Interior design: How to mix modern style and retro
Interior design: How to mix modern style and retro

It’s a part of Rome few tourists ever see:
The “EUR” district is characterised by wide boulevards and grandiose buildings. “Colosseo Quadrato”, one of its best-known
buildings, is currently the headquarters for luxury fashion label Fendi. Opposite this water tower a 1960s apartment
block rises up. It was one of the first ever built in Rome. Here, Italian architect Massimo d´Alessandro
has transformed two separate apartments into one modern flat. “We completed this apartment (with all the
decor) last year. “The apartment now has two levels. The main problem was the lower half didn’t
get much light. Ensuring there’s enough light was crucial. So we had the idea to create large openings
in the room above so that light can shine through.” The lower part of the apartment boasts large
format photographs by contemporary artists. “The owner collects modern art…. so we decided
to furnish this 1960s flat with some design classics from that time. Like this 1950s table by Italian designer
Gio Ponti. The furniture over there was designed by him
too.” The apartment’s owner let Massimo chose the
furniture. And so now, the lower-level apartment not
only has contemporary art but also design classics — imbuing it with a museum-like
feel. Aside from these 1960s classics, the apartment
is also furnished with modern-day design pieces. Like this sofa by the Campana brothers. The staircase leading to the top floor has
been designed like a wooden sculpture and is an artwork in its own right. “Up here is the family’s living quarters. They have their TV and all of their books. We’ve gone to lots of trouble designing book
shelves, fitted cupboards and media units so that they’ll perfectly harmonise with everything
here, and with the art collection.” “We haven’t just doubled the size. We didn’t just fuse the upper and lower
level, creating two levels. Instead, we basically created three spaces. We’ve made a third shared room with a unique
quality of its own.” 400 square metres of pure luxury. Massimo was pretty much free to realise all
his ideas — as money clearly wasn’t an object.

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