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A Moody Loft in Mantova

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A Moody Loft in Mantova

January 17, 2013

A small apartment in Mantova, Italy, uses an interplay of textures—all in neutral colors—to striking effect.

Designed by Mantova-based multidisciplinary design firm Archiplan Studio, the project investigates the relationship between precise and rustic, natural and artificial. The apartment’s broad spectrum of materials includes original rough-hewn beamed ceilings—some painted white and some left au natural—along with aging brick walls and primitive wood furniture. But shutters are brand-new and perfectly symmetrical, sheetrock walls end with precise knife-edge finishes, and a built-in wood cabinet sports a mirror-finish brass facade. Though the materials vary wildly in texture, they share a neutral color palette that ties them all together and keeps the emphasis on texture—which is what the architects intended.

Photography by Martina Mambrin via ArchDaily.

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Above: Lighting is minimal, with only carefully directed spotlights and one simple chandelier.

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Above: The only interruption of this concrete wall is an electrical outlet and a perfectly cut nook for the refrigerator to reside.

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Above: The dining table and chairs are from Ikea, and the wall cabinet was designed by Ghiroldi and clad in polished brass.

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Above: Stairs leading to the bedroom employ a knife-edge finish, juxtaposing a modern design against an aging wall.

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Above: Bricks installed on a slant in alternating directions make the brick wall look like a permanent, worn bookshelf.

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Above: Spotlights directed at the wall emphasize the bedroom’s height and suggest decorative archways.

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Above: Slatted wood shutters and vaulted ceilings add to the ecclesiastical feel of the space.

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Above: Bathroom fixtures are from Italian company Agape.

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Above: The apartment’s color palette is narrow, but the variations on white, ivory, and wood tones ensure that the neutrals play off one other.

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