Bright Color and Terrazzo Define This Milanese Family Home

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Located in the Cinque Giornate area in the fashionable Milan, Italy, a family of four hired local architectural studio Offstage to transform their apartment from an open space with a cramped kitchen into a comfortable home featuring an exciting array of bold colors. Housed in what was originally a midcentury-era factory, Offstage used bright elements — including powder blue walls and various hues of pink — to insert fun and creativity into the design.

The biggest change, though, was the decision to create an open concept living area that combines the kitchen, dining room, and living room. Custom elements, however, including a pony wall that separates the kitchen from the living room, succeed in allocating the rooms without crowding the layout.

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Entrance

At the entrance, a pale pink and gray terrazzo combination allows minimalist pieces, such as the String System shelves by Fritz Hansen, to make a big impression. The gray floor tiles are from the Norr collection by Mirage.

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Living Room

Without walls to separate spaces, the designers relied on big furniture pieces that could anchor rooms. In the living room, a customizable grey Sergio Bicego-designed Pixel sofa by Saba Italia wastes no space and provides the maximum amount of comfort without disrupting the colorful walls.

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Living Room

The abrupt change in floor material — from oak parquet to gray terrazzo — allows a subtle barrier to be drawn between the spaces without having to put up a wall. Along with the material shift below, the ceiling colors also change from above, from gleaming white to powder blue.

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Dining Room

A unique wire artwork by fine artist Benedetta Mori Ubaldini hangs adjacent to a HAY dining table. The colorful dining chairs are also by HAY.

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Kitchen

A kitchen outfitted in countertops and cabinets by the Italian company Arclinea offers sleek and modern lines to complement the rest of the home. The unique backsplash by Oikos was made from powdered quarry waste, an eco-friendly alternative.

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Hallway

While many of the walls in the shared rooms are light pink, the hallway features a jolt of hot pink with lacquered wardrobes designed by Offstage and a mirror-wall featuring a bright-white lit border.

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Bedroom

In the bedroom, calm and comfort are key. When night falls and natural light is no longer flooding in from the patio window, Demetra Faretto light fixtures from Artemide provide just the right amount of mood lighting to wind down.

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Bedroom

Light wood and powder blue are the two tones used to create a serene quality in this bedroom. Furniture is kept ultra-minimal to allow the color and material to define the space.


After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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