Slick surfaces and striking style make this apartment a fun example of contemporary apartment living in Italy. Designed by Michaelangelo Olivieri for m12AD, the apartment is located in Corato, a city in south-west Italy.
The owners are a young couple looking to wave goodbye to the home’s outdated 70s feel of their old apartment and transform the home into a modern, functional space. Additionally, they had a baby on the way so it was a fitting time to prepare their nest for the family’s future.
They asked Olivieri not to make any changes to the internal partition walls of the apartment. In his quest to create a seamless space, without breaking down and changing the rooms’ physical limitations, many of the walls were fitted with custom cabinetry. In that way the walls were re-imagined to not only provide space division and separation but to also work in a useful way as storage solutions.
The colors throughout the home are simple black and white finishes with wood elements, which brings a simple calmness to the home. The space feels timeless, and can be personalized at whim with whatever color trends are floating around.
The home’s monochrome color palette was requested by the owners, who picked out some of the materials they wanted for the new design such as the black porcelain stoneware that frames many of the feature elements. The detailed grain of the stone siding is really given some texture and depth with the overhead lighting.
Emphasizing that every space also becomes a container or a useful area, the polish lacquered MDF cupboards are revealed to show the appliances tucked away out of sight.
I really like the different lighting elements in this kitchen. Firstly there is an overall ambient level of lighting; the clusters of lights along the edges of the room that are embedded into the dropped ceiling. This kind of lighting is great for the overall brightness of the room and reflects off the white of the cabinets.
The fixtures located just above the island are the perfect place for cooking. You want to make sure you can see what you’re doing in the kitchen! They were manufactured by a local company that makes spotlights.
The large round dome light above the dining room table makes a great central showpiece and balances nicely with the whole space.
Minimal in their style and shape, the hairpin leg design is quite sleek allowing the room to have more light floating through the objects. The effect of this is quite convincing, as it’s not always possible in many small apartments to have a large dining room table as well as a kitchen island. The sofa as well is an example of this light flow; clear perspex supports make it feel as though it is floating above the floor, rather than something chunky.
Hanging high on the wall is a large black and white clock face. It was a gift made especially for the home owner from their sister. It looks great in the room, a perfect fit.
The table can also be pulled out to make room for more guests at dinner! The extendable table was designed by m12AD from Burmese teak wood, named Cloe after the couple’s young daughter.
Natural stone cladding works in smoothly with the room decor.
The wall covering in the bathroom is similar to the black porcelain siding found in the kitchen, but this is black slate instead. The teak parquet flooring also continues throughout the apartment.
The wood paneling in the bedroom is backlit, creating a fascinating division in the room. Ample space for clothes and other items, with the tall cabinets provided.
Soothing and rejuvenating, the SG House is a wonderful use of space and textures that float through the house. Olivieri explained that his favorite part of the house is the living room, with the impressive polished lacquered doors and the open units in enameled metal.
That simple blend of natural stone, polished metal and natural wood is consistent and impressively brings the home together. Already I envisage many happy dinners sat around the Cloe dinner table!
Project: SG House
Photos: Peppe Volpe