A Residence for Reading Reveals a Few Hidden Tricks

Alessia Musillo
·2 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa

From ELLE Decor

A home for readers? It's right here in Milan, designed in 2019 by Studio Atomaa. Between the living room and entrances to other rooms of the apartment, books come center stage to instinctively inspire the refined interior design, which remains elegant and alive thanks to the help of hidden doors. From cinematography to design, literature and music, the architectural design was tailored specifically for the client — a couple that has claimed this small slice in the Lombard capital for their own.

Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa

Atmospheres, just as we see them, were renovated to maintain the previous spatial work, but completely revolutionize the aesthetic and colors. The main space, devoted to reading and thought, is divided from the kitchen with a simple passageway: on one end is a mini-salle à manger, with a British character borrowing colors and motifs from the English wallpaper, while the other welcomes a minimalist, elegant and functional kitchen. Meanwhile, the living area is presented as a large sweeping space, unfolding in cement grit flooring that paves every room.

Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa

With this, a flexible and hidden game of openings and closures is alternated. Like an imaginative temporal sequence, the various doors of the rooms open towards the kitchen and living area on one end, and the bow-window on the other. Nearby is a studio and guest room, which occasionally functions as a reading room following a long and interesting bookcase hiding intense yellow panels to create privacy and define the room’s confines when closed.

Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa

As contemporary homes often teach us, the bathroom should never be realized in a secondary environment, but rather in a space to spend time dedicated to beauty, wellness and hygiene. Conceived as a salle de bains perfectly poised between comfort and aesthetics, the minimalist interiors and soft spaces contrast sweetly with vibrant colors like pastel pink and deep green. To this, black and opaque finishings are present in faucets, the shower box profile, mirror and sink. As a “passing” element, the shower connects the master bath, accessible from the bedroom, to the secondary guest bathroom.

Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa

In both the bedroom and studio, an antique style unfolds, beginning with the original floors that were renovated — a trace of the past — and revitalized according to need. The parquet in oak, meanwhile, provides a passageway on which to walk slowly before gazing up at the arches, opening the visual field of vision. Here, the environment is flooded with natural light thanks to the windows, which are a precious commodity for the entire space.

Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa


The arch is a recurring — and key — element found throughout the apartment, while the softness of curves delineates the living room, bathroom, furnishings and doors. And speaking of doors, here we find the secret for privacy and sharing: a continuous see-through partition and pleasant alternation of what is and what could be.

Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa
Photo credit: Alberto Strada per Atomaa

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