March 19, 2019

Natural Light and Neutral Finishes Define a Studio DiDeA-Designed Apartment in Palermo

A couple in Palermo had been looking around for a new house; instead, while looking through a magazine, they found local Studio DiDeA and together embarked on a refreshing of their 1,500 square-foot apartment.

In the bedroom, a Foscarini lamp sits atop a Knoll side table near the Flexteam bed. Photography by Serena Eller.

Windows on both sides of the home let in not only cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the nearby Parco della Favorita, says architect and cofounder Emanuela di Gaetano, but also ample light. “We didn’t want any barrier in front of the luminous air coming from the windows,” she says. “This determined the positioning of the furnishing blocks that mark the space.”

The DK3 dining table and Carl Hansen chairs look out over the living area’s Living Divani sofa. Photography by Serena Eller.

Extensive technological systems, including ducted a/c, ventilation, and hood extractions, were tucked into the ceiling. And a restrained material palette—floors of Billiemi marble quarried nearby; built-storage and furniture of tobacco oak—keeps the focus on all that light.

A wall of black oak slats defines the study room, with a custom desk of tobacco oak, a Cassina lamp, and chair by Knoll. Photography by Serena Eller.

White Bulthaup storage contrasts with the custom tobacco oak storage on the kitchen’s right-hand side, which houses Miele appliances. Photography by Serena Eller.

A Flos pendant hangs above the kitchen’s custom iron table, paired with Vitra chairs. Photography by Serena Eller.
The walk-in closet is mirrored reflective glass doors by Rimadesio. Photography by Serena Eller.
The guest bathroom includes custom storage and a Rexa cabinet and sink with CeaDesign faucet. Photography by Serena Eller.
The entire floor of the master bathroom’s shower is a single slab of Billiemi marble; the sink is by Rexa with a CeaDesign faucet. Photography by Serena Eller.

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