LE TEMPS RETROUVÉ | apartment in Milan, 150 sqm – 2017
project by Andrea Marcante, Adelaide Testa
collaborators: Mattia Inno, Giulia La Delfa, Giada Mazzero
photographer: Carola Ripamonti
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The project calls for the renovation of an apartment of about 150 m2 in the center of Milan, with windows facing an internal garden. The visual relationship with nature was the guiding motivation behind the choice of this place on the part of the client, a place with which to identify and establish a personal rapport.
These were the premises for the project by the architecture studio Marcante-Testa, seen as an investigation of the elements that in the design of the residential space are capable of suggesting pleasant recollections on a domestic, often extra-urban plane, probably drawn from family life: the home as a repository of the most intimate facets of people and their memory, the home as the extension of an outside in which to isolate oneself from the urban context and the world of work.
Nature bursts in, light, suggested, somewhat surreal, on the walls for the rooms, incorporating the treetops of the courtyard with designs of leaves.
Materials like wicker, Vienna straw and linen that form seats, accessorized dividers, wardrobe doors, the fake marble laminate of the kitchen table, the wicker headboards of the beds, join forces to stimulate memories of spaces, perhaps experienced in a “grandmother’s house,” reinterpreted here and rendered functional for contemporary needs.
A “light” project made of decoration and furnishings (vintage and custom) for a house to make on a tight schedule and a suitable budget for a rental, where the architectural structure of the building has not been altered, though its spatial perception has been improved.
The view of the spaces changes and varies depending on the chromatic contrasts on the walls, using resin for the floors that partially covers the wood to become a “carpet” to mark the position of the table and its chairs. The metal frames in the bedrooms, framing flowers and plants on paper, contribute to indicate places set aside for study and rest.
Instead of the ridiculously hypermodernity and phony super-technology of the home of the Arpel family in the film Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati, the project opts for the soft humanity of Monsieur Hulot: a house capable of safeguarding and visually conveying indispensable aspects of our character, such as humor, lightness, and the ability to never take ourselves too seriously, even when it comes to architectural design.
A home whose physical rooms help us to bring out the most authentic parts of our inner rooms, combining all the features suitable and useful in the present with an enhancing memory that should not be repudiated. A project in which Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa have managed to wed the present to a temps retrouvé.
Materials and furniture:
Custom made furniture and kitchen: Falegnameria Fiore
Wall paints: Farrow & Ball
Wallpaper by Fornasetti for Cole&Son, wall lamp Grillo by Petite Friture, cabinet in lacquered MDF laccato and Vienna straw, designed by Marcante-Testa, realized by Falegnameria Fiore (Torino), custom made table top in marble effect laminate (Abet Laminati) on legs by Hay, chairs Hubsch, vases at Spotti (Milano), resin frames by Rezina on existing parquet floor, suspended lamp Formakami by &Tradition.
Sofa Candy by Arflex with cushions fabric by Kvadrat, armchair Rattan Wicked Chair by Gio Ponti (original from the Fifties), cabinet in lacquered MDF and Vienna straw, designed by Marcante-Testa, realized by Falegnameria Fiore (Torino), floor lamp Easy Floor by Servomuto (Milano), coffee table Pli Side Table by Classicon (da Spotti, Milano), Aubusson carpet by Carpet Eden. Bronze table lamp “Bear” (Paris 1925) and ceramic cake stand (J.B. Astier), stone fawn (USA, Fifties) at Vanitas Gallery, Milan. Wall lamp Ariette by Tobia Scarpa for Flos.
Custom made kitchen by Marcante-Testa with top in high thickness Polaris laminate by Abet, low cabinets in Durat, lacquered wall cabinets, taps by Paffoni.
wallpaper Showers by Maharam, reading area with vintage bookcase and armchair from the Fifties at Carrozzeria 900 (Milan), wall lamp Muller Van Severen. Wall lamps Birds & Butterflies by Servomuto (Milan), ceiling lamp Affogato by Azucena, stool Mon Oncle by Servomuto and Studio.TO.DO
Lacquered MDF, metal and glass cabinet, designed by Marcante-Testa, washbasin by Ceramica Globo, taps Life by Bellosta, custom made mirror, wall and floor resin by Rezina, wall lamp by Lampe Gras – DCW Editions, custom made cabinet by Marcante-Testa, with wallpaper by Thomas Voorn
Rattan bed headboard byMaison du Monde, wardrobe designed by Marcante-Testa with metallic structure and curtain by Kvadrat. Wallpaper by Svenskt Tenn, suspended lamp Suzie by Colonel, table lamp Cement by Servomuto (Milan), coffee table Fontana Arte (original from the Fifties at Vanitas Gallery- MI)