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February 4, 2020
Text: Jesse Dorris
Inside a Milan Apartment with Timeless Design
The designers behind the Milanese collective Studio Paradisiartificiali keep their identities anonymous, and their project teams global, connected by Skype and Teamviewer and the like. But their work always has a clear point of view. This 1,100-square-foot apartment in Milan is a prime example. It’s a collaboration with the Mexican artist Guillermo Flores Orbeh that travels through time collecting influences and objects from mid-century Italy, the Memphis movement, and global jungles.
“The design centers around the mixing and matching of a few, simple geometries amidst the luxuriant vegetation of an imaginary garden,” the collective states. “The effect is that of a votive temple, an architecture born to celebrate domestic rituals.” A clear color story—dusty pink, cool green, and white, enlivened by Orbeh’s botanical mural in the dining area—keep the focus on vintage treasures from the likes of Gio Ponti. “When a house represents living in its most intimate form,” they say, “it turns into a home, a physical and mental extension of its inhabitants.” An also, in this case, a timeless design.