With a dose of brutalism and a passion for details, Luca Cipelletti took charge of designing a residential project in Milan. A 400 sqm, L-shaped, tall slanted style ceiling without windows apartment that not only needed a revamp but also needed to become the perfect place for an art collector.
The approach taken by Luca Cipelletti is far from the traditional Italian design style. As “obsessed” with details and perfection as Cipelletti accepts to be, he took care of every little detail to be in the most perfect state. From perfectly cut angles to matching floors and walls, linear lines ran across the apartment’s walls and furniture with unbelievable precision.
The first change in the apartment included making the place receive some natural light, from ceiling openings to the frontal floor to ceiling length openings, and also decided to add an additional 100 sqm of terrace space designed by landscape architect Derek Castiglioni. These were just the basic improvements that would create the perfect canvas for further decorations and design. After giving it shape and form, there was a need for that missing touch of art, a bit of asymmetry, and that neo-Gothic and brutalist home feel.
Each room had its own details and very specific brutalist elements. The focus was on the materials, their feel, their texture, and of course, on the grandiosity of each detail. After being covered in layers of dark wood, forest green marble, Brazilian fossil marble, and a specific and unique take on Venetian Mirror by Luca Cipelletti himself, layers of oxidations applied to stainless steel create a beautiful smokey reflection.
Luca Cipelletti impeccable eye for detail
The client also played an important role in the design, especially with him being an art collector and providing Luca Cipelletti with a splendid collection of photographs. Full of technique, he curated the perfect mix of design furniture and details that suit and connect both the photographs and the architecture of the apartment, giving them the right importance. The photos were placed strategically in each room.
Designing this apartment was a rare chance, as every piece hanged was placed as if it was exhibited in a museum. A distinguished way of presenting art as part of the structure and integral piece of the design itself.
Some of the furniture included in the design of the apartment that highlights the raw concrete and textured walls include a light fixture by Peter Zumthor, a dining table by Luca Cipelletti, a Franco Albini rocking chair pieces, chairs by Gio Ponti, two totemic Alessandro Mendini sculptures, a kitchen island from Tortuga marble, kitchen storage by Boffi, floor length mirror by Sottsass. And in the bedroom, the headboard was an interesting concept of an artwork piece by James Turrell utilized as a headboard.
The apartment overall took a 360-degree turn. It went from an inhabitable place to a truly charming, brutalist home in Milan, with a terrace and many art pieces exposed on its walls. The apartment is filled with darker colors, raw materials, textured surfaces, simple silhouettes, and geometric shapes mixed with natural origin colors, collaborated with emphasized decoration and ornamentation. The eclectic use of historical elements and design pieces on modern structures. With an immaculate precision in details, excellence, and masterful skills Luca Cipelletti arranged the best design possible to bring out a true brutalist design in Milan.
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