It is art that provides the igniting spark. Large canvases placed gently on the floor, female figures coiled in sinuous poses. Next to the Night&Day bed by Patricia Urquiola (2010, Molteni&C), a piece by Primo Formenti is reflected in the “display case” of Ron Gilad’s Victorian Grandeur table lamp (2009, Flos). It is the triumph of greige. The Gliss Quick wardrobe by MDT (2010, Molteni&C) and the 909 drawer units by Luca Meda (1991, Molteni&C), together with Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg’s Mistral rug (2010, Kasthall), evoke the sands of an unending desert, with the ultramarine blue of the Ivan Redaeilli blankets and bedlinen the sole interruption. Pure intimacy. Rooms that open onto the world, but give nothing away … much as we find with the living room. Separated from the kitchen and dining space, it gently dominates the mezzanine. Centre stage, against the greens and blues of a piece by Bruno Lucchi, a set of Le Corbusier’s LC14 tabourets (1952-1959; 2010, Cassina) provide a play of horizontals. The wings to this stage are provided by the large Turner sofa by Hannes Wettstein (2008, Molteni&C), while the raw canvas of Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair (1925; 1968, Knoll) is an unexpected detail. Past and present: Masters of the past and masters of our own time.
The living space created by DEP Studio and Zenucchi is a theatre of allusions and citations. For instance, we find a succession of epochs and styles in the chairs surrounding the Jean Nouvel LessLess table (2012, Molteni&C) in the dining area: Gebruder Thonet Vienna’s minimal, essential Twiggy, with its white leather upholstery (2006), is followed by the CH24 Wishbone (1949/1950), with its solid wood and natural paper cord, and the CH33 (1957) – both designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen – then the metal and fibreglass Outline by Arik Levy (2012, Molteni&C). Lighting is provided by the gracile Leukon lamp by Antonio Citterio (2007, Maxalto), while the hemp and dove-grey tones of the elegant, minimal Varenna kitchen – with its embossed, lacquered “columns”, matt laminate island and Kerlite countertop – leave plenty of room for self-expression. Intimate freedom: this is what this apartment, located somewhere between Bergamo and Brescia, really expresses.