charm and practicality
We’re in Milan, the design capital , in a private home. This was a detailed project that required an elegant, contemporary finish, making it the ideal solution when you want a kitchen that is separate from the dining area but not shut away behind a door. The best thing about our Montserrat kitchen is how it conflates classic forms with contemporary requirements, solid wood and lacquered finishes.
The contrast between the internal structure and the freestanding steel fridge is visually striking. The Dialma Brown table and chairs set off the dining area, featuring practical floor and wall units.
Speaks the architect
THE APARTMENT STARTED OUT AS AN ATTIC. BIG, FULL OF LIGHT AND LOVELY. NOT TO MENTION FULL OF POTENTIAL. NOW, AFTER A CAREFUL RENOVATION THAT TOOK PAINS TO BRING TO LIGHT AND ENHANCE ITS MANY UNIQUE FEATURES, THAT APARTMENT HAS BECOME A HOME.
THE MOOD IS RIGOROUS AND RATIONAL: A LINEAR SEQUENCE OF SPACES SET OUT ALONG A LINE THAT RUN DIAGONALLY FROM THE TERRACE THROUGH THE LOUNGE. THE CENTRE OF THE COMPOSITION LIES WHERE THE TWO LINES CROSS AND THE KITCHEN OPENS OUT TO REVEAL THE HEART OF THE HOME. THERE IS NO PHYSICAL OR VISUAL BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE KITCHEN AND LOUNGE, ONE SPILLING NATURALLY INTO THE OTHER, COMPLETING AND COMPLEMENTING EACH OTHER. THE MONSERRAT MODEL HEIGHTENS THE FEELING OF UNBRIDLED SPACE: THE ARCHWAY AND ARCHED OPENINGS ARE CENTRAL TO THIS SYSTEM OF CARRIED VIEWS, FURTHER AMPLIFIED BY THE LIGHT SHINING ACROSS THE APARTMENT AND REFLECTING ON THE SMOOTH, PURE WHITE SURFACES OF THE CABINET DOORS AND SHELVES.
THE MOVEMENT STARTS THERE.
A project of:
arch. Valerio Tolve / W3RK architecture and design practice
via Alserio, 30 – Milano