Who ever would have thought it were possible? A family of (currently) three able to live comfortably in just 75m² without having to give up a thing AND who are even able to enjoy an outdoor area?! Well, that almost sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Thanks to architect David Petronici, we're able to visualise how living large in such a small space is in fact, plausible. Occupied by a family of two parents and one child in the bustling northern Italian city of Milan, the concept was to create a well resolved internal space that showed off the collection of designer furniture belonging to the owners. We know you're dying to take a look, so without further ado, let's get involved…
Our first glimpse inside the home is of the contemporary style living room. Here, it is already possible to see the fluid nature of the internal spatial layout. You can instantly see the connection between the living room and kitchen. The predominant colour is white, highlighted by delicate shades of grey and khaki.
You can also begin to make out the way the architect has managed to incorporate a unique selection of materials and textures, evidenced by the white resin floor, exiting painted brick and carefully maintained original ceiling rafters.
For those who have studied, are avid readers, or simply like to collect books, storing them efficiently can sometimes cause problems—especially if you're already low on space to begin with! This bookcase, which essentially doubles up as a dividing wall, creates an interesting decorative feature, all the while providing a space for the occupants to store their multicoloured selection of books!
Stepping into the kitchen, we see a petite, but well planned space that houses all the most important aspects of combined kitchen and dining area. A colour palette of white reigns supreme, with a gentle mix of colour provided by the yellow chairs and melange of books and fridge magnets. The sheer curtain allows the outside light to ethereally disperse into the space, adding an essential element of privacy into an intimate space where shared family time is of utmost importance.
Looking at the kitchen from another angle, we see that the dining table is positioned centrally, with the rear wall lined with cupboards and workspace. Though small in dimensions, the clever spatial arrangement means there are three clearly defined areas; preparation, eating and storage.
Given that you've already come to understand that there is a lot happening inside a 75m² space, it should come as no surprise that there is even an area dedicated to studying music and playing piano! The glossy black finish of the piano provides a wonderful contrast to the largely white on white colour palette, and despite its obviously practical purpose, is fiercely aesthetically pleasing, too.
In the formative years of a child's life, it is important for them to express their personality and live amongst an environment that is conducive to learning and creativity. This imaginative child's bedroom space is a combination of exciting colours and functional furniture. There are clearly divided areas for the all important learning, play and sleeping.
The master bedroom is beautiful in its simplicity. Again, a fairly muted colour palette is evidenced here, and is given an almost retro spin thanks to the pastel orange bed frame and steel armchair. The majority of the furniture in the space oozes with retro charm down to the finest detail—from the tetris-style bookshelf to the round freestanding side tables.
The bathroom carries the same retro vibes evidenced in the other rooms above, and is a hybrid space for both parents and children. The fittings and fixtures are elegant and chic, though a little touch of fun is added by the striped rug and bath toys!
Lastly, but definitely not least, we finish this ideabook with a view of the outdoor terrace. Living in a big city often means we have to sacrifice outdoor living space, but in this instance, even in an apartment of such a small size, it is possible to enjoy life outdoors! This home exemplifies every passion of the owners—music, reading, relaxing and cooking. Each of these aspects has been carefully welded together inside a space that is full of light, well-thought-out, and visually stunning to view.
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