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How the designers live: a dark apartment in Milan


You find dark interiors gloomy and unusablefor life? Or maybe you just don't know how to use dark shades correctly? We will show you a stylish, mesmerizing apartment in Milan, from which you can learn a lot. The interior, created by the Italian design studio Dordoni Architetti for the Milan fashion designer Maurizio Pecoraro, is a priori capricious, elegant, sophisticated and demanding. Italians are simply obliged to embody a special sophistication in their works and perform them in the best traditions of the Florentine craftsmen using expensive materials and fanciful techniques. The apartment designers, apparently inspired by the works of the great Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the consummate master of the Italian Baroque and the founder of tenebrism, also decided to experiment with contrast, chiaroscuro and the predominance of dark colors over light ones.

Play of light

The main task of the started game with light in thisthe apartment is to emphasize the effect of naturalism, as the great maestro did. Here, each element is competently lit and as if highlighted by light, while easily casting its outlines onto the mesmerizing surface of the concrete floor. Particular attention is paid to natural light here, and its abundance in the apartment is provided by a large number of prudently placed windows. The presence of glossy and matte surfaces also continues the play of light and shade, where some inexorably reflect incoming light, while others greedily absorb it. The glitter of Fornasetti ceramics looks incredible and sophisticated, as does every corner of these luxury apartments. Our opinion: - If you still had the courage to create a dark interior, first of all, take care of enough light so that the space does not oppress you. Windows should allow a lot of sunlight to pass through, for this, choose curtains made of light translucent fabric or completely abandon them. And the lamps should not be directed towards the walls, because dark shades absorb light. In addition to the main source of artificial lighting, it is also necessary to choose additional ones in the form of floor lamps, sconces, table lamps in order to illuminate the main areas and the most important objects.

Unusual arrangement

Location of furniture and accessories in the apartmentsFashion designer is more like the arrangement of theatrical scenery, where each subject, element and even the most insignificant detail seem to be underlined and individual. Especially considering the fact that the apartment used furniture such iconic designers like Charles and Ray Imzy (Charles & Ray Eames), Arne Jacobsen (Arne Jacobsen), Zhan Pruve (Jean Prouvé), Franco Albini (Franco Albini), and Joe Ponti (Giò Ponti).

In a dark dark room ...

Gray walls and polished concrete floor justdraw with the depth of their color and add incredible drama to the space. In this dark and mysterious interior, only subtle accents of life-affirming colors do not allow the space to finally plunge into the abyss of endless gray gloss. Generally speaking, this is a very refined and sophisticated work. And the green stand with flowers, peacefully standing on the table among the elegant realm of dark luxury, as if symbolizes the creative sprouts of future projects of the owner of the apartment. Our opinion: - As you have already noticed, a dark interior can be revived with the help of several bright decorative elements. Against such a background, the color will look completely different, even more expressive and effective. Objects of an unusual shape and with an interesting textured surface look especially good. Vase, lamp, painting are perfect for the role of a color accent.,, Molteni & Motta