Milan, Navigli area. Italian style and international thought. Tradition and innovation, perfectly intertwined. This loft in the heart of the Milanese city stands out for its absolute originality. An old factory in the city center is dressed in new and modern light, thanks to the talent of a visionary designer.
The creation bears the signature of Herricasa, an international interior design icon for over 25 years. At the heart of the project is the desire to dare and reinvent the space through new color contrasts, such as a large white canvas to be imagined and customized, also through the rediscovery of the most significant architectural elements of the old factory: chimneys, windows, roof truss.
The centerpiece of the house is the kitchen, with its chromatic and material play. Sheet metal, corten, copper, black aluminum, vintage steel coexist to enhance yellow, the dominant shade. The end result is a creation that reverberates over the entire environment, elegant and lively in the harmony of proportions and colors. From factory to loft, from vision to design, from past to future.
The project is based on a large "technical" island equipped for washing and cooking, with 90 cm baskets alternating with 60 cm elements, to take advantage of the modularity of Via Nolfi with a 80 cm high case and 8 cm plinth.
The large "down draft" hood with total disappearance dominates: to set up its housing, the choice was made to increase the depth of the island, making it even more important. Supplied with a practical snack top in recycled wood, to reinforce the contrast with the vintage steel used for the fronts and the worktop.
On the opposite wall, ample space for the play of modules and colors to emphasize both the personality of the kitchen and its containment, without ever falling into the banality of the alignment of the wall units. Traditional wall units - hinged or tilting, positioned horizontally or vertically - horizontally or vertically - 60 or 90 cm wide respond to the day modules made of 4 mm ultra-thin sheets and steel, 36 to 60 cm high and 45 to 90 cm wide. Even suspended, like the practical column on the left of the free standing refrigerator, another element of "breaking" in a dimensional and chromatic alternation, which makes the overall view always different in the eyes of the observer.
This loft is the result of a three-year long work. A holistic work, started with the search for the industrial location to be transformed into a loft, passed through the complete design restructuring, concluded with the definition of interior design.
The kitchen is the the beating heart of this loft. First I focused on the project with the sketches, then I had fun playing with the colors and finishes. The design that characterizes this kitchen was born from the desire to dare, have fun, express yourself.
Officine Fanesi was the ideal partner in this style game, putting at my disposal the intellectual and material competence to give concrete form to the creative flow.