Modernity and Tradition


Interior Designer

Architetto Mirko Varischi


Celeste Cima

The beauty of this house lies precisely in the link between past and present that unites all the elements.

Spread over 160 square metres, the house is inhabited by a young family with two children. The owners asked Giacomo Zenucchi for advice on transforming their nest into an elegant home. The aim was to create a contemporary home, while maintaining the family traditions and the owners’ love of fine antiques. To make the layout of the spaces even more practical, the designers have entirely revisited the structure of the house, retaining only the central pillar, cleverly disguised with a wall unit solution. The flat has a living area, consisting of a kitchen, dining room, living room, guest bathroom and laundry room, and a sleeping area, with three bedrooms and a bathroom. Yet, thanks to some intelligent living solutions, the feeling is that of being in a large open space. Crossing the threshold of the house, we are greeted by the dining area with the timeless Saarinen oval table. But from here, the eye immediately moves on, towards the kitchen and living room, thanks to an invisible full-height glass wall, custom-designed by the designers, which slides to the side. The atmosphere is cosy, the choice of white and transparencies lends great brightness to the room, and the elegant recycled teak parquet flooring enhances the character of the house and its history. Following the honey-coloured decorated woodwork, you reach the sleeping area, where the pleasant juxtaposition between old and new continues. Large spaces and soft light fully represent the philosophy of the project, where the softness of the parquet warms the substance of the space. The bathroom, with modern furnishings and practical for everyday life, is embellished with a beautiful light fixture. We are in the living room of the Milanese open space.

Between old and new...

We are in the living room of the Milanese open space. The sofa is Minotti. Note the functional solutions designed by Zenucchi’s designers, such as the “thin” wall that makes the transition between the spaces in the living area more fluid. All the antique furniture is part of the family collection. Love of history and tradition is at home here. Pictured on the right is a display case holding the family’s silver and antiques. The parquet, which is honey-coloured, is made of recycled teak. On the right is the bioethanol fireplace designed and made of Calacatta marble. The ultra-modern white lacquered Varenna kitchen is separated by an invisible wall that looks into the heart of the home, the dining room, with Eero Saarinen’s oval table in Calacatta marble, surrounded by elegant Frau leather armchairs. Between old and new, here are some pictures of the master bedroom. Light and elegant Rimadesio solution with sliding doors leading to the walk-in wardrobe. A house has two hearts, the living area and the bathroom. Here we find the beating heart of the house. Where you can finally relax and enjoy all the comfort of a contemporary bathroom. In which a precious touch of light is a must.

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