Ancient Meets Modern in a Milan Apartment by

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 15, 2013

Ancient Meets Modern in a Milan Apartment

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 15, 2013

This Milan apartment requires a careful look; blink and you'll miss the juxtaposition of a 1950s lamp next to an 18th-century door frame. Why is it such a challenge to take it all in? Because it blends together so flawlessly.

Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of Dimore Studio, who live in the space (their studio is on the ground floor), describe their mission as "crossing over boundaries momentarily in vogue; creating interiors evocative of far-off and distant times." Clearly they're onto something; their fans include Ian Schrager, who commissioned them to bring the Pump Room at the Public Hotel in Chicago back to life. To see more of their work, go to Dimore Studio.

Photography by Emanuele Zamponi via Yatzer:

Apartment in Italy with ceramic jugs and vases with ranunculas

Above: In the living room, ceramic jugs and vases flaunt a cheerful cluster of ranunculus.

Apartment loft in Italy with flowers in ceramic vases and blue sofa

Above: On the wall is a Rotating Sconce by French designer Serge Mouille; designed in the 1950s, the lights are still manufactured in France.

Modern loft apartment in Italy with mix of vintage and modern furnishings

Above: Among the apartment's many furnishings from the 1940s and 1950s is a Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia (in the back corner). On the coffee table lies The World of Ornament by David Batterham, published by Taschen. (I recognize the massive volume because it is sitting next to me on my desk as I type.)

Elegant apartment foyer in Italy with glass chandelier and flowers on table

Above: A glass chandelier, evocative of a honeycomb, hangs in the foyer. (Would this be a real Milano flat without an oversized chandelier?)

Modern rustic vintage apartment kitchen in Italy

Above: An elegant juxtaposition of styles in the kitchen includes a distressed cupboard wall unit installed with modern uplighting to highlight the artwork sitting atop it.

Modern rustic apartment in Italy with antique sofa and fruit in bowls

Above: A perfect pairing of old and new: paint is falling away from the settee and radiator, but the velvet cushions and concrete floor look brand new.

Apartment dining in Italy with globe chandelier and marble kitchen table

Above: Another modern insertion: a marble Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen.

Modern minimal kitchen with long concrete countertop in modern apartment in Italy

Above: A kitchen island clad in oxidized metal is lit from within via fluorescent strip.

Bedroom dressing room in Italy with full length gold antique dressing mirrors

Above: An antique trifold mirror turns a corner of the bedroom into a dressing room (and hides an aging radiator).

Cool modern bedroom in Italy with gray bedspread and rug runner

Above: The calming bedroom repeats a small handful of colors: mainly blue, ivory, brown, and brass.

Above: An antique framed textile hangs over a pair of dressers.

Vintage gold fan in apartment in Italy with flowers on table

Above: More of the same palette in a vintage bedroom fan (joined by antique-pink peonies).

Mix of modern and antique vintage furnishings in apartment in Italy with blue rug

Above: In the blue-velvet sitting room, note a modern detail used throughout the home: two bands of inky black paint to mimic decorative baseboards.

Blue vintage sofa in apartment in Italy with antique blue rug

Above: The sitting room walls' ethereal gray paint stops sharply at the ceiling, emphasizing its dramatic height. Note another modern design icon, Castiglioni's Arco Floor Lamp, at left.

Looking for more Italian style? See 159 images of design in Italy in our gallery of rooms and spaces.

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