A modern and colourful apartment in Finland

Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 by KiM

Maurizio Giovannoni, and architect and interior designer in Rome, emailed us about an apartment he designed: The apartment is a little penthouse (about 65 mq.) in Turku, Southern Finland. Before renovation, too many walls and doors blocked the spaces and the passage of light, and the most beautiful view of the historical sites of Turku was on the bedroom side. My principal goal in this project was letting the light flow in and creating a relaxing living room where my customer could do his creative workThe partial demolition of walls was a natural consequence, along with reversing the location of the bedroom and living room. After fixing this, we decided on the overall “concept” together with my customer, organizing all the details that colored the white spaces. That happened during my customer’s visit to Rome (due to my impossibility to travel in that period), and via 4oo e-mails between Turku and Rome. The result is what I now consider my style: a blend of cultures. There is nothing that stimulates me more than to study different countries and make some cultural themes recognizable but never intrusive in the project.  In this case, the floor is covered with parquet of white ash, the shelves are birch and the kitchen table is also birch but colored with heat. Wood is an omnipresent element in this flat as it constantly is for Finnish people, but the real attention is catalyzed by the nature theme pictured on wall paper, carrying colours and contrasts and a typical Mediterranean “courage”. The furniture itself is a mix of the 2 cultures and of past & present: the  grandmother’s armchair is a piece of Finnish vintage from the sixties as is the red floor lamp. The arc framing the wall paper is the famous Twiggy by Foscarini and the suspended lamps are Italian as well:Olimpia by Ideal Lux. Everything fits together in perfect harmony! (Photos by Mikko Ala-Peijari for Kauniit Kodit magazine)

I love this apartment. It’s spaces like this that make me want to forget my obsession with neutral/natural decor and grab a can of spray paint – or buy a row of chartreuse green kitchen cabinets. 

I love the green sofa and the colorful throw pillows or scatter cushions on it. The way it all comes together with the large tropical image at the back is fantastic.

Maurizio says:

These words sounds good…! Thanks 4 all ur different point of views! it was a pleasure to share my "colorful" apartament! Maurizio

dejean says:

OMG that sofa! anyone who knows where that's from?

Maurizio says:

dejean the sofร  is a scandinavian furniture model esprit here's the link:

Shelle says:

I need the wallpaper. Where can I buy, please pretty please!

Maurizio says:

Shelle you can order the wallpaper on Conceptuwall…try to digit the word on google u can find the site, she's a french decor a truly artist, alive is more than a wallpaper!it's real nature!!

Interesting feature wall. I felt like I was back in school for a second.

dejean says:

Thank you Maurizio, you've got a beautiful place!

Maurizio says:

thanks dejan i've created this colourful place!!!my customer've got this relaxing place ๐Ÿ™‚ i live in the caos of Rome ๐Ÿ™‚

Abanet.pl says:

This is a wonderfully designed apartment Maurizio. Good job ๐Ÿ™‚

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