Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Italian interiors

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Interior Italia: Belle Case Da Vivere (Italian Edition) is the latest beautiful book published by
 Mondadori Arte.      
Patrizia Catalano has edited the book, with photographs by Henry Thoreau.
From the title of the book: Belle Case Da Vivere means beautiful houses for living and indeed there are 30 beautiful houses where nothing is taken for granted, everything is Italian and all represent urban living in major Italian cities.
The following are some of Milan's homes of famed designers or protagonists of Italian Style which can be found in the book among others.

Let's start with a huge (for Milanese standards)  apartment owned by an architect who just acquired Danese, a historic Italian brand, and her husband, founder and owner of Artemide. The large windows sacrifice space for art but gives light all day long and creates a fantastic view of Milan.

In Milan's creative and fashionable Brera area, the house of the couple who founded and still own Driade.

An extravagant, contemporary Art Gallery and private home of a designer, with space to entertain and cook for hundred people! A place to create new projects.

Another famous designers couple live in this Milanese apartment: home, studio and showroom. In the kitchen a fresh green colour for the walls, stainless steel cabinets and a vintage table made of Venetian glass and mirror, with high-tech lighting above.

A fashion designer's home full of ethnic objects, vintage furniture and contemporary design. Large windows facing the private garden give wonderful  light to this unique open space.

A classic home, typical of the beginning of 1800 in Milan, high decorated ceilings, rich patterned solid wood floor, tall windows,  showcasing a great collection of modern and contemporary art.

Important antique art collection, modern design for furniture and art pieces from 1900 live in harmony in this Milanese apartment in the heart of the city.

The apartment of an Italian-Persian lady, owner of Nilufar, an important Design gallery in Milan, one of my favourite stores. The chairs were a project by famed architect Carlo Mollino, the rug is a unique work of art designed by Beppe Caturegli.

"Urban living through four coordinated, highly exemplary aspects of the taste for living in Italy: the passion for collecting, the refined comfort of glamorous atmospheres,
the eclectic combination of styles and furnishings, and design".


Anonymous said...


Thanks for tipping. The Danese/Artemide apartment mi piace tanto! Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

qerat said...

Cant wait to get my copy
seems like a great book,
Love the images you posted.

Maria Killam said...

YOu always find the most amazing images that fit right into your Italian posts! Thanks for the tip on the analytics, I'll have to sign up!!

DesignTies said...

Great rooms!! I was immediately drawn to the Venetian mirror & glass table in the kitchen. Spectacular!! And I like the white horse in the house in the Brera area. And of course, love the purple sofa & chair in the classic home :-)

Thank you for your kind comment on my post on Fifi's blog :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies


My favourite thing of european design - Italian in this case is the fact that exists a respect for the old and appreciation of the new. That balance and the juxtaposition of the pieces is what makes the room collected, edited and unique.

What else I can ask for - Love that!

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Less is More said...

beautiful . very impressive . i love the carpet and its design. perfect with my patio and wind spinners and my other accessories . thank you for the great post . i hope to hear more from you . have a nice day .

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