8 interiors ripe for discovery, straddling great classics and emerging studios

Elisa Ossino stusio

I'll be your mirror, 2021 - ph.Giorgio Possenti

A short excursus on interior design, from the rediscovery of Giacomo Balla’s home in Rome to Adam Nathaniel Furman’s colour blocks, with a rallying cry to Italian brands

Adam Nathaniel Furman

His passion is aesthetics, visual culture as related to design. His designs, messengers of joy and energy, draw on the past to become symbols of the present and reflections on the future.

Adam Nathaniel Furman

Focus on Elisa Ossino

The Sicilian architect, whose studio is in Milan, works on commercial and residential interiors, product design, set design and art direction. Basically there’s no sphere that Elisa Ossino doesn’t pit her creative genius against. She pursues her projects fiercely and unstoppably yet delicately as she comes up with forms, colours and textures for her geometrical abstractions, monochrome interiors and metaphysical references

Elisa Ossino studio

Focus on Vudafieri Saverino Partners

The two Milanese architects Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino – partners in the Italy and China-based studio that bears their surnames – talk about themselves in a double interview that unveils powerful cultural references and naturalistic dreams, in contrast (on the surface) with their projects, which range from exclusive restaurants to glamorous hotels in the most fashionable cities in the world.

Milano Verticale Hotel

Milano Verticale Hotel, ph. Santi Caleca

Focus on Schemata Architects

With his studio Schemata Architects, the architect Jo Nagasaka designs projects for interiors that rarely go unnoticed. The spaces he carves out are a perfect blend of street culture-style contemporary aesthetics and Japan’s craft and spiritual tradition. The skill with which he gives shape to spaces is concealed behind an “almost unfinished” appearance which, on closer inspection betrays a deep respect for materials, functions and spaces, making for great freedom of use. Nagasaka’s method is to look at the existing situation, the context and the options and then take a bold approach, harnessing unexpected solutions, channelling contemporary spatial design trends with a skill that few other masters manage to achieve.

SENBAN, Alcova Milano 2021

SENBAN, Alcova Milano 2021. Ph Courtesy Schemata Architects

Focus on Diego Grandi

The architect and interior designer, originally from Rimini (DOC), designs surfaces and installations as well as spaces and objects. He tells us about himself in an interview, in which his love for the city on the Adriatic coast shines through between the lines, and he cites two of the area’s best-loved 20th century authors.

Type32, alfabeto decorativo ceramico, Lea Ceramiche

Type32, alfabeto decorativo ceramico, Lea Ceramiche

Masquespacio: “We create spaces that rouse emotions”

Ana is from Colombia, Christophe from Belgium. Spain is where they’ve joined forces, not just emotionally but also professionally. Masquespacio is a harmonious mix of creativity and marketing strategy. They’ve been riding the crest of the wave for the last few years.

Masquespacio Mas Creations, Ana Chris Portrait

Masquespacio Mas Creations, Ana Chris Portrait

Giacomo Balla and the Artist’s Home

Casa Balla was a lived-in home until the 1990s. Now, for the first time it is open to the public after restoration. Until Sunday 21 November, visits are available as part of a MAXXI museum project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

Camera di Elica, Casaballa

Camera di Elica, Casaballa. Ph. Credits M3Studio

Villa Necchi Campiglio, a history of revolution and restoration

Despite being in a secluded, secret corner of town, hidden by a park in the midst of the Via Mozart Art Nouveau/Art Deco quarter, this house is one of Milan’s most iconic and photographed locations.

Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano

Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan. Exterior, detail. Photo/s: Arenaimmagini.it, 2014 – FAI Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano

6 January 2022