Torre al Parco Apartment by Flaviano Capriotti Architetti
Milan | Inhabited by a young professional couple and art collectors, the apartment is located in the center of Milan, inside the Torre al Parco, a building designed by Vico Magistretti and Franco Longonitra 1953 and 1956. A 20-story residential architecture, a symbol of an era, that rises at the edge of Sempione Park as one of the most relevant examples of Milanese living.
The layout of the apartment, located on one of the high floors of the Tower, was completely redesigned by architect Flaviano Capriotti, at the helm of the studio of the same name, who, with a functional approach that respects the context, created sophisticated interiors while also designing some custom-made furniture. The original finishes have been mostly preserved: it is a noble material such as marble that traces the various domestic environments, alternating with herringbone parquet, leveled and lapped. Overall, the stylistic choice was to create a dialogue with Magistretti’s architecture while preserving intact that concept of a bourgeois home, sober and refined, where the high quality of the materials and the functionality of the spaces play a central role.
The entrance is configured as a small art gallery with the works in the foreground and is characterized by a very soft diffused light obtained thanks to the oval ceiling breakthrough, conceived by the architect as a citation of Lucio Fontana’s Spatialist movement. Next to the entrance is the studio lined by a bookcase in light brushed elm with cherry red lacquered backs that contains a collection of early literary works, a series of small sculptures, books, and design objects, such as the iconic Eclisse lamp by Vico Magistretti for Artemide. The table is by AG Fronzoni for Cappellini while Luisa, designed by Franco Albini for Cassina, was chosen as the seat.
The large and bright living area, divided from the dining area by a thin-profile oak casket door, has neutral tones alternating with darker details that recall the veining of the marble. Along with the contemporary works of art on display, Italian design by the Maestri remains the common thread in the apartment: from the moss-green D.151.4 armchairs to the D.555.1 glass-topped coffee table, designed by Gio Ponti and reissued by Molteni&C; from Antonio Citterio’s sofa for B&B to Michele De Lucchi’s Tolomeo Maxi lamp for Artemide. In the dining room, the light elm striped paneling contrasts with the warmer, darker tone of the Cab 412 leather seating by Mario Bellini for Cassina and the table made by Molteni&C to a design by Gio Pontiche also signs the multicolored chandelier for Venini.
The kitchen, with clean and essential lines, plays on the alternation of black and white. The master bedroom is enhanced by a wall covered with Rubelli’s Principessa Kocacin wallpaper, while lamps by Michael Anastassiades for Flos rest on Kelly nightstands, made by Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform. Completing the home is a guest room, a wardrobe area, and four bathrooms, among which the one featuring Hermès wallpaper stands out, with a floor and washbasin in honed Travertino Navona marble that lends a soft effect to the entire room.
Photography by Andrés Otero