The ancient and the contemporary sit harmoniously in this amazing 17th century home in the Italian city of Mantova. Wall frescoes are lovingly preserved in the minimalist rooms, heavy ceiling beams retained as well as the old oak floors, stripped and lightened. All are balanced by smooth plastered walls, translucent blinds against windows, a modern white staircase rising to the next floor and skylights splicing into dark bathrooms. By Studio Davide Cerini.
Old, ornate bones and strict minimalism = the perfect marriage. Just make sure there’s plenty of hidden storage for the dream to continue. Dipping into the portfolio of Diego Delgado-Elias, a Peruvian architect living in Paris.
“A house composed of a field of rooms that open and close in dialogue with the landscape.”
An elegant description for this award winning residence by Melbourne-based architectural firm WALTER&WALTER.
Photography Ben Hosking
Take an apartment with amazing bones such as soaring windows, ornate plaster cornices, herringbone floors and Swedish tile stoves. Fill it with the best of contemporary furniture (blonde wood obligatory of course). A monochromatic paint palette would be all that was needed to achieve the much coveted Scandi style home. But add a slice or two of citrus oomph and it takes it to a whole other level. Talk about zing!!! Renovation of a former white and bland office space into a warm modern home by Stockholm-based Note Design Studio.