at the en­trance to this space, the cab­i­nets and work­sur­face in Vene­tian red – a dark scar­let – de­velop a warm glow. Har­vey Jones can build be­spoke units. Stock­ist de­tails on p167

PLAY­FUL PAL­ETTE

The dom­i­nant shades in the pent­house are in­spired by the colour­ful façades of the city’s build­ings, help­ing to cre­ate a bond be­tween the worlds out­side and in. Vene­tian red is used on some of the walls and built-in cup­boards, with a soft yel­low on the en­trance to the bed­room con­trasted by dark green, off-white and beige.

BAL­ANCED BEAMS

Keep­ing the orig­i­nal wooden beams (op­po­site) ex­posed brings an el­e­ment of homely warmth and char­ac­ter to this jew­ellery box-like abode, bridg­ing the gap be­tween the tra­di­tional and the con­tem­po­rary. Run­ning along the arched ceil­ing, they high­light and make a charm­ing fea­ture of the po­ten­tially tricky slop­ing roof.

RE­FLECTED GLORY

The sus­pended cab­i­nets and the cof­fee ta­ble (over­leaf ), de­signed by Eligo Stu­dio and made by Arredo91, have a mir­rored fin­ish which fur­ther adds to the abun­dance of day­light in this home. The arm­chairs and so­fas were also de­signed by Eligo Stu­dio and pro­duced by Mi­lan-based firm ivi­gna us­ing Kvadrat fab­ric. Eligo Stu­dio also cre­ated the ‘Leg­geris­sima’ din­ing chairs ( left and over­leaf ) Stock­ist de­tails on p167

THE USE OF VENE­TIAN RED IN THIS APART­MENT CRE­ATES A CON­NEC­TION BE­TWEEN THE IN­TE­RIOR AND THE CITY OUT­SIDE

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